Bridgit Bowden

Student Newscaster

Bridgit Bowden is a senior at MU studying Convergence Journalism and Spanish. She works as a reporter, producer, and editor at KBIA.

Science and Technology
5:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Bill Nye preaches 'coolness' of science to packed house

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin presents Bill Nye "The Science Guy" with a new bow tie.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

TV’s Bill Nye the science guy spoke at the University of Missouri Columbia last week as a part of the Life Sciences and Society Symposium.

Jesse Auditorium was packed on Saturday morning with people ready to learn about science. Tickets to the event were free, but ran out within 30 minutes of the box office opening. That’s more than 1700 tickets.

Jack Schultz is the director of MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center, and oversaw the event. He said  they weren’t initially expecting such a huge turnout.

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PM Newscasts
5:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Newscast for March 18, 2014

  Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

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Missouri Environment
9:04 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
David Stonner Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2011, the Department of Conservation started reintroducing elk into the state of Missouri.  The elk were brought in from Kentucky and released onto land designated as the Elk Relocation Zone.  Part of this “zone” is conservation land in the Missouri Ozarks called Peck Ranch. 

Right now, there’s a herd of more than a hundred elk roaming around in the Missouri Ozarks.  But, you might not know it just by looking around.  You see, they’re actually kind of hard to find in the woods.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:07 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Pilot Grove residents rally to bring back grocery store

Laurie Beach loads groceries into her car on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Pilot Grove, Mo. Beach is one of 23 community investors that helped open the grocery store.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA News

 

Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update, featuring a report by KBIA reporter Bridgit Bowden.

The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store.  

Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert.  The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food.   

That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store.  On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store.  

 

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Military Voices: "We were responding and we were taking care of business"

Michael and Victoria Vizcarra
Credit StoryCorps

Like many veterans, 56-year-old Michael Vizcarra left a young family at home when he left on deployment; and for him, that was a significant sacrifice. Michael came to StoryCorps and brought along his now 17-year-old daughter Victoria Vizcarra, to talk about some of his experiences overseas.

Bridgit Bowden produced this story for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie

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Crime
1:29 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Ryan Ferguson is free

Ryan Ferguson talks to the crowd at the Tiger Hotel on Nov. 12, 2013 in Columbia, Mo.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

After almost 10 years of high-profile court battles and an international media campaign led by his family and friends, Ryan Ferguson is free.  The Ferguson family members and supporters greeted him at Columbia’s Tiger Hotel Tuesday night, following his release.

The Missouri Court of Appeals issued a bond order Tuesday releasing Ryan Ferguson from his near decade-long imprisonment at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

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Education
1:05 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton steps to the podium in Jesse Hall just before announcing his retirement. UM System President Tim Wolfe makes his way onto stage. June 12, 2013
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

3D printing could transform medicine [video]

Josh Arnone has a 3D printer on his desk that he uses to print his own inventions. Arnone built the enclosure for the printer himself and actually printed the corner brackets.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

  

  

Imagine if you could take a digital model of anything and print out the actual physical object.  Thanks to a new technology called 3D printing, you can. This new technology has countless uses, but here in Columbia, several MU researchers are exploring its potential in the medical field.

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Faith/Religion
9:08 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Student and atheist groups call for freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Aaron Underwood, vice president of the MU student atheist organization speaks to a crowd at the Defend Dissent protest on Thursday April 25, 2013.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. 

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest.  The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam.  Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.   

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 13, 2013

The power of story: Words from a Holocaust survivor and Gandhi's grandson

Romain-Roland Levi visited MU to speak about his memories of the Holocaust. He grew up in Belgium during World War II.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

This segment was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more news like this at ColumbiaFAVS.com. 

Two people with remarkable stories to share came to MU this week, and we hear from both of them in this faith and values update. Romain-Roland Levi shared his experiences in Belgium during World War II, and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohatma Gandhi, talked about his grandfather, along with the India-Pakistan conflict.

Holocaust survivor lives to spread love

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Politics
12:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent

Ian Thomas addresses his supporters after winning the Fourth Ward City Council seat. Thomas, a co-founder of the Ped Net Coalition, has never held public office before.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Supporters cheered as Fourth Ward City Council challenger Ian Thomas defeated incumbent Daryl Dudley in a tight race. He won by almost 3 percent over his opponent. Bill Weitkemper trailed both candidates all evening, finishing with 7% of the vote.

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Arts and Culture
5:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Not your grandma's line dancing, in Mexico, Mo.

Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Every Monday morning in Mexico, Missouri, a group of people pull out their cowboy boots and head to dance lessons.  Except in this class, no one is younger than 65.  The group is led by state champion line dancers JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley.  For these women, you’re never too old to dance. 

At the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo., JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley’s class is standing in straight lines and ready to dance by 9 in the morning. 

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post

Credit KBIA

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week.  

The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.”  The post has since been taken down.

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Education
10:02 am
Wed March 20, 2013

MU anthropologist talks about fieldwork, Russell Elementary students go to university

Stella Chegwidden shows off her work of art in “Art Inspired by Music” class on Monday, March 11 in Columbia, Mo. This Russell University course taught students about the intersection of art and music.

The MU Department of Anthropology recently hired Napoleon Chagnon, one of the first anthropologists to document the once-isolated Yanomamö (pronounced Ya-No-Ma-Ma) in South America. His research argued that the Yanomamö tribes fought one another for women, leading to disagreements among his peers. Exam spoke to Chagnon about the isolated tribes and his conflicts with the anthropological community.

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Weather
6:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Official business shuts down in wake of winter storm

Jefferson City in the snow
Credit Jeanine Anderson / Flickr

  Many of Columbia and Jefferson City’s official meetings have been canceled tonight due to the winter storm.

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Crime
8:58 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Study shows gun homicides up after repealed permit law

Drab Mayko FLICKR

A new Johns Hopkins University study suggests a connection between decreased gun regulations and increased crime in Missouri.

Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase law in 2007. That means that you don’t need a sheriff’s permit to buy a gun.  Johns Hopkins researcher Daniel Webster said after this law was repealed, homicides jumped by 25 percent in the state [PDF]. Many other states still require a sheriff’s permit, which Webster said is a good idea.  

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Education
12:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Columbia Public Schools re-examines school start times

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools
KBIA

Columbia Public School administrators looked at the amount of sleep kids receive Wednesday night at the World Café Community Conversation, and focused discussion on school bus routes.

About two hundred parents, teachers, and committee members talked about changing Columbia’s school bus routes from a two-tiered system to a three-tiered system.

But adding a new tier of school bus routes would mean schools’ start times would have to change as well.

Superintendent Chris Belcher says that’s one of the questions up for discussion.

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