Kristofor Husted

Reporter

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. 

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Politics
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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Politics
4:48 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Mo., Okla. governors place wager on Cotton Bowl

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are placing a wager on the Missouri-Oklahoma State matchup in the Cotton Bowl and a food pantry in one of the two states will be the beneficiary.

Nixon and Fallin are wagering food products from their home states that will be donated to a food mission in the winning team's home state.

Fallin graduated from OSU and Nixon graduated from Missouri.

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PM newscast
5:18 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Newscast for Dec. 30, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fayette school holds prayer sessions despite complaint
  • Douglass High School receives $1.5M to improve programs
  • New year means Mo. wage hike, business tax cut

Business Beat
5:20 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Business Beat: Ag Sec'y Vilsack and cattle-feeding additive

Some 6,500 Holsteins are “finished” at this 2,000-acre Ordway, Colo., feedlot, where the growth promotion drug Zilmax is no longer used because it was pulled from the market by its manufacturer.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

There will be no farm bill until Congress returns in the New Year. But it turns out, dairy prices won’t surge on January 1st as some farm bill supporters have suggested. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week. It’s a trade visit that happens every year, but this time there is added interest for American farmers. China has rejected 5 loads of corn from the U.S. in recent weeks. The corn contained an insect-resistant trait from the seed company, Syngenta, that’s approved in the U.S. but not China.

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CPS Superintendent Belcher considering retirement, has interviewed at MU

Columbia Superintendent Chris Belcher has applied for a teaching position at MU's College of Education.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Now that Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher is eligible for retirement, he is weighing his options for next year. That’s according to an email Belcher sent out last week to Columbia Public Schools staff.  One of his options could be a teaching position with the MU College of Education.

District spokersperson Michelle Baumstark says Belcher sent the email to remain transparent about his situation with staff.

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PM newscast
5:49 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Newscast for Dec. 16, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Several officials to lose jobs at Mo. university
  • Analysis: Boeing bid could impact Mo. regardless
  • Mo. lawmakers will try to limit medical lawsuits 

Business Beat
5:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Business Beat: Missouri's best cities for LGBT; water efficiency

Our neighbors in St. Louis and Kansas City are two of 25 cities in the U.S. to get a perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, or MEI. Columbia and Jefferson City fell further down the list. The MEI is conducted by a national organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The study looks at equality issues including nondiscrimination policies in cities and states.

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Education
5:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New chancellor to build from MU's strengths

R. Bowen Loftin was named the 22nd chancellor of MU on Dec. 5, 2013.
Credit George Varney / KBIA

The University of Missouri Columbia named its new chancellor Thursday. R. Bowen Loftin, who announced in July he was stepping down as Texas A&M’s president, will now take over as chancellor for MU on Feb. 1, 2014.

Before becoming president of Texas A&M in 2010, the 64-year-old Texas native served as a professor of engineering and held leadership roles at Dominion University and University of Houston.

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Business Beat
5:20 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Business Beat: Moberly's affordable housing, pheasants lose grassland to farms

The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is just under 100 thousand dollars. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than 2 million dollars.

Director for the Moberly Chamber of Commerce Debbie Miller says Moberly is an affordable place to live because it is predominantly a rural area; but, the city is in close proximity to larger metro areas.

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PM newscast
5:16 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Newscast for Nov. 25, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Members of Congress seek more input on food rules 
  • Nixon proposes changes for Mo. scholarship program
  • Bartenders in Columbia need certification

Business
5:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Start-up to help international students; price of Ashland impeachment; new Columbia street art

Artist Maura Mudd used 'concrete graphics' to affix her mural design to the ground near Flatbranch Park.
Credit Kyle Winker / KBIA

Missouri's colleges and universities continue to educate an increasing number of international students.

A report from the Institute of International Education says more than 17,300 international students enrolled at a Missouri college of university during the 2012-13 academic year. The Joplin Globe reports that's a 7.7 percent increase over the previous academic year.

The University of Missouri-Columbia has the largest number of international students, with 2,490.

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PM newscast
5:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Newscast for Nov. 22, 2013

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo. curators approve St. Louis Public Radio merger
  • Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives
  • Mo. businesses paying more for jobless benefits

Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Frac sand mine permit approved by DNR

Ste. Genevieve County resident Mike Miller asks the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to deny Summit Proppants its frac sand mining permit.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources approved the permit for a 73-acre frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County Thursday.  The department also denied a request for an official hearing on the proposed mine owned by Summit Proppants.

Several people who live near the proposed mine have been fighting the approval of the permit for most of the year. They’ve cited health, environmental and quality of life concerns. Ste. Genevieve county resident Mike Miller says they are disappointed but will continue to fight the mine in the legal system.

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PM newscast
5:30 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Newscast for November 15, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Brady Deaton’s last day as chancellor at MU
  • Sen. McCaskill to introduce POW legislation
  • NAACP chapter asks Gov. Nixon to commute death sentence

PM newscast
5:31 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Newscast for November 6, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo. lawmaker projects savings if Medicaid changed
  • Missouri state Rep. Webb accused of stealing, numerous campaign violations
  • Jefferson City and state government to renovate Missouri State Penitentiary
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PM newscast
5:50 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Newscast for November 1, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • FBI will investigate Columbia shooting of Brandon Coleman
  • Mo. House panel to look into hostility claims
  • Temporary order against horse slaughter expires
Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Record harvest for farm families; small nuclear reactor grant for MU

The Friesens of Henderson, Neb., have 1,100 acres of corn to harvest, part of 97 million acres of corn to be picked across the country.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Coming up we’ll check in with some farm families about their surprising amount corn crop this year.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Former Columbia council member Almeta Crayton has died

Almeta Crayton.
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Former Columbia City Council woman Almeta Crayton passed away at Boone Hospital Monday morning after being admitted Oct. 8 with heart trouble.

