Government & Politics

KC Star announces new City Hall reporter, Politics Editor

Allison Kite, who has covered political and business news on both sides of the state line, is The Kansas City Star’s new City Hall reporter, the paper announced Monday.

Since coming to The Star in February, Kite has written about development, technology and politics, including the legislative session in Missouri, the fall of Gov. Eric Greitiens and the Hawley-McCaskill U.S. Senate race.

As The Star’s City Hall correspondent, Kite will serve as watchdog, helping residents understand how the mayor, City Council and city departments spend your tax dollars. She will also cover the upcoming Kansas City mayoral race and pay close attention to development and growth issues.

“After several years covering state politics, I welcome the new challenge that comes with reporting on local government,” said Kite, 24.

“From job creation to street construction and trash service, City Hall is a constant in residents’ lives. I think it’s essential that readers know how their government is serving them.”

“Allison is a great fit for City Hall and the political team,” said Bill Turque, who moves from City Hall to Politics Editor. Turque, a veteran of Newsweek and The Washington Post, has covered City Hall since returning to The Star in September 2017. He was a reporter for the paper from 1977 to 1981.

Before arriving at the Star, Kite covered Kansas politics for the Associated Press and later the Topeka Capital-Journal, where she found that Kansas exposed nearly 1,000 residents’ personal information through Crosscheck, a voter information database. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where she took minor courses in economics and public policy.

Kite rounds out a Star political team that has earned national praise for its coverage of this year’s midterm elections.

Lindsay Wise and Bryan Lowry will continue to work from Washington D.C.. with Jason Hancock serving as The Star’s lead political reporter in Missouri and Kansas. Hunter Woodall, who had been covering Kansas politics and the state legislature, moves east on I-70 to take on the same assignment in Missouri. Jonathan Shorman of The Wichita Eagle will cover Kansas for The Star as well.