November 2019. With overloaded Missouri public defenders, you only get a ‘sliver of an attorney’
Missouri public defenders like Walter Stokely have been struggling through a decades-long crisis. With too many cases, they fear they’re failing their clients in a system that denies defendants their constitutional rights.
September 2019. Couple fights sand mine to preserve way of life in Kansas town
Sand mining has accelerated in Kansas as the demand for concrete and asphalt increases. Mark and Tracy Tinberg are leading a group of landowners opposing a 220-acre sand mine proposed to be built just north of DeSoto and the Kansas River.
November 2017. His son ‘was failed in Kansas’ says father of dead child
Clint Blansett’s 10-year-old son Caleb was killed by Caleb’s mother in 2014 in Wellington, Kan. Blansett now lives in Texas. Blansett hopes to never return to Kansas, where he says the Department for Children and Families failed his son.
This video was part of a team project, “Why So Secret, Kansas?” that was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
February 2018. Giving the gift of life: Teacher donates a kidney to her principal
We follow as Natalie Frese, wife of The Star’s David Frese, donates her left kidney to Ty Poell, her boss and principal at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Natalie, a second-grade teacher at the school, found out she was a donor match in the fall of 2016.
This video was nominated for Mid-America Regional Emmy Awards in 2018.
November 2018. Liberty Memorial ablaze with animated poppies in dramatic WWI commemoration
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, a light installation, “Peace and Remembrance,” was projected on the Liberty Memorial for nine nights, honoring the nine million soldiers who died in the war.
This video was awarded First Place Video by the Missouri Press Foundation in 2019.
July 3, 2017. Commercial photographer Jeff Schotland uses a technique developed in 1851 called wet plate collodion to create images that will last generations. Schotland describes the process as he shoots portraits from his North Kansas City studio June 20.
Police turn out in force Saturday, May 4, 2017, to the lemonade stand of a KC 3-year-old who wanted to earn money for a police uniform and dreams of becoming a cop.
Displaced family near Carthage describes loss
Spring River flooding Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, displaced William Stanley and his extended family from their trailer homes in Carthage, Missouri, an unincorporated community in Jasper County. By Tuesday, the water had receded enough for family members to come back and take stock of their situation.