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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Education
9:18 am
Thu May 24, 2012

C4K On Display focuses on life skills, leadership

An Omaha educator says he hopes the College for Kids program can expand and offer more opportunities to young men.

Paul Bryant is the former executive director of Wesley House. He also leads an organization called the Leadership Institute for Urban Education. For the past two years, Bryant has worked with young black men from north Omaha on leadership, business, etiquette, and public speaking. Saturday, the 25 young men in the College for Kids program at UNO will present financial portfolio proposals to a panel of business experts.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Construction underway on pools for U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

Construction began Wednesday on the pools for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The swim trials begin June 25th at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Setup began there at 2AM when workers removed the first eight rows of seats in the arena. Myrtha Pools will spend the next two weeks building two pools for the swim trials: an eight lane practice pool in the convention center, and a ten lane pool in the arena.

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Douglas County
2:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Douglas County Sheriff: budget request is flat, but additional deputies are needed

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he stands by his department’s request for additional funding in the coming fiscal year.

County department heads presented their budgets at a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July first. Commissioners asked all departments to present a flat budget.

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Nebraska
1:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Homestead Act turns 150

A certificate showing land ownership under the Homestead Act.
courtesy National Archives

Sunday was the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

The act, signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln, offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who was the head of a household or at least 21 years old. The landowner had to develop the land and grow crops within five years. The only costs associated with acquiring the land were filing fees of $18.

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Omaha
1:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Douglas County Board meets Tuesday to continue budget discussions

The Douglas County Board wants to hear from the public about its 2012-13 budget.

County Commissioners will continue discussions on the budget Tuesday morning at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. Last week, board chairman Marc Kraft told Omaha Public Radio that all options are on the table in the coming fiscal year to raise revenue, including a possible tax increase. No decision has been made on that yet.

The current fiscal year budget of $311 million contains no tax increase.

Transportation
1:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chicago-to-Omaha rail study online open house ends Monday

Monday is the last day to participate in an online open house about the Chicago-to-Omaha passenger rail study.

The Iowa DOT has taken public comments on the rail study since February, and held public meetings throughout the state. It’s part of a five-step process that could lead to passenger rail travel through Iowa.

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Sarpy County
8:52 am
Fri May 18, 2012

June 6 court date for Bellevue Police Chief, former Gretna City Administrator

Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey.

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says additional charges are possible against Gretna’s former city administrator.

Colleen Lawry and Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey were charged Thursday in Sarpy County Court with violating a gun certificate law. Polikov says they’re scheduled to appear in court June 6.

The charge is a class one misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Politics & Elections
8:20 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate candidates begin statewide tours of Nebraska

State Sen. Deb Fischer is the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate.
courtesy www.debfischer2012.com

The candidates for Ben Nelson’s U.S. Senate seat are on statewide tours of Nebraska.

Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey wrapped up his statewide tour Thursday evening. It began Wednesday morning in Omaha. Omaha is also where Republican candidate Deb Fischer began her statewide tour, following her surprising win Tuesday night.

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Omaha
1:43 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Omaha Police hosting gun amnesty day Saturday

Omaha’s first gun amnesty day of 2012 is Saturday.

The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring the amnesty day at 50th and Ames. Last year, police collected 127 illegal or unwanted firearms during three gun amnesty events.

Lieutenant Shayna Ray of OPD’s Gang Unit says firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are accepted at the amnesty sites. Ray says guns and ammunition are accepted no questions asked. Police don’t get information from people who turn in illegal or unwanted guns at the amnesty day events.

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Politics & Elections
9:39 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Gretna Mayor finishes fourth in primary election

Gretna will have a new Mayor in November.

Unofficial results from the Sarpy County Election Commission show Jim Timmerman and Kip Edmonds were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Sally McGuire finished in fourth place, with 11-percent of the vote.

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