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.

Pages

Newscasts
4:58 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Newscast for Monday, June 18, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • McCaskill weighs in on Obama's immigration policy
  • Habitat for Humanity marks start of new Columbia community
  • E. coli reading high at Flat Branch Creek
Politics
4:54 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

McCaskill weighs in on Obama's immigration policy

Senator Claire McCaskill
KBIA

US Senator Claire McCaskill visited Cape Girardeau Saturday morning for the opening of the Democratic Party  campaign headquarters.

Read more
AM Newscasts
11:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Newscast for Thursday, June 14, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • How to stay happier for longer
  • Missouri to receive more Medicaid dollars for elderly
  • Kirksville discusses storm water issue
  • McCaskill asked to reveal position on micro-unions
Read more
Science, Health and Technology
10:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri to receive more Medicaid dollars for elderly

images_of_money flickr

The state of Missouri is expected to get about $100 million dollars in additional Medicaid funds over several years under a federal program intended to encourage more home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.

Read more
Politics
9:57 am
Thu June 14, 2012

AmeriCorp shooting for 16,000 volunteers in Joplin

Joplin shortly after the storm in 2011
File KBIA

The city of Joplin will be getting more AmeriCorps volunteers to help with recovery and rebuilding following the tornado in May 2011. Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, says Rebuild Joplin will receive $2,800,000 in AmeriCorps funding. 

Read more
AM Newscasts
8:50 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Newscast for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom.

AM Newscasts
8:34 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Newscast for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom.

AM Newscasts
8:50 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Newscast for June 11, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

Read more
PM Newscasts
5:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Newscast for June 7, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Better breeding through cow genetics
  • Missouri's economy lagged nation's in 2011
  • eLearning discussed at UM Board of Curators orientation
AM Newscasts
10:33 am
Wed June 6, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 6, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State museum features artifacts from the St. Louis World's Fair
  • Regulators OK new boundaries at Lake of the Ozarks
  • State revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent
Read more
PM Newscasts
11:24 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Newscast for June 5, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newscast including:

  • Beetle to make Missouri comeback
  • Most senior Supreme Court member resigns
  • Columbia stormwater changes sent back to the drawing board
Politics
10:41 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Most senior Supreme Court member resigns

The longest-serving member of the Missouri Supreme Court has announced his resignation. effective Aug. 1.

Read more
AM Newscasts
11:25 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Newscast for June 4, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Venus viewing event planned at MU observatory
  • Charity care at Missouri hospitals on the rise, new report finds
  • Columbia School District to receive less funding
Off the Clock
4:53 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Women playwrights highlighted at the short Women's Play Festival

Nathan Bryant, Brooke Underwood and Matt Ingram perform in Claudia Barnett's "Lillie Meant Murder" at the short Women's Play Festival on Saturday, March 10, 2011.
Harum Helmy KBIA

This week, Janet Saidi sits in for Scarlett Robertson as host of Off the Clock. A week after True/False weekend, Columbia was home to another cultural spree: Independent Actors Theatre’s fourth annual short Women’s Play Festival. KBIA’s Harum Helmy brings us some highlights from the event, which featured six short plays, four different playwrights and three local directors.

Read more
Politics
5:23 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council

Concerns about a “blight” designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new “blighted” areas are among concerns being raised. 

Read more
Police Review
2:34 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Report says Columbia Police Department environment is "approaching toxicity"

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes has announced plans to implement 14 recommendations made in a report highly critical of the Columbia Police Department. The report outlines problems within CPD, saying the department's reputation in the community has been steadily dropping.

"The community has lowered the report card of the police department from a B to a D over the past six years," said City Manager Mike Matthes.

Read more
Business
5:05 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Soybean association seeks fewer restrictions on crops from europe

Almost all American soybeans are grown from genetically modified seeds, which are generally banned in Europe.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

The American Soybean Association is pushing for U.S. trade representatives to negotiate better trading terms with Europe, looking for the European Union to ease the strict restrictions it imposes on genetically modified soybeans. The group petitioned a U.S. trade representative who is part of a new working group with the European Union to work on its behalf. 

Read more
AM Newscasts
9:16 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Newscast for February 2, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Curators discuss proposed budget cut outcomes
  • Senate Democrats end filibuster
  • Judge hears closing arguments in congressional redistricting
AM Newscasts
12:27 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Newscast for January 27, 2012

Claire McCaskill speaking at a health care forum
File photo KBIA

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Senate passes legislation that increases the  information government agencies must put online
  • Claire McCaskill announces her $5 million re-election war chest
  • Missouri State Treasurer announces a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers

     

Arts and Culture
11:33 am
Thu January 26, 2012

MU celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. through comedy, inspiration

MU students, faculty and community members gathered for an annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Missouri Theatre last night (Wednesday, Jan. 25).
Elizabeth Trovall KBIA

A bronze replica of the MLK National Memorial in Washington DC has been presented to MU. The statue replica was presented at MU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. KBIA’s Elizabeth Trovall was there, and has this report.

Read more
AM Newscasts
10:25 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Newscast for January 20, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's first female chancellor is Cheryl B. Schrader
  • House passes budget caps
  • Missouri tries to tax cigarettes
  • Medicinal cannabis activists arrested

 

 

Science, Health and Technology
6:48 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Former engineer calls for an investigation of the Callaway nuclear plant

The Callaway Plant is one of 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. and 429 nuclear plants in the world.
File Photo Ameren Missouri
  • Audio processing, please check back momentarily.

A former engineer at the Callaway Nuclear Plant is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, look into possible violations of the operating license at the Callaway plant, owned and operated by Ameren Missouri.

By Janet Saidi

Read more
AM Newscasts
10:45 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Newscast for January 12, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6pm today
  • An Ameren plant in Missouri is a top-ten polluter in the US

Read more
Science, Health and Technology
9:05 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren's Labadie plant named a top greenhouse-gas emitter by EPA

A map showing the numbers and locations of Missouri greenhouse gas emitters included in the new EPA data set.
EPA
  • Audio processing, please check back momentarily.

Ameren’s coal-fired power plant in Labadie is among the top ten greenhouse gas emitters in the country. That’s according to data released today [on Wednesday] by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Véronique LaCapra reports, from St. Louis.

Read more
Weather
8:42 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Missouri gets a round of snow, drivers cautioned

Missouri drivers advised to use caution today.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A winter-weather advisory remains in effect until 6:00 this evening for much of the region, with moderate to light snow continuing to fall throughout the day. Snow, blowing snow and sleet may cause difficult conditions  for drivers. 

Read more
AM Newscasts
10:45 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Newscast for January 11, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Republican challengers to Claire McCaskill debate in forum
  • State bill aims to prevent Gov. Nixon from creating a federally mandated health care exchange
  • School board wants voters to eliminate trailers in public schools
AM Newscasts
10:23 am
Fri January 6, 2012

KBIA Newscast for January 6, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon drops proposal to use university funds to balance state budgets
  • Federal food safety overhaul finally gets funding, one year after being signed
  • MU police seeking help in the 7 year old murder of a professor
AM Newscasts
10:01 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Newscast for January 5, 2011

Some Schafly taps
prettywar-stl Flickr

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Schools front and center for state legislature
  • Missouri's higher education commissioner wants to tie state funding to performance
  • Tom Schlafly sells off most of his beer company
Education
8:58 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Commissioner predicts downplay in higher ed cuts from legislature

The head of Missouri’s Higher Education Department has a good-news prediction for the state’s colleges and universities: a downplay in funding cuts from legislators. By Kirk Wayman in Maryville.

Read more

Pages