Susan B. Wilson

Host of KC Currents

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood.  However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.)  In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”

Wilson has a passion for people and wide ranging interests in world cultures, sports, the arts, science and politics.  She serves as the Associate Dean at the UMKC School of Medicine. She is also a treating clinician and consultant to the National Football League. A mother of two, in her free time Wilson enjoys gardening, traveling, drawing and live music. Wilson is a member of Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, the American Psychological Association and Delta Sigma Theta, a national public service sorority. 

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KCUR News
4:39 am
Mon December 8, 2008

UMKC's Restructures Black Studies Program

Dr. Clovis Semmes is a visiting faculty member in UMKC's Black Studies department.
www.umkc.edu

Kansas City, MO – In 2006, UMKC's Black Studies program was de-stabilized after several faculty members left. Charges of institutional racism were leveled against the university. At the time, KCUR's Laura Ziegler spoke to the Black Studies director Don Matthews, who described what he saw as the problem.

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KCUR News
5:23 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Advice For Small Businesses In A Precarious Economy

Kansas City, MO – We've seen more discouraging signs in the economy this past week, but Monday, November 17th marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week. That's right. Some experts argue that this period of economic downturn may be a good time to start a new business - as long as you're careful. KC Currents' Susan B. Wilson sat down with the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program director Monica Doss to find out how it's possible.

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KCUR News
12:35 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Mayor Funkhouser Reacts To Citizen Dissatisfaction

Kansas City, MO – It's been a tough couple of weeks for Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser. Bills are skyrocketing, while citizen satisfaction scores are dropping. The light rail proposal, which the mayor campaigned intensely for, failed at the ballot box. And, the Kansas City Star officially retracted its endorsement of the mayor last weekend. KC Currents' Susan Wilson caught up with the mayor , and asked him where he thinks the city is heading.

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KCUR News
5:17 am
Mon November 10, 2008

International Trade Impacts Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – This week, international trade leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada met in Kansas City for the annual North America Works conference. Since NAFTA took effect in 1994, some local leaders have been trying to promote Kansas City as a hub for international trade.

NAFTA has its critics from both the left and the right, and the election of Barack Obama may change the direction of the US trade policy.

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KCUR News
1:36 am
Mon November 3, 2008

African American Political Club Prepares For Election

Kansas City, MO – Pundits are saying turnout in the African American community will play a decisive factor in the presidential election, and will certainly influence state and local races here in Kansas and Missouri. One of the oldest black political clubs in the nation is here in Kansas City. That's Freedom Incorporated. Just this week, KCUR's Susan Wilson caught up with Freedom's president Craig Bland, who's also a state rep in Missouri. She asked Representative Bland how Freedom is gearing up for Tuesday's election.

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KCUR News
4:53 am
Sun October 19, 2008

Board Of Ed. Member On Gubernatorial Candidates' Education Platforms

Kansas City, MO – Reverend Stan Archie is a Missouri State Board of Education member. Archie was also selected by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to serve on a school reform task force focusing on middle school issues. As someone who hears all sides in the education debate, Archie seems to think that the answer lies somewhere in between. KC Currents' Susan Wilson reports.

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KCUR News
4:44 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Church Leaders Start Anti-Violence Movement

Kansas City, MO – Last month, thousands of people gathered on the east side of Kansas City to rally against violence. The month of August had seen a record number of homicides, and some church leaders say they are going to start working together on the problem.

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Teacher's Union Weighs In On State, National Races

Kansas City, MO – With the economic crisis and the war in Iraq on people's minds, the issue of education often gets put on the back burner. It has barely been mentioned in the presidential debates so far.

The country's largest teacher's union, the National Education Association, is trying to make sure public education is not overlooked, and that the votes of teachers are not taken for granted by either party.

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KCUR News
5:25 am
Mon September 15, 2008

After The Olympics

Kansas City, MO – The 2008 Olympics have come to an end, and the throngs of tourists have gone home. So what was it like to experience China as it became the center of world attention? And what's it like now that the excitement has died down? Throughout the summer, we caught up with sportswriter and former KCUR intern Anthony Tao, who grew in the Kansas City area. He's now in the fifth month of his visit to Beijing; Susan checked in with him one last time.

