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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People
12:20 am
Mon September 25, 2006

Capoeira in Kansas City

People
12:06 am
Mon September 25, 2006

Links: African American Women's Philanthropy Club

Jazz/Blues
9:09 am
Mon September 18, 2006

KC Pianist Harold O'Neal Competes in Monk Competition

This weekend, Kansas City jazz musician Harold O'Neal traveled to Washington D.C. to play in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Piano Competition. O'Neal is one of twelve young pianists selected from around the world to play for the judges, who include jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron and Randy Weston. The top prize is a twenty thousand dollar scholarship.

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People
12:30 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Growing Up Beef: KU Students Discuss Meat-Packing Towns

Kansas City, MO – This week, the two candidates for governor of Kansas both came out in support of a state policy making English the official language. State Senator Jim Barnett, the Republican candidate, told the Lawrence Journal World that he thought many Kansans feel that English is slowly being minimized. A spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Sebelius said she respects the heritage of all Kansans, but believes it would be easier to communicate in school and business, if English were the official language.

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People
2:10 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Topeka Honors All-Female Mariachi Estrella

Cops & Crime
11:32 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

Results from KC-MO Violent Crime Commission

Kansas City, MO – When last year's homicide rate rose dramatically, from 91 killings in 2004 to 127 in 2005, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council convened a committee to examine a wide range of data and programs related to violent crime in the city. Meanwhile, the homicide rate is back down this year, there have been 42 murders this year, as of Friday. The commission made recommendations to the City Council on June 29, and submitted a final report. To discuss its findings, mayor pro tem and city councilman Alvin Brooks joins us now.

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Business & Tech
11:06 pm
Sun July 9, 2006

PREP-KC Coordinates Private Donations to Public Schools

Government
11:58 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

MO House Committee on Immigration Holds KC Forum

Kansas City, MO – In April, the Missouri House of Representatives assigned a special committee to research the effect of illegal immigration on the state. In early June, state officials told the committee that state services haven't seen much impact, but the picture in Kansas City is different. On Thursday, more than a dozen Kansas City officials and community leaders testified before the committee during a day-long forum at Penn Valley Community College. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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Sports
11:16 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Watching Last World Cup Games in KC

Kansas City, MO – The World Cup in Germany is winding its way down to the finals. Some Kansas Citians are glued to ESPN, and even more, to Univision. Soccer fans and other people connected to some of the countries left in the competition are gathering in places around town to watch the games. Sylvia Maria Gross gives us a rundown.

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World Cup
2:23 am
Mon June 26, 2006

KU Professor Robert Rodriguez on the World Cup

Kansas City, MO – With the World Cup on in Germany this month, we become aware of how important soccer is in so many cultures around the world. It's also becoming an essential part of suburban youth culture in the United States. But do young American soccer players become fans of the US team? And now that the US is out of the competition, are they following other country's soccer teams?

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Jazz/Blues
3:27 pm
Tue June 20, 2006

The Scamps' Rusty Tucker Dies

Orestie "Rusty" Tucker died last week at the age of 80 after a brief illness. A singer, drummer, and trumpeter, Tucker was a member of the Tim Whitmer K-C Express band, and played with a number of other groups in Kansas City. But Tucker was probably best known for his work with the Scamps, a group he joined in the late 1970s. The Scamps are considered Kansas City's version of the New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band.

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People
11:24 pm
Mon June 19, 2006

Uganda's AIDS Orphans Educational Trust

Kansas City, MO – When Kansas City native Ginger Damron first went to Uganda as a volunteer, she ended up in the city of Jinja. She says people thought her name was a joke.

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Financial Planning
4:52 am
Sun April 30, 2006

David Jackson: Planning for Retirement

Kansas City, MO – In the fifth of a six part series on financial planning, David Jackson talks about pensions and planning for retirement. David Jackson is a financial planner for Waddell & Reed and writes a regular column for the Kansas City Call.

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Immigration
8:35 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Rally Against Illegal Immigration

Joyce Mucci of the Mid America Immigration Reform Coalition organized the No Amnesty Rally.

Kansas City, MO – On April 10, thousands of people gathered at Ilus Davis Park near City Hall to advocate for immigration reform that includes some kind of legalization for undocumented immigrants. A week later, a rally against illegal immigration drew several hundred people to Mill Creek Park, next to the Country Club Plaza. Many of the protestors there said they support legal immigration, but think existing laws are not being enforced by the government. Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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People
1:56 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Interview with Martha Ojeda

People
1:59 am
Mon April 17, 2006

KCMO Rally for Immigrants' Rights

Government
6:08 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Congressman Dennis Moore on Immigration Reform

People
3:32 am
Mon April 3, 2006

Local Latinos Disagree about Immigration Reform

People
10:28 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Tony Aguirre Remembered

Performance
1:41 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Raymore Woman Faces Deportation

People
4:03 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Janet Murguia on Latino Youth

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia
Source: www.kckps.org

Kansas City, MO – It's been two years since Kansas City Kansas native Janet Murguia was named president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, a leading Latino civil rights organization. She was in town on Friday to address young people at a leadership conference at UMKC. Sylvia Maria Gross asked her about some current challenges in educating Latino youth, both locally and nationally.

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Education
2:05 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Cristo Rey Puts Students to Work for Education

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Government
11:26 pm
Sun January 22, 2006

In-state Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in Kansas

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas state representative introduced a bill on Tuesday to repeal the law that allows undocumented immigrants who live in Kansas to pay in-state tuition. The law passed in 2004, and 221 students are now enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities under its provisions. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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People
2:14 am
Tue January 17, 2006

New Data on Latino Immigrants in KC

Kansas City, MO – It's become almost a cliche to comment on the growth of the Latino community in every part of the United States - including the Kansas City area. But few can accurately answer the question - how big is this community? And what are its characteristics?

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People
12:54 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Remembering Steptoe: a Slave Community in Westport

Kansas City, MO – In order to unravel the mystery of the Steptoe neighborhood in Westport, you'd have to go back about one-hundred-forty years to the times of the Civil War when Missouri's fate as a free versus a slave state hung in the balance.

Joe Louis Mattox, a historian at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, has looked into the neighborhood's history. He sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to tell us how he first became interested in Steptoe.

 

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People
10:40 am
Mon October 24, 2005

Ramadan Reflects Islamic Faith in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.

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People
11:28 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

Nguyens Find Family and Community in KC

Kansas City, MO – In some cases, a disaster provides an opportunity for communities to come to together. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross speaks to one local Vietnamese family who takes in relatives from New Orleans and finds a new connection here.

The Vietnamese American Community of Greater Kansas City donated funds for the Nguyen family to get back on their feet in Kansas City.

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