Janet Saidi


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.


AM Newscasts
12:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Newscast for December 14, 2011

blvesboy Flickr

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Highway Patrol enforces federal ban on cellphone use on the road
  • Timothy Wolfe newest president at University of Missouri
  • State auditors missing over a half million dollars in receipts
10:40 am
Tue December 13, 2011

University of Missouri announces new system president: Timothy M. Wolfe

University of Missouri system Interim President Steve Owens (L), incoming president Timothy Wolfe and curator Warren Erdman (R) take questions following Wolfe's introduction as the system's next leader Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, 2011.
Allan Vestal KBIA

The University of Missouri’s 23rd system president is Timothy M. Wolfe, who is a graduate of MU’s Trulaske School of Business and of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.

Interim President Steve Owens will remain in the office until Wolfe begins his tenure, in mid-February.

UM curator Warren Erdman introduced Wolfe as a Missourian, saying he “comes back to us now with international and national experience but with a heart that always stayed in Missouri.”

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3:33 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Missouri man suspected in double homicide, pursued in chase ending at Jeff City hotel

Marvin Rice
Photo provided by Dent County Sheriff's Department

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suspect in a double slaying in Missouri is in fair condition after being shot by police in the lobby of an upscale hotel in the state capital.

Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings says law enforcement officers began pursuing 44-year-old Marvin Rice of Salem after a witness reported Rice shot a man and woman on Saturday.

Stallings says Rice led officers on a high-speed chase across rural Missouri before fleeing on foot into a prominent hotel near the Missouri state capitol. He was shot and wounded in an exchange of gunfire in the lobby.

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AM Newscasts
11:36 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Newscast for December 9, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Legal attempts to  throw out Missouri congressional redistricting maps fail
  • Cole County police say heroin use and drug related crimes may be up
  • Kirksville announces budget proposal 
AM Newscasts
12:49 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Newscast for December 6, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Columbia's city council adds protects gender identity in employment
  • Missouri's horse industry reacts to lift on horse-slaughter ban
  • More DWI check points on Columbia roads this week
  • Light snow creates multiple accidents on the road
10:41 am
Wed November 23, 2011

The turkey on your table could cost less, thanks to MU professor's research

MU Professor Jeff Firman believes his new turkey feed could reduce the price of turkey, which has been on the rise for decades.
by LarimdaME /Flickr Creative Commons

A professor at the University of Missouri has found a way to lower the cost of turkeys for us all this Thanksgiving, KBIA’s SARAH REDOHL reports.

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10:06 am
Thu November 17, 2011

MU Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel Arrested for DWI

MU Football Coach Gary Pinkel has issued an apology today for what he calls a “lack of judgment,” following his arrest last night by Boone County Sherriff’s deputies on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. Meanwhile, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton says the Athletics Department has his support in taking the “appropriate action.”

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AM Newscast
2:20 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Newscast for October 18, 2011

Local news from the KBIA newsroom.

Off the Clock
9:34 am
Fri September 30, 2011

The Citizen Jane episode

Katherine Housley at the Columbia Athenaeum, from "Southern Belle," a film showing at the Citizen Jane Film Festival.
James Muspratt

Filmmakers and filmgoers alike are flooding into Columbia for the 4th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. We’ll check in with two of this year’s featured film-makers. And … it’s the season to be scary- and a darker sort of vampire has already landed in Columbia.

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