Kristofor Husted


Before joining KBIA in July 2012, Kristofor Husted reported for the science desk at NPR in Washington. There, he covered health, food and environmental issues. His work has appeared on NPR’s health and food blogs, as well as with WNYC, WBEZ and KPCC, among other member stations. As a multimedia journalist, he's covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. His short documentary, “Angela’s Garden,” was nominated for a NATAS Student Achievement Award by the Television Academy.

Husted was born in Napa, Calif., and received his B.S. in cell biology from UC Davis, where he also played NCAA water polo. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, where he was honored as a Comer scholar for environmental journalism. 


Science and Technology
5:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Under the Microscope: Secret life of plants; changing dominant hands

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissane Lewis-Stump / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

KBIA’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson checked in with a monthly science conversation series in Columbia. This month’s topic: the secret lives of plants.

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PM Newscast
5:38 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Newscast for April 4, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia police investigate teenage girl's death
  • Court considers joint tax filings from gay couples
  • House passes bill nullifying federal gun laws

PM Newscast
4:20 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Newscast for March 25, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Saint Louis U to study Missouri death penalty
  • Missouri Senate panel endorses tobacco settlement fix
  • Pastors, workers, business leaders plead for Medicaid expansion
PM Newscast
4:57 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Newscast for March 24, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Advocates say Missouri sets food stamp barriers
  • MU law professor involved in Hobby Lobby case
  • Missouri prepares for Ferguson execution

PM newscast
5:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Newscast for March 21, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo. prepares for execution; another date set
  • McCaskill staff surveying colleges on assaults
  • EPA leader responds to Koster on landfill concerns
Science and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Under the Microscope: Farm drones, Bill Nye at MU

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin presents Bill Nye The Science Guy with a new bow tie.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

The University of Missouri invited Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, to speak to students and local Columbia residents earlier last week.  The lecture was hosted by the MU Truman School of Public Affairs as the Monroe-Paine annual lecture event.  Friedman’s lecture focused on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the future possibility of a single payer healthcare system.

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PM newscast
5:41 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Newscast for March 14, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Peter Stiepleman named superintendent of Columbia Public Schools
  • Missouri commission approves housing tax credit
  • Missouri could see record number of executions in 2014
Science and Technology
5:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC]

A frac sand mine in Wisconsin. There are more than 100 located within the state.
Credit Carole Mitchell / Flickr

In Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new frac sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.

Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to silicosis in the lungs, abounded.

Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Under the Microscope: hog virus, frac sand mine threats

Illinois hog farmer Phil Borgic says the PED virus killed many of his piglets. The virus is expected to cut pork supplies this year.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

For nearly a year now, hog farmers have been battling a virus. It’s deadly to newly born piglets and farmers are scrambling to protect their herds. With fewer pigs comes less pork. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.

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PM newscast
5:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Newscast for March 7, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Moberly domestic violence center denied grant money
  • Wal-Mart sides with Ameren in electric rate case
  • Missouri Senate panel reviews mandatory vaccine legislation

Science, Health and Technology
5:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council

Ellen Nelson has battled invasive plants that out-compete native grasses on her grass-fed beef ranch near Bellvue, Colo., Some climate studies suggest that fight will worsen in the coming decades.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now. Scientists say it’ll be warmer, and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. To what degree is still unclear. But even small fluctuations in climate throw farmland ecosystems out of whack. A new study shows certain invasive plant species will not only be able to withstand climate change, but thrive. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.

Shibu Jose is the director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri Columbia.

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True/False Conversations
2:02 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Pastor gives refuge to oil workers in 'The Overnighters'

Pastor Jay Reinke.
Jesse Moss, The Overnighters

Listen to KBIA's Kristofor Husted interview Jesse Moss.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes

The fracking boom in much of the U.S. has opened up a new path for people searching for work, of course, but also for redemption and reinvention.  In the film “The Overnighters,” filmmaker Jesse Moss travels to Williston, N.D., to tell the story of Lutheran Pastor Jay Reinke and the workers he houses in his church and home. Reinke invites newcomers to sleep in extra rooms at the church and to sleep in their cars in the parking lot while they look for jobs and more permanent housing. Some of the men even live in the pastor’s home with his family.

