Jason Hoffman

Student Newscaster

Jason Hoffman is a student newscaster.

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.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Hearings have begun to review the 2011 merger between the Missouri State Highway and Water Patrol.
  • A new cell tower has sparked debate in Harrisburg.
  • Ameren Missouri has filed a long term energy plan to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill to discuss ways to address sexual violence at Missouri colleges and universities.
  • Moberly Area Community College received a grant to fund STEM education.
  • State representatives to review the merger between the state highway and water patrols.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt toured the state yesterday asking law enforcement officials how the federal government can best help in major emergency situations.
  • City of Columbia employees received a two percent pay raise yesterday.
  • MU has been awarded two federal grants to implement programs on family farms.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend.
  • Details on Missouri Rail Safety Week.
  • Missouri state employees can receive a discount for online education. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Protests continued in Ferguson after a memorial for Michael Brown burned down.
  • Holt Summit is considering implementing a mandatory trash service.
  • Columbia Public Schools have increased security measures district wide. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Some Lake of the Ozarks residents may soon be getting a central sewer system.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered an audit of the St. Louis recorded of deeds office.
  • The Moberly City Council is making changes to its investment policy to try and improve its credit rating. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Police are warning Missouri schools of a Scholastic imitator scam. 
  • More arrests in Ferguson as protests resume.
  • The Missouri Lottery hopes to see more money go towards education. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon lays out what he would like to see in the new education commissioner.
  • There were protests over the Opus project in downtown Columbia last night.
  • Missouri lawmakers are reviewing the merger between state water and highway patrols.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The right to farm amendment will be added to the state constitution after a recount.
  • The Columbia City Council voted to approve the city managers budget for fiscal year 2015.
  • The override of Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors could set up a showdown with the federal government.

  Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Last weeks veto session could have a long-term impact for the Missouri legislature.
  • New research suggests that schizophrenia may be eight distinct disorders.
  • Columbia youth had a chance to discuss community violence at a forum with the Mayors Task Force on Community Violence on Friday.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Updates from the veto session in Jefferson City
  • A new program will have children walking to school.
  • A report on the controversial drug midazolam.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The Ferguson City Council meets for the first time since the Michael Brown shooting.
  • Missouri has executed Earl Ringo Jr., the eighth execution this year.
  • The MU Children's Hospital has began screening patients for Enterovirus 68.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • State auditor Tom Schweich claims Gov. Nixon violated the state constitution when he withheld money from recent state budgets.
  • Columbia residents are meeting to discuss community violence.
  • The Columbia Board of Education approved plans to build the new Southwest Elementary School

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Details on the upcoming veto session.
  • A nurse is walking across Missouri to raise awareness about the infant mortality rate.
  • The St. Louis police chief has renewed his calls for tougher gun crime penalties.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Nixon lifted the state of emergency in Ferguson.
  • Missouri has been using a sedative that has been used in botched executions in other states.
  • Gov. Nixon discussed his decision to veto an important piece of anti-tobaco legislation.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Former Mamtek CEO has pleaded guilty to three felony charges .
  • Gov. Jay Nixon is hoping to persuade state legislators to support expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
  • Noranda Aluminum will begin laying off employees at its aluminum smelter in New Madrid.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Peace park held an Artists for Justice event in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
  • Centene Corp. plans to build a claims processing center in Ferguson bringing jobs to the town.
  • Missouri is offering grants to get local food into school meals.

Regional Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Ferguson police began wearing body cameras this weekend.
  • Boone Country plans to budget more money to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by Ryan Ferguson.
  • Gov. Nixon has asked federal officials to issue an economic-injure disaster declaration in St. Louis County following the events in Ferguson.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Roy Blunt is asking for reimbursement of funds used for providing security in Ferguson.
  • Dairy farmers are hoping for a veto override of two agriculture bills.
  • The staging area for police agencies in Ferguson has been dismantled.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri law enforcement officials are endorsing a proposed constitutional amendment that would make prosecuting sex crimes against children easier.
  • Attorneys are asking Ferguson to grant clemency to thousands of nonviolent offenders.
  • Farmers can anticipate a sharp drop in income this year according to a USDA report.

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