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Hilary Niles joined KBIA in January 2013 as a reporter and news anchor. She previously reported on city, county and state government, as well as elections, for the Columbia Missourian. She is a graduate student pursuing her master's degree in multimedia investigative journalism on public policy. She also researches media policy and international press freedom. Hilary worked as a researcher-in-residence in summer 2012 at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Before entering the master's program in 2011, Hilary helped found WSCA-lpfm, a community radio station in her adopted hometown of Portsmouth, N.H., where she also founded a web-based statehouse report and online learning center. In 2009, she interned as a producer at WBUR-Boston's nationally syndicated public radio program Here and Now. For several years, she was self-employed as a marketing and public relations consultant for artists, nonprofits and small businesses, and previously worked as a bartender and a farmer.
Hilary graduated in 1999 from the University of New Hampshire and in 2002 from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.