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True/False Conversations
5:20 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Former ‘The Wire’ star tries to jump-start career in ‘Actress’

Brandy Burre
Robert Greene, Actress

Listen to Kristofor Husted's interview with filmmaker Robert Greene.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Robert Greene is no virgin to True/False. Three of his feature films have shown in Columbia over the years. In fact, he says he owes a lot of his career to the festival.

In his latest film “Actress,” Greene follows Brandy Burre – who fans of HBO’s “The Wire” may recognize as cutthroat campaign consultant Theresa D’Agostino – as she steps back into the thespian game after a reprieve to start a family.

Greene blends melodramatic, staged interludes with cinema verite scenes as the audience is guided through Burre’s dance among the roles of mother, partner, friend, businesswoman and actress. Greene tells the story strictly through Burre’s point of view, as her asides demonstrate the piercing self-awareness of an honest woman in the midst of the growing pains of change. Ultimately, the film poses the question to the audience: At what cost does reclaiming your dreams come at?

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True/False Conversations
5:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Students make the rules in 'Approaching the Elephant'

In the documentary "Approaching the Elephant," Lucy attends a so-called free school in New Jersey where the kids call the shots.
Amanda Rose Wilder, Approaching the Elephant

Listen to Kristofor Husted's conversation with filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

In the film “Approaching the Elephant,” filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder follows the students and teachers of a so-called free school in New Jersey where the students make the rules. Wilder, who mans the camera for the film, is a fly on the wall as the audience is taken through the school’s inaugural year and all of the problems that arise. 

Some students struggle with handling the school’s democratic structure while others thrive. The film culminates in some serious decisions regarding the future of the school, its tireless director and its most troublesome student.

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12:18 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Firm hired to investigate MU's handling of Menu Courey case

Sasha Menu Courey
Credit MU file photo

The University Of Missouri Board Of Curators has selected independent counsel to investigate how the Columbia campus handled a former student athlete’s alleged sexual assault.

The board has hired Dowd Bennett Law Firm to determine whether the university acted consistently within the law and university policy when responding to events surrounding swimmer Sasha Menu Courey’s assault and 2011 suicide. The firm will report its findings back to the board April 11.

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5:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Business Beat: Propane price spikes, Missouri grapes combat climate change

The barn at Borgic Farms in Nokomis, Ill., where piglets are weaned must be kept warm year-round. In the winter, that means using a bank of propane-fueled heaters.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media


Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter.

But it's not just homes that lack adequate access to heating energy. Harvest Public Media's Peter Gray reports on the recent fuel shortage, and how it's hitting farms that put bacon and eggs on your plate in the morning.

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

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6:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

MU football coach: Sam has support of teammates, coaches

MU head coach Gary Pinkel says he's proud of the courage Michael Sam had when coming out as gay.
Credit Karen Mitchell

National Football League prospect Michael Sam publicly came out over the weekend. Although some critics have expressed concern about the league being ready for a publicly gay player, Sam’s former college coach says he hopes Sam’s new team treats him like his college team.  

University of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel says he’s proud of the courage Sam has shown by announcing he’s gay. Sam is an all-American and co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference.

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PM newscast
5:10 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Newscast for Feb. 7, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Farm bill signed by President Obama
  • Missouri lawmaker apologizes for DWI
  • Stan Musial bridge opens this weekend

Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Business Beat: Immigrant, women entrepreneurs in U.S.

Penelope Shihab, a Jordanian entrepreneur, has chosen Columbia to launch her American subsidiary.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Monday’s Morning Edition on NPR featured a story about a Columbia biotech startup. We thought we’d give it an encore run on KBIA in case you missed it. After hearing Shihab’s unique story, I called Laurel Smith-Doer, who’s a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She’s studied immigrant and women entrepreneurs in biotech in the New England area. I asked her what she’s found in her research.

