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NPR personality in Wichita

Carl Kasell, a broadcaster for NPR for 30 years, will be in Wichita on Tuesday to meet with students at WSU's Elliott School of Communication in the afternoon and to deliver a talk that night at Century II's Mary Jane Teall Theater. His appearance is being sponsored by KMUW public radio.

Here's what you need to know about Kasell:

1) He's the official judge and scorekeeper for NPR's weekly news quiz show, " Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!," which premiered in January 1998. The prize that "Wait Wait" offers to its listener contestants is a recording of Kasell's voice for their personal telephone answering messages.

2) Kasell provided newscasts for NPR's daily newsmagazine " Morning Edition" from the program's inception in 1979 until 2009. He retired from that job last year.

3) Kasell, who turns 76 today, is a native of Goldsboro, N.C., and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife. He is also an accomplished magician .

Kasell will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Elliott School of Communication on the WSU campus. That lecture is free. He'll deliver a lecture at 7:45 p.m. that day at Mary Jane Teall Theater. Tickets are $10. Make evening reservations online at www.kmuw.org. For more information, call 316-978-6789.

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