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.  

OPS has been offering a Summer Meals Program since 1991.  Tammy Yarmon, Director of Nutrition for OPS, says they anticipate serving around 10,000 meals this summer.

UNO’s Senior Learning Passport Program allows people 65 and older to sit in on up to two undergraduate courses a semester for a $25.00 yearly fee. 

Matt Schill, Interim Registrar at UNO, says there has to be space available in the class; the instructor has to grant permission, and it cannot be an on-line course.  

UNO’s Aim for the Stars Science & Math Camp is observing its 20th year this summer. 

The United Way of the Midlands has recently announced its community investments for the 2018-2020 cycle. 

It is hard not to notice that gas prices have risen recently. 

The Nebraska Children’s Home Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Saturday, June 9th at 5:30 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center.

The title of  the VNA and Urban Abbey’s May 31st session of "Let’s Drink Coffee and Learn Things," is "The Impact of Alternative Pain Therapies on the Opioid Crisis." 

A CDC study says tick-borne bacterial diseases more than doubled between 2004 and 2016 -- to over 48,000 reports per year – with 82% of them related to Lyme disease. 

The American Heart Association says African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than any other racial group in the United States. 

At the Celebrate Council Bluffs parade and festivities this weekend, there will be ten  “UNsculptures.”

The sixth annual Omaha Gives -- hosted by the Omaha Community Foundation -- takes place for 24 hours next Wednesday, May 23rd.

Last fall, the American Heart Association changed its guidelines about what should be considered high blood pressure.  

For homeowners with Ash trees, now is the time to consider treating them to protect against the Emerald Ash Borer.  

The Nebraska Food Cooperative is an on-line farmers' market and food distribution service. Members can purchase produce, meat, baked goods, health and beauty supplies and other products directly from Nebraska small farmers. 

A major fundraiser for cancer research at UNMC, the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, takes place June 1st and 2nd.  

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.