Suzanne Hogan

Announcer/Producer/Reporter

Suzanne Hogan graduated from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, with degrees in Political Science and Documentary Studies. Her interests include Latin American politics, immigration and storytelling in a variety of mediums including photography, film/video and writing. 

After college, Suzanne moved back to her hometown, Kansas City and was the Producer for The Walt Bodine Show for about two years. Now she serves as a part-time announcer, producer, and contributing reporter, filling in around the station wherever she can. Suzanne is also a founding member of the 816 Bicycle Collective, a recycle a bicycle program in Kansas City.

In her spare time, Suzanne  plays bass in a punk rock band, enjoys spontaneous traveling, and riding her bicycle all around town.

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KC Currents
3:57 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career, Nerd Nite KC On Cryptozoology

Kenyan journalist Peter Makori came to the Kansas City Star in 2005 as part of a Friendly Press fellowship. He talked to Susan Wilson at KCUR studios about surviving as a journalist in Kenya.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

11-11-12 KC Currents Full Show

 Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career
A free press tends to be something journalists take for granted as a part of American democracy. But around the world, journalism can have life-threatening occupational hazards. Before coming to the U.S., UMKC communication studies major Peter Makori faced down death as he worked as journalist for The Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper. After surviving ten years of intimidation, brutal beatings and imprisonment, a Friendly Press fellowship landed him at The Kansas City Star in 2005.

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KC Currents' Election Special

Missouri considers cigarette sales tax increase.
Credit Elana Gordon

Kansas Voter ID Law Faces Biggest Test

Requiring voters to show a photo ID has been a controversial issue in recent years with many states considering the requirement. A photo ID law got vetoed last year in Missouri, but Kansas lawmakers passed a measure last year requiring a photo ID when voting.  That law got its first test in August.

Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill

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KC Currents
11:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Celebration, How A Bike Trip Grew To Help Orphans In KC

Glowing lanterns in Kirkwood Hall hang from the skylight trailing ribbons at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

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Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Tradition
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday of remembrance and celebration for friends and family members who have died. Traditionally, families build private altars honoring the dead using skulls, flowers, and the favorite food and drink of the departed. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting its second annual Day of the Dead Celebration November 4th. Mexican Artist Betsabeé Romero and area artists have come together to create a special altar installation for the event. 

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KC Currents
6:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Plan To Remove Traffic Lights On Hold For Now

Stop light at Meyer and Main.
Alex Smith KCUR

Drivers may have noticed some changes on the roadways. At 37 intersections across the metro traffic lights are flashing red or yellow, and they’re not broken. 

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KC Currents
5:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD, Plan To Remove Traffic Lights Is On Hold For Now

Jazz singer Deborah Brown at KCUR studios.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown’s New CD And International Attention
Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs. Like most of her music, the disc delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. For much of her career, the singer has found those classic jazz fans at nightclubs, concerts and festivals in Europe.  She’s spent the last couple of decades living and teaching off and on in Europe, and she also performs regularly in Russia.

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KC Currents
12:26 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Atheists Shed Stereotypes, Suicide Rates Are Up In Kansas

Atheists Shed Stereotypes
In Kansas and Missouri, it’s now common for a lot of politicians to not just proclaim their faith, but to openly push a pro-religious agenda. But for the past year, a Kansas City-based group has been trying to push back, although in a friendly way. The Kansas City Atheist Coalition tries to shake off the stereotypes of bitter, angry atheism while they talk to the public about the value of a secular society and government.

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KC Currents
12:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Melissa Lenos On Vampire Boyfriends

Melissa Lenos and Jason Kovac at Nerd Nite KC last April at Minibar.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

It’s like the Discovery Channel with booze, and where whiskey meets wisdom. 

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KC Currents
1:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Parents Push For New Public School, Discriminatory Real Estate Practices And Segregation

Outside of Hale Cook Elementary in Waldo, Kansas City.
Alex Smith KCUR

Concerned Parents Push For New Public School
A group of concerned parents have been gathering at a coffeehouse in Waldo. The cause for concern is the state of public schools in Kansas City, MO. Rather than moving across the state line to Kansas, or to another district, these parents have decided to get a little more proactive—they want to open up a neighborhood school. 

