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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Omaha
1:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Public meeting scheduled on Historic Parks and Boulevard Master Plan

The design and restoration of Omaha’s historic boulevards system is the subject of a public meeting Thursday.

Omaha Parks and Recreation has scheduled a 6pm meeting at the Elmwood Park Pavilion on the historic parks and boulevards master plan. Pat Slaven of Omaha Parks and Rec says public input will guide the development of the plan’s design, restoration, and enhancement initiatives.

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Omaha
6:02 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Community garden stolen

courtesy www.cityofomaha.org/parks

Omaha Parks and Recreation officials say a community garden was stolen over the weekend.

In a news release, Parks officials say the 4,800 square foot garden at Sherman Community Center was dug up and stolen. Sherman Community Center is located at 5701 North 16th Street.

Children who participate in programs at the Sherman Community Center planted the garden. Among the produce planted there were tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and onions.

There were about 75 plants in the garden.

Politics & Elections
10:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Sen. Nelson visits Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator says Saudi Arabian officials have expressed interest in forming a partnership to address violence in Syria.

The U.S. and several other nations expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday following the killings of 108 people, including 49 children, in Syria on Friday. Senator Ben Nelson is in Saudi Arabia meeting with King Abdullah and business leaders there. Nelson says Saudi officials want to be part of a group of nations that addresses the ongoing violence in Syria.

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Omaha
7:33 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Point-in-time report shows slight decrease in number of Omaha's homeless

A new report shows 1,530 people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro were homeless as of January.

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Sports
11:58 am
Fri May 25, 2012

College World Series begins June 15

courtesy NCAA

321,684 people attended the first College World Series at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park last year.

The Mens’ College World Series begins June 15. It’ll be the 62nd year of the College World Series in Omaha. This year, the first games begin at 4PM. That’s a change from the usual 1PM start.

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Omaha
10:47 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Open house next week on Transit Alternatives Analysis

courtesy www.omahalternativesanalysis.com

The executive director of Omaha’s Metro Area Transit says all options are on the table to expand alternative transportation.

An open house is scheduled for next Wednesday on the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis. Metro and the city of Omaha are working to identify transportation options in a corridor that borders 72nd Street, Center Street, Cuming Street, and the Riverfront.

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Education
9:18 am
Thu May 24, 2012

C4K On Display focuses on life skills, leadership

An Omaha educator says he hopes the College for Kids program can expand and offer more opportunities to young men.

Paul Bryant is the former executive director of Wesley House. He also leads an organization called the Leadership Institute for Urban Education. For the past two years, Bryant has worked with young black men from north Omaha on leadership, business, etiquette, and public speaking. Saturday, the 25 young men in the College for Kids program at UNO will present financial portfolio proposals to a panel of business experts.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Construction underway on pools for U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

Construction began Wednesday on the pools for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The swim trials begin June 25th at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Setup began there at 2AM when workers removed the first eight rows of seats in the arena. Myrtha Pools will spend the next two weeks building two pools for the swim trials: an eight lane practice pool in the convention center, and a ten lane pool in the arena.

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Douglas County
2:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Douglas County Sheriff: budget request is flat, but additional deputies are needed

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he stands by his department’s request for additional funding in the coming fiscal year.

County department heads presented their budgets at a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July first. Commissioners asked all departments to present a flat budget.

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Nebraska
1:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Homestead Act turns 150

A certificate showing land ownership under the Homestead Act.
courtesy National Archives

Sunday was the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

The act, signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln, offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who was the head of a household or at least 21 years old. The landowner had to develop the land and grow crops within five years. The only costs associated with acquiring the land were filing fees of $18.

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