The National Public Radio station in Kansas City has received a $320,000 grant so it can take on more reporting projects that get its listeners involved.
A news release says KCUR-FM will use the two-year grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation to hire a three-person community engagement team.
The former program director for Detroit radio station WDET, Ron Jones, will lead the effort. KCUR also is hiring a reporter and a social media producer.
The community engagement team will focus on topics that include the arts, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and community diversity. The goal is to coordinate community conversations about important issues on-air, online and in person.