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
5:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Rep. Lee Terry seeking eighth term in U.S. House

Second District Congressman Lee Terry will seek an eighth term in the U.S. House.

Terry, an Omaha Republican, announced his candidacy Sunday afternoon. He was elected to the House in 1998. Terry faces four challengers in the GOP primary: former Husker quarterback and financial adviser Brett Lindstrom, UNO Mathematics Department professor and chairman Jack Heidel, Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and Paul Anderson.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Terry served on the Omaha City Council.

Missouri River Flooding
1:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Levee repair projects underway near Bellevue, Nebraska CIty

Two more levee repair projects are underway south of Omaha following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

The Corps of Engineers says a $43,000 contract was awarded for seeding along the levee from Bellevue to Plattsmouth. A $4.7 million repair project is also underway five miles south of Nebraska City.

Brett Budd, chief of the Omaha District’s Systems Restoration Team, says the work south of Nebraska City involves repairing scour holes and installing a seepage berm. He says the entire project will be complete by June first.

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Omaha
2:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Omaha ends 2011 budget year with projected $740,000 deficit

The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.

City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.

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Politics & Elections
4:06 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Nelson: crop insurance, alternative energy should be part of farm bill discussion

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says it may be difficult to keep some agricultural programs from being cut because of the federal deficit.

Nelson says hearings began Wednesday in Washington on the Food and Fuel Security Act. Nelson says it’s important that Congress not make cuts to the USDA rural development program, which he says Nebraska home owners, businesses, and communities benefited from last year. According to Nelson, Nebraska received $189 million in USDA rural development funds in 2011.

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Sports
4:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Omaha Lancers, UNO Mavericks to play hockey outdoors at TD Ameritrade Park

TD Ameritrade Park hosts the College World Series and the Red Sky Music Festival.
courtesy Google Images

The Omaha Lancers and UNO Mavericks will play hockey outdoors next February at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Omaha Sports Commission announced Tuesday that a hockey doubleheader will happen February 9, 2013. It’s being called the “Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice.”

Sports Commission president Harold Cliff says it’ll be a family-friendly event, with the first game, between the Lancers and the Lincoln Stars, happening at 12:30 pm. Cliff says the outdoor hockey doubleheader has been in the works for two years.

He says the hockey doubleheader probably won’t be an annual event.

Politics & Elections
10:24 am
Tue February 14, 2012

University of Nebraska Regent running for U.S. Senate

Chuck Hassebrook.
courtesy University of Nebraska

The race for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson’s seat has another candidate.

Chuck Hassebrook announced Tuesday afternoon he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He joins Steve Lustgarten in the Democratic race.

Hassebrook has served on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1994. He's also the executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He says his campaign will focus on education and fiscal issues.

The GOP race for U.S. Senate has five candidates, including State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Attorney General Jon Bruning, and State Senator Deb Fischer.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Omaha's Burke High School to get video board from Rosenblatt Stadium

Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium hosted the NCAA College World Series for more than six decades until its closure in 2010.
photo courtesy Google Images

 

The video board from Omaha’s landmark Rosenblatt Stadium will soon have a new home.

Burke High School will have the video board in time for the Nebraska state track meet May 18th. Bob Danenhauer, supervisor of athletics for the Omaha Public Schools,  says it’ll cost $400,000 to locate the video board at Burke, which will be paid for with donations.

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Education
2:56 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Creighton University's new president gives his first convocation address

Creighton University president Fr. Timothy Lannon.
photo courtesy Creighton University

Creighton University’s new president says long-term strategic and financial planning are important to the school’s success.

Father Timothy Lannon gave his first convocation address earlier this week. He’s the first Creighton University alumnus to serve as the school’s president. He says 25 percent of this year’s freshman class at Creighton University are first-generation college students. They’re fron all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 38 countries.

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Omaha
1:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New apartments, community services facility planned for Siena/Francis House campus

Officials break ground for new efficiency apartments and a community services facility at Siena/Francis House.
photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.

A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.

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Politics & Elections
2:12 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

State of the City: Omaha Mayor focused on jobs, reducing crime, flood recovery

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
Photo courtesy city of Omaha

Job creation, reducing crime, and flood recovery were dominant themes in Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s third State of the City address.

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