Steve Kraske

Host of Up to Date

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as political correspondent for The Kansas City Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City. From 2013-2016, he was a part-time columnist for The Star; he now serves on the newspaper's editorial board.

Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wisconsin. 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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So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

When religion is part of the news stories of the day, it can be very good - as when people of many faiths work together to provide disaster relief - or very bad, as when religious institutions become embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse.  In today's pluralistic world, even stories that might never be covered by the religion desk - like foreign policy debates, armed conflicts worldwide, or presidential election campaigns - have undeniably religious angles and implications.

Whether it's the opening of a beacon of the performing arts, a shopping mall revived from near death, a business fleeing one side of the state for the other, or a law firm's attempt to build a new office structure on the Country Club Plaza, it's been a busy year in development across the Kansas City region.

When it comes to shuttered and abandoned buildings, the terms “adaptive reuse” and “repurposing” are being heard more and more.  Whether talking about the numerous facilities sitting unused within the Kansas City Missouri School District or on iconic building like King Louie West in Overland Park, finding new uses for old sites seems to make good sense for buyers and sellers alike.

The Book Doctors' Top Picks For 2011

Dec 14, 2011

Tablets and readers might soon supplant the printed word, but there's nothing quite like snuggling up with a great book on a cold winter day. In the interest of keeping you cooped up in just that condition, the Book Doctors share their favorite page-flippers from the past year on Wednesday's Up to Date. Whether you're looking for literature for yourself or your loved ones, our panel of readers is sure to find something that fits just right.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Dec 11, 2011
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.

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.

"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. 

The Techsperts' 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 7, 2011

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.

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.

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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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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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.

Election Post-Mortem

Nov 3, 2010

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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.

 

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:

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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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

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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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."

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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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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