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.  

A new UNMC study funded by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Pfizer, Inc., hopes to improve treatment outcomes for women under 50 in rural Nebraska who are diagnosed with breast cancer. 

As part of the national night of Science on Screen on Tuesday, March 27th, Film Streams will show the film Marjorie Prime at the Ruth Sokolof Theater at 7 p.m. 

During the month of March -- Colon Cancer Awareness Month -- the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force makes free FOBT kits available at nearly 140 locations in the Metro area.

The Nebraska District Office of the Small Business Administration has a number of programs to help veterans start a business.  Elizabeth Yearwood, Development Specialist with the Nebraska SBA, says Boots to Business is the most popular of them.

March 4 through 10 is Teen Tech week.  The year’s theme is Libraries are For Creating and the Omaha Public Library has a number of programs scheduled for kids ages 8 through 18.  

The 2017-2018 flu season is definitely not over yet.  According to a report on, there were 515 positive influenza tests reported last week -- only 19 fewer than the week before. 

Omaha’s OneWorld Community Health Centers was one of hundreds of health centers nationwide whose funding was re-authorized for two years as part of the recent short-term spending bill. 

The Winter Item Drive of Alliance for a Better Omaha’s biannual Street Outreach Drive is underway through this Friday, February 16th. 

Creighton University has received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  It will fund Finances First, a three-year research study to observe whether improving the financial status of low-income single mothers leads to better physical health as well.

Metropolitan Community College has several speakers planned for Black History Month.

The Nebraska AIDS Project has been around since 1984, and the need for its services continues to be strong.

Extremely cold weather, like we had in early January, places even greater demand on energy assistance programs in the region.

Girls, Inc. is holding one of its two largest fund-raising events of the year tomorrow night – Girls Night Out.

The Better Business Bureau wants to make students aware of a $2000.00 scholarship open to area high school seniors. 

Modern Streetcar Advocates is spreading the word about the benefits a streetcar could bring to Omaha, and their next meeting is tomorrow, January 18th, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Commerce Village.

The Salvation Army’s Night Watch program resumed for the winter on December 4th and has already served over 5400 meals.  

The Urban Abbey in the Old Market, with the motto “coffee, cause, communion,” celebrated its six-year anniversary this past November. 

The National Retail Federation expects holiday spending to rise by about 3 percent this year. They estimate the average American will spend $950 – and that some may feel “shopper’s remorse” when they take stock of their spending in early 2018.

A new collaboration between the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) should lead to faster identification of skeletal remains of US military personnel. 

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce recently accredited the Greater Omaha Chamber with the highest possible rating of 5 stars. 

Oddities in medicine is the topic of the next Omaha Science Café. The featured speaker is Dr. Lydia Kang, a Nebraska Medicine physician and author.  Kang co-authored the book:  Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways To Cure Everything.

With the open enrollment period for Medicare ending December 7th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services encourages all recipients to take the time to evaluate their plan for 2018.  

The American Red Cross Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro chapter is seeking nominations for “unsung heroes.” 

The Iowa West Foundation recently awarded $4.4 million in grant and initiative funding.

Ways to Work is a nationwide program designed to help people with credit challenges become more financially stable with small, low-interest loans.