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People
3:57 am
Sun August 31, 2008

Multicultural Issues At The Conventions

Michel Martin, host of NPR's \"Tell Me More\"

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Cops & Crime
4:27 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Aim4Peace Aims To Prevent KC Homicides

Local police tend to expect a rise in violence over the summer, and this year has been no different. There's been about a 22 percent rise in homicides compared to previous years.

Community leaders each have their own approach to the problem: Mayor Mark Funkhouser and City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly are promoting a nationwide program to reduce the availability of guns in the central city.

County prosecutor Jim Kanatzar thinks the city needs better parole re-entry, substance abuse and anger management programs.

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People
11:04 pm
Sun August 17, 2008

Area Congregation Discusses Crisis In Zimbabwe

By the end of the week, there was no clear answer to who would be leading Zimbabwe. The efforts of South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai failed, and Mbeki headed back to South Africa where he addressed other African leaders this weekend.

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Sports
11:04 pm
Sun August 17, 2008

Sportswriter Anthony Tao On Opening Week Of Olympics

Kansas City, MO – The Bejing Olympics have grabbed the attention of Americans this week. We decided to check in with our former KCUR intern, Anthony Tao, who's there, working as a freelance journalist and blogger. Tao is a frequent contributor to ESPN online. You can check out his blog at Heart of Beijing.

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Cops & Crime
11:47 pm
Sun August 10, 2008

Urban Violence And Kansas City Youth

When it comes to violence, it's been a long hot summer in Kansas City. Nightly local news is peppered with reports of violent incidents.

According to Kansas City police statistics, 77 percent of the victims are young black males. When homicides spiked three years ago, the city council called for a commission to examine the root causes of violence.

But community leaders say efforts to address the problem have been too little, too late, and they are critical of planners who have not involved young people in finding solutions.

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Education
11:44 pm
Sun August 10, 2008

Haskell Indian Nations University To Host Tribal College Summit

Native people from around the country are gathering in Lawrence this week for the seventh annual Tribal College Summit at Haskell Indian Nations University. Their focus is timely: climate change and the environment. Preparations for the summit go on despite a dark cloud of controversy.

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People
4:52 am
Mon July 21, 2008

KC Hosts Alpha Phi Alpha National Convention

Darryl Matthews, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Kansas City, MO – Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is in the middle of its 102nd Anniversary Convention in Kansas City this week. That's why men throughout downtown are wearing the Alpha colors - black and gold. Black fraternities date back to racially segregated times when being a black college student was a rarity. Since then, African American students and alumnae have turned to black Greek organizations to help meet their social, academic and public service needs.

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Business & Tech
5:16 am
Sun July 13, 2008

David Jackson: Financial Advice For Couples

Kansas City, MO – It's hard enough managing your own money as a single person, but how do you negotiate with a partner or spouse about your financial future? KCUR's Susan Wilson recently explored this subject with financial planner David Jackson.

David Jackson is a certified financial planner with Waddell and Reed.

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People
4:04 am
Mon July 7, 2008

More People And Money In Kansas City

A new Drilldown Study by UMKC's Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs shows that Kansas City's population, and buying power are significantly higher than estimates from the census suggest. UMKC Professor Robyne Turner directed the research, which could affect federal funding and economic development throughout Kansas City.

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Jazz/Blues
9:49 am
Sun July 6, 2008

Bluesman Robert Cray

Purists sometimes criticize Cray's brand of the blues as "too commercialized." His fans say it's fresh and contemporary approach. KCUR's Susan Wilson asked Robert Cray about that recently, when he was in town for the Rhythm and Ribs festival.

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People
9:56 am
Mon June 30, 2008

David Jackson: Financial Advice For Troubled Economic Times

The current economy has given just about everyone the jitters. The high cost of gas has triggered price increases in basic necessities at the grocery store. The housing industry is in a downturn and the mortgage industry has been hit hard. Many businesses who count on disposable income restaurants and specialty stores are suffering.

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Jazz/Blues
8:34 am
Mon June 23, 2008

Soul Singer Angie Stone

Photo Credit: Marc Baptiste

Singer and songwriter Angie Stone is no newcomer to the music industry. Stone was in KC recently for the Rhythm & Ribs festival.

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