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Mon Apr 26, 2021, 01:59 PM

KCUR Reporter And Beloved Colleague Aviva Okeson-Haberman Dies At 24

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KCUR Reporter And Beloved Colleague Aviva Okeson-Haberman Dies At 24

KCUR | By Dan Margolies
Published April 25, 2021 at 12:24 PM CDT

Aviva joined KCUR in 2019, impressing her colleagues with her work ethic and strength of purpose.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman, an accomplished KCUR reporter known for her thoughtful, aggressive and compassionate reporting, has died after suffering a gunshot wound in her Kansas City apartment. She was 24.

The killing appeared to be the result of a bullet that pierced one of the windows of her first-floor apartment in the Santa Fe neighborhood. She was discovered there in the 2900 block of Lockridge Avenue on Friday afternoon by a colleague who had gone to check on her after she’d failed to respond to messages throughout the day.

She was an especially beloved friend and colleague just beginning what promised to be a brilliant career. We, at KCUR, join her family and friends in mourning her passing.

Hours before she was shot, she’d been looking at an apartment in Lawrence. She was moving into a new role covering social issues and criminal justice for the Kansas News Service, a statewide reporting partnership based at KCUR.


Aviva is survived by her mother and father, her two younger sisters and her maternal grandparents. ... Plans for a memorial service are pending.

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