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 list of Republican candidates running to become the next governor of Kansas continues to grow.

Wichita businessman and former State Rep. Mark Hutton launched his campaign on Monday in Wichita.

Mark Hutton spent most of his life growing his business, Hutton Construction.

He entered state politics in 2012 and served two terms as the representative for District 105, which covers part of west Wichita.

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Disasters can happen at any time, so emergency responders say the best way to survive is to plan ahead.

The reminder comes as part of September’s National Preparedness Month.

For the past 16 years, emergency management officials have conducted a public campaign to get people ready to face a disaster.

They recommend placing non-perishable food, water and supplies into a container to be used when needed.

Cody Charvat with Sedgwick County Emergency Management says it’s important to plan for the possibility of losing electricity for up to 72 hours.

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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is seeking public input to help the organization plan for the future.

The Wichita Symphony launched an online survey to get feedback on things like the performance schedule and music style preferences.

Symphony CEO Don Reinhold says the community input will be used to help develop a new five-year strategic plan for the more than 70-year-old orchestra.

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Wichita State University has changed its policy on beer sales to align with other universities in the American Athletic Conference.

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Small companies in Kansas looking to expand their export business can get financial assistance through the state's Department of Commerce.

The Small Business Administration awarded the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant to the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The $380,000 grant was awarded on Tuesday.

The money will be used to help small and medium-sized businesses begin exporting for the first time or expand their existing export business.

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A task force is being formed to create a new nonprofit child care center in downtown Wichita.

Board members of the former Downtown Daycare Center are trying to create a new child care option for parents who live or work in the heart of Wichita.

The former center served about 100 infants and children at its site on South Topeka for more than 40 years before it closed in 2014.

To fill the void, board President Betty Moore says they would like to create a centrally located, state-of-the-art child care center, possibly with an indoor play area.

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If you see a lot of emergency responders at Eisenhower National Airport Tuesday morning, don’t worry: It’s just a drill.

The Wichita Airport Authority is scheduled to conduct a large-scale disaster exercise involving a commercial aircraft that crashes near a runway and breaks apart on impact.

About 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies will be responding to the scene north of K-42.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to hold the simulated disaster training every three years.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners want more flexibility when it comes to deciding how to use land at two parks.

They approved resolutions last week to ask the federal government to lift restrictions on Lake Afton Park and parkland in the northeast part of the county.

The restrictions limit the county’s use and transfer of land at Lake Afton Park because the county accepted a federal grant in 1966 to help pay for a comfort station.

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The original building where two Wichita brothers launched Pizza Hut is moving to a new location on the Wichita State University campus.

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Sedgwick County commissioners approved a $940,000 federal grant application on Wednesday morning for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program provides participants with housing while they work on skills to increase their income and self-sufficiency.

Comcare Executive Director Marilyn Cook says participants can stay in this housing for as long as they need.

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