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
12:34 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

UNO political scientist expects contentious Senate race; Hassebrook staying in

 

A UNO political scientist expects the race for Ben Nelson’s Senate seat to be contentious and expensive.

Former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced Wednesday he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for Nelson’s seat. That comes more than two weeks after Kerrey said he wouldn’t run.

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Politics/Elections
10:38 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Bob Kerrey running for U.S. Senate

former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey.
courtesy Google Images

Former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey will seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

UNO looks to add Bachelors Degree program in emergency management

 

A Bachelors Degree in emergency management could soon be offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The program would be offered as a Bachelor of Science Degree. John Bartle, acting dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, says a degree in emergency management is critical given recent natural and man made disasters. “Unfortunately these emergencies seem to be with us. It’s a profession that is evolving, and increasingly there’s a need for higher level education, more than just training, but education for people in this field.”

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Politics & Elections
1:11 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

City Council to discuss ordinance banning discrimination on basis of sexual orientation

 

Omaha City Councilmen will discuss an ordinance Tuesday that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance is sponsored by Councilman Ben Gray. It seeks to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and all public places in Omaha on the basis of “actual or perceived” gender identity or sexual orientation. Anyone who believes they’ve been the target of discrimination could file a complaint with Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Department.

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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Million Meal March' seeks to provide food for families in Omaha, throughout the world

An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.

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Politics & Elections
1:51 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Historic preservation tax credit legislation moves forward

 

A bill providing tax credits to redevelop historic properties is moving forward in the Unicameral.

Speaker Mike Flood chose LB888 as one of his priority bills. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historic properties. Nonprofits that do so could get a 30 percent tax credit.

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Education
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Omaha Public Schools begins 2012-13 budget process

Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.

OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget.  Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.

Missouri River Flooding
2:17 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

OPPD: we take full responsibility for "broad performance issues" at Ft. Calhoun Station

OPPD officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station won’t reopen until they’re confident safety issues at the plant are resolved.

Utility leaders met in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the NRC to update performance issues at the plant. Fort Calhoun Station has been closed since last April. Since then, the NRC has cited OPPD for multiple violations at the plant, including being ill-prepared for a flood. NRC officials say a fire at the plant last June also wasn’t reported within the required time frame.

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Missouri River Flooding
9:04 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Corps of Engineers, emergency managers prepare for 2012 runoff season

A view of last summer's Missouri River flooding near Ft. Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

The leader of the Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District believes the agency is better prepared in the event of flooding this year.

About 70 emergency managers and levee sponsors gathered Tuesday in Omaha for the annual Missouri River flood fight preparedness training. Last year’s Missouri River flooding inundated farms, businesses, and homes in western Iowa for more than three months.

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Missouri River Flooding
12:47 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Temporary housing option made available to Iowans in five counties

Western Iowa residents forced out of their homes by Missouri River flooding may have another option for temporary housing.

Iowa Finance Authority spokeswoman Ashley Jared says flood victims can apply for a waiver to live in housing usually restricted by the federal government to low-income families.

Jared says the waiver applies to flood victims in Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont counties. People who lived in those counties between May 25th and August first of 2011 can apply for the housing waiver.

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