Sylvia Maria Gross

Reporter, Producer & Co-Host of KC Currents

Sylvia Maria Gross co-hosts and produces KC Currents, an award-winning weekly news magazine that covers news and culture in Kansas City’s diverse communities. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The World and Studio 360. Gross grew up in New York City, Brazil and the suburbs of Washington, DC. She studied English at Yale University, and then spent a year researching arts education in Brazil on a Fulbright grant. When she returned from Brazil, she taught middle school math and English while completing a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She reported in New York about education and culture before moving to Kansas City in 2004.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach On Immigration And The Upcoming Election

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach

One recent piece of legislation that was seen as a victory for Latino immigrants is the 2004 law allowing undocumented students who went to high school in Kansas to pay in-state tuition rates at local colleges. That law has been challenged each year since, in the statehouse and in federal court, and has been upheld in both places. But this week, an appeals court in California made a different decision - which could lead to the repeal of instate tuition benefits for illegal immigrants in that state.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Kansas Hispanic And Latino Commission Exec Director Steven Cisneros

Stevan Cisneros

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently caught up with Steve Cisneros, who's the director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino Affairs Commission. Cisneros was appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius last year, after working in the Clinton administration in 1990s, and stints in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico. But this position brings him back home, Cisneros grew up in Wichita.

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KC Currents
11:27 pm
Sun September 7, 2008

Church Leaders House Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a factory in Mississippi last week and detained almost 600 people. They are suspected of working in the United States illegally. Right after news of the raid spread, many family members and children of the detainees turned to one place for information and help: the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

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Cops & Crime
11:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2008

Church Leaders Talk To KCK Police About Immigration Issues

A group of church leaders is calling on the Kansas City, Kansas Police to address the treatment of immigrants in Wyandotte County. The police chief will be meeting with representatives of the group next month, though police say immigration enforcement is a federal issue. Lutheran minister Mike May said at a press conference outside police headquarters that the treatment of illegal immigrants is also church concern.

MAY: Who would Jesus deport? The answer is nobody . . . full stop . . . end of sentence . . . nobody.

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Government
3:02 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Obama Addresses KC Transport Workers Facing Cutbacks

Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to transport workers facing steep job cuts at Kansas City International airport yesterday. The town-hall meeting was part of his tour of tightly-contested states before he speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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Books
12:41 am
Sun August 17, 2008

Sonia Nazario Discusses Enrique's Journey

The original Los Angeles Times series won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature reporting, and one for feature photography.
Don Bartletti

Kansas City, MO – Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her series about a boy who migrated from Central America to the United States. Like many other children, as Nazario uncovered, he traveled through Mexico riding on top of freight trains. Nazario based her series on one Honduran teenager's experience, and she spent years researching his life and journey.

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People
11:42 pm
Sat August 9, 2008

US Soldier Sues Government Over Immigration Delay

Becoming a US citizen is always a time-consuming, bureaucratic process. But after 9/11, immigration services began requiring an expanded background check.

So for tens of thousands of applicants, the wait stretched from months to years. Many immigrants have ended up suing the government because of the long delays.

KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross has the story of U.S Army Spc. Julian Polous Al Matchy whose citizenship papers were supposed to be expedited.

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Government
2:08 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Koster Narrowly Wins Democratic AG Contest

In the Democratic race for Missouri Attorney General, State Senator Chris Koster squeaked by State Representative Margaret Donnelly with a margin of less than a thousand votes. Donnelly's campaign is considering calling for a recount. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was at Koster victory party in the Teamsters Hall on the east side of Kansas City.

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Health
1:12 am
Sun August 3, 2008

Positive Drug Tests On The Rise In Kansas City

A company that does workplace drug tests just recently released data showing an increase in positive drug tests in the Kansas City area. Even while nationally, fewer people are testing positive for drugs in these workplace screenings. Jim Nunnelly runs Jackson County's COMBAT anti-drug programs. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that this new information from Quest Diagnostics demonstrates the importance of looking at substance abuse from a public health perspective.

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Government
1:55 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Democrats Vie For Missouri Attorney General

There's four lawyers competing to be the Democratic candidate for Missouri's Attorney General in next week's primary. They have similar ideas on how to protect Missourians from crime and consumer fraud. But the candidates are coming at the race from very different perspectives. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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People
2:59 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Memorial Proposed To Honor Victims, Rescuers At Hyatt Skywalk Collapse

Kansas City, MO – In Washington Square Park on Thursday, on the 27th anniversary of the Hyatt Skywalk disaster, members of the Skywalk Memorial Foundation unveiled tentative plans for a memorial to the victims and rescuers at the collapse. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports on the details of the plans, and what inspired the foundation members to start conversations about a memorial.

