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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Education
7:30 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Higher education cuts may continue in Missouri

Francis Quadrangle on the MU campus
KBIA

Higher education leaders in Missouri are expecting a dismal year when it comes to state funding.

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AM Newscasts
9:45 am
Fri December 30, 2011

KBIA Newscast for December 30, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • 2011 economy hit MoDOT hard
  • Contract with Saudi Arabia puts Missouri fighter jet manufacturers to work
  • 107 year-old Kansas City church catches fire
AM Newscasts
10:35 am
Thu December 29, 2011

KBIA Newscast for December 29, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • State Senate bill would put limits on political "robo calls"
  • Legislation aims to prevent another Mamtek fiasco
  • State audit gives MDC "good" rating, but brings disagreement on cost of elk project

 

 

 

AM Newscasts
10:10 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Newscast for December 28, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • New safety rules regulate commercial truck driving
  • Missouri Senate attempts to ban driving while texting
  • UMKC gets grant to expand urban education studies

 

 

 

Politics
8:48 am
Tue December 27, 2011

New-year legislative proposal would do away with state income tax

Chuck Purgason, a Republican state senator from Caulfield, proposes eliminating the state's sales tax. Critics say that would be hard on lower- and middle-income Missouri families.
KBIA

Among the many ideas being floated in Jefferson City for next year is a proposal to do away with the state’s income tax.  State Senator Chuck Purgason is sponsoring the legislation.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:01 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Under budget crunch nationwide, river monitoring equipment safe in MO

Fox River at Montgomery, IL streamflow gaging station and control
USGS photo

While hundreds of “streamflow gauges” used nationally to monitor rising water levels are in danger of being shut down – the state of Missouri’s gauge stations may avoid that fate.

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Under the Microscope
11:51 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Tracking the doctors, and the dollars

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This week in Under the Microscope, a special report: KBIA's JESSICA PUPOVAC goes looking for the doctors and the dollars – for information on local doctors who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for promoting their products. 

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AM Newscasts
10:50 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Newscast for December 22, 2011

Pickering, a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, will replace the retiring Paul Fennewald. Fennewald served in the position since November 2005.
Missouri Governor website

Regional news from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • Governor Nixon tries to tap state universities to balance budget
  • Chris Pickering new state Homeland Security Coordinator

Science, Health and Technology
8:28 am
Thu December 22, 2011

EPA toughens air pollution standards for power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the first-ever national standards to reduce toxic air emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. As St. Louis Public Radio's VERONIQUE LACAPRA reports, the new protections will mean big changes for Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:13 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Missouri may avoid cutbacks to streamflow gauging stations

States that have experienced flooding are less likely to cut funding to streamflow gauging stations, says the National Streamflow Information Program

Hundreds of “streamflow gauges” that are used to monitor rising water levels across the nation are in danger of being shut down – but Missouri’s gauge stations may avoid that fate. 

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AM Newscasts
9:44 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Newscast for December 21, 2011

In today's newscast: A rent break for Regency Mobile Park residents, reconsidered
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • City Council considers repeal of eviction relief
  • Committee decides on plan for CPS school boundaries
Science, Health and Technology
9:29 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Army Corps gets good marks on managing record flood year, says flood panel

After a record year for Missouri River flooding, an independent panel says the Army Corps of Engineers performed well, but the manual that guides water management needs revision.
KBIA

An independent panel says the U.S Army Corps of Engineers did what it could to prevent this year’s record flooding along the Missouri River. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s VERONIQUE LACAPRA reports, changes will be needed to manage increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

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AM Newscasts
10:27 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Newscast for December 20, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Ballot initiative would increase renewable energy in Missouri
  • Language studies more than doubles enrollment in Missouri public schools
Education
8:59 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Missouri students increase enrollment in language studies

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The number of Missouri students taking foreign languages is on the rise – with enrollment in foreign language classes doubling over the past 20 years. But the increase isn’t being driven by education policy, finds KBIA’s Chris McDaniel in this report.

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AM Newscasts
9:33 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Newscast for December 19, 2011

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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri agriculture needs 13 feet of snow to make up for summer droughts
  • A state representative wants to strengthen state campaign finance laws
  • UM researchers helping to launch realistic fake chicken product

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