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 been featured on NPR newscasts and Morning Edition. She won a national Sigma Delta Chi award from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 2017 for investigative reporting for her story “FAA Plan to Shift Weather Observations at Airport Raises Safety Concerns." She also won first-place in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) 2017 contest for news feature with her story “Sedgwick County Takes Integrated Approach to Mental Health Crisis Intervention.

In 2016, she earned a regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting (“Searching for Zebra Mussels in Wellington Lake"). The Kansas Association of Broadcasters recognized her reporting with two awards in 2016 (“Hesston: Sounds of Resilience” and FAA Airport Weather Observer series) and one award in 2015 (“Hesston’s Recovery 25 Years after an F-5 Tornado Hit").

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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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded about $4.4 million for improvement projects at Wichita’s Eisenhower National and Jabara airports.

The money will be used at Eisenhower to improve taxiway lighting and expand areas where aircraft are parked, loaded, refueled or boarded. The airport will also build a new taxiway and buy two rescue and firefighting vehicles.

Eisenhower National Airport opened three years ago to replace a terminal that was 61 years old.

Jabara airport will receive $471,214 to buy land for approaches.

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Wichita health groups are sponsoring a forum for candidates in the three Sedgwick County Commission districts up for election. Tuesday’s event will focus on public health issues.

Voters will elect commissioners to serve four-year terms in the 1st, 4th and 5th Districts this year.

Candidates are expected to discuss strategies for access to health care, perspectives on outside funding, collaborative opportunities to improve community health, and the role of the Board of Health.

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A former Sedgwick County commissioner will be on the ballot for the District 5 seat in the November general election.

Jim Skelton is running as an independent candidate.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman certified Skelton’s petition this weekend. Lehman says Skelton submitted 234 petition pages. He needed 2,211 valid signatures to get on the ballot as an official candidate.

Wichita Public Library

One of the new additions to the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is getting a lot of attention.


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McConnell Air Force Base is moving forward with a plan to build a new combat arms training and maintenance facility.

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Wichita Public Schools will begin offering mental health services for children and families at some schools beginning in August.

The Kansas Legislature selected the district to test a new mental health intervention program.

Sedgwick County’s Comcare will provide behavioral health intervention teams to assess and treat students at 22 schools.

Comcare Executive Director Joan Tammany says the additional staffing on-site at schools will increase access to mental health treatment.

Kansas Department of Transportation

This story has been updated.

More than 2,000 residents in Eureka, Kansas, continued to be without power Wednesday night, a day after an EF-3 tornado hit, damaging more than 25 homes and businesses and injuring eight people.

The tornado struck the town, located about 60 miles east of Wichita, at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service estimate winds reached between 136 and 165 mph.

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Employees from the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson are helping to recreate one of the biggest moments in our nation’s space history: the mission control room used during the first moon landing.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas urged his colleagues to pass the 2018 Farm Bill during a speech on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday.

"Our nation’s food and fiber capability with regards to production hang in the balance with what we do here on this legislation," said Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

The committee passed the Farm Bill with bipartisan support two weeks ago.

Boeing

McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will start receiving its next generation of air refueling tankers in October.

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