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Steve Kraske has been the political correspondent for The Kansas City Star since 1994. He covers national, state and local politics with a special focus on the Iowa presidential caucuses every four years. Kraske first came to The Star in 1986 and covered the Kansas City Police Department and state government in Jefferson City and Topeka. Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wis. Kraske is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. His parents live in Stillwater, Minn. In 2001, he and a team of Star reporters won the Missouri Press Association's top government-reporting award for a series of stories on the death of Gov. Mel Carnahan. In 1991, he was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.