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

Pages

Education
1:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Two OPS schools recognized for environmentally-conscious efforts

 

Two Omaha schools are among the Department of Education’s green ribbon schools.

Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary received the designations last week. The Department of Education says green ribbon schools are those that practice sustainability, implement recycling and other environmentally-friendly programs, and promote health.

Pam Galus of Lothrop Magnet Center says the school participates in several environmentally-friendly activities, including composting of plant materials, recycling, and collecting eyeglasses.

Read more
Transportation
1:43 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Public meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs on Chicago-to-Omaha rail study

 

The Iowa DOT wants to hear from metro area residents about the Chicago-to-Omaha rail study.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday in Council Bluffs about the passenger rail study. The combination state-federal project seeks to identify a “reasonable and feasible” high-speed passenger rail route between Chicago and Omaha. The preferred alternative route travels through the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Des Moines, following I-80.

Read more
Omaha
8:17 am
Mon April 30, 2012

VA sets up food pantry to help veterans in need

 

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa officials estimate several thousand veterans in their service territory are homeless or living below the poverty line.

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is partnering with Omaha’s Together Inc. to offer a food pantry for homeless and low-income veterans. The pantry opened April 18th and will operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa spokesman Will Ackerman says they hope to provide another resource to veterans struggling to get by.

Politics & Elections
12:42 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

20 years after the Cold War, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. says relations are still challenging

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
courtesy Google Images

 

Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. says two decades after the Cold War, relations between the two countries remain complex.

Sergey Kislyak discussed international relations during a forum Thursday night at UNO. Kislyak has served as Ambassador since 2008, and says the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has improved steadily over the past few years.

Read more
Health/Medical
11:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Creighton president says partnership with Alegent will expand opportunities

Creighton University Medical Center will become an Alegent Health hospital in July.
courtesy CUMC

 

Creighton University’s president says new partnerships with Alegent Health mean health science students will have quality training for years to come.

One agreement expands Alegent’s teaching affiliation with Creighton’s health sciences programs. Creighton president Father Timothy Lannon says the move is good for medical students, and will better address community needs.

Alegent’s Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Immanuel Hospital provide residency slots for Creighton’s medical students.

Read more
Education
5:20 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New OPS superintendent to begin work July first

Nancy Sebring takes over as OPS superintendent July 1.
courtesy OPS

 

Nancy Sebring will take over July 1 as the Omaha Public Schools’ new superintendent.

The OPS board unanimously approved Sebring’s contract Wednesday afternoon. She’ll receive a $275,000 base salary, plus $12,000 for transportation expenses and an annuity equal to 14 percent of her salary. The contract does not include bonuses.

OPS board president Freddie Gray says she’s confident Sebring will transition smoothly in to her new role as superintendent.

Read more
Omaha
1:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Expanding bicycle and other alternative transit options part of Omaha's Transportation Master Plan

Planning Director RIck Cunningham speaks at a news conference announcing Omaha's new 25 year transportation master plan.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

 

Expanding Omaha’s bicycle and pedestrian transit system is a key component of the city’s new transportation master plan.

The plan, unveiled Monday, looks at Omaha’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. City officials say there are four goals for the plan, including sustainability, connecting neighborhoods, and providing more options.

Read more
Health/Medical
1:26 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Alegent Health to acquire Creighton University Medical Center, expand teaching affiliations

 

Alegent Health expects its two new agreements with Creighton University to become official July first.

Read more
Business
2:20 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Google building a second data center in Council Bluffs

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks at a news conference Tuesday announcing Google's second data center in Council Bluffs.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

Internet giant Google is building its second data center in five years in Council Bluffs.

Google employees were joined by Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds at the ground-breaking Tuesday. The $300 million data center will create at least 50 jobs.

Mayor Hanafan says the Internet giant’s investment has changed the city and the state of Iowa, and improved the economy. 

Politics & Elections
2:27 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Some of Douglas County's 179 closed polling places to reopen

The Douglas County Election Commission will reopen some of the 179 polling places closed prior to this year’s primary election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.

Read more

Pages