People

  • Membership Coordinator

    Barbie joined KBIA in the spring of 2015. She studied marketing and management before working in both education, and health care. When not in the office, she is spending time with her four children or husband. She loves watching...

  • Health Reporter

    A curious Columbia, Mo. native, Bram Sable-Smith has documented mbira musicians in Zimbabwe, mining protests in Chile, and the St. Louis airport's tumultuous relationship with the Chinese cargo business. His reporting from Ferguson, Mo. was...

  • Announcer/Producer

    Darren Hellwege has hosted “Morning Edition” for over 27 years on KBIA, and serves as the station’s Sports Director and as host/producer of the “Thinking Out Loud” programs. The series has won a Missouri Broadcasters Association...

  • Civics Desk

    Emerald O'Brien comes to KBIA from Colorado, where she grew up listening to NPR shows in the car and begging her parents to turn on something more fun. She is a senior in Convergence Journalism at the University of Missouri, and...

  • Environment Reporter

    Gary Grigsby began his second stint on the Missouri School of Journalism faculty in February 2004. He was previously on the faculty from 1990-92 when he was the executive news producer for KBIA-FM, MU’s NPR-member station affiliate. Before that...

  • General Sales Manager

    Jonathan is the General Sales Manager for KBIA. 

  • Harvest Public Media Reporter

    Before joining KBIA in July 2012, Kristofor Husted reported for the science desk at NPR in Washington. There, he covered health, food and environmental issues. His work has appeared on NPR’s health...

  • Program Director

    Kyle Felling was born in the rugged northwest Missouri hamlet of St. Joseph (where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended). Inspired from a young age by the spirit of the early settlers who used St. Joseph as an embarkation point in their...

  • Health Reporter

    Michaela Tucker is a Minneapolis native currently studying broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri. She is also a co-founder of KBIA’s partner program Making Waves, a youth radio initiative that empowers Columbia Public...

  • KBIA General Manager

    Under his leadership, KBIA has maintained a cume rating among the top five university-licensed public radio stations over the past 15 years, according to Arbitron. Since 1987, KBIA has more than tripled its membership funding. Dunn is an...

  • Digital Content Director

    Nathan Lawrence comes to KBIA as a recent graduate of Lawrence University (no relation), where he studied English, Film Studies and Gender/Ethnic Studies. When not at KBIA, he works to hone his skills in photography, filmmaking and data...

  • Technical Operations Manager

    D. Patrick "Pat" Akers: "I was born and raised in south-central Illinois, fifty-plus years ago. I probably developed my love for classical music and foreign language from my German immigrant mother. I started college wanting to end up as a...

  • Chief Engineer

    Patrick Neelin is KBIA's broadcast engineer. A native Canadian, he received his diploma in Wireless and Telecommunications Technology from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. It was there he, with 3 other students, built a radio...

  • Health Reporter

    Rebecca Smith is a reporter and producer for the KBIA Health & Wealth desk. She was born and raised in Rolla, Missouri, and graduated with degrees in Journalism and Chemistry from Truman State University in May 2014. Rebecca comes to KBIA...

  • News Director

    Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. Ryan previously worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won...

  • Assistant News Director

    Sara Shahriari is the assistant news director at KBIA-FM, and she holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Sara previously worked as a freelance journalist in Bolivia for six years, where she contributed print,...

  • Account Executive

    Sheri is a Columbia native and 1985 graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with 25+ years of experience in radio, television and development. She joined KBIA and University Concert Series as Sales Coordinator in 2013. Sheri gives back to...

  • Announcer

    Trevor serves as KBIA’s weekday morning host for classical music. He has been involved with local radio since 1990, when he began volunteering as a music and news programmer at KOPN, Columbia's community radio station. Before joining KBIA,...