Janet Saidi

saidij@missouri.edu

JANET SAIDI is an assistant professor on the faculty of the Missouri School of Journalism and serves as the news director at KBIA 91.3 FM. Saidi has contributed to National Public Radio, the BBC and BBC World Service, and her writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor,the Los Angeles Times, and in a weekly media column for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Saidi helped produce the national PBS health care series “Remaking American Medicine,” and her public-radio work began with “The Lounge,” a nightly culture magazine on San Diego’s NPR-affiliate station. Saidi got her start in journalism as an editor on San Diego’s alt-weekly Gay & Lesbian Times and Uptown Newsmagazine. She lived for several years in England, where she earned a Master’s in Literature from University College, University of London.

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Weather
9:02 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Columbia Water & Light crews continue to work, power being gradually restored

Credit Columbia Water & Light outage map

Columbia line workers are continuing to make progress with power restoration and repairs in neighborhoods damaged by Monday night's storms. The city's most recent outage map indicates that the number of customers currently without power is down from 16,000 Monday night, to a little more than a thousand customers affected this morning.

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8:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Columbia city council members scrap old Opus agreement, and opt for new plan

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The Columbia Missourian reports this morning that city council members voted 5-1 last night on a new plan with The Opus Group.
COLUMBIA - Moments after Opus Development Co.'s stalled downtown student-housing project passed for a second time, residents congregated in the Daniel Boone City Building lobby to sign a petition to repeal the bill. The Columbia City Council passed a development agreement with the St.
7:54 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

MU football's Michael Sam comes out as gay in 'New York Times'

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In a Sunday 'New York Times' feature, MU football's former defensive lineman Michael Sam, says he is gay, and that he's already come out to his fellow team mates, who voted him most valuable player. The 'New York Times' reports this is the first time Sam's spoken publicly about being gay.
Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves - where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.
Weather
10:42 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Travelers advised to use caution, as icy mix descends on parts of state

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State and county officials are urging travelers to use caution this morning, after a round of sleet and freezing temperatures descended on much of the state last night, leaving much of central and north Missouri covered.

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Crime
8:33 am
Mon January 27, 2014

University of Missouri responds to Menu Courey tragedy, allegations

Former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey
Credit Courtesy of Mike Menu

In a press statement released Sunday, the University of Missouri says MU Police has turned over information about the alleged assault of former MU athlete Sasha Menu Courey to the Columbia Police Department. And in another statement released Sunday, UM system President Timothy Wolfe has asked for an independent review of the university’s handling of Menu Courey’s situation.

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Weather
10:16 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Winter mix descends on state, prompting cancellations and closings

Shoveling snow on 10th Street in Columbia, Mo.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Updated: Jan. 6, 2014, 7:31AM

As much of Missouri begins to dig out of snow coverage that descended over the state over the weekend, Ameren Missouri says about 1400 people are without power as the utility works to restore power.

The utility says the hardest hit areas are in Franklin County, and Jefferson County, with the others spread throughout eastern and southeast Missouri.

The outages come as the state is under a wind chill warning through noon today, with nearly the entire state reporting temperatures below zero early this morning.

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Education
5:01 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Douglass High School receives $1.5M to improve programs

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Federal education funds are going toward an enhanced immersion program and community partnerships to help some of Columbia’s most educationally at-risk students.

Frederick Douglass High School is among 14 schools across the state receiving funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program. The award includes $1.5 million to Douglass High School for use over three years.

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Arts and Culture
9:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Misdeeds, misdemeanors, miscommunications: Life lessons from MoJo commentators on KBIA

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In this recent series of commentaries for KBIA.org, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 11 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, growing up and striking out, among other issues. Enjoy!

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Arts and Culture
2:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Off the Clock: Rodeo culture, and a Moberly skate park

Christy and her closest friends show the bling on their boots in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in Kingdom City, Missouri in May 2013. They decided to skip their high school prom and have a “Cowgirl Prom” at the KC Country Dance Hall in Kingdom City.
Credit Roxana Pop / KBIA

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Meredith Turk hangs out in rodeo culture with this year’s Miss Teen Rodeo queen, and finds out why she’s one of the only rodeo competitors you’ll ever see wearing a helmet … and she wears it well.

