Kristofor Husted

Harvest Public Media 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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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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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 

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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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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.

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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“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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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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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.

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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

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Donors behind effort to ease sex-offender rules
  • Kansas City airport to get expedited screening
  • MU boosts scholarships for high achievers

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Columbia City Council members approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. KBIA’s Kate Grumke reports dozens of residents spoke up about their concerns at Monday’s meeting.

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Nearly a dozen Missouri agriculture groups sent a letter to Governor Jay Nixon this week calling for his support to oppose a dredging project in the Missouri River.

The project – near Arrow Rock, Missouri – was set up several years ago to create a shallow water habitat for several fish species including the pallid sturgeon – an endangered fish. Under the US Army Corps of Engineers plan, the soil excavated from the site would be deposited into the Missouri River.

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture has found that through voluntary conservation measures, farmers reduced the amount of nitrogen that washes off their fields into Mississippi River watershed waterways by 21 percent. That's good news for water treatment plants that spend millions of dollars each year to remove farm chemicals from drinking water supplies. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson takes a look at the particular challenge posed by the nitrogen in fertilizer, which has been running into Midwest streams at concerning levels this summer.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Mayor McDavid announce plan too add police officers
  • Ellis Library, Stephen College arsonist to represent self in court
  • Missouri State University's beef now sold at specialty meat store
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Gov. Jay Nixon stopped by Columbia twice this week. He has spent his summer drawing attention to the many problems he and other critics see with House Bill 253. That is the income-tax cut bill he vetoed in June. There is a chance state Republicans could make a run for an override of that bill in September. The bill cuts income tax and corporate taxes and under certain circumstances allows business taxes to be claimed on personal income taxes. Conservative estimates peg a state revenue loss of $692 million dollars if the bill were to become law.

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