Deborah Shaar

News Reporter

Reporter Deborah Shaar joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area.

Deborah’s reporting has earned state, regional and national awards for excellence in journalism. In 2018, she won regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards in the hard news and news feature categories. She also won four awards in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) annual contest in hard news, news feature, sports feature and severe weather coverage categories.

She won a national Sigma Delta Chi award from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 2017 for investigative reporting. She also won first-place in the KAB 2017 contest for news feature.

In 2016, she earned a regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. The Kansas Association of Broadcasters recognized her reporting with two awards in 2016, and one award in 2015.

She began her on-air career as a news reporter and anchor at several small market TV stations in southeast Ohio and West Virginia. She fine-tuned her writing and producing skills while working on a highly rated three-hour morning news show at the Fox TV affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. From there, she put her on-air, writing and producing skills to good use: training and developing broadcast news students at Ohio University. As managing editor of the WOUB radio and television newsroom, Deborah served in a crucial role as supervisor of the student-staffed nightly television newscast. Many of her student anchors, reporters and producers earned prestigious national, state and regional awards—and still work in the news business today. She continued her on-air work as a fill-in anchor for a statewide TV news network in Ohio.

Deborah earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in journalism from Ohio University. Her master’s thesis is a historical narrative about the transformation of journalism training at the University of Leipzig, Germany, as a result of Germany’s reunification.

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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita is preparing to open the gates to the public this weekend for its first air show in six years.

Nearly 70 planes will pack the runway and ramp end to end for the Frontiers in Flight Air Show and Open House. Dozens of exhibits and STEM educational activities will be in nearby hangars.

Air show director Major Pete Merrill says just about every military aircraft in the Department of Defense will be on display along with planes from Wichita manufacturers.

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A Kansas trade expert says a new U.S. trade agreement with Mexico could help grow Kansas companies and the economy of south-central Kansas.

Karyn Page, president of Kansas Global Trade Services, says the tentative agreement announced Monday is a sign that trade negotiations are moving forward.

Representatives from the U.S., Mexico and Canada began talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than a year ago. The trilateral trade pact was implemented in 1994 to eliminate barriers to trade and investment.

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The first report on how the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is serving the community is out.

It shows the number of people using the new library is growing, and visitors borrowed 67,898 materials in July to set a record.

The report, presented to city officials this week, shows about twice the number of people visited the new building in July compared to the Central Library last year at the same time.

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Sedgwick County’s election office is using last week’s recount of a primary race as a benchmark for future recounts or post-election audits.

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Every year, 232 women in Kansas endure the heartache of losing a baby to stillbirth or infant death.

To help reduce that rate, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment began a partnership with "Count the Kicks," an Iowa-based stillbirth prevention awareness campaign.

The program teaches expectant women to count their babies’ movements daily in the third trimester. That way, women will know to call their doctor if there is a change in the baby’s normal pattern.

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The nonprofit baseball organization known as League 42 in Wichita is moving ahead with plans to build an indoor practice facility.

The league wants to renovate an existing building across from its baseball complex at McAdams Park near downtown.

Businessman David Murfin owns the property on East 17th Street and offered the league a nominal lease agreement.

League 42 executive director Bob Lutz says the building will provide a venue for baseball training and academics.

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With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

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Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman will be on the ballot in November as an independent candidate in the Kansas governor’s race.

The Secretary of State’s office announced Friday afternoon that Orman’s independent nomination petition was sufficient. He delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the office last week — twice the amount required by law.

Orman’s running mate for lieutenant governor is state Sen. John Doll from western Kansas.

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The city of Wichita is selling hundreds of items from the former Central Library downtown.

An internet-only auction is open, with bidding set to close Sept. 18.

Dozens of tables, cabinets, chairs of all sizes, office accessories and shelves — and more — are available.

The items will be on display at an open inspection on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the former library on South Main Street.

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Law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas are increasing their patrols for impaired drivers the next few weeks.

The stepped up enforcement is part of a national traffic safety campaign called “You drink. You drive. You Lose.” Expect to see billboards and commercials with the message, too.

Officers will target drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Chris Bortz with the Kansas Department of Transportation says men under 34 are the biggest offenders.