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


Omaha Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Post-flood repair work underway in western Iowa

The Missouri River flooded the Omaha riverfront during the summer of 2011.
Katie Schubert KIOS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.

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Politics & Elections
3:11 pm
Sun January 22, 2012

Jobs, Keystone XL, health care among topics at first Congressional debate


Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.

 Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.

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1:10 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

UNO political scientist: missing Iowa caucus ballots cause for concern

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum
courtesy Google Images


A UNO political scientist says it’s concerning that caucus results from eight Iowa precincts are missing.

Iowa Republican Party officials released the official caucus results Thursday. They show former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum actually won the caucus, by 34 votes, over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  But GOP officials say they won’t declare a winner because of the missing votes.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Committee hears legislation cutting the size of Omaha Public Schools Board

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month

Omaha, NE – The Midlands Mentoring Partnership estimates 35,000 youth in the Omaha metro need mentors.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:41 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Committee hearings begin Tuesday in Nebraska Legislature

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature begins committee hearings this week.

Committee hearings are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Last week, Governor Dave Heineman announced legislation will be introduced to reduce taxes more than $326 million dollars over the next three years.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Unicameral's Appropriations Committee, says introduction of bills will continue through January 19th, with the exception of budget bills.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Taxes, job creation, child welfare reform part of State of the State

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling on lawmakers to cut state income taxes by $326.6 million dollars over the next three years.

Taxes were a central part of Heineman's State of the State address Thursday. Heineman's plan would change the state income tax brackets and lower rates accordingly. The legislation, sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett, would also eliminate Nebraska's inheritance tax.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Iowa Sen. Gronstal: Legislature to focus on jobs, education

Omaha, NE – Iowa's Senate Majority Leader says jobs and education will be the Legislature's focus this session.

The Iowa legislature returned to session Monday. During his Condition of the State address Tuesday, morning, Governor Terry Branstad outlined job creation and education improvements as his priorities.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:21 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Fourth candidate enters GOP race for Second Congressional District

Omaha, NE – The former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party is seeking the GOP nomination for the Second Congressional District.

Glenn Freeman announced his candidacy last week. Freeman is the third challenger to incumbent Congressman Lee Terry in the Second District race. Financial Advisor and former Husker Quarterback Brett Lindstrom, and UNO mathematics department chairman Jack Heidel, are also candidates.

Freeman says his campaign will focus on the national deficit and state sovereignty.

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