Meet Your New Maker-in-Residence: Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City. She learned the art of editing reel-to-reel tape as an intern and graduate assistant with the nationally syndicated literary program, New Letters on the Air. Since 2001, she’s focused her efforts on writing and producing feature stories as KCUR’s Arts Reporter. She’s also covered a wide range of topics from science to sports to business.

In 2011, Laura was one of 21 journalists selected for USC Annenberg’s seventh National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. She’s received awards from the Associated Press, Kansas City Art Institute (Excellence in Visual Art and Education,) Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association (regional Edward R. Murrow Award) and Society for Professional Journalists.

Her recent national stories include following a traveling musician into the green room at Knuckleheads for NPR’s Morning Edition, and tracking down stolen Andy Warhols for APM’s Marketplace. During her Black & Veatch MakerSpace residency, Laura hopes to support the work of other audio enthusiasts.

Join Laura for some special programming this Spring in the MakerSpace »