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.  

A UNMC Eppley Institute cancer research team has made promising advances for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. 

As part of their 2017 conference, The Power of One, Rotary District 5650 is teaming up with the American Red Cross of Nebraska/SW Iowa and Kansas, with the goal of training 1000 people or more to do “citizen CPR.”

A group of researchers from four NU campuses have received a two-year grant to collaborate on the Next Generation 3D printer prostheses for children.  

In this time when there is great concern about the rising cost of medications, a Creighton professor says if consumers work more closely with their pharmacists they might be able to lower their medication costs.

July is one of the months that home sales peak, and the personal-finance website WalletHub has released rankings for best US cities for first-time home buyers.  

Omaha recently made USA Today’s list of the top 15 most inspiring cities for young artists -- only one of several high rankings Omaha has received in the area of arts and culture. 

Domestic violence remains a serious public health issue in this country. 

After being a finalist for three out of the last four years, the City of Council Bluffs has won the award of All-American City, recognizing the community's success in the area of early literacy.  

The Omaha Public Schools Summer Meals program will continue through July 28th -- providing free meals to children aged 1 through 18. 

OPPD wants customers to know they received an increase in reports of scam callers after the storm-related power outages recently. Jodi Baker, Media Specialist for OPPD, says this scam has been ongoing for a number of years – both locally and nationally.  She says the scammers will say the residents owe money on an overdue bill.  Baker says next they demand residents purchase payment cards of some sort and call back with the card numbers, threatening to turn off their power if they don’t do so quickly.

Since the Supreme Court ruled last week that, with some exceptions, President Trump’s travel ban could take effect, refugee resettlement agencies have been feeling a bit unsettled.  

According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office, 204 people visited emergency rooms last year with fireworks-related injuries in the 10-day period leading up to July 4th.

Creighton University Professor of Entomology Dr. Theodore Burk wants people to be vigilant about two potentially dangerous spiders they might encounter this summer – the Western Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. 

Teachers and administrators across the state complain about a lack of substitute teachers, which State Senator Mike Groene, the Education Committee Chairman, hopes to gather data about.  

Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires recently received the Broadway Presenter of the Year award from The Broadway League for her contributions to the Broadway industry and to the arts in Omaha.  

  The Adolescent Health Project, a program of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, has a new free STD testing site for young people at the Methodist Women’s Health Center just north of 190th and W. Dodge Road.  


UNO’s Cybersecurity program, in the College of Information Science and Technology, was recently designated a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency (NSA). 

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.