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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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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Two Wichita non-profits that serve people in need received a special donation this week: gold coins.

The Wichita Community Foundation presented one gold coin to Guadalupe Clinic and two coins to The Lord’s Diner. Each coin is valued at $1,300.

An anonymous donor set up the gold coin program in 2005 with a gift of $100,000.

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The Wichita Symphony’s youth orchestra program recently wrapped up the fall semester with a concert in downtown Wichita.

More than 200 student musicians from South Central Kansas, ranging in from ages 10 to 18, make up the three orchestras that performed.

This youth orchestra program is the largest of its kind in Kansas and has been inspiring young musicians for 67 years.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar introduces us to the woman who’s been leading the charge for more than two decades.

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A group of students at Wichita State University are providing a helping hand to refugees who have come here to escape war, poverty or natural disasters in their home countries.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The students created a group called "Reaching Out 2 Refugees" to offer tangible support, such as clothing, furniture or toiletries, to the refugees that have resettled in the Wichita area.

WSU senior, Matt Brubaker says one lesson he’s learned is that the community has a lot of needs that go unseen.

Wichita will again be in the national spotlight when it hosts the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2018. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the exposure is just one of the perks that comes with championship play.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be played at Intrust Bank Arena March 15 and 17 in 2018.

The NCAA announced its bid selections on Monday. Bob Hanson, the president of the Greater Wichita Sports Commission helped get the arena built, and says he’s been waiting a long time for this day to come.

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Doctors at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita are trying to find ways to successfully treat a common illness that often starts with poor leg circulation. Their study of ‘peripheral arterial disease’--or P.A.D.--focuses on African-Americans, who are twice as likely as others to develop the disease. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

P.A.D. develops when arteries become clogged with plaque that in turn limits blood flow, causing pain in the leg and making walking difficult. and

The two conservatives headed to the Sedgwick County Commission for new terms in January are already thinking ahead. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the results from Tuesday’s election. 


Voters in the 4th District for the Sedgwick County Commission picked Republican Richard Ranzau to serve a second term.

He won the race by a vote of 51 percent--just 554 votes over Democratic challenger Melody McCray-Miller.

She received 48-percent of the vote and led the race, at times, by a slim margin. Ranzau knows what will be his first order of business.

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Voters in Sedgwick County will be picking three people to serve on the County Commission with terms beginning in January.

One race is already decided--David Unruh, a Republican, will continue to represent the First District because he is not opposed in the election.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the other two contested races aren’t that easy.


Four people are trying to join the Sedgwick County Commission to make taking care of the county their full-time job.

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Construction is underway on the new elephant exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Having a herd of more than two elephants is now required or zoos risk losing accreditation. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, zoo leaders say this new exhibit will not only be good for the elephants, it will also be good for the local economy.

Backhoes, dozers and dump trucks are working on a five acre area on the south side of the zoo. This unused land will be transformed into a $10.6 million “elephant management complex.”