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Pilar Pedraza

Pilar Pedraza

Pilar Pedraza sees journalism as a public service, providing viewers with the information they need to lead their best lives. This is part of what led her into political reporting early on. She cut her political reporting teeth on the First in the Nation Caucuses in Iowa in the 90s. She won multiple awards for her election coverage in Des Moines. She's spent much of the last decade covering the latest developments in Kansas politics. In between elections she's covered everything from the Oklahoma City Bombing, the OJ Simpson Civil Trial, and the birth of the McCaughey Septuplets to the Capture of BTK and the Flight Safety Crash at Eisenhower Airport. With two decades of experience in broadcast news, Pilar has done just about every job there is in TV news. Her favorite, to date, is reporting and anchoring, especially covering politics and breaking news. She grew up in newspaper newsrooms in Michigan and Oklahoma, where her mother was a reporter, editor, and columnist and where she learned how to work with her local community. Pilar graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Journalism and Spanish in 1996 and got her MA in History with an emphasis in 20th century politics at Pittsburg State University in 2019. She is fluent in multiple languages. In her scant free time, Pilar likes to hang out with her husband of 20+ years and their son, a recent graduate of Maize High School. She enjoys reading, quilting, cross stitching and petting her dog and three cats.

Sedgwick County is the state's most prolific county in terms of domestic violence cases, arrests and homicides. A series of research reports shows the need for Wichita to intensify intervention with domestic abusers to improve public safety. (KAKE TV video/Kansas Reflector)

Victims of domestic violence in Wichita eager for bolder interventions to help transform abusers

By: and - October 22, 2021

Plague of domestic violence in Wichita inspires call for greater investment in crisis services, abuser therapy, legal reform, training and education.

Council Grove residents Curt and Christine Brungardt, parents of domestic violence homicide victim Jana Mackey, said they were disappointed the Wichita Municipal Court made insufficient use of batterer intervention programs to potentially change behavior of abusers. Wichita continues to cement itself as the epicenter of domestic violence in Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Wichita’s domestic abuse epidemic inspires call for municipal court to reform offender treatment

By: and - October 21, 2021

Profoundly high levels of domestic violence in Wichita prompt questions about whether the municipal court needs to take a tougher stand against offenders.

Angelica Hale says she plans to ask a federal judge to reconsider his decision to award her just nine months worth of back pay. She left Emporia State University in July 2015, citing a hostile work environment after she complained about the university's handling of a racial slur. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Former Emporia State University employee not happy with $64K ruling for discrimination

By: and - August 27, 2020

TOPEKA — A federal judge has ordered Emporia State University to pay $64,000 to a former employee who faced retaliation after reporting a racist slur in 2015. Angelica Hale, 58, had argued for at least $500,000 to cover wages and benefits she would have earned if she had been allowed to stay at the university […]