Jason Hoffman

Student Newscaster

Jason Hoffman is a student newscaster.

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia is launching a new recycling program.
  • Fulton State Hospital is getting a $92 million dollar facelift.
  • Some student in Columbia can now take physical education online.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding funding from some education programs.
  • Missouri's senators are upset with the Keystone XL Pipeline vote.
  • Federal authorities are looking into the Ferguson Police Department.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency for the Ferguson area.
  • The Columbia City Council will support an affordable housing initiative.
  • The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is calling on Ferguson to drop charges against non-violent protesters.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Farmland value has slowed down in its appreciation.
  • The number of republican women serving the Missouri House is more than twice what it was a decade ago.
  • Missouri schools were not safe for LGBT students in 2013.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence has presented its recommendations.
  • A new law will change who can carry weapons.
  • The state will look into allegations against Attorney General Chris Koster.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon hopes peace prevails after the grand jury decision over the Ferguson police shooting.
  • The Columbia City Council is debating on a tax increase for hotels.
  • Columbia Public Schools has decided on a new bus provider. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole sentenced to prison.
  • A Kansas City area federal judge ruled Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
  • St. Louis County police are stocking up on riot gear in preparation of the possible indictment of Darren Wilson.

Jurors have awarded $850,000 to a woman who alleged she was subjected to age and sex discrimination by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Rick Stream may request a recount in the St. Louis County executive election.
  • The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has chosen its next leader.
  • Communities brace for the decision on whether Daren Wilson will be indicted. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on a St. Louis judge's decision that Missouri's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. 
  • More reaction from the midterm elections.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon is hoping a new plan can keep the Rams in St. Louis.

Three local candidates ran unopposed for state legislature seats this election.  Democrat Stephen Webber will serve his fourth term representing Missouri’s 46th District.

Caleb Jones, a Republican will serve his third term representing the state’s 50th district.  He’s thankful for the support of his constituents through his first two terms. 

“I’ve tried to do what’s best for the district and keep the voters thoughts and desires in mind whenever we were making decisions down there,” he said.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on today's election.
  • A report from the Columbia City Council meeting.
  • The no-fly zone over Ferguson may have been approved to keep out media. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Allegations that Chris Koster was influenced by lobbyists.
  • Missouri environmental group sues over risks about nuclear waste.
  • A public forum was held to discuss common core in schools.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A report on the race for the seat in District 44.
  • The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Missouri man.
  • New parking meters in downtown Columbia will make paying more convenient. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • CMU received it's largest donation ever this weekend.
  • Missouri democrats are continuing to fund state campaigns in hopes of gaining seats.
  • The Camdenton school district could undergo a rezoning project.

A Moniteau County official is in custody after authorities say a vehicle he was driving struck a restaurant window in downtown Columbia and he fled the scene.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on proposed constitutional amendment 10.
  • Some state representatives are concerned the state isn't doing enough to combat Ebola.
  • the Columbia City Council may ban one-use plastic bags at grocery stores. 

Some citizens of Columbia's first ward are looking to recall their recently elected council member, Ginny Chadwick.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • How much foodborne illnesses cost the US.
  • iPads are being used to help learning at the South Callaway County schools.
  • A judge plans to rule against Ameren Corp. over a proposed high voltage power line.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A report from the Columbia City Council meeting last night.
  • MU will hold an open forum with one of the candidates for the open provost position.
  • A rivalry between radio stations over Lorde's "Royals" in advance of the World Series. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on the race for state auditor.
  • Two important issues on the November ballot, including teacher evaluations and budget-balancing powers.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The president of the Missouri Nurses Association says hospitals and nurses are prepared for any outbreak, including Ebola.
  • The City of Columbia hopes charities utilize the funds Boone County has available.
  • There is still a push to have teacher evaluations based on student performance. 

Sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has been an issue for a long time, but it is now at the forefront of the national focus.  While university administrators and federal lawmakers say they're trying to do what they think is best for the victims of sexual assault, some feel that's not always the case. 

Kelsey Burns is the presentation coordinator for the relationship and sexual violence prevention center at MU.  She says she was assaulted her first year as a student but did not report the incident.  She now works to better educate the MU community about sexual violence. 

 This interview has been condensed and edited for content and clarity. 


Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Kansas City, Kansas man may have contracted Ebola.
  • Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation to take local prosecutors off a case if a police officer shoots someone.
  • The Columbia School District is considering adding girls lacrosse as a sport for next year.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Debate over two proposed ordinances regarding tobacco in Columbia.
  • More arrests in St. Louis after protesters got violent.
  • Missouri voters will decide on new early voting laws. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri education officials are seeking a grant for preschool programs.
  • the General Motors plant in Wentzville has sent its first trucks to dealerships.
  • High School students will be receiving one-on-one help with college applications.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill visited MU to discuss sexual violence on college cmapuses.
  • The deadline to register to vote is this afternoon.
  • A group of cities in northern Missouri is creating renewable energy sources. 

Senator Claire McCaskill visited MU on Tuesday to discuss her bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting students and strengthening accountability and transparency at colleges and universities.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Claire McCaskill is defending prosecutor Bob McCulloch in his handling of the Michael Brown case.
  • Chris Koster will not appeal a ruling that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
  • Two interest groups were at the Columbia City Council meeting last night to express their views.

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