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
1:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Omaha Mayor signs anti-discrimination ordinance

 

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has signed an ordinance banning discrimination in all public places on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mayor Suttle signed the ordinance Thursday at City Hall. The city council narrowly approved it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace and all public places.

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Omaha
8:53 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Community groups call for investigation in to Omaha Police Department

 

A citizens group called Omahans for Justice Alliance wants the Department of Justice to investigate how Omaha Police use force.

The group includes the ACLU of Nebraska and Nebraskans for Peace. They send a letter Tuesday to the DOJ, asking its civil rights division to investigate OPD. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at UNO and a part of the group requesting an investigation, says the DOJ could order reforms if they find misconduct. 

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Politics & Elections
1:57 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Highway bill could mean $300 million for Nebraska roads

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

The U.S. Senate has passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.

The measure is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House.  Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says if it’s signed in to law, Nebraska will receive about $300 million over the next two years. "What it will be is money that will go to the state highway department, the Department of Roads, and the highway commission on the priorities that have been established in Nebraska."

Politics & Elections
4:14 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Omaha City Council passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

The Omaha City Council has approved an ordinance banning discrimination in the workplace and all public places against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Councilman Ben Gray sponsored the ordinance. It passed on a city council vote of four to three. The vote came one week after a three-hour public hearing, where supporters and opponents made their case as to why the ordinance should, or shouldn’t, pass.

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Nebraska
11:41 am
Tue March 13, 2012

New report shows 1 in 7 Nebraskans struggle to buy enough food for their families

 

A new report shows one in seven Nebraskans experienced food hardship last year.

The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows 17 percent of households in the Second Congressional District struggled to buy enough food to feed their families.

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Health/Medical
8:27 am
Tue March 13, 2012

School-based health center opens at Omaha's Northwest High School

Northwest High School
photo courtesy OPS

A seventh school-based health center is now open in Omaha Public School.

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Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Omaha City Council to vote on LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

The Omaha City Council.
courtesy Google Images

After hearing more than three hours of testimony last week on an anti-discrimination ordinance, the Omaha City Council is set to vote on it Tuesday afternoon.

City Councilman Ben Gray introduced the ordinance. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual individuals in the workplace and all public places. Religious institutions, and organizations run all or in part by religious organizations, are exempt from the ordinance.

 

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Politics & Elections
12:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Eco-tourism focus of upcoming conference of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado Governors

courtesy Google Images

Economic development and eco-tourism are the focus of a conference next Friday in Nebraska.

Governor Dave Heineman announced Monday he’ll meet with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The meeting is, in part, an opportunity for the three Governors to view the sandhill crane migration. Gov. Heineman says it's also a chance for the three Governors to discuss economic development, water use, and what each state can learn from the other.

Sports
12:10 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Creighton forward Doug McDermott named first-team All-American

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott
photo courtesy www.gocreighton.com

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott is among this year’s first-team All-Americans.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its list Monday of All-Americans. All five first-team All-Americans are on teams playing in the NCAA tournament. McDermott joins players from Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Michigan State on the list.

Missouri River Flooding
1:29 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Papio-Missouri River NRD and city of Omaha partnering on levee study, improvements

Mayor Jim Suttle, Papio-Missouri River NRD General Manager John Winkler, and Gordon Andersen of Omaha Public Works announced the partnership at a Friday news conference.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District is contributing $2 million toward additional upgrades and a study of Omaha’s levee system.

The study is required for FEMA recertification of the levee system. That’s separate from what’s done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. FEMA began requiring levee certifications after Hurricane Katrina.

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