Deborah Shaar

News Reporter

Award-winning news reporter Deborah Shaar covers Sedgwick County, and produces short and in-depth stories about government, education, health, politics, arts and community topics. She joined the KMUW News team in 2014. Before that, Deborah spent more than a dozen years working in newsrooms at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan. She also taught news and broadcasting classes at a Texas college.

Deborah’s reporting has earned prestigious national, regional and state awards for excellence in journalism. She won a national Sigma Delta Chi award from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 2017 for investigative reporting.

Her reporting has earned three regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards: in 2018, for hard news and news feature; and in 2016, for investigative reporting.

Since 2015, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) has recognized Deborah’s reporting annually with awards in categories such as spot news, hard newsnews featuresports feature and severe weather coverage.

Deborah 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 leveraged her on-air, writing and producing skills to train and develop broadcast news students at Ohio University for the WOUB radio and television newsroom. As managing editor, Deborah supervised a student-staff that produced a nightly television newscast, and radio stories. A move to central Ohio brought an opportunity for Deborah to work as a fill-in news anchor for a statewide cable TV news network.

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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Wichita’s Meals on Wheels program is back in its own kitchen after four months of renovations due to a fire.

An Open House at the Downtown Senior Center is planned for Wednesday afternoon. KMUW’S Deborah Shaar reports.

An electrical fire in the kitchen at the Downtown Senior Center on South Walnut last November shut down the building for four months.

The Meals on Wheels program moved to a temporary kitchen during this time and all senior programs and activities stopped or moved to other centers.

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Kansas lawmakers are close to the end of their annual spring break and plan to reconvene this week at the Statehouse to wrap up their business for the year. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

The State House and Senate are scheduled to be back in session Wednesday.

Lawmakers must balance the next state budget, and their research staff says they must close a $422 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But they have a full plate of other issues as well.

Wednesday would be the 73rd day of their annual session, out of the scheduled 90.

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It’s estimated that more than 14,000 people in Kansas will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year. A little less than half will be women and the majority of those new cases will be for breast cancer.

There are support programs available to help women manage the appearance-related side effects once treatment begins.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the “Look Good, Feel Better” program offered by the American Cancer Society.

A short, upbeat video provides the first introduction to the Look Good, Feel Better Program.

One of the safety-net health clinics in Wichita is expanding to serve more patients who are under-insured or don’t have medical insurance. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more...

Guadalupe Clinic’s South location on South Hillside in Planeview will be adding two examination rooms and upgrading the workspace and laboratory areas.

Guadalupe Clinic’s Executive Director David Gear says the South Clinic provided health care to 126 people when it opened three years ago. This year he says they might see up to 800.

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  Originally aired 4-09-15 during Morning Edition

The new terminal at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is in its final construction phase, with the official opening expected in May.

In the meantime, public events, beginning with this Saturday’s Dedication Gala, will provide a preview of the facility.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar visited the terminal and has this progress report...

Voters in Hutchinson overwhelmingly passed a sales tax increase earmarked for $29 million worth of renovations to the Hutchinson Sports Arena. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more...

Unofficial returns show nearly 75 percent of the voters supported a .35 percent increase to the local sales tax. That means when it takes effect in July, the city of Hutchinson’s overall sales tax rate will be 8.75 percent.

The tax will pay for additional gyms, a brand new entrance and infrastructure improvements among other things.

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Rebuilding a community after a direct hit from a tornado is not easy. In 1990, an F5 tornado wiped out hundreds of houses, businesses and iconic landmarks in Hesston, Kansas.

But Hesston bounced back fast and the small community north of Wichita today looks back on that dark day with some happy memories. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar shares the story.


"If you can imagine...where we are standing right now...if you look to the west, southwest, that’s the path that it took and pretty much came right over where we are standing," Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller says.

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Wichita State students returned to campus from Spring Break last night, coinciding with the Shockers' big win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Captain Guy Schroeder of the Wichita State University Police says despite the high energy, there was nothing out of the ordinary on campus.

"I think there was a lot of excitement throughout campus and on, but everything was fairly civil all night long," Schroeder says.

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On March 13, People who live in Hesston will be marking the anniversary of the tornado that destroyed their town 25 years ago.

First responders credit the advance warning about the “F5” tornado for the low number of injuries and fatalities.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller was a volunteer firefighter at the time the tornado was gathering strength in Reno County and heading toward Hesston in Harvey County on March 13th, 1990.

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Two community health programs in Sedgwick County could come to an end next year.

The county commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to remove the programs from the health department’s state funding proposal for the fiscal year, beginning July 1.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more.

The commissioners voted to cut the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction program and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) from the health department’s grant proposal.