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. 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 Sedgwick County Election Office is preparing for three school district bond elections happening in the next three weeks.

Goddard, Clearwater and Andover schools are asking voters to approve bond issues to help pay for building improvements.

Tuesday is election day for Goddard and Clearwater Schools.

The Goddard district has a $52 million bond resolution on the ballot to pay for 90 projects across all 12 area schools. The district is hoping to move forward with maintenance projects that were put on hold in recent years due to cuts in state funding.

The Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum

The Sedgwick County Extension Office has launched an interactive map to help people choose trees that will thrive in this region.

More than 300 trees are growing on the grounds that surround the Extension Office in northwest Wichita.

Most of the trees are unique varieties known to perform well in Sedgwick County such as the eastern redbud and river birch.

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The Wichita Police Department will be providing officers with new blue uniforms. The new look was unveiled Thursday morning.

Wichita Police officers have worn tan uniforms for more than 90 years. Now, they’ll be wearing navy blue.

Capt. Brian White said at the announcement that they’re making the switch to give officers better options with fit and function.

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Programs that help adults who commit felony crimes get their lives back on track will continue in Sedgwick County. County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $4 million grant application to the Kansas Department of Corrections for the Community Corrections programs.

The Community Corrections programs are state-mandated and mostly state funded.

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A Republican state senator from Pittsburg will become the next treasurer for Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Jake LaTurner on Tuesday to serve the rest of Ron Estes’ term now that Estes is headed to Congress.

The governor says LaTurner, now 29, became the youngest sitting member of the Kansas Legislature when he was elected five years ago to represent Senate District 13 in the southeast corner of the state.

Before that, LaTurner worked for Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. He said at a press briefing Tuesday that politics is the family business.

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The U.S. Postal Service has launched a new service to help people keep track of incoming mail before it’s delivered to the mailbox.

That way, they’ll know if any mail is missing.

The program is called Informed Delivery, and if you sign up, the post office will send you an email each morning with detailed images of your incoming mail.

The black and white images show the exterior of your actual letter-sized mail pieces, including the sender’s address. Images of catalogues or magazines may be added in the future.

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State Treasurer Ron Estes won the election to become the next Republican Congressman to represent the 4th District in Kansas. Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by fewer than 10 percentage points, unofficial poll numbers show. Libertarian Chris Rockhold was also on the ballot and drew 2 percent of the vote.

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Today, a special election will take place to decide who will replace Mike Pompeo in Kansas’ 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The congressional election happening in south-central Kansas next week is getting national attention.

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Trade policies are on the agenda for President Trump’s two-day summit with the Chinese president. Trade experts say renegotiating existing trade agreements could affect Kansas.

The latest numbers from the Kansas Department of Commerce show that Kansas companies export more than $10 billion dollars worth of goods.

About half of the exports went to just three countries: Canada, Mexico and China. The state had foreign trade worth nearly $1 billion with China in 2015.