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.


2:57 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Mo institutions involved in international educational outcomes

Truman is one of the colleges participating in the initiative
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A handful of Missouri colleges and universities are playing a key role in a global effort to assess educational outcomes of students across international boundaries.

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7:30 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Higher education cuts may continue in Missouri

Francis Quadrangle on the MU campus

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




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.

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 file photo

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
8:59 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Missouri students increase enrollment in language studies


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

AM Newscasts
12:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Newscast for December 14, 2011

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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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