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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Airports in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis reopened but passengers were told to expect several cancellations, particularly in the morning.

American Airlines flight 3215 from Columbia to Dallas was canceled this morning, but the remaining flights are scheduled to take off and arrive as planned.

Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and Kansas City International Airport both closed Thursday after a massive snowstorm hit Missouri.

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Update Feb. 22 11:16 a.m.: 

The following Boone Health centers will remain closed today: Boone Convenient Care, Moberly, Boone Family Practice, Boone Infectious Disease, Boone Primary Care, Boone Pulmonary Clinic, Moberly Specialty Clinic and the Wound Clinic. Staying open for Boone Health is Boone Convenient Care Columbia, Boone Internal Medicine Associates, Centralia Family Health Clinic, Southern Boone County Family Care Clinic and Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice.

Feb. 22 9:40 a.m.:

MU Health Care clinics are closed until Monday, Feb. 25. MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.

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In response to the winter storm, MU healthcare system officials activated the system’s command center to mobilize staff at 11:45 a.m. this morning.

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Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri Thursday in response to the severe winter storm hammering the state.

The storm system has been dumping a mix of snow and sleet since early Thursday morning. Weather forecasts predict parts of the state could see up to 10 inches of snow. Many roads and highways already are covered with snow.

Nixon’s emergency management team has been keeping the governor up to speed with the latest information on the storm and its effects. The State Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring the storm system since Wednesday.

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Coming up we’ll kick off a three-part series from Harvest Public Media on the Science of the Seed. For the introductory report, Amy Mayer explores the origins of gene transformation.

But let’s first start in Columbia where as of February, landlords are required to maintain a list of all tenants. It’s part of a new occupancy limitation disclosure ordinance recently passed by the City Council. KBIA’s Andrew Yost reports that the ordinance deals with several overcrowding issues concerning neighbors.

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The most recent U.S. census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some cities across the country are growing, many small towns are dwindling. KBIA’s Lukas Udstuen takes us to Goss, one of the smallest towns in Missouri. You might miss it if it weren’t for a few road signs marking its location along Route 24 in Monroe County. And you’re most likely out of luck if you stop in Goss for directions because the 2010 Census reported the town has zero residents.

Check out more details about how Goss came about and see an audio slide show here.

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Later, we check in with a revised Environmental Protection Agency standard that could help some wastewater treatment facilities struggling to comply with part of the Clean Water Act’s deadline.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • House GOP trying again to require photo IDs for voting
  • SEC entry yields another hefty gift for Mizzou
  • Gov. Nixon defends new plane purchase

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  • Sanders to remain Mo. Democratic Party leader
  • Beef labeling rule is caught in bureaucratic limbo
  • Economist casts doubt on Mo. business incentives

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  • Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones to give GOP response to state of the state
  • Mo. SOS Jason Kander giving public comment period on ballot initiatives
  • KC Medical School looking to open up shop in Joplin

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The pentagon announced Thursday the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat. With the policy reversal, women will have the opportunity to serve in combat if they meet certain "gender-neutral standards."

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Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the New Year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.

As House and Senate negotiators worked feverishly at the turn of the year to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on a long-awaited new farm bill. But the final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October. Jeremy Bernfeld reports the extension left many farmers frustrated.

Regional new coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Nixon sets the special election date for Jo Ann Emerson's seat
  • Revamped GED to launch in 2014
  • Increase in passengers at St. Louis' Lambert Airport

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Gov. Jay Nixon plans to set June 4 as the special election date to fill the vacant seat in the Eighth District in southeast Missouri.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson sent Nixon a letter Tuesday notifying him that her resignation from the seat would be effective at 11:59 p.m.

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Columbia mayoral candidate Sam Allison has announced his withdrawal from the city-wide race.

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Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday an expansion of an electronic reading program throughout the district.  With the myON reader program, students can log on to a website and have access to thousands of free electronic books.

Superintendent Chris Belcher calls it “amazon.com” for kids. He says the district has purchased a password to access the site for every 4-year old in the district.

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The lingering drought continues to keep the Mississippi River at historically low levels. But now the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for transportation at least through this month. But many grain and energy industries that send products up and down the river aren’t yet breathing a sigh of relief. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports from the Corn Belt where a lot of grain begin its journey south down the Mississippi.

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term
  • Jovan Belcher autopsy results show he was drunk at time of crime
  • State Sen. John Lamping calls out Gov. Jay Nixon on Twitter

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon calls for lengthening Mo. school year
  • Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of disability fund
  • Republican: Akin 'partly right' on rape comment

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  • Columbia College president to retire
  • Disagreement in Mo. government about how to fill empty offices
  • Mo. public schools improve, but still rank low

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Coming up we’ll take a look at how the drought affected an outdoor industry completely dependent on water. But first, the United States Department of Agriculture is currently accepting claims from female and Hispanic farmers who believe the agency discriminated against them in farm loan or loan servicing programs. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, the claims process is complex—but the payouts could be large.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Women, Hispanics can file claims for USDA discrimination
  • Mo. Republican sworn in as representative amid election dispute
  • Court weighs warrantless blood tests in DUI cases

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  • Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel
  • New Mo. GOP chair plans more aggressive approach
  • 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Monday the approval of Enhanced Enterprise Zone, or EEZ, designation to the city of Centralia, Mo.

In the program, businesses could receive tax incentives as encouragement to open up shop in a certain area of the city. Zone designation is based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local cluster development, the department says.

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U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler opened the doors to her new office in Columbia Tuesday.

Dozens of supporters showed up to welcome the Republican congresswoman to the south Columbia location. For many of them it was the first time meeting her.

Though this is Hartzler’s second term in Congress, this is the first time she will be representing Boone County in the Fourth District. That’s because of redistricting that occurred after Missouri lost a spot in the House because of the state’s dip in population.

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday to shut down the Enhanced Enterprise Zone advisory board. The vote effectively eliminates the effort to establish an economically incentivized zone for businesses in the city.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State Sen. Schaefer's bill eliminates solid waste management districts
  • Holiday storms have limited impact on US drought
  • Mo. Supreme Court considers discipline for judge

This year's drought delivered a pricey punch to US aquaculture, the business of raising fish like bass and catfish for food. Worldwide, aquaculture has grown into a $119 billion industry, but the lack of water and high temperatures in 2012 hurt many U.S. fish farmers who were already struggling to compete on a global scale.

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Did you feel that pullback January 1st? That was Congress finally passing a compromise bill to prevent the country from careening off the fiscal cliff. In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed the bill. And much later that day, the House passed it.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill calls for closure of levee gap
  • Legislator pushes to limit drone use
  • "Share the Harvest" receives record venison donations

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  • Low levels of the Mississippi River to affect commerce
  • Gov. Nixon aims to make government more efficient
  • Elected teacher battles school board for leave of absence

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