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
1:08 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers debating smaller tax cut plan

 

An amended version of Governor Dave Heineman’s tax cut plan is awaiting second-round debate in the Unicameral.

The tax cut plan passed the first round of debate earlier this week. Governor Dave Heineman originally called for $327 million dollars worth of tax cuts over three years. In addition to income taxes, the plan would’ve cut corporate income taxes and ended the state’s inheritance tax.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, says the amended plan is now $97.2 million. The inheritance tax remains part of state law.

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Health/Medical
11:58 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day in Nebraska

An estimated three of every 100 cases of colon cancer are the result of a hereditary genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome.

Thursday is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. It’s named for Dr. Henry Lynch, the Director of Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center. He discovered the genetic condition, which is passed down through generations. People with Lynch Syndrome are at increased risk of colon and other types of cancer.

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Politics & Elections
8:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Second Congressional District candidates to participate in environmental forum, debate

 

Voters in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District have opportunities Thursday and Friday to hear from the candidates.

The Sierra Club of Nebraska is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The forum will focus on environmental issues and public transportation. Democratic candidates Gwen Howard and John Ewing, and Republican candidates Jack Heidel and Glenn Freeman, will participate in tonight’s forum.

Omaha
2:04 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Task Force to study solutions to substandard housing, problem landlords

 

The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.

Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.

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Politics & Elections
2:59 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Nebraska Republican Party files challenge to Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey's residency

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey.

The Nebraska Republican Party is challenging Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s candidacy in court.

GOP officials filed the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon in Lancaster County District Court. It’s in response to Secretary of State John Gale’s ruling last Friday that Kerrey can remain on the ballot. Kerrey registered to vote February 28th in Douglas County, and declared his candidacy the next day.

Nebraska Republican Party chairman Mark Fahleson says they want an expedited review of Gale’s ruling, and Kerrey’s name removed from the ballot.

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Weather
1:39 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Workshop focuses on preparedness during severe weather season

A large tornado moves toward Aurora, Nebraska, in June 2009.
courtesy Google Images

A workshop Wednesday in Omaha focuses on severe weather preparedness at home and in the workplace.

The National Safety Council Nebraska is holding the workshop during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sunday night, an EF3 tornado damaged homes and businesses in North Platte. This year, Nebraska had its first-ever confirmed February tornado.

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Omaha
8:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

City of Omaha, Empowerment Network partner on program for youth

The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.

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Education
8:46 am
Tue March 20, 2012

OPS to begin interviews of six candidates for superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board will begin interviews this Friday of six candidates for superintendent.

Board members met Monday afternoon with consultant Marvin Edwards of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Last fall, the board selected the Chicago-based firm to lead the search for OPS' new superintendent. John Mackiel plans to retire at the end of this school year after nearly four decades with OPS.

Board members will interview candidates Friday and Saturday. They'll narrow the list to three finalists, who will be interviewed next weekend.

Omaha
1:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Interim Omaha Police Chief chosen; nationwide search for new chief to begin Tuesday

Deputy Police Chief David Baker.
courtesy OPD

A 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department will serve as Interim Chief.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office announced Monday that Deputy Police Chief David Baker is the new Interim Chief, as of March 31st. He’ll take over for Police Chief Alex Hayes, who is retiring March 30th.

Baker became a Deputy Chief four years ago. Prior to that, he was a Captain in both the southwest and northeast precincts. He’s also OPD’s executive bureau officer.

Business
9:17 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Outlook Nebraska adds new equipment and additional employees

Outlook Nebraska's new 7.1 MILE Rewinder.
Photo by Katie Schubert KIOS-FM

 

An Omaha manufacturer with a workforce primarily of blind or visually impaired employees is expanding its operation.

Outlook Nebraska held an open house Friday to showcase its new 7.1 MILE Rewinder. The company employs 62 people, 42 of whom are blind or visually impaired.  Outlook Nebraska makes toilet tissue and paper towels. The product is sold to the government. 

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