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KC Currents
1:10 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

A Tale Of Short Cow Tails, Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Here a cow with docked tail stands alongside a cow with a tail whose switch has been trimmed at Foremost Dairy in Columbia, Mo. The dairy, which does not dock tails, acquired several cows with docked tails for a research project.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

The show for Sunday, September 23, and Monday, September 24:

Here’s The Short Story On Cow Tails
Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.

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KC Currents
3:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Erin Dahl On The Topic Of Silk Worms

Female moth laying eggs. (Photos used in Erin Dahl's Nerd Nite KC presentation.)
From the book Silkworms by Sylvia A. Johnson

Alison Heryer and Jason Kovac started hosting Nerd Nites in KC this past April.  Nerd Nites have been described a lot of ways, like where whiskey meets wisdom, and The Discovery Channel with beer.

They were first started in the Boston area in 2003 and have grown to be hosted all around the world.  They even publish their own Nerd Nite Magazines which dives into a diverse array of nerdy topics.

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KC Currents
2:22 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mo. Farmers Recovering From Flood Hit With Drought, Nerd Nite KC: Erin Dahl Talks Silk Worms

After the Birds Point Levee breach last year, water coursed through farmland, leaving debris and destruction in it wake.
Samantha Powers Harvest Public Media
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KC Currents
2:11 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What?

The Google Fiber rabbit.
Google

The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.

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KC Currents
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City don’t have access to internet.

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KC Currents
10:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City, Live Music For A Living

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City
Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service. But not so fast—there have been issues with getting the community connected. KC Currents hosted a roundtable discussion to break down the digital divide.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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KC Currents
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott, Inside The Studio & Documentary Of Artist Jim Leedy

Roy Scott is a local rapper and founder of Lend A Hand Family Foundation. He also does outreach for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR
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KC Currents
11:23 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott

Roy Scott, president of the Lend a Hand Family Foundation.
KCUR

Roy Scott loves music. He was 12 when he first started writing lyrics, 15 when he started to produce his own beats. He became part of the underground “gangster rap” subculture. This is when Scott became “Macc James,” a member of the Chop It Up Clicc. But as Scott got older with kids of his own, he realized the power and influence music can have on young people’s lives.

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KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

KC Currents Is Up All Night

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bull frog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating?  Explore the region between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

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KC Currents
5:01 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

A Late Night Frog Gig

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bullfrog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

In Missouri, the bullfrog and green frog harvest season starts on the night of June 30th and last through the end of October. 

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Central Standard
10:33 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Contribute To KCUR's Up All Night Project

pointartist flickr

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating? We want to hear about what goes on in your neighborhood or place of work.

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KC Currents
4:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History, Reform Proposal For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

Map of gay-friendly businesses in KC.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

The show for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20:

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KC Currents
8:22 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In

12 St. Jump

Charlie Parker’s birthday is coming up on August 29, and Kansas City has been known to show its locally grown sax legend many forms of tributes over the years.  

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KC Currents
3:25 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Kansas City Sikhs Seek Tolerance, Local Reaction To Joplin Mosque Burning

Sikh hold vigil in Shawnee Mission Park.
Alex Smith KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13:

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KC Currents
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Recently Retired KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer, Ranchers Battle Suffocating Drought

Smokey Dyer post-retirement at KCUR studios.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6:

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City

Eric Baker KCUR

1,100 other cities wanted it, but we got it: Google Fiber.  Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. 

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KC Currents
3:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Raytown Runner Goes To The Olympics, Breaking Down The Kansas School Finance Lawsuit

"Awesome Joolie" Flickr

The show for Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23:

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KC Currents
2:49 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo On The National Stage, Kansas City's Domino Dominance

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

The show for July 15, 2012.
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KC Currents
11:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

African Centered Schools, Bike-Share, My Farm Roots

Outside the old African Centered Education School in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The show for July 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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July 1, 2012
5:08 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Neighborhood Fireworks Disaster, Nuns Vs. Vatican, Kansas Happy Hours

Sean Dreilinger Flickr

The show for July 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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