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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KCUR Arts
8:29 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Nelson Atkins Director Juliàn Zugazagoitia

Steve Kraske welcomes Juliàn Zugazagoitia to talk about his new job and his plans to extend the Nelson Atkins's role in the community.

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KCUR News
3:37 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Political Pundits Review Election Results

Steve Kraske talks with our Political Pundits, The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KMBC's Micheal Mahoney, about where the candidates are positioned after the primaries and what can be expected in the general elections.

Listen to the program or download the podcast here

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Health
12:16 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Treating PTSD: Local VA Doctors Weighs in on Eligibility Changes

Kansas City, MO – New rules adopted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs should make it easier for veterans to get benefits and medical care for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Up to Date's Steve Kraske sat down with doctors from the Kansas City VA Medical Center to talk about PTSD and what these new changes mean for local veterans.

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KCUR News
8:47 am
Mon July 12, 2010

'Let's Move!': First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses NAACP Convention

First Lady Michelle Obama
photo: KCUR

Kansas City, MO – First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a speech to delegates at the 101st NAACP national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Mrs. Obama discussed strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic and her campaign against childhood obesity, Let's Move!

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock provided an introduction, as did "Up to Date" host Steve Kraske. KCUR carried Michelle Obama's speech live during a remote broadcast of "Up to Date."

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Up To Date
1:37 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius On 'Up To Date'

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, KCUR News Director Frank Morris and Up to Date host Steve Kraske

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Music
12:35 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Classical Recordings

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

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KCUR News
10:42 am
Thu January 21, 2010

Missouri Legislative Update: Live From Jefferson City

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Government
4:31 am
Mon June 30, 2008

A Conversation with Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Independence, MO – Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee and Illinois Senator Barack Obama spoke to a crowd Monday gathered at the Truman Memorial Building Auditorium in Independence, Missouri. Up to Date's host Steve Kraske talked to the candidate.

Listen to the June 30, 2008 broadcast of Up to Date: Live from Independence with Presidential Candidate Barack Obama here.

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