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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Omaha Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Sun January 8, 2012

Levee repair projects underway following Missouri River flooding

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says 19 levee repair projects are in the works at a cost of $280 million dollars.

Officials from the Corps' Omaha office updated the levee repairs during a conference call Friday afternoon. Last summer's Missouri River flooding caused several levee breaches along the Nebraska-Iowa border, and farther south in to Missouri.

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Omaha Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Corps of Engineers releases 2012 Annual Operating Plan

Gavins Point Dam
image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use last year's record water releases and runoff in its future forecasts for water releases.

The Corps released its 2012 Annual Operating Plan Friday. The plan is based in part on comments received at a series of public meetings. It also includes recommendations from a report issued last month by a four-member panel who studied the Corps' response to last summer's Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu January 5, 2012

One year later, Millard South marks anniversary of deadly school shooting

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.

The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross responded to more than 400 regional disasters in 2011

Omaha, NE – The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to more than 400 disasters last year.

The Nebraska/southwest Iowa Region's disaster response included opening 11 shelters and providing more than 23,000 meals to people displaced by Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Nearly 123,000 Iowans voted in GOP caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.

Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Mid-America Business Conditions report shows slight decline in December

Omaha, NE – A monthly economic indicator for the nine-state Mid America region shows a slight decline in December.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid America Business Conditions report. The monthly business conditions index declined to 50 in December from 52.6 in November.

Goss says the economy will grow this year, albeit slowly. He expects interest rates will remain low and inflation won't be an issue.

The index is an indicator of overall economic health in the nine-state region.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Caucus day in Iowa

Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.

The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

UNO political scientist discusses Iowa caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist expects strong turnout for Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

The caucus begins at 7pm Tuesday. A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a two-point lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in third place.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:10 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

GOP candidate Mitt Romney visits Council Bluffs

Omaha, NE – With the Iowa caucus happening Tuesday evening, candidates are spending a lot of time traveling through the Hawkeye State making last-minute pitches to voters.

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Omaha Public Radio News
11:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

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