Speaker Date Topic
Chris Frank, Multi-Media Journalist, KPTS Aug 04, 2020 12:00 PM
His KPTS documentary 'Wichita: The Air Capital.' how Wichita became the air capital
His KPTS documentary  'Wichita: The Air Capital.'  how Wichita became the air capital

Chris Frank shouldn't be a stranger to anyone who's lived in Wichita for very long. Chris has worked as a television journalist in Wichita for more than 40 years.  He worked 39 years at KAKE-TV, Channel 10.  He covered several different reporting beats there during that time. Reporters like Chris, are not confined to just beat reporting.  He's reported on just about every tornado or other major weather-related event during his time there.   He's probably best known for his reporting on Wichita's aviation beat over a 25-year span. So, when he was asked to join KPTS, Channel 8, the public television station, he was asked to begin work on a major project of producing a documentary on Wichita aviation.  Chris produced the two-hour documentary titled, 'Wichita: The Air Capital.'  It covers the history of how Wichita became the Air Capital of the World. It's raised more in pledge drive money for KPTS than any documentary or single pledge drive event in the station's history.
He's just completed a second documentary soon to start airing called "Keepers: 150."  It's a celebration of Wichita's 150th birthday, with the gifting of 13 Keeper statues by the local civic group, Together Wichita.


Dr. Russell Fox, Professor of Political Science Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
"Fall Elections"
Russell Arben Fox, a native of Spokane, WA, has lived in Wichita for eleven years. He received a BA and MA in Political Science and International Studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, in 1993 and 1994, and a PhD in Politics from Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 2001. He taught at Mississippi State University, Arkansas State University, and Western Illinois University, before arriving at Friends University in 2006. He current serves as Professor of Political Science and Director of the Friends University Honors Program and their Model United Nations Program. He has published numerous articles on matters of American history, education, continental political thought, communitarianism, Confucian philosophy, and bicycling, and is currently working on a book on mid-sized cities. He is a long-time blogger, a regular political consultant for KWCH and KAKE, a frequent participant in city planning activities, and a leader in his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation. He and his wife Melissa are the parents of four daughters and one foster daughter.