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 been featured on NPR newscasts and Morning Edition. She won a national Sigma Delta Chi award from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 2017 for investigative reporting for her story “FAA Plan to Shift Weather Observations at Airport Raises Safety Concerns." She also won first-place in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) 2017 contest for news feature with her story “Sedgwick County Takes Integrated Approach to Mental Health Crisis Intervention.

In 2016, she earned a regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting (“Searching for Zebra Mussels in Wellington Lake"). The Kansas Association of Broadcasters recognized her reporting with two awards in 2016 (“Hesston: Sounds of Resilience” and FAA Airport Weather Observer series) and one award in 2015 (“Hesston’s Recovery 25 Years after an F-5 Tornado Hit").

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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A team from the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson is creating a new traveling exhibit that features consoles used during the Apollo space missions.

NASA’s flight control team planned, trained and executed space missions on the consoles at Johnson Space Center in Houston from the 1960s until the early 1990s.

The Cosmosphere obtained the consoles after they were decommissioned.

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The next chapter in public library service in Wichita begins Saturday with the opening of the Advanced Learning Library.

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The children’s area in the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita will feature a new approach to book displays.

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The demolition process for the old terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is entering its final phase.

Workers will start asbestos mitigation and mechanical work this month to prepare for the building demolition this fall.

The airport’s utilities will continue to operate out of the old terminal’s basement.

The United Way of the Plains

Finding health and human services help in Kansas is now as easy as sending a text. The United Way of the Plains launched a new texting option for its 211 information helpline.

Here is how it works: all you need to do is send a text to 898211 with your zip code. A call center operator will answer the text and get more details about the situation.

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Construction is beginning on a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station that will serve the growing northeast Wichita area.

The EMS crew covering this part of Sedgwick County has been working out of a Wichita fire station at K-96 and Webb Road since EMS Post 9 relocated to South Webb Road in 2014.

EMS Director Scott Hadley says demand for EMS services is increasing in this area so the county needed to build a stand-alone EMS station.

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The race for the 4th Congressional District seat in south-central Kansas will include a Republican candidate named Ron Estes.

But we won’t know until after the August primary whether that candidate is current Congressman Ron Estes or political newcomer Ron Estes.

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An online mapping service is providing up-to-date information about crimes that happen in the city of Wichita.

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Sedgwick County commissioners are getting updates on departmental budget requests as part of the 2019 budget process.

County leaders have been briefing commissioners on the most pressing budget issues during workshops that began earlier this month.

County Manager Mike Scholes says the department of public safety needs increased funding across its agencies, including 911 and the sheriff’s office.

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The Wichita Public Library system is working to digitize its library card applications. It’s one of the projects that began in preparation for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library.

Library staff has been working more than a year to digitize thousands of original library card applications kept at the Central Library downtown.

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