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Kansas News Service Awarded $500k to Expand Local Coverage

Four public media stations in Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio, will receive a $502,327 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

The partnership, led by KCUR in Kansas City and titled the Kansas Regional Journalism Collaboration, will produce multimedia reports on statehouse politics, health, education, natural resources, rural life, and agriculture. The CPB grant will support the hiring of four journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.

“Collaboration is a force multiplier; together stations can do more and innovate faster to provide the local journalism that is part of the bedrock of public media’s valued service to our country," said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “We’ve seen the importance of our investments in collaboration when, for example, stations in the Texas Station Collaborative were better prepared to serve their communities throughout the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.”

KCUR will partner with KMUW (Wichita), Kansas Public Radio (Lawrence) and High Plains Public Radio (Garden City), coordinating news coverage of local and regional issues.

“Collaborating with other stations in Kansas will allow us to provide more regional news and information that is relevant to our communities,” Dan Skinner, Director of Kansas Public Radio, said. “KPR is proud to be a part of this collaboration.”

The group will report for partner stations and collaborate with national programs, including PBS NewsHour, Marketplace, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered, and other public media programs.  The collaboration will provide audio, video, and web reporting. 

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