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Author: Abby Hoover

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Presented by Kansas City's Northeast News, this podcast dives into all things Historic Northeast. Join Managing Editor Abby Hoover as she interviews community leaders, keeps the community apprised about the happenings in and around City Hall, and discusses the biggest issues facing the Kansas City area.
173 Episodes
This week on the Northeast Newscast we’re hearing from Kansas City Parks and Recreation Director Terry Rynard and Deputy Director Roosevelt Lyons as they look forward to the grand reopening of the Kansas City Museum later this year.They share with Northeast News Publisher Michael Bushnell what they’re looking forward to most, how the new collections will open a door to history while focusing on the often untold stories of Kansas City, and its transition to management by the Kansas City museum foundation.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we’re joined by Tiffany Aleman and Gina Bumgarner, school counselors at Northeast Middle School. We’re discussing how COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of both students and staff, the benefits to having counselors in schools, and the most important lessons these professionals have learned throughout their careers.
On this episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by three well-known veterans of the Kansas City coffee scene as part of the Northeast News’ Coffee Issue. Kate Blackman is an experienced coffee expert and competition judge, operations manager at Roast Ratings and independent coffee consultant and trainer; Ben Helt is the Director of Authorized Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Trainer Program; and Marty Roe is the co-owner of Workbench Coffee Labs and Service Call. We talk coffee culture, the industry, pro tips, and even get a little technical. So grab your mug and settle in!
On this episode of the Northeast Newscast, State Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo joins us for the third interview in a series with local leaders elected to state office. Rizzo, who grew up in Northeast and Columbus Park, now represents his hometown in Jefferson City. He represents District 11, which includes Independence, Sugar Creek and Northeast Kansas City within Jackson County. We discuss the state’s COVID-19 response, legislation to keep an eye on, and his priorities in office.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, State Senator for the 9th District Barbara Washington discusses her priorities for her first term. Senator Washington was previously the representative for House District 23 and is looking forward to bringing her passion for urban farming, housing and economic development to the state senate. This is the second episode in our series of interviews with state senators and representatives for our district.
This episode marks the beginning of a series of interviews with state representatives and senators where they will share their priorities for the new term. This week we’re hearing from Missouri House of Representatives District 19 Representative Ingrid Burnett (D). Burnett raised her family and taught in Northeast for many years, and is now serving her third term. We discuss her priorities and her perspective on furthering her community's causes despite a Republican supermajority. She also shares some of the projects she has been working on that will make a difference in Northeast, and the pride she has for her district.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, local realtor LoRay Easterwood with United Real Estate and Becky Gripp with CHES Inc. explain the steps individuals and couples interested in purchasing a home should make. They discuss the process of deciding a price range, necessary savings, and preparing for unexpected costs. Gripp explains CHES programs to repair credit and preventing foreclosure, and their financial planning resources.CHES Inc. is currently hosting online classes found here. Easterwood hosts a real estate podcast, Shop Your City, found here.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Editorial Assistant Daisy Garcia Montoya interviews Edgar Palacios, founder of Latinx Education Collaborative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing and retaining the number of quality Latinx education professionals in K-12 education. This interview was conducted in Spanish. For an article on the organization in English, go to or read the January 6 issue of the Northeast News.
164: Year in Review

164: Year in Review


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Managing Editor Abby Hoover hosts a roundtable discussion with the staff of the Northeast News to recap 2020. From breaking news to features, faces and history, we delivered a product we're proud of to our diverse and unique community. Thank you to our loyal advertisers, listeners, readers and neighbors for supporting us for 88 years, and happy holidays!
Welcome back to the Northeast Newscast. On this week’s episode we’re joined by Kansas City Police Department Community Interaction Officer Greg Smith, who served East Patrol Zone for over three decades before retiring last week. Now, he’s reflecting on the legacy he’s leaving on the community and sharing his hopes for the future of the position.
162: YouthRise KC

162: YouthRise KC


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Coach Ann Murphy, founder of YouthRise KC, discusses how her job as a KCPD officer led her to starting the soccer program, which empowers youth and teaches life lessons through mentorship, education and sport. Her efforts have been focused on Kansas City's Northeast and East Side, where the program supplements a lack of services for college preparation, homework help and other guidance, in addition to coaching soccer.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're exploring rock climbing, a unique sport that provides a workout for both the body and mind. Jonathan Van Volkenburgh, General Manager of RoKC, an indoor climbing gym in North Kansas City, shares the advantages of both indoor and outdoor climbing, the extra care the facility is taking during COVID-19, and the health benefits of finding creative ways to stay active.
The holidays can be stressful without a raging pandemic, record unemployment and job insecurity. Samuel U. Rodgers Psychiatric Nurse Elizabeth Blanchard Hills walks us through a few ways to mentally prepare for the holiday season and how to avoid polarizing conversations related to politics, COVID-19, or family disagreements. We share alternatives for celebrating the holidays with COVID-19 in mind, and resources that Samuel U. Rodgers offers.
This week's episode of the Northeast Newscast dives deeper into the issues surrounding homelessness in Kansas City. Merging KC is working with residents, organizations and volunteers to build a regulated campsite for unhoused members of the community as winter weather approaches. We're talking to founder Houston DeFoe about the camp, longterm solutions to homelessness, how his experience with private security formed his perspective, and the barriers they are overcoming to make this idea reality.
This week on the Northeast Newscast Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas shares his thoughts on his first year in office, discusses the city’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his recent tours through Northeast neighborhoods Sheffield and Lykins.
157: Glass Bandit

157: Glass Bandit


This week, the Northeast News caught up with the Glass Bandit, Jamie Arnold. He started his curbside glass recycling service in July 2014 to address the need for affordable, convenient recycling. Since then, the operation has expanded to neighborhoods and businesses across the metro. Learn how Jamie got the idea, where he expects to expand to next, and the importance of recycling glass.
156: Urban Exploring

156: Urban Exploring


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're diving into the underground world of urban exploring. Aliases, secret locations and illegal activity make this a risk-taker's hobby. Hear from "Irving Jackelman," a local explorer with plenty of tales about the ins and outs of some of Kansas City's most secret abandoned places.
155: Walkin' Charlie

155: Walkin' Charlie


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, I’m joined by Charlie Aiello, a lifelong Northeast resident known to many as Walkin’ Charlie. A self-proclaimed fire department enthusiast, we talk about the history of the Kansas City Fire Department, his favorite restaurants around town, and even a few celebrity encounters. If you see Charlie around, give him a wave!
This week on the Northeast Newscast, Cheryl Lang from the Midwest Genealogy Center discussed the local genealogy resources right in our back yard for Family History Month. The center has a plethora of online resources, including research tools, video classes, worksheets to track your research and so much more. The Midwest Genealogy Center is a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, and is available to everyone, and free to those living in Jackson and surrounding counties.
This week's episode of the Northeast Newscast explores some common misconceptions about voting in Kansas City ahead of the November 3 election. Shawn Kieffer, the Republican Director of the Kansas City Election Board (KCEB), discusses what KCEB does, what not to forget when absentee voting, how COVID-19 has changed Missouri’s voting requirements, shares how often polling equipment gets tested, and where to find voter education resources (
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Faith Brennan

I really miss hearing Mike on KKFI with Charles Feruzza.

Dec 28th
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