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.

Ways to Connect

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Sedgwick County stepped up to help the Wichita Family Crisis Center deal with an unexpected budget crisis.

The nonprofit responded to an increase in domestic violence cases this past year which leaders say strained the crisis center’s budget.

WFCC executive director Amanda Meyers says much-needed security and confidentiality upgrades were put on hold in order to provide assistance to domestic violence survivors and their children.

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The Sedgwick County Zoo will soon demolish its original main entrance building to make way for a new updated entry plaza.

Construction fences block the entrance area and new signs are posted to direct visitors to a temporary entrance and exit north of the zoo’s Cargill Learning Center.

The $10 million entry and administration complex will be the first major project in the zoo’s updated master plan.

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A first responder team that handles mental health crisis calls in Sedgwick County is expected to be back on duty this month.

The Integrated Care Team, known as ICT-1, disbanded when a trial period for the program ended in October.

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Wichita’s Botanica begins a new era Friday evening when the iconic Joyland carousel officially opens to the public.

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A program that helps abused and neglected children in state custody is putting out the call to recruit more volunteers.

A historic steam locomotive is headed to Kansas as part of a tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad system.

Sedgwick County

A special first responder team is no longer available in Sedgwick County to handle 911 calls that involve a mental health crisis.

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The make-up of Wichita City Council will remain the same as voters give three incumbents another term.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show Becky Tuttle, Jeff Blubaugh and Bryan Frye won their races.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says voter turnout was about 20 percent.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

Becky Tuttle has held her District 2 seat on city council for less than a year. She was appointed to the position after Pete Meitzner was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission.

Nearly 80 voting sites in Sedgwick County are open Tuesday in the 2019 general election.

Voters will pick representatives for city offices and school boards, and decide a statewide constitutional amendment about the process for the census population count.

Wichita and 16 other cities have mayor or city council seats up for election. Ten school districts in Sedgwick County are looking to fill their Board of Education spots.

Wichita mayoral race

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With days to go before Election Day, early voter turnout numbers in Wichita are already up over the last mayoral election amid a highly contested race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says last week’s early voting at the county election office in downtown Wichita surpassed the total number of early votes cast in the 2015 city election.

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