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. 


11:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

UPDATE: Former CEO of Mamtek arrested, faces criminal charges

With the old Mamtek site in Moberly, Mo., as a backdrop, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested this morning in California.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

UPDATE: 3:00 pm, Tuesday September 18:

Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested at his home in Dana Point, California on Tuesday after the Missouri Attorney General charged him with theft and fraud.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster told reporters that Bruce Cole -- the former CEO of the now defunct company Mamtek -- has been charged with stealing and four counts of securities fraud.

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Business Beat
3:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities

Corn is facing a tough test during this summer's drought, but a hybrid strain could help production output during waterless times.
CraneStation Flickr

Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.

The Salt
4:53 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

No More Shame: Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-End Fashion Purse

Vernissage is trying to revamp boxed wine to attract a more sophisticated customer.

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:14 pm

Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.

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PM Newscasts
6:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Newscast for September 4, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • West Nile Virus strikes Mo. again
  • Sen. McCaskill visits MU to talk student loans
  • MU invests $2.5 million in online education

4:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Columbia AP test scores above state average

jeremy.wilburn Flickr

Students in the Columbia Public School system who took Advanced Placement exams in 2012 outscored their peers across Missouri. Some of the district’s highest scores came in Psychology and Biology.

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PM Newscasts
5:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Newscast for August 29, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Sen. McCaskill roots out wasteful wartime spending
  • More Mo. youth covered by health insurance
  • Planned Parenthood supporters deliver petition to Rep. Akin

1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

University of Missouri Press will remain open

Adam Procter Flickr

Updated 8/29/12 3:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri says it will keep its academic publishing business open and drop plans for a new reimagined publishing operation.

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PM Newscasts
5:49 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Newscast for August 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • New state laws take effect Tuesday
  • Rep. Akin reiterates stance on abortion, Sen. McCaskill talks veteran affairs
  • First Mo. death from West Nile

Science, Health and Technology
5:10 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

MU Study: Carbon nanotubes are toxic to aquatic animals

An environmental scanning microscopy shows an electron beam deposited nanowire between two microelectrodes (left) and a multiwall carbon nanotube sample.
Kristian Molhave Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

When fresh water animals, such as worms and mussels, were exposed to water loaded with carbon nanotubes, their health suffered, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In fact, the bottom-dwelling critters didn’t grow as quickly and they didn’t survive as long as their counterparts living in cleaner water.

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PM Newscasts
6:29 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Newscast for August 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Apologetic Rep. Todd Akin chastised for "legitimate rape" comment
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill: Akin should be allowed to stay in race
  • MU enrollment numbers are up

PM Newscasts
5:55 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Newscast for August 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri receives $6 million for transportation projects
  • Health care measure's language battled over in court
  • Quicksand popping up along rivers

8:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia and Jefferson City public schools see enrollment surge

As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.

Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.

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8:49 am
Tue August 14, 2012

MAP scores highlight Columbia school district's performance

An AP World Studies class at Rock Bridge high school in Columbia
Camille Phillips KBIA

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the state’s 2012 school test scores Tuesday. And while the data show a small but fairly consistent improvement across most subjects, Columbia still has some work to do in a few categories.

The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests students from third grade through high school in areas such as communication arts, math and science. For the 2012 school year, the Columbia district met all 14 state standards to remain an accredited district.

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2:15 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Inmate back in custody after hijacking car from deputy

A sheriff's deputy for Pettis County was overtaken by an inmate he was transporting on Aug. 9, 2012. The inmate escaped in the deputy's car but was recaptured a few hours later.
Ben Skirvin WFIU

A Missouri County jail inmate is back in custody after hijacking a car from a sheriff’s deputy.

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