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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A Sedgwick County program that coordinates medical and dental care for uninsured people is being forced to retool its budget for the year.

This came after the county commissioners voted on Wednesday to reduce funding. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Project Access receives funding from the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the United Way and private donors for its annual operating budget.

On Wednesday, the organization found out that commissioners voted to cut funding for Project Access this year by $34,000.

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Despite our mild weather lately, winter is far from over. Now’s the time to apply for a program that offers help when it comes to paying heating bills this year. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is now accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP).

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New classes designed to promote civic engagement are being offered in Wichita. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

This new series of classes is called City 101 and organizers hope they inspire community involvement through information.

The program is a partnership between the Wichita Independent Neighborhoods and the Wichita Public Library.

A series of five classes, all free, are offered twice a month for the next five months.

Organizer Don Landis says participants will get an inside look at how the city of Wichita works.

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A public ceremony is planned for Friday afternoon in Wichita to mark the 50th anniversary of the Piatt Street plane crash.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, Wichita’s mayor issued an official Proclamation during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor Carl Brewer designated Friday, January 16, 2015 as the Piatt Street Plane Crash 50th Year Remembrance.

“I call upon the people of Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base to mourn and to give tribute to those who lost their lives," Mayor Brewer says. "To honor those who violently fought the fires to rescue the living.”

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Wichita is moving forward with plans for a new Central Library and is expected to put the project to bid by end of the year.

City Council approved the next phase Tuesday morning by a vote of five to two.

The city also entered into a new partnership with the Wichita Public Library Foundation, a non-profit, to pay for the upcoming work.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more on the council's action and the features visitors may see at the new library.

    

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Wichita residents will learn more details about the proposed new Central Library next week. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Leaders from the Wichita Public Library Foundation are expected to present their final report on the design phase to City Council on Tuesday.

Plans call for the new Central library to be built on land near Second and McLean, just southwest of Exploration Place.

The project has been in the works since 2006 and is expected to cost about 30-million.

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Four hospitals in South Central Kansas face a financial penalty for having high rates of infection or patient injuries in recent years.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

A federal law requires Medicare to grade hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions such as the frequency of central-line blood infections, urinary tract infections or serious patient complications during care.

As a result, 11 hospitals in Kansas had rates too high and will be penalized by having their Medicare reimbursements reduced by one-percent this fiscal year.

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The Wichita Public Library is closing one of its eight branches, as well as moving its collections to other larger branches. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The Orchard Park library branch on West Ninth Street closed for good on Friday because it was no longer meeting the needs of its customers.

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the branch is a very small space inside the Orchard Park Recreation Center and its usage has declined.

Berner says the branch has been a part of the community for 34 years.

Westar Energy is adding to its renewable energy portfolio through a new wind farm, while retiring two older natural gas plants in Wichita. KMUW's Deborah Shaar has the story.

Westar announced Tuesday that it plans to buy wind energy from a new wind farm going up in two western Kansas counties.

The Cedar Bluff wind farm is expected to be running by the end of 2015. It’ll provide Westar with 200 megawatts of electricity.

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There are at least fifteen community health clinics in Sedgwick County that serve people in need. They are known as “safety net clinics.”

One of them, the Guadalupe Clinic, will mark its 30th anniversary next year. For the past decade, Guadalupe has been working with students from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita to increase the level of care offered… and provide these future doctors with very practical experience.

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