| 825 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67201
Founded: The Wichita Eagle was founded on April 12, 1872, by Col. Marshall Murdock. On Oct. 18, 1872, the first edition of The Wichita Beacon appeared. In 1960, after 88 years of heated rivalry, the Eagle bought the Beacon. In 1973, Ridder Publications bought both newspapers. It merged them into the morning Wichita Eagle-Beacon in 1980. In September 1989, the Eagle-Beacon was renamed The Wichita Eagle. The paper joined The McClatchy Company with McClatchy's 2006 acquisition of Knight Ridder.
Kim Nussbaum, President and Publisher
Sherry Chisenhall, Editor and Vice President for News
Martin Carry, Vice President of Advertising
Dale Seiwert, Vice President, CFO
Cindy Trenary, Vice President, Operations
Kara Hunt, Vice President, Human Resources
Lindsey Schaefer, Circulation Director
Newsroom Hiring Contact: Editor and Vice President for News Sherry Chisenhall: 316-268-6405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
General Hiring Contact: Kara Hunt, vice president, human resources, at 316-268-6456 or e-mail email@example.com
Distinction: Positioned both in print and on the web as the leading and essential source for news, information, commentary and advertising in south-central Kansas.
The Eagle and its website, Kansas.com, are known for innovative content, driven by cooperation across division and platform boundaries. In the past few years, the staff has launched new in-paper and online content for working women, businesspeople and those interested in health and wellness.
The Eagle's news, sports, features and opinions have won numerous journalism awards, and its advertising and marketing efforts have been widely recognized by industry groups. Eight days of intense coverage of the 2007 Greensburg tornado generated more than 20 million page views on Kansas.com.
Innovation in recent years include these print products with online components:
On Kansas.com, the Eagle has been a leader, especially with opinion content and news updates throughout the day. The weblog, created and maintained by opinion editor Phillip Brownlee, has new postings every day, often drawing hundreds of comments and thousands of page views. Kansas.com also has extensive photo galleries.
Kansas.com also features frequent sports updates, reader comments on many stories, sports discussion boards and great resources for fans of Wichita State, Kansas State and University of Kansas athletics.
A long-standing feature on the site is a section on the serial killer BTK, who had 10 victims in Wichita. In 2007, HarperCollins published a nationally distributed book on BTK by Eagle staff writers Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly and Hurst Laviana. Excerpts can be read on Kansas.com.
Market: Wichita and the surrounding area have seen steady growth in households, but the retail marketplace has been even more active. A number of national retailers have opened new stores, have expanded or will soon expand existing operations in Wichita, including CarMax, Ultimate Electronics, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, P.F. Chang's, Ted's Montana Grill, World Market, Lowe's, Kohl's, Red Robin, TGIF and Courtyard by Marriott. These retailers are attracted to a market with above-average buying power and above-average retail sales per household.
Circulation Area: Distributed daily in a 13-county area surrounding Wichita. Sunday distribution covers from about 30 miles west of the Kansas-Missouri state line to about 60 miles east of the Kansas-Colorado state line and from the Kansas-Oklahoma state line to approximately 80 miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska state line.
Customers: The Wichita Eagle is read by almost half (49.1 percent) of all Sedgwick County adults Monday through Saturday and nearly three in four (71 percent) on Sunday. Readership is strongest among the higher-income, better-educated, prime-buying-age households.
Site: A 300,153-square-foot, single-site production facility in Old Town
Readership: 210,800 daily; 304,800 Sunday
Circulation: 88,502 daily; 138,878 Sunday
Size: Average 38 pages Monday through Friday; 58 pages Saturday; 80 pages Sunday
Single-Copy Sales: 11.71% Monday through Thursday, 13.42% Friday and Saturday, 17.49% Sunday
Production: 10 units of flexo, 14 reels, allows for color capacity equal to 50 percent of page count based on press capacity and/or 4 over 4 color.
Technology: Digital DewarView for newsroom production; AP Server NT; all retail and promotion ads designed and produced on Macintosh
Color: All section fronts; WichiTalk Tab, Monday through Thursday; Weekly Tabs (TV Week); advertising 4-10 ads daily average
Web Site: www.Kansas.com
Employees: 330 full-time, 87 part-time
Copy Editors: 11
Graphic Artists: 1
Page Designers: 8
Total Journalists on Staff: 97
Bureaus: Topeka (legislative coverage); Lawrence (sports coverage)
Major Advertisers: Dillard's, JCPenney, Kohl's, Davis-Moore Auto Group, Sears, Dillons Food Stores, Homeland Foods, Scholfield Automotive, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Walgreens, Target, Lowe's, The Home Depot, Star, Sports Authority, Ultimate Electronics
Creative Ventures: The Wichita Eagle hosts several trade shows and conferences per year, including The Wichita Eagle Career Expo in spring and fall, ExpoVentures and the New Care Show and Women's Fair. The Wichita Eagle has produced more than 70 books since 1990, including the latest book, "Blind, Torture, Kill -- The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door" published in 2007 by HarperCollins.
The Wichita Eagle Business and Tech Showcase, and The Wichita Eagle Professional Women's Conference. The Wichita Eagle has published more than 70 books since 1990.
