Abigail Keel

Student Reporter/Producer

Abigail Keel is a senior student at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and grew up hating the drone of public radio in her parent's car. In high school, she had a job picking up trash in a park where she listened to podcasts for entertainment and made a permanent switch to public-radio lover. She's volunteered and interned for Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, IL, and worked on the KBIA shows Faith and Values, Intersection and CoMO Explained. 

Kathryn Fishman Weaver

This I believe. These are iconic words we heard on National Public Radio from the mouths of hundreds of people, sharing their beliefs, thoughts, and guiding principles. Today KBIA brings you a series of This I Believe, written and recorded by Rock Bridge High School students.

The original series started in 1951 on CBS radio and was hosted by Edward R. Murrow. Fifty years later, NPR revived the show collecting essays from the nation's most celebrated writers, to its school children. NPR’s series ended in 2009, but has continued to inspire writers young and old across the country. 


Jack Howard / KBIA

We've all been there. Driving downtown during a high traffic time. Maybe on 9th Street. Listening to KBIA. 

And then--stopped. There's a semi truck stopped in the lane up ahead. 

Jack Howard / KBIA

One way CoMO Explained chooses topics for our episodes is from listener questions. Way back in our first iteration of the show a listener posted on Reddit and asked us why KBIA, an NPR station, plays so much classical music.

This episode is for that Reddit listener.


For the past year, KBIA has been working on a special long-form story about a place in Northeast Missouri called Heartland. It’s a story with threads of religion, law, business, and morality that all end in a knot, in the middle of a cornfield.

    

9 Myths about MizzouWireless

Oct 16, 2014
cogdogblog / Flickr

If you’re a student at Mizzou, you were probably hooked to this story just by mentioning MizzouWireless. But if you’re not, then what you may need a little filling in.

Note: We received several requests for a more technical explanation of what may be causing the issues users experience. Please see the bottom of this story for an update.

Columbia Daily Tribune

Sales tax. Not a great opening line for journalists trying to educate people about how a city functions. The moment sales tax is mentioned eyes glaze over, something else suddenly becomes important, and we all casually scroll through twitter on our phones.

But sales tax is actually a really fascinating topic, especially right now in our city and country’s history. To learn why, we have to go back…way back, to 1970.

MU Archives

Peace Park is that grassy little knoll along the north edge of MU’s campus. It’s at the corner of 8th and Elm, a stone’s throw away from the columns. There’s a creek (or drainage ditch) that saunters through it, creating a calm and tranquil vibe for the meditators and hammock dwellers.    

    

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • Missouri Supreme Court cancels an execution and schedules a new one
  • Amendment 7 failed perhaps because of its placement on the August ballot
  • USDA predicts a record crop for Midwest farmers
  • Missouri will receive part of a $35 million settlement with Pfizer

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • City Council approves OPUS building plans for downtown development on Locust
  • Meat prices rise while other food prices stabilize
  • Brady Deaton will receive Missourian Award
  • Boone County primary race has interesting twist
brady deaton
Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Brady Deaton, University of Missouri chancellor emeritus has been honored with a 2014 Missourian Award according to a press release from the MU News Bureau. The Missourian Award honors the state’s most outstanding citizens who have had a significant impact on their community and on the state’s vitality.

Regional Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom including:

  • Columbia Police department will outfit officers with body cameras
  • Columbia city manager presents proposed budget for FY 2015
  • Powerful chemicals used in farming are found in Midwest waterways
  • Feds find mismanagement at St. Louis VA

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri regulators return to the issue of paying bills with payday loans
  • Demolition scheduled to begin on Monday at University Village Apartments
  • Columbia City Council will vote Monday on approving funds for snow removal expenditures from last winter
Snowplows
Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

The Columbia City Council is set to take a final vote Monday to appropriate funds to cover expenditures from the planned snow removal budget, according to the Columbia Tribune.

University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Demolition is scheduled to begin Monday at the University Village Apartment Complex on South Providence Road in Columbia, according to the Columbia Tribune.