Gary Grigsby

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, Grigsby was an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Mississippi from 1987-1990.

Grigsby started his broadcast career as a reporter at KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked for four years. He also worked as an assignment editor at WEVU-TV in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Grigsby teaches the Broadcast News I course. He is also at KOMU-TV one day a week on assignment with students in the field helping with photography, reporting and production.

Grigsby graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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The number of songbirds in this country has been declining for many years.


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Sometime later this month the city of Columbia will likely begin a test project at the city power plant on Business Loop 70.

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When you're investing millions of dollars in a building project you might think twice before installing a type of  heating and air conditioning system that while growing in popularity, you are not all that familiar with.

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Buildings are energy gluttons.

Federal government statistics show buildings use about 42% of the energy consumed in the U.S. each year.  Not too surprising really, everything from heating and air conditioning to lighting.  But planners, builders and such now have more ways than ever to reduce that level of gluttony.  Call it what you want, green building or sustainable building practices.  But what it really comes down to is building smarter.

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Bald eagles in Missouri were taken off the federal endangered species list in 2007.

The road to recovery took nearly 30 years.  

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now reports that around 2,000 bald eagles spend part of the winter in the show me state.

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Thousands of bald eagles spend part of the winter in Missouri.  As winter approaches the eagles head south to eat fish from waterways that aren't frozen over as much as say, northern Minnesota.


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MU scientists have narrowed down the possibilities of what might be causing white oak mortality in low-lying areas of Missouri Ozarks in the past few years.  But the mystery remains.

Dr. Sharon Reed is trying to solve the mystery.  She's an MU research scientist who has been working on the white oak mortality issue for some time.  She said some of her research is very low-tech like scraping bark off of dead white oak trees.  "Part of the process with the scraping is that we actually do try to isolate pathogens in the wood tissues.  And we do  that by taking out little chips from the areas that are darker in coloration."  

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In the past few years white oak mortality has killed an untold number of trees in the Missouri Ozarks.

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Pioneer Forest is located deep in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks.

It's the largest private landowner in the state with 143,000 acres spread out over six counties.  For about 60 years Pioneer has cut down trees on its land and sold them.  But its founder, Leo Drey, had something else in mind for the land management company besides making money.  And his philosophy is still in place at Pioneer all these years later.

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You may have heard about LEED certified buildings. The non-profit U.S. Green Building Council developed the nationally accepted LEED benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.  It's a complex system where the owner of a building gets points toward LEED certification by incorporating sustainable practices into just about every aspect of the construction process.  

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Many folks are familiar with the Katy Trail.  It's used a lot and maintained by the State Department of Natural Resources.

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In the past nine years St. Louisan Mark Glenshaw, the so-called owl man, said he has ventured into that city's Forest Park about 2,500 times to follow the activities of two great horned owls who he has named Charles and Sarah.

Years ago he began doing what he calls owl prowls where maybe half a dozen folks go with him on a guided tour of the owl's territory. 

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It all began nine years ago when Mark Glenshaw was walking in the 1,400 acre Forest Park near his home in St. Louis.

He had been doing this regularly for several years but this time out he said he saw two great horned owls in the park.  "The first sighting I had set a really high benchmark.  Just was instant addiction.  In 20-30 minutes I saw them hoot together, duet, a beautiful vocal and visual display.  I saw them fly.  Powerful, graceful, silent flyers.  And then I saw one of them chase a great blue heron, a bird twice its size and I was completely hooked."

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Getting messy for a cause.  That's what a couple of hundred or so folks did a couple of months back when they got up early on a Saturday morning and cleaned-up a stretch of the Missouri River near Boonville.

It was one of eight major clean-ups of the Missouri River in 2014 coordinated by the Columbia-based organization Missouri River Relief. 

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Some of the volunteers who work with a Columbia organization called Missouri River Relief refer to themselves in a manner that some might find interesting.

"We are kind of a tribe, 30-40 of us.  Crew," said Tim Nigh who is one of the founders of the organization. 

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Electronic waste is a fancy term for everything from computers and monitors to printers and cables.  Well, anything you want to get rid of anyway.


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For a long time in this country, landowners have taken steps to preserve their land from ever being developed.

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You might be surprised to find out that on many a Saturday in Columbia throughout the year, kids are getting up bright and early to take part in science-related activities.

And, it's not even required!  One of these events took place in late April when some Columbia Water and Light employees in conjunction with Columbia Public Schools helped about 15 students construct solar panels. 

With all the bickering taking place in Congress about what to do or what not to do about climate change, you might think federal agencies wouldn't be dealing with it either.

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You've probably read the headlines about the drought in California.  It got me to thinking about what many of us probably take for granted, our water supply.

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In Missouri, certain businesses, schools, churches and government agencies are required by law to properly manage electronic waste or e-waste.

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Before the early settlers arrived in the Missouri Ozarks fire naturally moved through the area every few years or so creating more open space.

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The Washington D.C based Citizens Climate Lobby says if you want to take action on climate change one simple step you can take is to contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Climate Change Act.

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The Eastern Hellbender is a giant salamander that has been around for millions of years. 

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Listening to birds sing and talk is probably something we all take for granted at times.

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As you watch a a tree grow you can grow attached to it.

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In much of mid-Missouri during June, July and August, rainfall was well below normal.