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Kansas Governor Discusses State’s Response to Coronavirus

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has announced the closure of K-12 schools until August. (File photo, Kansas News Service)
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has announced the closure of K-12 schools until August. (File photo, Kansas News Service)

Governor Laura Kelly’s decision to close all K-12 public and private schools for the remainder of the academic year doesn’t sit well with some Kansans, including some state lawmakers. Neither do some of the Democratic governor’s other executive orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Some have charged that she is overreacting to the pandemic. But in an interview with Jim McLean, of the Kansas News Service, the governor says she's only taking appropriate actions.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly spoke with senior reporter Jim McLean, of the Kansas News Service. The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of public radio stations across the state - dedicated to reporting on the health and well-being of Kansans, their communities and civic life. Learn more at ksnewsservice.org.

Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.