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. 


Business Beat
5:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances

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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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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Ag groups want Gov. Nixon to oppose Mo. River dredging

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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.

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Business Beat
4:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Nitrogen in the waterways; sounds at the state fair

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.

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PM Newscasts
4:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Newscast for August 5, 2013

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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
Business Beat
5:29 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nixon hammers home flaws in tax-cut bill; seed vault tour

Gov. Jay Nixon visits the University of Missouri flagship campus to discuss the education funding cuts House Bill 253 could lead to if passed.
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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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3:08 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nixon: Tax-cut bill will cost higher education millions

Gov. Jay Nixon says the University of Missouri System stands to lose up to $54 million annually if state lawmakers override his veto on House Bill 253.
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Gov. Jay Nixon continued stumping across the state discouraging state lawmakers from overriding his veto on a tax cut bill.

At the University of Missouri Columbia campus Wednesday, Nixon said the bill could result in a funding slash of $67 million per year for the state’s higher education institutions. The University of Missouri system alone stands to lose $31 million per year. And if a federal online sales tax bill passes, the state number jumps up to a cut of $116 million annually.

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PM Newscasts
5:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Newcast for July 29, 2013

Regional news coverage for the KBIA, including:

  • Ameren says nuclear plant to stay closed for days
  • Gov. Nixon defends veto of Mo. tax cut legislation
  • University of Missouri prevails in syllabus suit

4:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Proposed FY 2014 city budget focuses on safety

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Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes introduced his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations on Friday.

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Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

How to revive soil for agriculture

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
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The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest. Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60 years—with implications for agriculture and the broader environment. Farmers feel the pressure of feeding a growing global population and protecting the soil necessary to do that—all while operating a viable business.  Harvest Public Media considers two possible ways to improve the soil. The first--planting strips of prairie grass alongside farm fields. Amy Mayer reports.

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Business Beat
2:29 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Metal theft in farm country; displaced residents look for home

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In the countryside, there are fewer people – and some prefer it that way, especially thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that metal thefts have increased by 36 percent since 2010 – and that leaves farm equipment and machinery as easy pickings. Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Payne Roberts has the story.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Newscast for July 15, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • New law allows physician assistants more freedom
  • Missouri, Kansas see increase in drowning deaths
  • Mo. auditor says new law gives more flexibility

Business Beat
3:51 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Iowa aquaculture; Google Glass

Google Glass may seem like space-age technology. But that doesn’t mean it’s only for Star-Trek fans. The innovative device is a pair of glasses with a small screen above the right lens that functions as an extension of a user’s Smartphone. Glass can be used for a variety of functions like taking pictures, shooting video or replying to email all with voice commands. Veterans United in Columbia is one of the advance testers of Glass and recently held a product demo. KBIA’s Anders Aarhus reports.

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PM Newscasts
5:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Newscast for July 9, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon signs Mo. legislation dealing with children
  • Mo. senators hear pleas to expand Medicaid access
  • Mo. Lottery sales reach $1.14B in 2013 budget year

PM Newscasts
5:49 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Newscast for July 8, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo./Kan. public colleges carefully seek minorities
  • Nixon signs Mo. bill dealing with welfare benefits
  • Mo. House chief ends subpoenas for gov's staff

Business Beat
10:28 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Biotech wheat and biotech expansion

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A Columbia biotech company has announced plans to commercialize its products around the globe.  EternoGen, LLC. develops collagen-based products for minimally invasive surgical procedures.  KBIA’s Ben Wilson has more on the company’s expansion.

The Columbia City Council recently voted in favor of purchasing 16 natural gas-powered vehicles along with building a natural gas fueling station in northeast Columbia. KBIA’s Rickelle Pimentel tells us why some community members aren’t as excited about this decision.

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