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. 


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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