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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Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

State Sen. Brad Ashford plans run for Mayor of Omaha

A State Senator from Omaha wants to be the city’s next Mayor.

Senator Brad Ashford says he’ll make an official announcement after Labor Day. Ashford was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1986 and re-elected in 1990. He ran for Legislature again in 2006 and has represented District 20 since then.

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Omaha
1:42 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Farmers Market open Wednesdays through September in north Omaha

North Omaha residents have another opportunity this year to get fresh produce from a Farmers Market.

Last year was the first Farmers Market at Charles Drew Health Center. The Market opens again Wednesday, and will be open every week from 3 to 5:30 PM at 29th and Grant streets.

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Politics & Elections
9:27 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Voter turnout low in Tuesday's Iowa Primary Election

Less than ten percent of registered voters cast ballots in two western Iowa counties in Tuesday’s primary election.

Unofficial election results from Pottawattamie County show voter turnout was about 4.5 percent. In Harrison County, turnout was 7.8 percent.

Due to redistricting, Iowa will have one less Congressional District. Western Iowa voters will choose a new District Three or District Four representative in November.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:58 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

11 levee repair projects underway along Missouri River

An aerial image of Missouri River flooding north of Omaha last summer.
courtesy Google Images

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have all Missouri River levee repair projects complete by the end of this year.

Corps officials updated the status of levee repairs during a conference call Tuesday. Last summer’s Missouri River flooding caused significant damage in Nebraska and western Iowa. The Corps’ Omaha District has 11 levee repair projects underway, with $99 million dollars in repairs complete.

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Education
11:18 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

OPS board to conduct another national search, name an interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board will again conduct a national search for a new superintendent.

Board members voted unanimously Monday night to begin a new search. That followed a vote Saturday afternoon to accept the resignation of Nancy Sebring. She was set to become OPS' new superintendent July 1. Sebring resigned after reports surfaced that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her official Des Moines Public Schools account.

The OPS board will also name an interim superintendent. Right now there's no timeline for that to happen.

Omaha
12:58 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Douglas County Board continues budget discussions with new fiscal year approaching

Douglas County’s new fiscal year budget is once again up for discussion Tuesday.

County Commissioners will discuss the budget at their 9am meeting Tuesday. Two weeks ago, Finance Committee members grilled county department heads on their budget requests for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The County Board asked all departments to present flat budgets, and justify any requests for additional funding.

County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the 2012-13 budget later this month.

Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Iowa voters go to the polls Tuesday for Primary Election

Tuesday is primary election day in Iowa.

The state held its first-in-the-nation presidential nominating caucus in January. Voters will have Congressional representatives to choose from in four districts, instead of five, due to redistricting. UNO political scientist Paul Landow doesn’t expect that to boost voter turnout based on primary election results in other states, including Nebraska.

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Education
5:48 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Incoming OPS superintendent resigns

The OPS board accepted Nancy Sebring's resignation during a special meeting Saturday.
Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

The Omaha Public Schools board will once again be looking for a new superintendent.

The board voted 9-1 Saturday afternoon, with two members absent, to accept Nancy Sebring's resignation. Board member Justin Wayne voted no. Sebring, the former Des Moines Public Schools superintendent, notified the board Saturday morning she'd resign following reports that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her school district account.

Sebring was set to begin work July first, taking over for retiring superintendent John Mackiel.

Sarpy County
11:40 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bellevue Police Department moves forward

Bellevue Interim Police Chief Mark Elbert.
courtesy Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue’s Interim Police Chief says things are starting to return to normal for the department.

Captain Mark Elbert is Interim Chief, following the resignation of John Stacey. Stacey was placed on administrative leave in early May following allegations that he made an inappropriate remark to a teenage girl while she was touring a Fire Station. Stacey’s last day with the Bellevue Police Department was Thursday.

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Business
10:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Economic growth slows in May, as national unemployment rate rises

A monthly survey of business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states shows economic growth slowed in May.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions report.  The business conditions index, which measures overall economic health, slipped to 57.6 in May from 60 in April. However, it continues to show economic growth in the region.

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