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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Weather
7:54 am
Mon April 16, 2012

No deaths, serious injuries reported after EF2 tornado hits Thurman, Iowa

Cleanup is underway in southwest Iowa after a tornado left a half-mile-wide damage path in Thurman.

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the tornado touched down two miles north of Percival, Iowa, and continued in to Thurman just after 5:30 PM Saturday.  The tornado left a ten-mile long path of damage before lifting just south of Tabor. 

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Weather
2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Storms bring heavy rain, hail, strong wind in Omaha metro area

Nebraska recorded its first-ever February tornado this year.
courtesy NWS North Platte

The National Weather Service says more than three inches of rain fell in areas of Sarpy County as severe storms moved through Saturday and Sunday.

A tornado caused significant damage in Thurman, Iowa. No one was killed or seriously injured. Hail up to three inches in diameter was reported in Boone County, Nebraska.

Heavy rain also fell throughout the area. In western Sarpy County, more than three and a half inches of rain was reported. That caused flash flooding along I-80 in low-lying areas.

 

 

 

Omaha
11:08 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Requests for food assistance from Salvation Army up 36 percent

The Just Can It food drive is April 16-20.
image courtesy Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Omaha says the need for assistance from their food pantry is up 36 percent.

The Salvation Army and UNO’s Just Can It food drive has a new partner this year: the city of Omaha. Next week, all three will collect donations will the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The city of Omaha will collect donations as part of its Tuna Tuesdays food drive.

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General News
8:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

One year later, a look back at the Arab Spring

A day-long workshop Sunday at UNO focuses on events in the Middle East in the year since the so-called Arab Spring.

Arab Spring refers to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other Middle East nations. It led to the overthrow of longtime dictators, and transitions to new governments. Workshops at Sunday’s conference will focus on Israel and Palestine, Iran, North Africa, and Egypt.

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Politics & Elections
8:24 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Why a caucus? UNO political scientist says it's about party-building

Nebraska Democrats are preparing to meet this weekend for the state’s second presidential caucus.

The Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus in 2008, and selected President Obama as their candidate. Caucuses are an opportunity for registered Democrats to get together, discuss issues, and choose delegates. UNO political science professor Paul Landow says caucuses aren’t about voter turnout, but about party-building.

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Arts
12:36 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

South High School celebrates 50 years of show choir

The Omaha South High School Ambassadors Show Choir.
courtesy OPS

Omaha South High School’s Ambassadors Show Choir is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A 50 year reunion concert is scheduled for Saturday evening at South High School. The Ambassadors Show Choir began in 1962 as the Choralaires. Among the 100 participants in this weekend’s reunion show are members of that choir.

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Business
1:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

NRC confirms serious safety threat findings at Fort Calhoun Station

Fort Calhoun Station
courtesy OPPD

The NRC has confirmed a finding that an electrical fire last June at the Fort Calhoun Station was a serious safety risk.

Tuesday’s report follows a preliminary finding issued last month by the Commission. The June 7, 2011 fire caused an alert to be issued at the nuclear plant. It was closed at the time due to Missouri River flooding.

NRC Region 4 spokeswoman Lara Uselding says the finding is a so-called “red” threat, meaning it’s a high safety significant issue.

Business
3:36 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Walmart Supercenter coming to north Omaha

A new Walmart Supercenter will open next year at 50th and Ames Streets.
image courtesy Walmart

A new Walmart Supercenter in north Omaha is expected to create 275 jobs when it opens next year.

Walmart and city officials announced Monday that the Supercenter will be built at 50th and Ames Streets. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year. Mayor Jim Suttle says the project is important to north Omaha’s quality of life, as it'll provide a place for residents to buy household items, fresh fruit and vegetables, and other goods.

Suttle says he’s encouraged by the growth along the Ames corridor in the past year from 30th to 72nd Streets.

Politics & Elections
2:38 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Nebraska Democrats to caucus Saturday

Nebraska Democrats are preparing for their second presidential caucus.

The caucus happens statewide this Saturday. In 2008, the Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus, and supported President Obama.

Democratic Party chairman Vic Covalt says the caucus gave Nebraska a role in the nominating process. "We went to the caucus because we wanted to help decide who the President would be, and the Nebraska caucus in February 2008 was the first of 11 straight small-state wins that gave Obama the edge that ultimately led to his victory in the Democratic nomination."

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Politics & Elections
7:58 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Early voting begins Monday in Nebraska

Early voting for Nebraska's May 15th primary election begins Monday.

Redistricting means there are fewer polling places in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says voters can come to the election commission office and cast an early ballot, pick up a ballot, or request one by mail. 

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says about 30 percent of registered voters voted early in the 2008 general election. He expects it’ll be higher this election cycle.

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