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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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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A distinctive City of Wichita license plate will be available beginning January 2019 to help support city parks.

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Wichita’s Central Library downtown will close for good on May 6 after more than 50 years of service. Library staff members are preparing for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library which is set to open in mid-June.

The modern new library at Second Street and McLean is nearly complete. Crews are now setting up the building technologies and installing hundreds of bookshelves.

A moving company has been selected. Bids have been awarded for new furniture.

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The youth baseball season begins Monday for League 42 in Wichita.

The non-profit baseball organization is based out of McAdams Park near downtown, but some games are moving to Linwood Park while crews finish field renovations at McAdams.

Construction delays due to high winds and cold weather forced organizers to push back opening ceremonies to next Monday.

Bob Lutz, the executive director of League 42, says renovation work at two ball diamonds is nearly complete.

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Valley Center’s only independent grocery store, Leeker’s Family Foods, closed this weekend. The store was not only a place to buy food, but it also served as a community hub for the past 50 years.

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The city of Wichita will be getting new trolley buses soon.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Wichita Transit a $2.6 million grant to replace older Q-Line trolley buses that are at the end of their service life.

The new trolleys will help the city keep up with a growing number of riders and increased service.

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Sedgwick County leaders are making progress in their efforts to recover about $1.5 million in outstanding bills from the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

A report will be released at the Sedgwick County Commission meeting on Wednesday.

For the past three months, a team of Sedgwick County staff members led by Chief Financial Officer Lindsay Poe Rousseau met with six local VA officials to review a backlog of EMS claims from July 2014 through September 2017.

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The Kansas Legislature approved a bill this week that gives Sedgwick County the flexibility to consolidate local government in the future.

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A neighborhood association is creating a plan to improve safety in downtown Wichita’s growing communities.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association started last year with the goal of bringing together people who live and work in Delano, Old Town, Commerce Street and the Douglas Design District.

Association President Jason Van Sickle says the group is developing initiatives to improve safety in these neighborhoods.

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A nationwide youth movement focusing on the issue of gun violence is also trying to get more young people registered to vote.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show young people historically have the lowest voting and registration rates among all age groups.

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