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 approved a grant on Wednesday worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.

The WIC program provides nutrition, education and money for supplemental food to income-eligible women, infants and children living in Sedgwick County.

Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne says the grant comes from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita showed off its new hangars on Monday where the next generation of air refueling tankers will be kept.

City, state and federal leaders, including U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the base to mark the end of the three-year project.

Three hangars were built to house the Boeing-built KC-46 Pegasus tankers. A dozen other projects including a flight simulator and a fuselage trainer were completed to prepare for the arrival of the tankers.

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People who live near Wichita’s Fairmount Park will soon have another opportunity to get free books.

The Rotary Club of Wichita is providing what’s called a “Little Free Library” to the park with book donations to fill the shelves.

The freestanding neighborhood library is a small wood box at the top of a pole with shelves and an unlocked door. Anyone can stop by at any hour of the day and take a book for free.

Project organizer Sharon Van Horn says Rotary is working with the nonprofit Storytime Village to ensure children and adults have access to books.

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The Wichita Police Department is undergoing implicit bias training this month. It's just one of several efforts designed to improve community relations.

During the last year, the department has offered training to officers on racial awareness and fair and impartial policing.

This time, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the entire department of 850 people, officers and support staff, will go through the bias training.

The first phase of an interactive sculpture art park is about to get started in west Wichita. The park will be located in a 20-acre meadow inside Sedgwick County Park near the 13th Street entrance.

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The City of Wichita plans to renovate all of its public housing units beginning next summer.

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A former state lawmaker is making it official on Tuesday that he’s in the race to become the next governor of Kansas.

Republican Ed O’Malley is holding seven events around the state Tuesday and Thursday to launch his campaign.

Ed O’Malley held a listening tour with town hall meetings and roundtable discussions throughout the state earlier this year.

"They want to come and they want to be heard," O’Malley says. "Too many people in public life don’t understand that and don’t appreciate the wisdom that exists in the voices of Kansans."

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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas updated civic and business leaders on Monday on federal issues he’s facing during a forum in Wichita.

One topic was the effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers, something Moran opposes.

The senator said privatizing the world's most complex air system is nothing more than a solution without a problem that will ultimately create more problems.

He said smaller airports and travelers will be hurt by the privatization effort. He’s advocating for proposals that would protect general aviation and small airports.

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The employment forecast for the Wichita area shows little to no job growth in 2018.

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A Kansas security expert says being prepared and paying attention to your surroundings are the best ways to stay safe during an active shooter incident.

Security specialist Richard Lewallen is an anti-terrorism program manager with the Kansas National Guard in the Adjutant General’s Department. He spoke during a Kansas Division of Emergency Management event on social media Monday morning.

Lewallen says if you’re going to a large public gathering, be sure to look for ways to exit and for places to take cover.