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


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.

2:39 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS puts 2012-13 budget proposal online

The Omaha Public Schools board is set to vote in September on a new $481.2 million budget.

This year, the budget materials are online, along with committee presentations and a public comment section. OPS’ new fiscal year budget projects a six-percent increase in state aid, but no change in property valuations.

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8:18 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Arizona wins 2012 College World Series

courtesy NCAA

The Arizona Wildcats are the 2012 NCAA College World Series champions.

Arizona beat South Carolina 4-1 Monday night in the second game of the CWS championship.  It's Arizona's first championship since 1986.

South Carolina won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.


1:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS Board approves profile, application for interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board is moving ahead in its search for an interim superintendent.

Board members approved an interim superintendent candidate profile and application during a special meeting Monday afternoon. The board is working with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and American Association of School Administrators to find interim superintendent candidates.

The four-page application and one-page profile will now be used to find candidates for the interim position, which will be filled by September first.

1:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Salvation Army reopens four cooling centers

The Salvation Army of Omaha re-opens its four cooling centers Tuesday morning.


Temperatures are expected to reach about one hundred degrees Wednesday and Thursday. The cooling centers open at 11 am at the Kroc Center, North Corps, Council Bluffs Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center.


Each center will be open until 8 pm through Friday.


Salvation Army officials say donations are needed for the cooling centers, as well as for the fan distribution program.

1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Political scientist expects further legal challenges after Supreme Court ruling on immigration law

A UNO political scientist expects further challenges following the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned three parts of that law. Justices kept a provision allowing police to check a person’s status during a separate violation if they suspect the person is an illegal immigrant.

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10:38 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Multisports Complex to include Olympic swimming pool

The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials begin Monday, and one of the two pools used by Team USA qualifiers will stay in Omaha after the event.


Omaha Sports Commission officials announced Friday that the ten-lane warm-up pool will be part of a new Multisports Complex. Omaha business leaders Mike Cassling and Lisa Roskens raised $1 million to buy the pool. They're also leading an effort to raise funds for the complex.


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Politics & Elections
10:34 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Boswell, Latham open campaign offices in Council Bluffs

The candidates for Iowa’s Third Congressional District are reaching out to voters in Council Bluffs.


Republican Tom Latham opened his Council Bluffs campaign office Friday afternoon. Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District was eliminated after the 2010 Census and redistricting. Voters in Pottawattamie and Mills counties are now in the Third District.


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Missouri River Flooding
2:52 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Corps of Engineers: more than $100 million in post-flood repair projects complete

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say more than $100 million dollars worth of levee repair work has been done following last year’s Missouri River flooding.

Omaha and Kansas City District officials updated the post-flood repairs during a conference call Friday. Last summer’s flooding along the Missouri River caused significant damage in Nebraska and Iowa.

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8:23 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Arizona takes game 1 of College World Series championship

courtesy NCAA

Game two of the 2012 Mens College World Series is Monday evening in Omaha.

Arizona won game 1 Sunday night, 5-1. The championship is a best-of-three series. If Arizona wins Monday night, they win the championship. If South Carolina wins, the championship will be decided Tuesday night.

South Carolina won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.