“[Drill noises] what you’re hearing in the background, I’m putting up a veteran’s flag: 'Veteran’s Don’t forget to vote.'”

Almeta Crayton’s longtime friend Curtis Soul is drilling flags into the side of a bus. Soul and Crayton were supposed to ride this bus together at the Homecoming Parade Oct. 26.

Soul said veteran’s welfare was important to Crayton.

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PM newscast
5:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Newscast for Oct. 18, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • New high-rise luxury housing complex eyes downtown Columbia
  • Indictments for synthetic marijuana handed down in mid Mo.
  • Missouri Rep. Chris Kelly not seeking reelection 

Business
3:10 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

24-story, upscale housing complex eyes downtown Columbia

Because of C-2 zoning, a high-rise luxury apartment complex may be popping up in west downtown soon.
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New York development firm Park 7 Group is considering a 24-story, luxury housing complex in downtown Columbia. The building – which would surpass the city’s next tallest by nine stories – would include several hundred units targeted toward students and young professionals.

The property’s location at the corner of Elm and 6th streets is classified as C-2 zoning. Bengal’s Bar & Grill operates there right now.

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Business Beat
4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Guard donkeys; farmers plowing more prairie land

Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Wild dogs, coyotes, and bobcats are just some of the predators that have always been a threat to ranchers who raise sheep or goats. Traditionally, people think of getting dogs to help protect their flocks and herds. But there is another option and it’s becoming more popular among ranchers. Guard donkeys. KBIA’s Heather Adams has more.

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Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Government shutdown and salmonella outbreak; food stamps for unemployed

This week, we’ll take a look into one state some students at giving food stamps to the unemployed.

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken is spreading across the country. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the partial government shutdown could make it tougher to track.

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Business Beat
4:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mid-Mo. roundup of government shutdown effects; millet on the menu

Many national parks have been locked up because of the federal government shutdown.
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“30 Rock” fans know the phrase well: Shut it down.

Nearly all of the characters have used it at some point during the TV show’s multi season run. And now it’s echoed in real life as the federal government has gone into shutdown mode. This week we take a look at how the shutdown has affecting mid-Missouri.

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PM Newscast
5:12 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Newscast for September 27, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon appoints aide to Mo. utility commission
  • New director for University of Missouri Press
  • Mo. lawmaker pleads guilty to marijuana charges

Business
5:01 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. Department of Natural Resources postpones vote on frac sand mine permit

Jim Hardy, who lives near the proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County, tells the Department of Natural Resources that his wife’s health condition would be impacted if the mine was permitted to operate.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has postponed its decision on issuing a permit for a proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County.

The department’s Land Reclamation Commission voted Thursday to table its decision for two weeks so it can determine if the mine’s location would violate a federal non-discrimination act.

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Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Downtown council talks Brookside overflow; booting a farm subsidy from farm bill

A miscalculation by Brookside apartments is costing some Columbia residents up to $35 per week.  The Downtown Leadership Council hosted a public forum Tuesday to discuss parking issues in Columbia. One full time downtown worker says he has to pay for parking daily now because Brookside residents are taking up all the free spots. Council members say Brookside estimated 25 percent of their residents would bring cars to Columbia.

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PM Newscasts
5:15 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Newscast for September 20, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • President Barack Obama visits Missouri and talks debt ceiling
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stops in St. Louis to talk about heath exchange
  • President Barack Obama says Congress needs to get back to work

Business
2:53 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Exploding manure pits; startup business competition

The caretakers of this hog barn near Union, Iowa, are worried about a mysterious foam forming on the manure produced by their hogs.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

It’s about that time of year when hog farmers begin the annual process of pumping a year’s worth of manure out of the pits under their barns. The nutrient-rich slurry will fertilize cropland. But there’s an ongoing problem in these pits: a mysterious foam that sometimes forms on the manure. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer explains, no one quite understands why gases get trapped in the pits, but the foam has been causing explosions. That’s right; this is a story about exploding manure pits.

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Arts and Culture
1:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

10 songs you should know before going to Roots n Blues n BBQ

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So you’re going to the “Roots n Blues n BBQ” festival this weekend. You love blues music and all the subgenres influenced by that gritty, American sound.

Or maybe you don’t know much about it besides loving to karaoke The Black Crowes version of “Hard To Handle.” Or perhaps you just want to catch a glimpse of Kate Hudson’s baby daddy. 

Whatever your motivation, there are some solid up-and-coming acts, as well as some staples (see what I did there?) to catch while they’re in town, or…gulp…still alive.

To prepare for the festival, I sat down with Hitt Records co-owner Kyle Cook to talk about what tunes can help newbies and connoisseurs of blues music prepare for the festival. (Full ethical disclosure: I play pickup hoops with him on Sundays.) We put a list together of some songs that may excite those already with tickets or convince those on the fence that you may want to catch these acts while they are in our backyard. Regardless, these are some of the tunes you should know before heading into the gates.

Also, check out this Spotify playlist to get you in the mood with more songs we couldn’t include here.

Jimmy Cliff

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PM Newscasts
5:26 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Newscast for September 16, 2013

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Conflict in Syria a hot topic for Midwestern GOPs
  • Mo. GOP considers party loyalty statement
  • President Obama to visit Ford plant near KC

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