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 longtime business manager for two medical companies in Wichita is accused of embezzling millions of dollars since 2006.

A lawsuit filed in Sedgwick County District Court names Nancy Martin, her husband, Tom, and their 11 companies as defendants.

Nancy Martin is the business administrator for Emergency Services and Mid-Kansas Wound Specialists, two physician-owned companies serving Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

The lawsuit claims Martin wrote checks to herself and others on a regular and systematic basis for 11 years.

Tyson Foods

A Wichita economic development organization is working on the next steps to land a new Tyson Foods poultry complex in Sedgwick County.

The Greater Wichita Partnership is completing studies on the labor market, the agricultural grower network and environmental requirements.

Jaimie Garnett, executive vice president of strategic communications at Greater Wichita Partnership, says this is part of the initial planning phase.

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The city of Haysville is implementing a new drone-use policy this week.

The city will now allow drone users to take-off and land their unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in all Haysville parks.

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sometimes called a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard. Instead, a UAS is controlled by an operator on the ground.

Haysville Chief Administrative Officer Will Black says the new policy allows drone flights above public property for the first time.

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The former superintendent for Wichita Public Schools was selected as the 2018 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

John Allison worked for the district for eight years before leaving in June to become the superintendent for Olathe Public Schools in northeast Kansas.

The Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA) selected Allison for the top honor based in part on his record of increasing student enrollment and the graduate rate at Wichita Public Schools.

KSSA called the graduation rate increase of 19.3 percent during Allison’s tenure “unprecedented.”

Wichita Police Department

The Wichita Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in several weekend armed robberies.

The incidents took place at a gas station, a convenience store and a fast food restaurant in southeast Wichita.

Police spokesman Charley Davidson says if you see something, say something.

"The one thing is to make sure that you report things that occur," Davidson says. "Be a good witness. Try to get as much information as you can, if possible, if an incident like this occurs so that we can investigate it fully."

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case that involves at least three Wichita Police officers.

Wichita Police spokesman Charley Davidson said during a news briefing Monday that the investigation is ongoing and so far has resulted in one arrest.

"The officer on Friday was booked on charges of misdemeanor official misconduct and stalking," Davidson explained. "The arrest was made by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office."

Davidson would not identify the officer who was charged.

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The superintendent for Wichita Public Schools will be holding seven community meetings through the end of November to gather input for the district’s strategic plan.

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas is part of a bipartisan congressional effort trying to get legislation passed that would continue a federal student loan program.

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Updated Wednesday at 10:34 p.m.

Tyson Foods is considering Sedgwick County and two other locations in Kansas as possible sites for a new $320 million poultry processing complex.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will host an air show next year for the first time in six years.

The show will be called “Frontiers in Flight” and will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a precision flying demonstration squadron.

The show will pay homage to Wichita aviation’s past and future.

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