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Wed April 11, 2012
KCUR Reporters Receive Awards
KCUR and Harvest Public Media reporters recently received several journalism awards for their reporting.
Elana Gordon won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her story Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time.
Until 1 a.m. every day, Kar Woo, a slender man with dark shoulder length hair that’s greying around his ears, drives around this brightly painted mini-van, with the Gandhi quote, “Be the Change,” printed in big red letters on the side. He drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless.
Sylvia Maria Gross and Susan B. Wilson won an Edward R. Murrow for their story New Curfew Prompts Debate About Parenting, Violence.
The city council took an aggressive step to try and stop large numbers of young people from congregating on the Plaza and other entertainment zones last week. The new weekend curfew appears to be working, at least if this weekend is any indication. But some people are concerned that the curfew is aimed more at protecting the Country Club Plaza than young people.
Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas won an Edward R. Murrow for The Curious Case of the Cattle Rustler.
For two years, mustachioed and smooth-talking Kevin Ray Asbury ran a racket that went a little something like this: He lured customers with top-shelf Angus cattle. They would buy into the herd, or sell their own for breeding.
Laura Spencer won a Missouri Broadcasters Association Award for her story Revisiting Robert Altman's Kansas City.
The 1920s and '30s marked the heyday of Kansas City jazz. Political boss Tom Pendergast tolerated drinking in an era of prohibition. And musicians flocked to play the dozens of clubs in this "wide open town." But today, in the city's historic 18th and Vine jazz district, fake storefronts, including movie facades, have been in place longer than many businesses last, almost as long as the heyday itself.