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. 

Retired Vice-Admiral Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th United States Surgeon General, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Trauma Symposium next Friday, June 16th at the Hilton Omaha Hotel. 

The United Way of the Midlands will co-host a symposium this Thursday, June 8th , entitled Addressing Poverty from a Multigenerational Perspective.

Emma Seilstad, a student from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, recently received the first-ever Kerrie Orozco Memorial Scholarship. 

When it opens in early June, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will be able to offer patients clinical trials and treatment options not available elsewhere in the state, since it will be the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Nebraska.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden spoke at the Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony this week, calling it “a remarkable facility,” and saying he hopes other institutions will follow the lead of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.

Nebraska Appleseed and the Nebraska Department of Education are concerned that so few eligible Nebraska schools are taking advantage of the Community Eligibility Provision, part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  

The Nebraska Department of Labor recently trained twenty Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDCS) employees from across the state in a train-the-trainer program.  

The Nebraska Watershed Network, part of UNO’s Department of Biology, is hoping to expand their Nebraska Environmental Stewardship Task Force, or NEST. 

This fall, Metropolitan Community College will open an MCC Express in the new Highlander Accelerator Building at 30th and Parker, part of the 75 North Project.  

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine have launched a new youth violence prevention program, Dusk to Dawn or D2D, which will be the only hospital-based program of its kind in Omaha.

If you or somebody you know provides caregiving for a veteran, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System has programs and resources that may help. 

EverQuote – the country’s largest insurance marketplace -- has recently released their analysis of drivers’ habits across the United States.  

The Omaha Public Power District has recently been designated a “Tree Line USA Utility” from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 16th year in a row.  

Tuesday, May 9th, is Omaha’s general election, and Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse, says Omaha’s Mayoral race has been called “nationalized,” for the first time.  

Next Thursday, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association – one of the oldest and largest neighborhood associations in Omaha -- is holding a fund raiser for their new Resource Center, which they plan to open in mid-May.  

Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains, the largest youth poetry festival in the area, holds its 2017 team finals competition this Thursday, and its individual finals on Saturday in Lincoln.  

Next Tuesday, the UNO Schwalb Center will present a Passover lecture by Dr. Jane Gordon in conjunction with the photography exhibit “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery,” by humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine.  

Bridging the Future is the theme for the 42nd annual Neighborhoods USA Conference, which will be held in Omaha May 24th through the 27th.   Conference Coordinator, Roxanne Nielsen, says they expect around 800 attendees.  She says a number of local events are planned in connection with the conference, including Neighborhood Pride Tours and a Film Streams showing of “Citizen Jane, Battle for the City.”  

Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million Americans and costs around 25 billion dollars a year in the United States alone.  It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure, but a UNMC research team has evidence their new drug therapy can bring about improvements in patients with Parkinson’s.

Omaha’s annual Spring Clean Up will take place on five different Saturdays beginning April 22nd. 

Freelance journalist Lily Raff McCaulou, author of Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner, will speak at the Joslyn Art Museum on April 7th as part of the current exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art.

As part of Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebration, the Omaha Public Library will hold a “Nebraska Voices Reception” on Friday, March 24th at the W. Dale Clark Library.  

The United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for a Karnett Trust Grant from non-profit agencies serving children up to age 21 with intellectual disabilities. 

For anyone who has a favorite “farm mom,” the Americas Farmers organization is accepting nominations for their Farm Mom of the Year through March 31st. 

OPS School Board President, Lacey Merica, introduced the third and final candidate for the next OPS Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at a press conference yesterday afternoon. 

At an afternoon press conference yesterday, Lacey Merica, President of the OPS Board of Education, introduced Dr. Jane Stavem, the second of three finalists for the next OPS Superintendent. 

The President of the Omaha School Board, Lacey Merica, introduced the first of three finalists for the next OPS Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman, at a press conference last night.  

Ballet Nebraska’s third and final performance of its seventh season, Momentum, takes place on April 1st and 8th. 

A firearms preemption bill currently before the State Legislature, LB 68 – introduced by State Senator Mike Hilgers -- would allow only the state to pass laws related to firearms ownership and carrying.