The ability to bring insight, context and a pithy sense of humor to conversations surrounding the Kansas Legislature put Nick Haines on a path toward Kansas City PBS.
In 1994 the now three-time Emmy Award-winning host of Kansas City Week in Review made his first appearance on the program. Kansas City Week in Review — originally conceived as a local counterpart to PBS’ Washington Week in Review in 1992 — provides an in-depth look at the issues shaping Kansas City with area newsmakers and journalists. The host at the time, John Masterman, formerly of NBC, sought Haines out for his expert commentary on the actions of elected leaders in Topeka.
His career path to that point made him well-suited for the discussions. He had served as a radio news reporter for the BBC; news director for KANU, the NPR affiliate in Lawrence, Kansas; and as the statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio in Topeka. Just four years later, Haines was tapped to succeed Masterman as host of Week in Review.
In more than 20 years since taking the chair at Week in Review, Haines has grown the public affairs division of Kansas City PBS, with a focus on continuous innovation.
“The show has changed dramatically since I’ve been here,” said Haines, noting the decision to bring more video and graphical elements to the show, and the decision to ensure each episode features a more diverse panel of journalists and experts, representing a wide range of views on important issues.