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
10:04 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Basketball League Regroups After Violent Incident

Athletic Director Manuel Hernandez in the Sacred Heart Gym. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

A week ago on Friday night, a group of people burst into a community basketball game at Tony Aguirre Community Center on Kansas City's West Side - and just started shooting. Five people were injured, none of them seriously, but the hundred or so people gathered to watch the teenagers play basketball were shocked. The event was part of a league organized by the Guadalupe Center, and it draws kids from throughout the city.

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KCUR News
9:46 am
Thu February 5, 2009

KCMO School Board Governance Debated

Hands Off KCMSD organizer Spark Bookhart introduces the new campaign. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – A new group launched a campaign yesterday to fight changes to the governance structure of the Kansas City Missouri school board. A bill proposed last month in the Missouri House of Representatives would call for all board members to be elected at-large, by the entire city. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
4:55 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Soldier Leaves Journal For Infant Son

Sergeant Charles Monroe King moments after he meets his son Jordan. Photo courtesy of Dana Canedy.

Kansas City, MO – Dana Canedy grew up in a military family in Kentucky, but always expected her life would lead in a totally different direction. She became a senior editor at The New York Times, and won a Pulitzer Prize along the way. But when she was in her 30s, she fell in love with an Army soldier, and after many years, realized they were meant for each other.

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Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2009

Remembering Dona Edith do Prato

Dona Edith do Prato

KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has a remembrance of a musician she met several years ago in Brazil. Edith Oliveira Nogueira died last week at the age of 94. She was from Santo Amaro, a colonial town surrounded by sugar cane plantations in the state of Bahia. Dona Edith, as she was known, didn't become a professional musician until her 60s, when she went on tour with the legendary singer Caetano Veloso

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KCUR News
10:22 am
Mon January 26, 2009

University Plans For Switch To Digital Textbooks

Junior Kevin Green follows the lecture using his E-Textbook.
Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – This week, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he would maintain funding for Missouri's universities at 2008 levels - if they agreed not to raise tuition on students. Some lawmakers said the Governor wasn't in a position to strike that bargain, but regardless of the funding that comes through, state universities and colleges are looking to cut costs.

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KCUR News
6:20 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Former Campaign Workers Tackle Kansas City Issues

Kansas City, MO – This year's presidential election sparked many new people to get into politics. Two campaigns in particular engaged young people using online tools of social networking - Barack Obama's campaign and the campaign of Republican candidate Ron Paul. We were curious about people who got involved during last year's presidential election, and have stayed involved in local issues.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Tue December 23, 2008

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton

Kansas City, MO – UMKC interim chancellor Leo Morton originally said he didn't want the position permanently. He thought it should go to an academic, and that tends to be the faculty's preference. But last week, the university's faculty welcomed the retired Aquila executive as its new chancellor. He'll soon face deep budget cuts, at the same time as enrollment is climbing and new building projects are underway. KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross recently spoke to Leo Morton about the shift from the business world, to academia.

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KCUR News
4:10 am
Mon November 24, 2008

The Kansas City Star Publisher Mark Zieman

Kansas City Star Publisher Mark Zieman
Photo Credit: Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Star publisher Mark Zieman moved from the editor's role to that of publisher earlier this year, a position that has forced him to make very difficult decisions. The Star recently laid off 50 employees in the face of decreasing advertising revenue. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross sat down with Mr. Zieman to discuss the future of the paper and the industry at large.

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KCUR News
1:30 am
Wed November 5, 2008

Latest Light Rail Plan Rejected

Former city councilman Bob Lewellen celebrates the defeat of the light rail proposal.
Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters weighed in against the most recent proposal for a light rail system yesterday. 56 percent turned the starter route, running from Vivion Road to east 63rd.

The verdict was consistent with seven previous elections in the past 11 year - the majority of Kansas Citians have not been interested in light rail. Two years ago, voters approved a plan for a starter route of 27 miles. But the city council repealed the measure, and crafted a 14-mile proposal for voters.

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KCUR News
2:38 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Many Voters Faced Lines Before Polls Opened

Kansas City, MO – Lines at polling places on both sides of the state line formed well before dawn, with voters showing up in the dark with chairs, books and plenty of coffee.

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KCUR News
11:21 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Stories From Voters At Polls In Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – There were long lines at polling places throughout the Kansas City area Tuesday morning. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by a couple of precincts in midtown to hear what people were talking about as they waited.

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Kansas Citians Consider Light Rail - Again

Kansas City, MO – In Tuesday's election, Kansas City voters will be asked to approve a three-eighths cent sales tax to build a new light rail system. City planners are calling it a starter route: 14 miles from Vivion Road to East 63rd street. North Kansas City voters face a similar question - they'll be asked to pitch in a half-cent tax. KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross looks into some of the arguments for and against this light rail plan, and starts out in the Northland.

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KCUR News
11:50 pm
Thu October 16, 2008

Credit Crisis Delays Sewer Expansion

Kansas City, MO – Like local governments around the country, Kansas City relies on municipal bonds to finance major projects, like improvements to its water and sewer system. And with the current credit freeze, the city's waiting for a better market to issue 200 million dollars worth of water bonds. And after that, it needs to borrow 80 million more for urgent sewer upgrades. As KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross reports, there are parts of the city which been waiting a long time for basic services.

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KCUR News
11:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2008

City Council Sued Over Light Rail Ballot Proposal

Kansas City, MO – Opponents to Kansas City's light rail proposal filed a lawsuit against the city council today. The suit alleges the council violated the city charter by rushing the issue onto the ballot for the November election. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

Committee for Sensible Transit member Patrick Tuohey filed the lawsuit. He says the city council called the light rail proposal an emergency measure in order to rush it onto the ballot.

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KCUR News
10:33 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Local Reaction To Financial Crisis

Kansas City, MO – The faltering US economy dominated headlines across the country, and the world. Congress ended up passing a 700-billion-dollar rescue plan for Wall Street. Meanwhile, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross took a microphone around Kansas City and Independence this week, and asked people how the economy and the struggling markets are affecting their lives.

Hear from Kathy Hull, Janice Buchanan, David Lloyd, Helen Munoz, Kecia Smith and Brent Carpenter - all interviewed in Kansas City and Independence.

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KCUR News
10:02 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Michelle Obama Pushes New Voter Registration

Kansas City, MO – More than three thousand people gathered at 18th and Vine in Kansas City last week to hear first lady hopeful Michelle Obama. The rally was the Obama campaign's first big event in the heart of Kansas City's historically black community. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to some of the people who came out to hear her speak.

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KCUR News
2:33 am
Wed October 1, 2008

Thousands Hear Michelle Obama At 18th & Vine

Kansas City, MO – More than three thousand people gathered at 18th and Vine yesterday to hear First lady hopeful Michelle Obama. The rally was the Obama campaign's first big events in the heart of Kansas City's historically black community.

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KCUR News
9:11 am
Mon September 29, 2008

American Royal Honors Master Horse Trainer

Tom Bass
Photo courtesy of the Audrain County Historical Society

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KCUR News
4:42 am
Mon September 29, 2008

Missouri Attorney General Candidate Vows To Fight Internet Crime

Kansas City, MO – Republican Attorney General candidate Michael Gibbons promised to crack down on internet crime in Missouri if elected. Gibbons campaigned around the state yesterday, proposing a new cyber-crimes unit in the Attorney's General's office. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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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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