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Kansas City-area Nonprofits Looking to Break Down Walls Between Home-improvement Programs

Kansas City-area Nonprofits Looking to Break Down Walls Between Home-improvement Programs

This story, published in UCS' Nov. 11, 2021 e-newsletter, introduced readers to the Home Modification Coalition of Greater Kansas City. The article helped publicize recommendations UCS included in a comprehensive housing study it released in early 2021.
A Public Health Partnership with the State of Kansas

A Public Health Partnership with the State of Kansas

As the managing editor of this COVID-19 project in early 2021, OnPoint Communications Principal Mike Sherry led a team of seven reporters that produced 15 stories in six weeks. He edited copy, conceptualized story ideas, and worked with a broader communications team, which included design, social media, marketing and public relations professionals.
Pandemic Produces Ray of Hope for Kansas Communities

Pandemic Produces Ray of Hope for Kansas Communities

The wrap-up story for the Kansas Beats the Virus campaign.
School Districts Come to Terms with Native American Mascot ‘Traditions’

School Districts Come to Terms with Native American Mascot ‘Traditions’

An exploration of the various ways Kansas school districts dealt with the emotional topic of retiring Native American mascots. The story appeared in The Journal, a quarterly magazine published by the Kansas Leadership Center. The Journal circulates to subscribers throughout the state.
KC Parks Dedicates Northland Monument, Celebrates Activist

KC Parks Dedicates Northland Monument, Celebrates Activist

A web report on a ceremony in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri, that unveiled the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain. The ceremony also honored a community member, Keith Nelson, for his work on the monument project. The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department included the story in its e-newsletter.
Club KC Provides Safe Summer Outlet for Youth

Club KC Provides Safe Summer Outlet for Youth

In the COVID-19 summer of 2020, the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department provided safe group activities for youth around the city. This feature, from a Friday evening event in a predominantly Hispanic part of the city, highlighted the benefits for the kids and their parents.
KC Parks Ambassadors Making a Difference

KC Parks Ambassadors Making a Difference

A profile of an unlikely volunteer trio that had forged a friendship during Saturday morning cleanups at Troost Lake in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.
Silver Sneakers Program Provides Fitness Opportunities for Older Adults

Silver Sneakers Program Provides Fitness Opportunities for Older Adults

Fred Harvey, 88, helped illustrate how the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department's Silver Sneakers program provides opportunities for fitness and friendships among older adults.
Shawnee Woman Embodies Ideals of Women’s History Month

Shawnee Woman Embodies Ideals of Women’s History Month

Scroll down to the third story in this edition of the UCS e-newsletter to read about the amazing Carolyn Thomas.
Marathon Overland Park Homebuying Experience Comes With a Surprising Twist

Marathon Overland Park Homebuying Experience Comes With a Surprising Twist

The second story in this edition of the UCS e-newsletter tells how skyrocketing home prices made it difficult for a local city councilman to find a place in his own district.
In The Kansas City Area, ‘The Big C’ Is Big Business

In The Kansas City Area, ‘The Big C’ Is Big Business

An examination of the proliferation of cancer centers in the Kansas City area, the story was part of local content Kansas City PBS produced in conjunction with a Ken Burns documentary, which was based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book "The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer."
Lee’s Summit Students Win Cybersecurity Crown

Lee’s Summit Students Win Cybersecurity Crown

A high school team from Lee's Summit, Missouri, exceled in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. OnPoint Communications Principal Mike Sherry shot, edited, narrated, and wrote the script for this video while on staff at Kansas City PBS. He also wrote the accompanying web story. The video aired on KCPT as a local insert to the national series SciTech Now.