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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Wichita will again be in the national spotlight when it hosts the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2018. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the exposure is just one of the perks that comes with championship play.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be played at Intrust Bank Arena March 15 and 17 in 2018.

The NCAA announced its bid selections on Monday. Bob Hanson, the president of the Greater Wichita Sports Commission helped get the arena built, and says he’s been waiting a long time for this day to come.

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Doctors at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita are trying to find ways to successfully treat a common illness that often starts with poor leg circulation. Their study of ‘peripheral arterial disease’--or P.A.D.--focuses on African-Americans, who are twice as likely as others to develop the disease. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

P.A.D. develops when arteries become clogged with plaque that in turn limits blood flow, causing pain in the leg and making walking difficult.

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The two conservatives headed to the Sedgwick County Commission for new terms in January are already thinking ahead. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the results from Tuesday’s election. 

    

Voters in the 4th District for the Sedgwick County Commission picked Republican Richard Ranzau to serve a second term.

He won the race by a vote of 51 percent--just 554 votes over Democratic challenger Melody McCray-Miller.

She received 48-percent of the vote and led the race, at times, by a slim margin. Ranzau knows what will be his first order of business.

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Voters in Sedgwick County will be picking three people to serve on the County Commission with terms beginning in January.

One race is already decided--David Unruh, a Republican, will continue to represent the First District because he is not opposed in the election.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the other two contested races aren’t that easy.

    

Four people are trying to join the Sedgwick County Commission to make taking care of the county their full-time job.

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Construction is underway on the new elephant exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Having a herd of more than two elephants is now required or zoos risk losing accreditation. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, zoo leaders say this new exhibit will not only be good for the elephants, it will also be good for the local economy.

Backhoes, dozers and dump trucks are working on a five acre area on the south side of the zoo. This unused land will be transformed into a $10.6 million “elephant management complex.”

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