Kauffman grant boosts journalism at KCUR

New resources support coverage of education and entrepreneurship


June 27, 2014

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation is pleased to announce a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that will give KCUR Public Media resources for another major investment in its local news staff.

Station General Manager Nico Leone said the $100,000 grant will allow expanded coverage of education and entrepreneurship.

“We are working hard to expand our local news coverage in areas that are most relevant to KCUR listeners,” Leone said. “This generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation gives us the capacity to vastly increase the number of in-depth stories we produce on two important topics, which touch the majority of Kansas City-area residents: education and entrepreneurship.”

KCUR in recent months has expanded its coverage of health care and the arts, and launched a community engagement team, which is working to foster dialogue about important issues.

“Education and entrepreneurship significantly impact the vibrancy of our metropolitan community,” said Barbara Pruitt, director of communications for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “Through this grant, KCUR will be able to provide a better understanding about how these issues affect their daily lives.”  

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the country’s largest private foundations. Its grant making and operations are focused in the areas of education and entrepreneurship.

KCUR is the NPR affiliate member station in Kansas City, Mo., and is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Since its creation, KCUR has provided programming that informs, entertains and enriches the community. The grant will help enhance that mission.

KCUR 89.3 FM has been Kansas City’s public radio station since 1957.  The station broadcasts 24 hours a day in a 90-mile radius of Kansas City and provides an array of news, talk, music and entertainment to the community.  The station’s audio stream, archived local programming, and talk show podcasts are available at www.kcur.org

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit www.umkc.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

The UMKC Foundation, launched in 2008, is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as the official fundraising and fund management organization for UMKC.   


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