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 as a part-time host on Tuesday and Friday evening and Saturday afternoons.   In addition to some free-lance reporting, Deborah’s broadcasting background also includes teaching television broadcasting at the OPS Career Center, a segment about the 2003 College World Series on NPR’s Morning Edition and four short-term summer internships at Ken Burns’ Florentine Film Company in Walpole, New Hampshire. 

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in conjunction with the national Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, is offering grant opportunities to promote fishing in Hispanic communities.  

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Elizabeth Power, Marketing Director for the Women’s Center for Advancement, says they provided  22,000 services related to domestic violence and sexual assault last year.  

Nebraska Angels, a local 60-member investment network, provided the seed money for EyeVerify  along with two Kansas City angel groups.  

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is completing its fall trout stocking through the end of October.  

OPS’s JP Lord School, which serves students age 5 through 21 with severe physical and cognitive challenges, will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new building at 9:00 on Friday, September 30th. 

The Missing Senior Network is a free service created by Home Instead designed to help families locate an elder family member who has wandered off.  

A new report from US Census Bureau data says 50,000 more Nebraskans were insured in 2015 than in 2013, but roughly 154,000 remain uninsured.  

A new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for changes in the area of family caregiving of elders, something it says nearly 18 million Americans are involved in.  

  Two medical start-up companies affiliated with UNMC will present their technologies at the first-ever University Start-Ups Demo Day in Washington, D.C. next week.  

Nebraska’s first virtual K-8 public school opened last month, and KIOS’s Deborah Newcombe recently stopped by during one of their mid-week class sessions:  


A new partnership between UNMC and Purdue Pharma, LP will increase graduate student research opportunities and hopefully bring some UNMC researchers’ drug therapies to market sooner. 

The College of St. Mary has a new Physician Assistant program this year, and along with its first cohort of 30 students, it has a new 8-cadaver lab.  

The VNA Senior Speaker Series continues next week with the topic “End of Life Decisions,” and is geared toward seniors, caregivers and health-care professionals. 

Douglas and Sarpy County voters are receiving three-part postcards in the mail which include all the key points about voting for the November 8th general election. 

With more and more people getting immunizations at their local pharmacies, having access to accurate records about who needs what can be challenging.   

The AV Sorensen Library and Recreation Center, at 4808 Cass Street, will have an open house tomorrow from 10 to noon to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  Omaha Public Radio’s Deborah Newcombe has more…

With local-area students returning to school this week or next, and with auto fatalities up more than 10% nationwide over last year, Rose White, Public Affairs Director for AAA Nebraska, reminds motorists to use extra caution in areas where children are going to and from school.

A number of surveys over the past decade have listed Omaha’s as one of the top 10 US cities to live in, and a recent one published by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, The Housing Trilemma, identifies Omaha as one of only three out of 100 with the “Trifecta.”  

Although the recent popularity of PokemonGo may have increased the number of people using cells phone while walking, a National Safety Council report shows that distracted walking is nothing new.  

At the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s Heartland 2050 Summer Summit next Tuesday, featured speaker Jeff Speck will talk about how making cities more walkable is important to keeping them vital and viable. 

Where are Nebraskans Moving? is the second of six policy briefs planned by the Platte Institute for Economic Research for their report, Removing Barriers in Nebraska.

UNO’s recent $2.2 million grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) allows its Center for Afghanistan Studies, along with the School of Communication, to help two Afghan universities develop new Communication Studies departments.

Camp Erin is a special free camp for children ages 6 through 17 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. 

With temperatures and utility costs rising, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants people to know that help is available for those who meet the income criteria.

The Women’s Fund of Omaha has released its 2016 Women in Leadership Report, its third such report in 20 years.

The Behavioral Health Division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants the public’s input. 

A unique bike race for very young children takes place in Lincoln this weekend, the Strider Cup. 

ICAN, The Institute for Career Advancement Needs, has a new four-part speaker series, beginning tomorrow, May 25th.