Education and early career
Schrader was initially a radio reporter in the 1970s after attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she was elected homecoming queen. She was editor of the student newspaper and a student of Omaha media legend, Joe McCartney, who was also public relations director of the Union Pacific Railroad. She eventually returned to UNO in the late 1980s to complete her bachelor's degree in journalism.
Schrader was one of the first female news anchors on Omaha television. Her career at KETV was noted for a weekly community affairs interview show called Viewpoint as well as a weekly feature known as Wednesday's Child which tried to assist children who were up for adoption. Ms. Schrader and her former husband, retired Omaha Fire Chief Joe Napravnik, adopted one of the interviewed children themselves.
Schrader left KETV in a dispute with management just after the 5pm newscast on October 1, 1996.
After leaving KETV, Schrader worked in talk radio as the first female news director for KFAB before revamping her television career through a weekly interview show called Consider This at PBS station KYNE. In 2006, Schrader retired from her television career to take a job as Chief Deputy with the Democratic-controlled Douglas County Assessor's office. She then moved on to become a real estate agent in 2007. Schrader has been a regular performer in the Omaha Press Club shows as well as other stage endeavors. She has also hosted numerous community events over the years.
Awards and Recognition
- Staff Reporter. "Omaha Press Club to add five to journalism hall of fame". Omaha.com. Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Horan, Judy. "Pioneers in Media". OmahaMagazine.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- kmtvmarketing. "OMAHA PRESS CLUB AWARDS 2013 CAROL SCHRADER". YouTube. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- The University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association. "UNO Alum" (Summer 2000): 5. Retrieved 31 March 2015.