Deborah (Van Fleet) Newcombe

On-air host

Deborah has a long history as a part-time announcer/host with KIOS, having first worked at the station from 1983 to 1994 – hosting and producing two weekly interview/public affairs programs for part of that time.   She returned as the Morning Edition Host from 2002-2003 and has now been back since 2009, initially as a part-time on-air host. 

Deborah has been the host of Jazz in the Afternoon on Fridays since October of 2015.  And she has worked with Cheril Lee in the KIOS News Department as a part-time reporter since August of 2016, along with Saturday morning on-air hosting.    

Deborah’s broadcasting background includes teaching television broadcasting at the OPS Career Center, freelance reporting about the College World Series on NPR’s Morning Edition, four summer internships at Ken Burns’ Florentine Film Company and reporting for Nebraska Public Radio for a documentary special about Alzheimer's Disease.  

With spring finally here, a lot of people have cleaning in mind. 

For those needing to dispose of large bulky items that cannot go out with curbside trash, Omaha’s annual Spring Cleanup is taking place across the city each Saturday through May 19th from 9 to 2. 

Green Bellevue will hold the 5th annual Sarpy County Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 29th, in partnership with Bellevue Public Schools, Sarpy County, and the City of Bellevue. 

Dr. Stephanie Adams, Dean of the Batten College of Engineering at Old Dominion University in Virginia, will speak at Metropolitan Community College on Monday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.  She offers a few recommendations for parents concerned about preparing their children for an increasingly technological world. 

History of Blacks in Stem: Not Hidden Figures is the title of the talk Dr. Stephanie Adams will give at Metro Community College on Monday, April 16th.

Insure The Good Life is a ballot initiative aimed at letting Nebraska voters decide whether the state should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act – joining 32 other states and the District of Columbia.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is having a bluebird event this Sunday, April 8th.  Visitors will learn about bluebirds, and those who preregister will be able to build their own bluebird nest box from pre-made kits. 

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine were recognized this week when the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services visited the campus. 

The fifth annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference will be held in Kearney next month – with the theme Insights, Inspiration, Growth.  

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is partnering with UNO for the symposium Vectors of Violence: Persecution and Complacency in Nazi Germany and the Great Plains, next Tuesday and Wednesday. 

A new UNMC study funded by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Pfizer, Inc., hopes to improve treatment outcomes for women under 50 in rural Nebraska who are diagnosed with breast cancer. 

As part of the national night of Science on Screen on Tuesday, March 27th, Film Streams will show the film Marjorie Prime at the Ruth Sokolof Theater at 7 p.m. 

During the month of March -- Colon Cancer Awareness Month -- the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force makes free FOBT kits available at nearly 140 locations in the Metro area.

The Nebraska District Office of the Small Business Administration has a number of programs to help veterans start a business.  Elizabeth Yearwood, Development Specialist with the Nebraska SBA, says Boots to Business is the most popular of them.

March 4 through 10 is Teen Tech week.  The year’s theme is Libraries are For Creating and the Omaha Public Library has a number of programs scheduled for kids ages 8 through 18.  

The 2017-2018 flu season is definitely not over yet.  According to a report on, there were 515 positive influenza tests reported last week -- only 19 fewer than the week before. 

Omaha’s OneWorld Community Health Centers was one of hundreds of health centers nationwide whose funding was re-authorized for two years as part of the recent short-term spending bill. 

The Winter Item Drive of Alliance for a Better Omaha’s biannual Street Outreach Drive is underway through this Friday, February 16th. 

Creighton University has received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  It will fund Finances First, a three-year research study to observe whether improving the financial status of low-income single mothers leads to better physical health as well.

Metropolitan Community College has several speakers planned for Black History Month.

The Nebraska AIDS Project has been around since 1984, and the need for its services continues to be strong.

Extremely cold weather, like we had in early January, places even greater demand on energy assistance programs in the region.

Girls, Inc. is holding one of its two largest fund-raising events of the year tomorrow night – Girls Night Out.

The Better Business Bureau wants to make students aware of a $2000.00 scholarship open to area high school seniors. 

Modern Streetcar Advocates is spreading the word about the benefits a streetcar could bring to Omaha, and their next meeting is tomorrow, January 18th, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Commerce Village.

The Salvation Army’s Night Watch program resumed for the winter on December 4th and has already served over 5400 meals.  

The Urban Abbey in the Old Market, with the motto “coffee, cause, communion,” celebrated its six-year anniversary this past November.