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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Voters in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District head to the polls next week to pick their new representative. Mike Pompeo resigned from Congress in January when he became CIA director.

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Voters in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District head to the polls next week to pick their new representative. Mike Pompeo resigned from Congress in January when he became CIA director.

The three candidates in the special election were chosen at their respective party nominating conventions in February.

The Democratic Party has chosen James Thompson as their candidate. The Wichita civil rights lawyer beat out four other hopefuls for the nomination.

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The Wichita Police Department is adding a motorcycle unit to help improve traffic safety.

Wichita City Council approved a grant request at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says among the state’s largest cities, Wichita had one of the highest rates of traffic crashes and accidents that resulted in deaths.

So the agency has offered a grant of $300,000 to the Wichita Police Department.

Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler says the grant will pay for eight police motorcycles and related equipment.

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Wichita Public Schools says it’ll consider feedback from a recent public survey when it begins work on next year’s school calendar.

Last year, the district lengthened the school day by 30 minutes in order to cut 15 days from the school year to save nearly $3 million. Students now attend 158 days of school instead of 173. Teachers work 175 days instead of 190 days.

However, not everyone was happy with the changes.

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Voters in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District head to the polls next week to pick their new representative. Mike Pompeo resigned from Congress in January when he became CIA director.

The three candidates in the special election were chosen at their respective party nominating conventions in February.

Libertarians nominated Chris Rockhold as their candidate; the former pilot and current FlightSafety International instructor beat out two other hopefuls for the nomination.

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The state of Kansas didn’t collect as much in taxes as expected last month.

However, the state is still ahead for the current fiscal year.

The Department of Revenue reported that the state collected nearly $425 million in taxes in March.

Total tax collections were nearly $12 million below expectations for the month. State sales tax receipts were $2.3 million more than anticipated while individual income tax receipts were $11.1 million below expectations for March.

The shortfall ends the state’s four-month streak of tax collections that exceeded expectations.

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Wichita State University has created a new law enforcement resource center at its West campus building in Maize.

The new space will be called the WSU West Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Resource Center.

The resource center was developed to provide a convenient place on the west side for local law enforcement officers to write reports or take a break from street patrols.

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Sedgwick County has released its first strategic plan in more than 20 years. The plan outlines the county’s priorities and sets goals for the next five years.

The 12-page plan from the Sedgwick County manager’s office establishes the county’s new mission and explains its organizational values.

The county says it wants to be a “value driven, regional leader” that uses partnerships to deliver services to the public.

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The Libertarian candidate in the race for the 4th Congressional District is ramping up his campaign now that the special election is less than a month away.

Chris Rockhold says his interest in politics and the Libertarian Party began in high school.

He says his message is safeguarding personal liberty and working toward an efficient government.

Rockhold has been attending candidate forums lately and plans to increase his public activities in the days leading up to the April 11 special election.

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Sedgwick County commissioners signed off on two grants on Wednesday for programs at the County Health Department and the Regional Forensic Science Center.

The commissioners voted 5-0 to accept a $1.9 million grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne told commissioners the grant is a longstanding funding source for various health department programs.

"Without this funding, many of our programs would be drastically reduced or services not be able to be provided," Byrne said.

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