Editing experience

For 38 years, I was a writer, a reporter, and I didn’t expect to ever do anything but that. But after becoming an editor, I realized this is what I’d been training for the past 20 years. As a senior writer at the Wichita Eagle, I regularly mentored younger reporters, helping them polish stories and [...]

Editing experience

At 50, Tiki Room birds are still singing

JUNE 21, 2013 BY RON SYLVESTER THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER It started with a mechanical talking bird. It grew into a chorus of singing, blinking, breathing birds and was a breakthrough of animation in an era before computers. Fifty years later, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room represents the birth of a technological evolution at Disneyland. [...]

At 50, Tiki Room birds are still singing

Horses helped Las Vegas man go straight out of Compton

Dec. 10, 2012 The Las Vegas Sun By Ron Sylvester Charles Cain says football and Gene Autry helped him escape a life of street gangs and drug dealers in south-central Los Angeles. Sports led Cain to Las Vegas, where he played football for UNLV, and horses kept him here through a 28-year career as a [...]

Horses helped Las Vegas man go straight out of Compton

Beneath the surface: Wichita fights sex trafficking

Police and prosecutors knew the child sex trade in Wichita was a growing problem. But residents had no idea about the extent of the local criminal enterprise until we wrote of a 13-year-old girl who had lived through the tawdry life of trafficking. My story so outraged one mother, she reached out to me through [...]

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Goal: Keep mentally ill out of prison

Sunday, August 24, 2008 By Ron Sylvester The Wichita Eagle LARNED – Eyes peered through the narrow window in the cell door. “I’m getting out tomorrow,” said the man, little more than a disembodied voice shouting over the screams of neighboring inmates at the Larned Correcti onal Mental Health Facility. He didn’t mean out of [...]

Goal: Keep mentally ill out of prison

Border is a revolving doorway

Sunday, October 29, 2006 By Ron Sylvester The Wichita Eagle Marcos Ramires-Ramires hunched down in his chair last week in the federal courthouse in Wichita. He stared at his lap as interpreter LuAnn Rivera relayed what a judge, a prosecutor and his lawyer all said about his future in a language he didn’t understand. He [...]

Border is a revolving doorway

BTK killer confesses

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 By Ron Sylvester The Wichita Eagle Dennis Rader dropped his mask Monday. With no apology or visible remorse, the former church and Boy Scout leader pleaded guilty as Wichita’s notorious BTK serial killer. Then he gave an extraordinarily detailed recollection of how he selected, stalked and strangle d 10 people. For [...]

BTK killer confesses

Germ Wars: To Dodge A Plague

I was one of the first journalists in the country to write about antibiotic resistance in the mainstream press. This series appeared in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in March 1999. It won a media award from the Missouri Public Health Association and a local hospital credited these articles with a 30-percent drop in antibiotic prescriptions. [...]

Germ Wars: To Dodge A Plague

The man in black

I was 33 years old, when I found myself covering Branson, Mo., as it exploded as a live performing destination for country music legends. It was one of those moments when you’re a reporter at the right place at the right time. It’s also the time I interviewed Johnny Cash and June Carter. Reading this [...]

The man in black
Editing experience
At 50, Tiki Room birds are still singing
Horses helped Las Vegas man go straight out of Compton
Beneath the surface: Wichita fights sex trafficking
Goal: Keep mentally ill out of prison
Border is a revolving doorway
BTK killer confesses
Germ Wars: To Dodge A Plague
The man in black