As the creator and host of “Uncommon Sense” on KCKQ 1180AM broadcasting out of Reno, Nevada, Katie Coombs shares her knowledge and advice, focusing on family values and leadership for parents through the simple use of common sense. With a family of four boys and three girls, Katie found a passion in creating a conversation about managing the daily tasks and responsibilities associated with raising children along with husband, Chris, in today’s diverse world.
Katie’s affinity to provide interesting advice, her personable nature, and her ability to captivate a widespread audience with a sense of humor led to the founding of “Uncommon Sense.” The full scope of “Uncommon Sense” incorporates the radio show, a weekly column in the Reno-Gazette Journal, a quarterly article in Reno Magazine, ongoing blogs both on her own website and Reno Mom’s blog, and conversation forums with her listeners through her site.
Katie married her husband in 2008, and they each brought three children from previous marriages, ranging from young children to teenagers, all with varying interests and personality traits. Katie’s show derived from her and her husband’s shared philosophy in parenting – that discipline and emphasis on self-respect and logical thinking will lead their children to act appropriately in all of life’s situations. As the show and writing progressed, Katie began incorporating Uncommon Sense into many different subject matters and regularly discusses current political events and important things happening in the community. Although these topics are diverse, she always brings them back to how they impact the family structure.
Currently, Katie is taking “Uncommon Sense” to new heights as she writes a book that not only details her philosophy, but also focuses on her recent addition of her infant son to the family. Katie and her husband decided to have a child of their own through a surrogate. The book highlights the process and the entire experience from the In-Vitro Fertilization procedure, the unique feelings experienced in a surrogate pregnancy, and how the new baby has positively affected their family dynamic.
By day, Katie is a local business owner and financial advisor. She owns Sierra Financial Advisors, LLC, Sierra Insurance Advisors, LLC and SelectYourTerm.com. She has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, holding a series of licenses and special designations within her field. Katie graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with a degree in Social Psychology and English. She is on the Step 2 advisory board, a non-profit organization that supports women and families impacted by alcohol and drug abuse. Additionally, she is a member of the National Charity League and a youth league basketball coach. A native Nevadan, she enjoys outdoor activities including camping and attending and coaching the various sports activities that all of the children participate in.