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arts and culture
4:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Three MU students step outside their boundaries

Joanna Demkiewicz & Kaylen Ralph started The Riveter, "a magazine that celebrates narratives and longform journalism by women."
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This week on Off The Clock, Joanna Demkiewicz and Kaylen Ralph, recent graduates of MU, started their own magazine to empower female journalists. And Josie Herrera is embarking on a gender-queer journey, as a king candidate on this year’s University of Missouri homecoming court.

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Tue October 1, 2013

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8:59 am
Mon September 30, 2013

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8:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

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Wed September 25, 2013

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8:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

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Arts and Culture
9:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Simply listening, to veterans, is the mission of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative

Sylvie Lubow is the senior coordinator for StoryCorps' Military Veterans Initiative.
Credit StoryCorps

Have you ever had a “driveway moment” listening to one of the many stories from the oral history project StoryCorps? The project has recorded about 45,000 interviews with everyday people across America. StoryCorps’ “Military Voices Initiatives” gathers stories from veterans, their families and others impacted by war, since 9/11.

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8:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

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8:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

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Education
11:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ashland high schooler suspected of school threat killed himself in front of officers

Southern Boone Elementary School empty today
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

UPDATE 2:27pm

KBIA reporter Kyle Jacoby was at the press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Boone County Sheriff's headquarters in Columbia, where Boone County Chief Deputy Tom Reddin, Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford, and Southern Boone Country School District Superintendent Chris Felmlee talked to reporters about the incident.

Woolford said it was a text message that prompted the police investigation.

“This was a text between classmates. The threat was non descriptive, but yet threatening. It was specific enough to indicate something was going to happen at the school and would involve injury,” Woolford said.

The Ashland Police Department was just one of many entities involved in the investigation.

“Multiple agencies were contacted to include University of Missouri Police, Capitol Police, Ashland Police Department, ATF, and school staff because the threat was against the high school,” Woolford said.

Reddin described what happened at the home of the teen that was suspected of sending the text message, where officers arrived at around 2:00am Tuesday.

“Our deputy along with Ashland police responded back to the residence on Bob Beach Road, it was at that time to take the 17 year old student into custody for investigation due to the threat made against the school. Family was present. Law enforcement was present," Redding said. “The student, while obtaining some articles of clothing, also retrieved a small caliber handgun that was kept in the residence, turned that handgun on himself, and discharged the firearm into his chest.”

Felmlee says the decision to cancel school happened overnight.

“Based on the totality of the situation, and the need to ensure that the other campuses were safe, that is when I decided that I needed more time to investigate this thoroughly. It was after midnight (when I decided to cancel school),” Felmlee said. “Many resources were brought into the high school building, as well as our middle school, elementary and primary, our buildings are safe, and they have been thoroughly checked.”

Felmlee knows the teen’s death will affect the entire community.

“It’s not just the school, it’s the whole community that is going to go through this and need time to heal. It is a tragic, tragic loss what occurred, and it’s going to take time. We’ll work closely with our community churches, counseling resources, definitely," Felmlee said.

Classes will resume Wednesday. Felmlee plans to have someone speak to each class in the school district telling students what happened, and notifying them of counseling resources.

UPDATE 12:34pm

Governor Jay Nixon was scheduled to visit Fairview Elementary School in Columbia Tuesday afternoon, but in press release his office says the visit was canceled out of respect for the situation at this neighboring district. In the press release, Nixon is quoted as saying:

“Our educators and law enforcement officials are dedicated to keeping the children of Missouri safe. This event reminds us of the vital nature of that responsibility. Tragic events of this nature demonstrate the serious manner in which these responsibilities should be carried out. The state of Missouri has made, and will continue to make, law enforcement and other resources available as necessary.”

UPDATE 11:48am 

The Boone County Sheriff's Department and Ashland Police department issued this press release Tuesday morning detailing the incident. Police say they went to the home of the 17-year-old suspected of  making a threat against the high school that led to classes being canceled Tuesday. The release says while the Ashland High School student was being taken into custody he "obtained a gun" and shot himself in the chest. The departments and the school superintendent will hold a press conference to talk about the incident at 12:30 today, and a KBIA reporter will be there. Check back for more later.

