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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It’s not the same as March Madness by any means, but a sport with a funny name is gaining new fans in south-central Kansas.

It’s called Pickleball, and it’s growing as recreation centers and city parks add new courts.

New players are also beginning to discover the health benefits that come with playing. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

Inside the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita, Hank Blase couldn’t get to the ball fast enough during this rally on the indoor pickleball court. But that doesn’t happen often. Blase is a pickleball champion in Kansas.

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Wichita’s Meals on Wheels program is back in its own kitchen after four months of renovations due to a fire.

An Open House at the Downtown Senior Center is planned for Wednesday afternoon. KMUW’S Deborah Shaar reports.

An electrical fire in the kitchen at the Downtown Senior Center on South Walnut last November shut down the building for four months.

The Meals on Wheels program moved to a temporary kitchen during this time and all senior programs and activities stopped or moved to other centers.

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Kansas lawmakers are close to the end of their annual spring break and plan to reconvene this week at the Statehouse to wrap up their business for the year. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

The State House and Senate are scheduled to be back in session Wednesday.

Lawmakers must balance the next state budget, and their research staff says they must close a $422 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But they have a full plate of other issues as well.

Wednesday would be the 73rd day of their annual session, out of the scheduled 90.

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It’s estimated that more than 14,000 people in Kansas will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year. A little less than half will be women and the majority of those new cases will be for breast cancer.

There are support programs available to help women manage the appearance-related side effects once treatment begins.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the “Look Good, Feel Better” program offered by the American Cancer Society.

A short, upbeat video provides the first introduction to the Look Good, Feel Better Program.

One of the safety-net health clinics in Wichita is expanding to serve more patients who are under-insured or don’t have medical insurance. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more...

Guadalupe Clinic’s South location on South Hillside in Planeview will be adding two examination rooms and upgrading the workspace and laboratory areas.

Guadalupe Clinic’s Executive Director David Gear says the South Clinic provided health care to 126 people when it opened three years ago. This year he says they might see up to 800.

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  Originally aired 4-09-15 during Morning Edition

The new terminal at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is in its final construction phase, with the official opening expected in May.

In the meantime, public events, beginning with this Saturday’s Dedication Gala, will provide a preview of the facility.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar visited the terminal and has this progress report...

Voters in Hutchinson overwhelmingly passed a sales tax increase earmarked for $29 million worth of renovations to the Hutchinson Sports Arena. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more...

Unofficial returns show nearly 75 percent of the voters supported a .35 percent increase to the local sales tax. That means when it takes effect in July, the city of Hutchinson’s overall sales tax rate will be 8.75 percent.

The tax will pay for additional gyms, a brand new entrance and infrastructure improvements among other things.

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Rebuilding a community after a direct hit from a tornado is not easy. In 1990, an F5 tornado wiped out hundreds of houses, businesses and iconic landmarks in Hesston, Kansas.

But Hesston bounced back fast and the small community north of Wichita today looks back on that dark day with some happy memories. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar shares the story.


"If you can imagine...where we are standing right now...if you look to the west, southwest, that’s the path that it took and pretty much came right over where we are standing," Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller says.

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Wichita State students returned to campus from Spring Break last night, coinciding with the Shockers' big win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Captain Guy Schroeder of the Wichita State University Police says despite the high energy, there was nothing out of the ordinary on campus.

"I think there was a lot of excitement throughout campus and on, but everything was fairly civil all night long," Schroeder says.

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On March 13, People who live in Hesston will be marking the anniversary of the tornado that destroyed their town 25 years ago.

First responders credit the advance warning about the “F5” tornado for the low number of injuries and fatalities.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller was a volunteer firefighter at the time the tornado was gathering strength in Reno County and heading toward Hesston in Harvey County on March 13th, 1990.