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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AM Newscasts
8:29 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Newscast for January 29, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Recap: Governor Nixon delivers State of the State address
  • Medicare agency drops MU Health investigation
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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MoDOT reports slight increase in traffic fatalities for 2012

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012 – that’s expected to be about a 3 percent increase from last year.

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Education
12:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

After precautionary lockdown, CPS reports students and staff safe

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The Columbia Public School District placed all district schools on what it calls a “modified lockdown” on Tuesday while law enforcement officials were engaged in a vehicle pursuit. 

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Crime
4:54 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Newtown tragedy brings safety plans into focus for Columbia Schools

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Following today’s fatal school shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Columbia Public Schools administrators have spent the day discussing safety strategies and offering assurance to principals, educators and parents.

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark called today’s incident a “nightmare” – but one that schools have to prepare for: "You know we really hope that we never ever have to use the emergency plans, but it is important to have those in place."

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Education
8:48 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Columbia school board considers start times

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The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is considering making changes to school start times next year. This idea is currently being discussed among the school board with multiple proposals.

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Agriculture
8:30 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Farmers hope five-year farm bill might put breaks on fiscal cliff

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Missouri Farm Bureau delegates are gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks this week to set a lobbying agenda for the coming year.

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Education
8:22 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Two Columbia schools jointly seeking $50,000 grand prize

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Columbia’s Ridgeway Elementary and Battle High schools have jointly applied to a national voting competition for a grant to help fund ongoing educational programs. The Clorox Power a Bright Future grant program is granting a 50-thousand-dollar grand-prize to the school that receives the most votes on its website.

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Politics
7:31 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Morgan County begins search for presiding commissioner

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Morgan County is looking for a new presiding commissioner following the death of commissioner Jay Fisher on Monday.

Jay Fisher made his presence known in Morgan County, owning and operating his own radio station out of Versailles, Missouri, in addition to his role as the county’s presiding commissioner.

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AM Newscast
10:43 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Newscast for November 2, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

AM Newscasts
11:43 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Newscast for October 19, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom.

Off The Clock
1:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend

Water bottles at Startup Weekend
Cale Sears

Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend.  The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours.  125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.

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AM Newscasts
3:43 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Newscast for August 28, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure
  • Southwest Airlines announces Branson flights
AM Newscasts
8:45 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Newscast for August 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Akin on Mo. Senate bid: "This is not about my ego"
  • Federal rule to reduce air pollution overturned
  • Environmental organizations call for protection of Ozark Rivers
Politics
8:19 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Akin on Mo. Senate bid: "This is not about my ego"

Todd Akin appeared on the Today Show this morning
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Embattled Rep. Todd Akin this morning says he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay. In a nationally broadcast interview Akin has said "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:24 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

MU Health System receives federal grant for new 'high-tech, high-touch' program

The University of Missouri Health system has received $13.3 million in federal grant funding for a program that will combine high-tech and on-site primary-care initiatives in healthcare, according to a statement released by the university today.

The so-called LIGHT program is designed to create a specialized workforce in primary care as well as designing enhanced medical records to help patients and healthcare providers better manage care.

The technology component of the program involves a partnership between the Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation and MU.

Arts and Culture
2:59 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

MU faculty and colleagues vow to keep fighting for UM Press

KSU Professor Donna Potts and MU Professor Stephen Montgomery-Smith led faculty members and colleagues in a discussion about the future of the UM Press, Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
Janet Saidi KBIA

A group of MU faculty and colleagues concerned about the University of Missouri’s decision to close the University of Missouri Press have outlined a a set of goals that they’d like to see regarding the Press going forward, and loosely agreed to attempt to create a resolution regarding the Press through MU’s faculty council. Organizers of the meeting also say they have a list of violations they believe UM administrators have committed in its dealings with the Press and its staff.

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Energy
8:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Columbia deemed "city to watch" by nonprofit group

Climate Solutions logo
climatesolutions.org

The City of Columbia has been highlighted as a “city to watch” by a nonprofit group based in several northwestern states.

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Arts and Culture
5:33 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Out in a small town: 'My Life, My Town' goes to Macon

Trinity Rainey, a teen from Macon, MO. is profiled in the "My Life, My Town" series of multimedia portraits featuring teens in rural Missouri.
Elizabeth Trovall/Grant Hindsley KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week's edition of "Off the Clock," we hear a third portrait from the “My Life, My Town” series that documents the stories of teens in rural Missouri. Today  we visit Trinity Rainey in Macon.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Arts and Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO.

For Mexico teen Monica Martinez, life is a balance between faith, family and her own dreams.
Lydia Mulvaney and Andrew Schriver KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this edition of Off the Clock, we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives – some of the teens where a pink triangle, some of them camouflage or a tiara. Over the next few weeks, we’ll hear the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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AM Newscasts
11:46 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Newscast for June 28, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • City planners seek feedback on adding more Tax Increment Financing districts
  • Governor Jay Nixon signs law offering tax breaks for some small businesses
  • Burn bans underway in central Missouri fire districts
Politics
11:24 am
Thu June 28, 2012

City planners seek feedback on adding more Tax Increment Financing districts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, Feb. 9 of this year.
Matt Veto KBIA

Columbia officials are seeking feedback from the public on TIFs – or Tax Increment Financing, and its impact on the city. 

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AM Newscasts
11:26 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Newscast for June 26, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Jefferson City may divide high schools into academies
  • Nixon says individual insurance mandate is not good for Missouri
  • Rural provisions of health care law could be affected by court ruling
AM Newscasts
10:54 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Newscast for Monday, June 25, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Centro Latino promotes healthy food choice for children this summer
  • Missouri joins job network to connect students to careers
  • Boone Co. sewer district starts two large projects
Politics
10:21 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Boone Co. sewer district starts two large projects

Materials for a sewer project
FaceMePLS Flickr

The Boone County Regional Sewer District has received a $1.36 million low-interest loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  The one-time loan is to fund two upcoming projects, including the sewer extension to the new Battle High School. 

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Off the Clock
4:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Croquet in Mexico, gardening in Columbia and 'My Life, My Town'

"Bored in Lawson" is a multimedia portrait featured in this week's "Off the Clock" on KBIA. To view more portraits, go to www.mylifemytown.org.
Katie Currid KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week’s show: It’s summer. We’ll look at stories about playing croquet in Mexico (Missouri, that is), gardening in Columbia (Missouri, also) and life as a teen in a small town.

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AM Newscasts
4:49 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Newscast for June 21, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia startup Zapier launches publicly, moves to California
  • U.S. Senate passes farm bill, Missouri senators both on board
  • US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution
AM Newscasts
5:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Newscast for June 20, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom.

AM Newscasts
11:41 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Newscast for June 19, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Kirksville development org. recognized for school funding
  • Columbia residents rally against EEZ plans
  • National Weather Service begins severe-weather text alerts

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