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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City of Wichita

A former Wichita fire station is set to become the city’s newest co-working business center.

Wichita City Council approved the sale of the former firehouse at Topeka and Lewis streets at a meeting Tuesday.

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A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night to honor Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze.

Kunze was shot and killed Sunday afternoon during a confrontation with a suspect in a rural area north of Garden Plain.

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A new report says the suicide rates for Sedgwick County and Kansas are consistently higher than the national rate. The Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition presented its annual report to county commissioners Wednesday.

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American Red Cross chapters in Kansas are sending volunteers and equipment to the East Coast ahead of Hurricane Florence.

The massive, slow-moving hurricane is set to plow into the southeast coast by Thursday.

Rachelle Lipker, interim communications director with the American Red Cross of South Central and Southeast Kansas, says the goal is to get disaster relief crews and emergency response vehicles in place before the hurricane hits.

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Sedgwick County officials are planning to ask the Kansas Legislature to change election laws to make voting easier.

When people use advance voting, they are able to cast ballots at the election office in downtown Wichita or other sites throughout the county. But on Election Day, voters must use their designated polling location.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis says he wants lawmakers to change this policy to allow voters to use any polling place.

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Kansas farmers are heading to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with members of Congress and the Department of Agriculture.

The family farmers and ranchers will attend the National Farmers Union's Legislative Fly-In.

Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske says the team from Kansas will focus its discussions with lawmakers on several priorities.

"The farm economy is first and foremost," Teske says, "and an appropriate Farm Bill with an adequate safety net, which is what the farm program was designed for."

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Sedgwick County commissioners renewed a federal grant Wednesday for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program gives homeless people a place to live while they work on skills to increase their income and self-sufficiency.

Assistant County Manager Tim Kaufman said Wednesday the program provides housing vouchers with a care component.

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.