On September 9, 2013 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Ashland Police received a report of a threat against Southern Boone County High School in Ashland.  The threat originated in the form of a text message.  Subsequent investigation by Ashland Police and Boone County Deputies deemed the threat to be credible.  Southern Boone County School District authorities were also advised of this threat.

Multiple resources to include Ashland Police, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, MU Police Department, Capital Police, Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad, and the ATF were mobilized and a search of school facilities commenced.  Southern Boone County School District officials canceled classes for today as a precaution while searches were being conducted and the investigation continued.  This was an extensive search to include the use of explosives detecting K9s.  No devices of a threatening nature were discovered and the school facilities have been released.

Law enforcement officers of the Ashland Police and Boone County Sheriff’s Department responded to the residence of a 17 year old Ashland High School student believed to be the originator of the threatening text.  While taking the subject into custody, he obtained a handgun and turned it on himself, discharging the firearm into his chest.  Fire and EMS were immediately summoned and officers began efforts to treat the downed subject.  He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury and died.  Authorities are not releasing the name of the decedent as the investigation is ongoing.

Classes will resume tomorrow at Southern Boone County Schools, September 11, 2013 and grief counselors will be available to students and staff.

Original story:

 The Boone County Journal reports this morning that officials closed schools after receiving what they called a "credible threat." Superintendent Chris Felmlee told the Journal he wanted to be sure the schools were safe before bringing students into the buildings, which were being checked this morning.

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8:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

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Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries

Credit Shane Epping

What happens when you put together a blue-eyed blonde Texas woman with a handsome Saudi man living in a traditional Saudi culture, and throw in a young secular Arab blogger and a young Muslim man rediscovering his fundamentalist roots? And, specifically, what happens when they’re all in the same family? If that sounds familiar, it's because that family is the Baylani family, whose relationships with each other, their country and their cultures are explored in the novel, The Ruins of Us.

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Fri September 6, 2013

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Education
9:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Eliot Battle, a long-time Columbia educator and leader in desegregation, has died

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A little more than a week after celebrating with his family and community the opening of Columbia's Battle High, long-time Columbia educator Eliot Battle, has died. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says Battle died last night, Tuesday, June 11th, from injuries sustained after a car crash Friday. Battle had been hospitalized following the accident.

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Education
8:24 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Columbia College moves forward with presidential search

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Members of Columbia College’s presidential search committee say the college has selected the Washington D.C.-based recruiters Academic Search to help find Columbia College's next president – and the committee is aiming to introduce candidates by this Fall.

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Arts and Culture
5:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

MU grad finds success in spinning a literary fairy tale

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Author Gennifer Albin is a self-described “recovering academic” – she got her Master’s in English from MU in 2006, then she and her husband settled down back near family in Kansas, where she was a stay- at home mom with young children. But after an unexpected lay-off she and her husband found themselves struggling to make ends meet.

Albin’s answer? Write a novel, of course. Albin went from bankruptcy filing, to living the writer’s dream … complete with agents and publishers competing  for her first novel, Crewel.

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Weather
5:58 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Central Missouri hit by third winter storm

Wind and snow obscure Mizzou's Columnis and Jesse Hall
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A third winter storm hit the Columbia area with more than seven inches of snow.  Check this space for updates on closing, weather and road safety.  Follow us  on twitter  and the hashtag #CoMosnow to stay in the loop.

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Arts and Culture
4:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

You think you know "Blind" Boone? New writings shed light on the music and the man

John William "Blind" Boone, pictured with his wife, Eugenia.
Credit Blind Boone Heritage Foundation

So, you know your Missouri and CoMo history, and you think you know all about “ragtime” musician Blind Boone, yeah? Think again. If you think he was all ragtime, and he was blind, you still might have a lot to learn.

It turns out John William “Blind” Boone was one of the first musical composers to blend European classical styles with folk music. He took African-American and Afro-Caribbean folk styles such as plantation melodies and minstrel tunes, and put them in classical forms, then performed the pieces in concert halls. 

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