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 & Elections
1:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Omaha City Council to vote on LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

The Omaha City Council.
courtesy Google Images

After hearing more than three hours of testimony last week on an anti-discrimination ordinance, the Omaha City Council is set to vote on it Tuesday afternoon.

City Councilman Ben Gray introduced the ordinance. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual individuals in the workplace and all public places. Religious institutions, and organizations run all or in part by religious organizations, are exempt from the ordinance.

 

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Politics & Elections
12:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Eco-tourism focus of upcoming conference of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado Governors

courtesy Google Images

Economic development and eco-tourism are the focus of a conference next Friday in Nebraska.

Governor Dave Heineman announced Monday he’ll meet with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The meeting is, in part, an opportunity for the three Governors to view the sandhill crane migration. Gov. Heineman says it's also a chance for the three Governors to discuss economic development, water use, and what each state can learn from the other.

Sports
12:10 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Creighton forward Doug McDermott named first-team All-American

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott
photo courtesy www.gocreighton.com

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott is among this year’s first-team All-Americans.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its list Monday of All-Americans. All five first-team All-Americans are on teams playing in the NCAA tournament. McDermott joins players from Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Michigan State on the list.

Missouri River Flooding
1:29 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Papio-Missouri River NRD and city of Omaha partnering on levee study, improvements

Mayor Jim Suttle, Papio-Missouri River NRD General Manager John Winkler, and Gordon Andersen of Omaha Public Works announced the partnership at a Friday news conference.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District is contributing $2 million toward additional upgrades and a study of Omaha’s levee system.

The study is required for FEMA recertification of the levee system. That’s separate from what’s done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. FEMA began requiring levee certifications after Hurricane Katrina.

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Politics & Elections
11:20 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Chuck Hassebrook drops out of U.S. Senate race, endorses Bob Kerrey

Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook and Senate candidate Bob Kerrey speak at a news conference Thursday in Omaha.
Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

 

Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook is no longer a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Hassebrook announced Thursday morning he’s dropping out of the Senate race and endorsing fellow Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey. Last week, Hassebrook said Kerrey’s candidacy wouldn’t affect his own. But Hassebrook says it’s been difficult to organize a campaign. "I’ve spent a lot of hours since then working to do just that. But in recent days, I’ve come to the realization that I would not succeed."

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Iowa
8:44 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Iowa Supreme Court hears two cases in Council Bluffs

The Iowa Supreme Court.
courtesy Google Images

The public had a chance to witness Iowa Supreme Court hearings in-person Wednesday night in Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Iowa Western Community College on two cases. One case involved the ACLU and Atlantic School District, and focused on records requests regarding disciplinary action taken against employees. The other case involved local ordinances in Hamburg, Iowa, relating to sexually-oriented businesses. 

Missouri River Flooding
1:02 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

2012 spring runoff season begins

A view of Missouri River flooding near Ft. Calhoun.
courtesy Google Images

The 2012 spring runoff season is underway along the Missouri River.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say releases from Gavins Point Dam averaged 22,000 cubic feet per second during February. It’ll stay at that level through the middle of this month, and then increase for the start of the navigation season. Last year’s record runoff season led to devastating flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Politics & Elections
4:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

UNO political scientist expects GOP presidential race to remain close

A UNO political scientist expects all four GOP presidential candidates will stay in the race following Super Tuesday.

Results of the ten Super Tuesday primaries were split. In Ohio, GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were locked in a close race. Santorum, Romney, and Newt Gingrich all picked up wins, and delegates.

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Omaha
1:55 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Omaha Mayor to name acting Police Chief by March 30th

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he hopes the city’s next Police Chief will lead the department long-term.

Police Chief Alex Hayes announced Monday he’ll retire at the end of March. Hayes became Police Chief in 2009, taking over for former Chief Eric Buske.

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Omaha
2:07 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes retiring March 30th

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes
courtesy City of Omaha

Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes is retiring from the department.

A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says Hayes will retire March 30th. He’s been with the Omaha Police Department for 25 years, the last two-and-a-half as Police Chief. Hayes took over following former Chief Eric Buske’s departure in 2009.

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