Hilary Niles

Student Newscaster

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.

PM Newscasts
6:07 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Newscast for March 28, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. House passes $25B budget without Medicaid expansion
  • Mo. House panel mulls privacy for lottery winners
  • Bill forbids upcharge for "telemedicine"
PM Newscasts
6:06 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Newscast for March 27, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Labor unions rally for collective bargaining rights
  • LGBT rights activists rally at the statehouse
  • Mo. House measures would reduce corporate income taxes
5:16 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

FAA notifies Columbia of Air Traffic Control Tower closure

Despite the control tower closure, Columbia Regional Airport will maintain operations
File Photo KBIA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday notified airport manager Don Elliott that the Air Traffic Control Tower at Columbia Regional Airport would be unfunded as of May 5.

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PM Newscasts
5:57 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Newscast for March 15, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The MU Faculty council issues a new report on the handling of the University of Missouri Press' possible closure last year
  • MODOT announces the official start of work on the I-70 and Stadium Blvd interchange
  • Columbia billionaire Stan Kroenke will likely buy the Outdoor Network
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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Newscast for March 7, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Legislators are posturing over a bill that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in the state
  • An update on the utility surcharge bill in the state house
  • The Missouri Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would decrease the state income tax
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8:24 am
Fri February 15, 2013

State tax-credit bill makes its way through senate, but comes with a price

Karl Skala (in background, right), seen here talking with Columbia residents, says tax credits from Missouri Senate Bill 120 could promote business, but could come with a price.
Credit KBIA

Sponsored by Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County, the Missouri Export Incentive Act would create some new tax incentives, and put caps on others. The bill creating new tax credits cleared a Senate committee Wednesday.

The bulk of the bill is dedicated to tax credits for technology facilities and data storage centers. Exporters and self-employed Missourians also would benefit.

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PM Newscasts
7:46 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

KBIA Newscast for February 13, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • An update in the Mamtek case.
  • A major transition in air service at Columbia Regional Airport
  • Missouri's U.S. Senators weigh in on Chuck Hagel
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PM Newscasts
6:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Delta service ends, American begins at Columbia Regional Airport

Delta Airlines has discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport.
thisisbossi Flickr

Delta Airlines discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport today, while American Airlines will launch its daily non-stop flights to Chicago and Dallas tomorrow.

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6:43 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Rep. Korman introduces house bill to redefine 'renewable energy'

Missouri State Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

State Representative Bart Korman has sponsored a bill to reclassify electricity generated at any sized hydroelectric plant as renewable. 

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