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People
9:07 am
Fri July 18, 2008

Plans Unveiled For Hyatt Skywalk Memorial

Kansas City, MO – Tentative plans were unveiled yesterday for a memorial honoring victims of the skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 1981. Yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the disaster in which 114 people died, and hundreds were injured.

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People
10:06 am
Thu July 17, 2008

Plans For Hyatt Memorial Revealed

Kansas City, MO – Tentative plans were unveiled Thursday for a memorial honoring victims of the skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 1981. Yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the disaster in which 114 people died, and hundreds were injured.

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People
4:19 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Travels In Thailand

Pete Dulin with his cousin Bell.
courtesy of Pete Dulin / PresentMagazine.com.

How do you stay connected to family members who are halfway around the world? It's a question that Pete Dulin explores in a series of essays called Travels in Thailand: Explorations of Family, Food, Heritage and Culture. Dulin grew up in Kansas City - his father is American and his mother is Thai. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that the first time he visited Thailand he was only 2 years old.

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Headlines
10:35 am
Wed March 26, 2008

KC Ponders Fate of City Jail

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Missouri City Council has until Thursday to hammer out the coming year's budget. With the slowdown in the national economy, and a recent downgrading of the city's financial status, city council members are preparing to make decisions that will upset people.

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Music
11:27 pm
Sun February 24, 2008

Luz D'Sol Mixes Afro-Latin and African American Music

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Education
10:42 am
Thu January 24, 2008

KC School Superintendant Amato to Step Down

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KANSAS CITY, MO –
Kansas City Missouri's school board has parted ways with Superintendent Anthony Amato. Board members announced last night they would replace Amato with a former superintendent of the Grandview school district. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more. (52 sec)

 

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Education
10:42 am
Thu January 24, 2008

KC School Superintendant Amato to Step Down

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KANSAS CITY, MO –
Kansas City Missouri's school board has parted ways with Superintendent Anthony Amato. Board members announced last night they would replace Amato with a former superintendent of the Grandview school district. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more. (52 sec)

 

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Government
10:54 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Contrasting Opinions in Black Community about Funkhouser

Government
10:54 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Contrasting Opinions in Black Community about Funkhouser

Government
10:04 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Looking Back at the Mayoral Candidates

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Visual Arts
1:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2007

The Father of Black American Art

Aaron Douglas (1899-1979)Charcoal, Cont? crayon24 15/16 ? 18 7/8 in.(63.4 x 48 cm.)
Spencer Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund

University of Maryland emeritus professor David Driskell discusses the life and work of Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas, who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Sports
1:47 am
Sun October 28, 2007

Dice-K at the K

Aya Sawaguchi(far right) and her family recently moved to Overland Park, Kansas from Japan. They came to Kauffman Stadium to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka?s first game with the Boston Red Sox, against the Royals.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – The Royals played their season-opener this week against the Red Sox. They started off winning unexpectedly, 7-1 on Tuesday . . . but just as the weather chilled in Kansas City, so did the Royals luck. And they lost the next two games. But the games themselves were overshadowed by the major league pitching debut of a Japanese superstar . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka. He's becoming known in the US as Dice-K.

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Jazz/Blues
12:59 pm
Sun October 14, 2007

Jazz singer Toni Gates' upcoming concert

For three years, singer Toni Gates has organized a show at Unity Temple on the Plaza, called the One by One Concert Series, which brings together a number of musicians who originally met as teachers at Paseo Academy of the Arts, like sound engineer Tom Ransom and percussionist Clarence Smith.

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Performance
3:47 pm
Sun September 9, 2007

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Soon after choreographer Mary Pat Henry moved to Kansas City to teach at UMKC's Conservatory, she suggested a friend move here too. Leni Wylliams was in his early 30s and already an accomplished veteran of the modern dance world. Together they founded a company to perform not only their own work, but pieces by some of the country's premier choreographers. Their collaboration was cut short in 1996, when Wylliams was brutally murdered.

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People
8:45 am
Sun April 22, 2007

Lt. Albert Bly Helped Preserve Buffalo Soldier History

Kansas City, MO – A man who devoted his life to preserving the memory of Kansas' Buffalo Soldiers and other all-black military units died almost two weeks ago in Kansas City. The 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments of the US Army were known as the Buffalo Soldiers in the years after the Civil War. They served in conflicts throughout the region between whites and Native Americans.

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Jazz/Blues
9:35 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Marva Whitney: It's Her Thing

KCUR's Chuck Haddix welcomed funk singer Marva Whitney to The Fish Fry, where she talked about her start in Kansas City Kansas and working with the late great James Brown.

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