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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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

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.

 

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.

Kansas City, MO –

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.

Jefferson City, MO –

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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