Deborah (Van Fleet) Newcombe

On-air host

Deborah has a long history as a part-time announcer/host with KIOS, having first worked at the station from 1983 to 1994 – hosting and producing two weekly interview/public affairs programs for part of that time.   She returned as the Morning Edition Host from 2002-2003 and has now been back since 2009, initially as a part-time on-air host. 

Deborah has been the host of Jazz in the Afternoon on Fridays since October of 2015.  And she has worked with Cheril Lee in the KIOS News Department as a part-time reporter since August of 2016, along with Saturday morning on-air hosting.    

Deborah’s broadcasting background includes teaching television broadcasting at the OPS Career Center, freelance reporting about the College World Series on NPR’s Morning Edition, four summer internships at Ken Burns’ Florentine Film Company and reporting for Nebraska Public Radio for a documentary special about Alzheimer's Disease.  

The Omaha League of Women Voters has been actively registering voters.  According to Joanna Lindberg, Co-Chair of the LWV’s Get out the Vote Committee, they have registered 657 individuals at 84 events and anticipate about 20 more events before election day November 6th. 

The Nebraska Department of Insurance wants to hear your questions and concerns, so once again they are holding listening sessions throughout the state beginning the first week of October.  

If Congress approves the Trump administration’s proposal, the ceiling for refugee resettlement for 2019 will be the lowest it has been since the program was started decades ago.  

The 2018 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, hosted by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and D. A. Davidson.  This year’s theme is “The Future is…”   

This year’s keynote speaker, Akaya Winwood, the outgoing President of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, says strong nonprofit leadership is needed now like never before. 

Winwood says she has been impressed at what she has seen happening in the Midwest on her recent travels.

Area educators can register until October 19th for the Greater Omaha Chamber’s third annual Careerockit program, which will take place February 11-17, 2019  

The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College will present the first of eight events in its 2018-2019 National Performance Season -- with Artrageous on Sunday, September 16th at 2 p.m. 

Creighton University has received a five year, $3 million grant which will fund the Pipeline to Success program, with the goal of increasing diversity in the health-care professions.

The Omaha Public Library plans a number of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th. 

Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for OPL says a bilingual story time will be held at three branches – South Omaha, Abrahams and Washington – featuring English and Spanish stories, music, crafts and movement.

Getzschman says fiestas are another highlight of the month’s events.

A new report by The Trust for Public Lands -- City Park Facts 2018 --- has some good news about Omaha’s parks.

Charlie McCabe, Director of City Parks Excellence for TPL, says for this report they examined the park systems in the country’s 100 largest cities. He praised the Omaha parks department, the public-private partnerships dedicated to Omaha parks, and especially Omaha’s trail network.

Metropolitan Community College was recently one of only five colleges nationwide to win a Gateway Graduation Achievement award for the high school graduation rates in their Gateway to College program  – roughly 65%.

A recent report released by the Food Research and Action Center, a national anti-hunger organization, shows an increase in the number of people experiencing food insecurity – both nationally and in the state. 

Cinemateca returns to Film Streams on August 28th for its sixth season  

Researchers from UNMC’s College of Nursing Northern Division in Norfolk are studying whether smartphone technology can help rural men lose weight.  The three-year study, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, is in collaboration with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department. 

Viewers will see plenty of local talent at the world premiere of Green on Green tomorrow night at Aksarben Cinema.

Families will have a rare opportunity to check out three of the metro’s largest arts organizations on one day at the Arts Block Party on Saturday, August 18th.

T Adam Goos, director of educational programming at Omaha Conservatory of Music, says this block party seemed like a natural thing to do, now that OCM, Omaha Community Playhouse and the Omaha Academy of Ballet are within blocks of each other. Goss says families will be able to experience the offerings at all three organizations in a hands-on way. 

The 5th annual New American Arts Festival, which features art from immigrants and refugees now living in Omaha, will take place in downtown Benson tomorrow,  August 3rd, from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Opportunity Youth Hub is a United Way of the Midlands program that serves area “Opportunity Youth” – young people ages 16 to 24 who lack meaningful connections to work or education.  

Since the City of Omaha put in 68 decorative planters on South 24th Street about 15 years ago, the South Omaha Business Association (SOBA) has filled them with annuals, maintained the sprinkler system and paid the water bill. 

The Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently announced eleven 2019 Purple Profiles of Courage spokespersons for the state. 

The 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, is in Nebraska today.

A Creighton University research study, funded in large part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is investigating the role financial stress can play on the health of single mothers.

Creighton University has recently been recognized for its sustainability steps --receiving a STARS Bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

On this summer solstice, the Alzheimer’s Association is observing its annual summer fundraising and awareness-raising event – The Longest Day.

Terry Streetman, Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association/ Nebraska Chapter, says when you are dealing with Alzheimer’s, every day can feel like the longest day. He says The Longest Day is all about love -- doing something to show love for those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.