Steve Kraske

Host of Up to Date

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wis. Kraske is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Kraske has won awards for both his print and radio work and has appeared on NPR, CNN and Fox. He's a big fan of "Prairie Home Companion" and Kansas City jazz. His father lives in Stillwater, Minn., not far from the St. Croix River.

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Up to Date
9:53 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Land Banks: A Solution For Vacant & Abandoned Homes?

Abandoned homes contribute to neighborhood blight and lower property values.
KC Momentum KCMomentum.com

Kansas City has a problem with vacant homes. 12,000 of them dot neighborhoods around town. Legislation that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed this year is designed to provide a new solution: a land bank.

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Up to Date
9:44 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Woman Behind The Ledbetter Pay Act

In 1979, Lilly Ledbetter, a woman born in a house with no running water or electricity, applied for a job at the Goodyear tire factory. 

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
city-data

Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Missouri Primary Challenge: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder v. Sen. Brad Lager

It's a primary race that doesn't receive as much attention as its candidates would like: Missouri Lieutenant Governor.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Quvenzhane Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," one of the films on today's list of independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on KC-area screens.

A corporate headhunter steals to maintain his lavish life style.  Sound like a news headline?  

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-29

Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who never grew up. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for July 26-29, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

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Up to Date
12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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Up to Date
8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James
kcmo.org

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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Up to Date
11:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Heat, Drought & You

The drought has resulted in withered cornstalks and cracked land near Lamar, Colo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Cepro.com

Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, July 20-22

Chicago plays with the Doobie Brothers at Starlight Theater Friday night.

Don't let the heat advisory get you down! There's still plenty to do and see in Kansas City this weekend. Check out Brian McTavish's top five events for July 20-22.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps

Jennifer Pahlka
Kevin Shockey

When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn't say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Most hospital food doesn't tend to rouse a healthy appetite

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Business, Buildings, & More: Update On KC Metro Developments

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be moving into the former AMC theater on Main street.
Norman Plant

Maybe you've been keeping tabs on the AMC Headquarters in Leawood, or wondering if the Hyatt will get a coveted place in the Plaza.

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Up to Date
1:18 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

'Operation Blockbuster' Shuts Down Massive Drug Ring

The 2009 arrest of Alejandro Corredor was just the beginning of "Operation Blockbuster."
Kansas City Star

As head of one of the most successful drug operations, Alejandro Corredor moved hundreds of pounds of cocaine, meth, and marijuana from Mexico through Kansas City.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

KU Med's Future As A Cancer Center

Dr. Roy Jensen is the Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
University of Kansas

Millions of dollars and years of dedicated effort finally paid off for KU Med Center. On Thursday, July 12, it achieved designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

A 'TurnAround' For Those Leaving Prison

The life that waits outside prison walls may be just as difficult as life inside a corrections facility for former inmates.

For many who are leaving prison, the chances that they very well may return are high.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

DVD Gurus: 40+ Years of Woody Allen

Woody Allen

"A relationship is like a shark, it has to constantly move forward or it dies...and I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

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Up To Date
4:22 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Politics in the Workplace

PMAA

Are there legal repercussions for political expression in the workplace? Find out, as we talk with lawyer Brian Finucane, who specializes in labor and employment law.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts

Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States of America.

As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 13-15

Catch "Bingo!: The Winning Musical" at the Crown Center Heartland Theater Thursday through Sunday.

Looking for some summer entertainment? Kansas City has plenty of celebrities, American Idols, ska bands & musicals in town this weekend, so check out our List for the latest acts in town.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Media Critics: Fake Bylines, Anderson Cooper & An Ecdysiast Reporter

Anderson Cooper recently outed himself as gay in an email: "The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

These days, it's hard to tell if you're reading a celebrity tabloid or the day's headlines.

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Up to Date
2:01 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The All-Star Game Hits Kansas City

The MLB All-Star Game is in Kauffman Stadium

The throngs gather at Kauffman Stadium for the biggest summer sporting event, but for many, it's more than just a game.

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Up to Date
1:39 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Safety Not Guaranteed

If you’re not the least interested in baseball and this so-called “All-Star Game”, perhaps a great film might be more to your liking?

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Thu July 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 6-8

All-Star FanFest

A long-standing heat advisory shouldn't put a damper on your fun! Today on Up to Date, Brian McTavish returns with the top five events in KC this weekend, July 6-8.

All-Star FanFest: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bartle Hall, Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th. Admission: $30; $25 for students, military, seniors and children ages 2 to 11.

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Up to Date
3:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Birds, The Bees, & The Teens

Design by Mike Jacobsen

Unless one possesses a vast reservoir of undaunted cool, undertaking the sex talk with teens can be a challenge.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Road to the White House--Barack Obama's Story

President Barack Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

As 44th president, Barack Obama's journey to the White House is anything but conventional.

Born to a Kenyan father and Kansan mother, Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia hardly sounds like the makings of a future president. But as he ascended the political ladder as a state senator and later as senator, Obama's  rough beginning turned into the start of a journey to the White House.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Political Pundits: Taxes, and Health Care, and Elections, O My!

A pro-ACA protest
http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-time-for-health-care-for-all

The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

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