People

  • Announcer

    A Columbia native, Ariel Morrison joined KBIA as an announcer in 2006.  Ariel completed her undergraduate studies at MU, concentrating with honors in history and religious studies, with minors in German and multicultural studies. After...

  • Content Director

    Austin Federa serves as KBIA's Digital Content Director. He is a graduate of Lawrence University and holds a degree in Political Science, and Environmental Studies. He comes to KBIA from Boston, following work with

  • Health Reporter

    A curious Columbia, Missouri 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. He comes to KBIA most...

  • Announcer/Producer

    Darren Hellwege has hosted “Morning Edition” for over 23 years for KBIA Radio, and also serves as host of the “Thinking Out Loud” interview shows and as KBIA’s Sports Director.

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  • 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...

  • Health Reporter

    Jack Howard is a reporter for the Health & Wealth Desk. He's worked in radio for Vocalo 90.5 Chicago, KCOU 88.1 Columbia, Radio America, National Review Online, and Pitch. Jack developed an app to fund public radio so he gets...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Membership Coordinator

    Paige is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, earning a Master’s in Library and Information Science.  She grew up in Kearney, Missouri a small town north of Kansas City (home...

  • 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...

  • Broadcast 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...

  • Account Executive

    Robert Wells, a Columbia native, holds a BS in business from the University of Missouri. In his capacity as Sales Manager for KBIA Radio and corporate development for the University Concert Series, he has worked with arts organizations around...

  • News Director

    Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. It’s his second stint at KBIA. His first was from 2005-2007, as a student studying broadcast journalism at the University in Missouri. In his spell outside KBIA, Ryan worked as a general assignment...

  • Business Manager

    Sally joined the KBIA/Concert Series staff in August of 1998. She previously had been working in the fiscal office for another department on campus. Sally earned a degree in Communications from Stephens College before embarking on a career...

  • 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,...