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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Sedgwick County commissioners put off making a decision about the future location for county government offices in Wichita for at least two weeks, but at Wednesday’s meeting, they did narrow down six options to three finalists.

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The new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is filling up with books and new furniture as staff prepares for the grand opening in June.

The biggest part of the move from the Central Library downtown involves transporting and shelving nearly half a million books, magazines and other materials.

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Kat Rodriguez grew up loving horses. She’s had her own horse for most of her life, and then about five years ago, she got hooked on miniature horses.

“I never thought I would enjoy the minis as much as I did until I got one, and they’re just so much fun,” Rodriguez says.

The Wichita resident has turned her passion for horses into a comfort therapy service, called Little Blessings Miniature Horse Therapy.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell is scheduled to be in federal court Wednesday afternoon to be formally charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

It will be his first court appearance since a grand jury indictment was unsealed Friday.

O’Donnell is accused of taking money from his campaign accounts and using it to pay himself and his friends. He's also accused of falsely reporting the expenditures to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

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The Wichita Public Library is one of four public libraries nationwide that will soon be offering machines that print short stories on demand and free of charge.

The library is expected to receive three short story dispensers by June.

Wichita Public Libraries director Cynthia Berner says these short story dispensers will help promote literacy and encourage reading.

"It’s a simple kiosk, you’ll be able to hit a button, make a few choices and then you’ll get the paper that comes out with your story," Berner says.

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Wichita leaders and advisory board members are meeting this week with a national expert on building financially strong communities.

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WSU Tech in Wichita is expanding an aviation training program in order to meet workforce demand from Spirit AeroSystems and other companies.

Hunter Health

Hunter Health Clinic is getting ready to move into a new, larger space on Grove Street in Wichita.

City of Wichita

The city of Wichita is considering two development projects for the Topeka Street firehouse.

One project would turn the building into a learning lab for Butler Community College’s hospitality and culinary arts programs.

The other project would create a commercial property providing small spaces and common seating to start-ups, freelancers, artists and businesses.

Mayor Jeff Longwell says developers will provide details at an open house on Thursday.

City of Wichita

Work is beginning on a new urban wetlands park in northwest Wichita. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for the park at 29th Street and Maize Road.

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