Well-Known Newsroom Personalities: Bonnie Bing, fashion; Bob Lutz, sports; Roy Wenzl, narrative writing; Carrie Rengers, business; Michael Pearce, outdoors; Denise Neil, pop culture, entertainment
Community Involvement: Taking it to the Streets, a benefit for United Way; Share the Season; Boys & Girls Club; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bigs in Schools; Wichita State University; Elliott School of Communication
Academic Sponsorships: Wichita Eagle Minority Scholarship
The Market: The largest city in the state, Wichita is the regional economic hub of south-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with a work force that meets the financial, medical and business needs of more than half-a-million people. With its strong aerospace history and the second-highest concentration of manufacturing jobs and skilled labor in the nation, Sedgwick County alone contributes nearly half of the state's manufacturing employment earnings.
Visitors to Wichita are pleasantly surprised when they discover that the community offers more than wheat fields and tornadoes. Not only has Wichita been named an All-American City three times since 1962, it also ranked among the top 32 cities nationally for quality of life. In fact, "money" magazine recently named the Wichita community a Top 10 Best Place to live -- right above New York City. These rankings communicate affordability, short and easy commutes and a high level of public safety -- attributes not found in most other metro areas.
Wichita's diverse business community truly prizes and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation -- values confirmed by companies such as Pizza Hut and Celeman Cos., which got their start right here in the middle of the heartland.
Location: Wichita is 199 miles from Kansas City; 332 miles from Omaha; 364 miles from Dallas; 444 miles from St. Louis; 518 miles from Denver; 603 miles from Houston; 636 miles from Minneapolis; and 726 miles from Chicago.
Transportation: The major airport is Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Denver. Major highways include Interstate 35, U.S. 54 in town and I-70 about 90 miles to the north.
City Population/Households: The Wichita city limits were home to 345,850 people in 2006. These people lived in 140,069 households.
Household Growth Rate: It's estimated that the number of households in the city of Wichita will grow from 140,069 in 2006 to 140,941 in 2011 -- for a growth rate of 0.6%.
Education of Population 25 and Older:
5.1% (11,403) have less than a ninth-grade education
10.5% (23,150) have some high school, no diploma
28.1% (62,242) have high school diplomas
25.1% (55,487) have some college, no degree
5% (11,170) have associate's degrees
17.7% (39,300) have bachelor's degrees
5.7% (12,646) have master's degrees
1.9% (4,197) have professional school degrees
0.8% have doctorate degrees
Ethnic Makeup: 72.5% (250.910) white; 11.7% (40,359) African-American; 1.1% (3,816) American Indian; 4.5% (15,736) Asian; 0.1% (304) Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 6.3% (21,963) some other race; 3.7% (12,762) two or more races; 12% (41,613) Hispanic/Latino ancestry
Median Age: 34.3 years
Household Income: $45,162, median; $57,587, average
Median Home Value of Owner-Occupied: $91,767
Health Care: 19 hospitals, 50 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, 3,000 licensed beds
Faith Communities: More than 90 denominations actively express their faith in Wichita in more than 500 locations of worship. There also are excellent religious educational opportunities, from preschool through graduate school.
Climate and Environment: Average monthly temperatures frange from 29.5 F to 81.4 F with a low of 19.2 F in January and a high of 92.8 F in July. Annual average precipitation is 29.3 inches; snowfall is 15.7 inches; wind speed is 12.2 miles per hour; and relative humidity is 71.5 percent
Cost of Living Index: (national average is 100): 94.1 overall; 89.3 grocery and food; 77.2 housing; 105.4 utilities; 98.7 transportation; 105.9 health care; 97.6 miscellaneous goods and services
Commute Times: Drives to work in the Wichita metro area are short, with an average commute time of 18 minutes -- 28 percent shorter than the national average of 25.1 minutes. The vast majority of Wichita commuters travel in their own vehicles, and less than 0.5 percent of trips are made through public transportation.
Major Employers: Cessna Aircraft Co., Spirit AeroSystems Inc., Hawker Beechcraft, U.S. Government, USD 259 Wichita Public School System, State of Kansa, Via Christi Health Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Bombardier Aerospace Learjet, Wichita State University, Koch Industries, Wesley Medical Center, York International, The Coleman Co.
Major Retailers: Dillard's; JCPenney; Kmart; Sears; Target; Wal-Mart; Kohl's; Target
Higher Learning: Friends University; Kansas Newman University; Webster University; Wichita State University
Culture: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Old Cowtown Museum, Mid-America All Indian Center, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Symphony, Music Theater of Wichita
Sports: National Baseball Congress annual tournament; Wichita Thunder (pro hockey); Wichita Wild Arena Football
Major Annual Events: Wichita River Festival is a 10-day celebration in May. It is highlighted by a fireworks display attended by more than 200,000 people.
Tourist Attractions: Old Cowtown Musuem, Wichita Greyhound Park, Exploration Place, Wichita Art Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo
Nightlife: The Old Town section of downtown Wichita, where the newspaper is located, is the nightlife center for the area, with numerous restaurants and bars.
Claim to Fame: Wichita has a history of entrepreneurship. Pizza Hut, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Koch Industries, Rent-A-Center, Coleman and Learjet were founded in Wichita.
Famous Citizens: Barry Sanders, former running back for the Detroit Lions; Nancy Kassebaum Baker, first woman elected to the U.S. Senate; Charles Koch, one of America's wealthiest people; Carry Nation, famous prohibitionist
Trivia: More than half of all general aviation aircraft flying today were built in Wichita. Fairmount College -- now known as Wichita State University -- was the site of the first night football game, when Coleman lanterns were used to light the field.
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Wichita, KS 67202
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(This profile was last updated on Aug. 8, 2011)