Katie Schubert

News Director

It’s been a great five 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@ops.org

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Politics
1:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

State Senator calls for Legislature to begin work on health insurance exchange

A State Senator from Omaha says the Nebraska Legislature should begin work to set up a health insurance marketplace, and that process should include public input.

A meeting last week in Lincoln brought together state officials, the insurance industry, and other stakeholders to discuss the state-based health exchange following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 

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Business
10:50 am
Wed July 18, 2012

OPPD hopeful Fort Calhoun Station can reopen in September

Fort Calhoun Station.
OPPD

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant could reopen in September, but only if it’s safe to do so.

OPPD and NRC updated the status of Fort Calhoun Station at a public meeting Tuesday night. The nuclear plant closed last April for refueling, and remained shut down during the Missouri River flooding.

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Omaha
2:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

No proposed tax increase in Omaha's 2013 budget

  • Mayor Suttle's 2013 budget presentation.

Omaha’s 2013 budget proposal contains no property tax increase, and estimates sales tax revenue will grow 1 to 3 percent.

Mayor Jim Suttle introduced the 2013 budget at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The general fund budget is $319.8 million, a 2.76 percent increase over the 2012 spending plan. Most of the growth in the 2013 plan is due to Omaha Public Works’ budget.

The budget plan accounts for 1.75 percent raises for police, fire, and civilian personnel in 2013. It also includes a police department recruit class.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Death or public speaking? UNO researchers revisit a 1973 study on the number one fear

A new study finds that while public speaking might be the most common fear, it isn’t number one.

UNO Public Speaking Fundamentals program director Karen Kangas Dwyer and Speech Center Coordinator Marlina Davidson did the study. It revisited a 1973 study that found more people feared public speaking than death.

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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Mayor Jim Suttle to present Omaha's 2013 budget Tuesday

Annexation and budgets are on Tuesday's Omaha City Council agenda.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is set to give his 2013 budget presentation to the City Council. No details are available at this point about the new budget. A public hearing will be held in August.

Councilmen will also vote on annexing eight Sanitary Improvement Districts in to the city of Omaha. If that’s approved, the city of Omaha will grow by 6,353 residents.

The Omaha City Council meets at 2pm Tuesday.

Weather
2:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Salvation Army opening three cooling centers Saturday morning

The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to have three cooling centers open this weekend as temperatures soar in to the upper 90s.

Salvation Army officials announced Friday that the Kroc Center, North Corps, and Lied Renaissance Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Those three locations will be open from 8am to 8pm as cooling centers Monday through Friday next week.

The National Weather Service expects a high temperature around 95 Saturday and 97 Sunday.

Business
1:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Report calls for reform of Nebraska's tax system

An economic analysis group says Nebraska lawmakers need to explore changes to the state’s tax policy.

The Open Sky Policy Institute released a report Thursday morning on Nebraska’s budget and tax policy. Executive Director Renee Fry says state government needs to look at reforming the tax code, as well as expanding what goods and services are taxed. 

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Douglas County Board: deny TIF for area near TD Ameritrade's new headquarters

Douglas County Commissioners want the Omaha City Council to reject tax increment financing for improvements in west Omaha.

Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the TIF District proposed for an area around TD Ameritrade’s new Omaha headquarters.

Commissioner P.J. Morgan introduced the resolution, saying there should be more scrutiny of how TIF districts are used. 

Omaha
9:07 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Douglas County Board approves 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners have approved a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new fiscal year began July first. The new fiscal year budget contains no tax increase and keeps the budgets of most offices flat.

Finance Director Joe Lorenz says it’s a responsible and aggressive spending plan, but achievable.

The county’s General Fund budget grew 2.1 percent compared to last fiscal year’s plan. Lorenz says cost increases in the Election Commission and Environmental Services offices increased, but it was offset by additional revenue.

Omaha
8:59 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Four finalists chosen for Omaha Police Chief

The city of Omaha has announced the four finalists for Police Chief.

A nationwide search for Police Chief candidates was conducted following the retirement of Alex Hayes. Two finalists are from within the department. One is Captain Gregory Gonzalez. He’s Southwest Precinct Commander and an Acting Deputy Chief.

The other is Deputy Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, who oversees the Uniform Patrol Bureau operations and budget.

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