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Shots - Health News
2:28 am
Mon February 3, 2014

What's Good For Baby Camels Could Be Good For Human Skin

Camels in Jordan supply the milk for a Missouri startup's skin-care line. The company is studying the milk's anti-inflammatory properties.

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:17 pm

In parts of the Middle East, people drink camel's milk for its nutritional value. It boasts more vitamin C and iron than cow's milk, and it's lower in fat. But in the American Midwest, some people are rubbing camel's milk on their skin — in the form of a skin-care line from Jordan.

Penelope Shihab is the founder of a biotech company in Jordan — and the woman behind the Missouri startup that's working on the skin-care products.

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PM newscast
5:23 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Newscast for Jan. 31, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • UM Curators focus on science education for 2014
  • MU athletic director apologizes in swimmer's death
  • Missouri union hires former GOP speaker as lobbyist

4:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

UM Curators focus on science education for 2014

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The University Of Missouri System Board Of Curators is emphasizing science education and research as a top priority for 2014. The board discussed a proposal for $51 million to help boost the number of students educated in STEM fields – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – by investing in facilities, infrastructure and top-of-the-line equipment.

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Business Beat
11:16 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Business Beat: Farm Bill passes House, Jordanian startup picks Columbia

Penelope Shihab, CEO of MONOJO and Columbia Biotech.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

This week, NPR is airing a piece about Jordanian businesswoman Penelope Shihab who has launched a startup company in Columbia.  She is already the CEO of the biotech company MONOJO in Jordan where her company produces a skin care line using antibodies found in camel milk.

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12:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Specialty grocery store opens near downtown Columbia

B.J. Hunter checks out at Lucky's Market.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

A new natural and specialty grocery store opened its doors in downtown Columbia this week.

The Colorado-based Lucky’s Market kicked off its launch Wednesday with a bacon cutting ceremony and a $10,000 donation to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Lucky’s Market is expected to create about 100 jobs with its new shop in the old Osco Drug building. The location also resides on the edge of a "food desert" according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

DNA test confirms canine shot in Missouri is a wolf

Scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used DNA tests to confirm this canid, shot and killed in Wayne County, is a grey wolf.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Update 11.21 a.m. 1/15/14: MDC reports the wolf was shot by the landowner while hunting. The department says wolves can be mistaken for coyotes sometimes, though coyotes rarely grow to more than 30 pounds. Coyotes may be taken by hunting with the right permit.

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PM newscast
5:06 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Newscast for Jan. 13, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House Democrats to lay out tax cut proposal
  • VA hospital makes changes after fatality
  • Missouri was finalist for Boeing contract

4:42 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

City continues to clear roads, cold snap forces cancellations

Broadway in Columbia was cleared for driving earlier today.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The snow has moved on but dangerous cold settled across Missouri on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure was risky.

Gusting winds only made matters worse. By 8 a.m. the temperature in Columbia had plummeted to minus-9 degrees, making it one of the coldest days in decades. Wind chill temperatures today dropped to 30 below zero.

The bitter cold came a day after heavy snow. The St. Louis region got the worst of it — officially 10.8 inches in the city but up to 15 inches in the suburbs. Parts of Columbia received up to 6 inches.

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PM newscast
5:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Newscast for Jan. 3, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon to give State of the State speech Jan. 21
  • Leaders out at Mo. soybean group 
  • Forecasters urge Missourians to brace for severe winter weather 

PM newscast
5:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Newscast for Dec. 31, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBAI newsroom, including:

  • Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014
  • Habitat for Humanity promotes home in Columbia
  • Okla., Mo. governors place wager on Cotton Bowl 

4:55 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon wants a bill passed in 2014 that expands Medicaid eligibility in the state.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is closing out the year by asking state legislators once again to pass a bill expanding Missouri’s Medicaid coverage for lower-income residents.

The democratic governor emphasized that two billion of Missourian’s tax dollars will start flowing to neighboring states that accepted federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs. Nixon says he is still open to meeting with state legislators to hash out concrete specifics of the health care program expansion, which would cover nearly 300,000 more uninsured Missourians.

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