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
6:00 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Nelson-Atkins' Design Competition Aims At Innovation

London's Serpentine Gallery commissions temporary pavilions from internationally acclaimed architects. This pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, was built in 2008.

From the Ferris wheel to the ice cream cone, some pretty influential things have been unveiled at World's Fairs. For Kansas City, even an upcoming exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featuring World's Fair fare is getting some local designers and  architects excited.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Culinary Expeditions: Lidia's Italy

Chef, restauranteur, and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Holiday Stress And Your Pets

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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Government
6:00 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Mayor Sly James' plan to take over Kansas City public schools could tie his political future to the success of a chronically under-performing school district.
Shane Keyser Kansas City Star

Mayor Sly James' plan to assume control of the Kansas City, Mo., public school district has raised a lot of eyebrows, and it's no wonder why.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Political Pundits: Predictions About The Republican Presidential Pack

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The weather may be frosty, but the search for a Republican presidential nominee is anything but.  We're only weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, yet no one person is leading the pack.

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Books
1:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth"

"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the life and times of Chase County, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas."  So wrote Paul Theroux in his New York Times review of PrairyErth (A Deep Map) when it was published in 1991. 

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Technology
2:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts' 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of our very favorites is unveiling the Techsperts' Holiday Gift Guide. Wondering what to get the geek in your family who's already got everything? From know-it-all to noob, this list's got something for everyone.

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Technology
10:35 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts: Technology News & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The "iCADE" - an iPad Arcade Cabinet.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

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Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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Up To Date

Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

KCUR News
1:56 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

KCMO Mayoral Candidates Funkhouser, James, and Rowland

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KCUR News
1:10 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

Kansas City, MO – Steve Kraske speaks with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who has long opposed the policies of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. He explains his budget priorities and his predicted political run against Nixon when their terms expire in two years.

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KCUR News
2:07 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Chiefs to Ravens: "Nevermore!"

Kansas City, MO –

Sports blogger Victor Wishna of ArrowheadAddict.com joined Up to Date to read his version of Poe's "The Raven" as a rallying cry on the eve of the Chief's Sunday playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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KCUR News
2:30 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Election Post-Mortem

Kansas City, MO –

Up to Date's political pundits conduct a post-mortem on last night's election, look to the future, and try to sort out what it all means.

Steve Kraske welcomes University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis, Kansas City Star political reporter Dave Helling, and KMBC-TV9 political reporter Micheal Mahoney to recap Tuesday's elections and predict how local, state, and federal government may rule over the next couple of years.

 

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KCUR News
5:34 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

November 2 Ballot Questions, Propositions, and Constitutional Amendments

Kansas City, MO – Listen to this broadcast of Up to Date here.

Puppy mills, the earning tax and voting rights for the mentally ill. Depending on which state you live in, one or more of these things will be on your ballot when you vote next week.

But with confusing legislative language, it can be tough to understand what these ballot initiatives will actually do.

Missouri Ballot Issues:

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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.

Find more Health Coverage on KCUR.

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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

Jefferson City, MO –

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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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