Katie Knapp Schubert

News Director

It’s been a great six years here at Omaha Public Radio.  So much has happened since I came on board at KIOS in October 2007 as the station’s first News Director. Before coming to Omaha, I worked at commercial stations in Illinois. Here at KIOS, I anchor news, report, write and produce copy and sound for use on air and on the web. I also manage our social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.

My interest in broadcasting began at a young age, and I’ve always been interested in government and politics.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television News from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (www.siuc.edu), and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield (www.uis.edu). While at SIUC, I worked as a news reporter at WSIU-FM in Carbondale (also a NPR station). I was a Statehouse Reporter for Illinois Public Radio in 2004.

When I’m not covering news, I watch a lot of sports, especially baseball and college sports. I’m a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, my Southern Illinois University Salukis, and, of course, a Huskers fan.  I’m the oldest of three girls, and the aunt of two nephews and a niece. My husband and I have two dogs.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow KIOS at @KIOSOmaha, and me @katieontheradio. You can also email me at katie.schubert@kios.org

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Business
10:05 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Creighton economist expects weaker economic growth for the rest of 2012

A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.

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Weather
8:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Drought conditions prompt state of emergency in Nebraska

Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.

The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the past six months have been the warmest on record.

Health/Medical
1:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

UNMC ophthalmologist urges safety when using fireworks

courtesy Creighton University

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's office says 144 people were injured in 2010 by misuse of fireworks.

 

In the city of Omaha, residents can shoot off fireworks from 8 am to 11 pm through Wednesday. An ophthalmologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says if you choose to do so, wear eye protection and don't let children use fireworks.

 

Dr. John Peters says 1,300 people suffered eye injuries nationwide last year due to misuse of fireworks. He says about half of those injuries were to people under age 19.

 

Health/Medical
1:57 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

American Red Cross: blood, platelet donations urgently needed

The American Red Cross says there’s an urgent need for donations of blood and platelets.

April Oppliger, Program Manager for the Mid-American Blood Services Division, says there have been 50,000 fewer donations in June than anticipated. She says that’s about half the blood supply the Red Cross had at this time last year.

Oppliger says a pint of whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of only five days, and Oppliger says those donations are always in high demand. She says donations of all blood types are needed.  

Politics & Elections
11:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Creighton economist says health care law ruling reduces some uncertainty, but will drive up costs

A Creighton University economist says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act reduces some uncertainty for businesses.

The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the federal government can’t directly compel individuals to buy health insurance. Those who don’t buy health insurance will pay a tax. 

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Weather
8:13 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Heat Advisory, Air Quality Action Day in Omaha metro

A heat advisory is in effect Friday for the KIOS listening area, along with an Air Quality Action Day.

MAPA says an Air Quality Action Day is issued when there are elevated ozone levels. That can cause respiratory difficulties in people with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.

Politics
10:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

A UNO political scientist says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the so-called Affordable Care Act is a legal victory for President Obama’s administration.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts joined in the majority supporting the law. UNO political science professor Carson Holloway says he was surprised that Chief Justice Roberts was the deciding vote.

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Weather
8:38 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Temperatures top 100 degrees in Omaha metro

Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.

Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.

Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.

          

Politics
2:06 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman visits Offutt Air Force Base

Gen. Martin Dempsey is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
courtesy www.jcs.mil

The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military must maintain the trust of the American people in spite of economic and security challenges.

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Omaha
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

No property tax increase in Douglas County's 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners are set to vote July 10 on the new fiscal year budget.

The county’s new fiscal year begins Sunday. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday on the $325 million budget proposal. Departments were asked to keep their budgets flat, and justify any requested increases.

Budget and Finance Director Joe Lorenz says the county won't have to dip in to its existing reserves to fund programs in the 2012-13 budget year.

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