Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.

Members of the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice express an interest Thursday in increasing diversity of listening session communities. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tribes seek clarity with federal, state law enforcement

By: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — In Vivien Olsen’s experience as an American Indian tribal attorney, she has seen firsthand how the complicated tribal, state and federal law enforcement relationship has led to over-victimization of native people in Kansas. Olsen, the former tribal attorney for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas, said native people often face questions about […]

Economic recovery task force approves unemployment assistance program

By: - September 2, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansans receiving unemployment benefits due to job loss caused by COVID-19 should soon receive much-needed support in the form of up to $400 in additional payments from a federal unemployment program. The program temporarily provides an additional $300 per week for those who are receiving unemployment benefits. Each state may also choose to […]

Kansas universities see jump in COVID-19 cases as students congregate

By: - September 1, 2020

Ellis County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases since students and employees returned for class at Fort Hays State University. Although the university has mostly conducted testing on a voluntary basis, it has recorded 90 positive cases from a campus population of 5,200. That’s also more than half of the 179 active cases in […]

Spanish-speaking Kansans face language barrier amid COVID-19

By: - August 30, 2020

Veronica Mireles knows from personal experience the perils many Kansas Latinos face navigating health care in Kansas without English fluency. When Mireles arrived at a hospital in Wichita with her ill son, she received a bilingual staff member rather than a qualified interpreter. The staff member provided some basic translations, but it was insufficient. “My […]

Khadijah Hardaway, a community organizer for Justice for Wyandotte, and others gather Thursday to apply pressure to Kansas City, Kan., Mayor David Alvey and Wyandotte County administrator Doug Blach. They want criminal charges filed against retired detective Roger Golubski, and an investigation into his cases. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Interfaith call for justice seeks accountability for Wyandotte County officials

By: - August 28, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Community activists and faith leaders are demanding action and transparency from Wyandotte County authorities on investigations into wrongful convictions and misconduct of a retired police detective. Khadijah Hardaway, a community organizer for Justice for Wyandotte, said in a call for justice Thursday night that accountability for Kansas City, Kansas, officials is […]

Kelly thanks Kansas teachers for work on reopening plans despite virus uncertainty

By: - August 26, 2020

Linda Sieck is uncertain about the feasibility of maintaining social distance in a cramped classroom when her students return to class this fall. Linda Sieck, president of National Education Association of Shawnee Mission, said on Tuesday she had heard from some sources, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, that only three feet of distance are […]

‘Get in the game’ — Kansas leaders urge more women to enter public service

By: - August 25, 2020

Kansas set a record this year with women running in each of the state’s U.S. House and Senate races, but that’s not nearly enough to reflect the state’s population. Women currently hold fewer than a quarter of the seats in Congress. In the Kansas Legislature, they hold only 26% of the seats. “It’s frustrating that […]

Gov. Laura Kelly and legislators on the State Finance Council agreed to reallocate $38 million in federal CARES Act money to urgent needs amid the COVID-19 surge and to earmark money unspent on Dec. 31 to the state's shrinking unemployment insurance fund. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly doubles down on Carl Folsom for Kansas Court of Appeals

By: - August 24, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday she again has appointed federal public defender Carl Folsom to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Folsom, who works in Topeka, was appointed by the governor in May and rejected by Senate Republicans during a special session in June. Kelly has now selected Folsom from […]

Kansas deaf community pushes for access to information, education amid pandemic

By: - August 23, 2020

Allison Gile has spent 28 years in classrooms, research institutions and legal settings providing vital information to the Kansas deaf community. Now, the American Sign Language interpreter is known for her work alongside Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman during frequent briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Seeing all […]

Removing roadblocks for Latino voters is slow work in Kansas

By: - August 22, 2020

TOPEKA — Alejandro Rangel-Lopez didn’t think twice about taking legal action when Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox moved the only polling location outside of Dodge City limits in 2018. “Voting is one of the most important rights we have,” Rangel-Lopez said. “I learned from my father at an early age. He became a citizen in […]

Calls for criminal justice reform usher sympathetic DA candidates

By: - August 21, 2020

TOPEKA — Joshua Luttrell used to talk fervently with fellow attorneys about criminal justice reform he had hoped for, but didn’t see, under Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay. Now, Luttrell will look to unseat Kagay by running on the same platform he hoped his opponent would adopt. “I ran because I felt somebody had […]

The Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, which meets every other week, is charged with making recommendations to the governor, Legislature and local governments. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Governor’s commission seeks added diversity in Kansas police training, hiring practices

By: - August 20, 2020

TOPEKA — A leader of Gov. Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice on Thursday called for refreshed police training programs focused more squarely on historical context and the role of police in perpetuating inequalities. Shannon Portillo, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Kansas Edwards campus, suggested every officer take a […]