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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Business Beat
10:10 am
Thu February 28, 2013

How sequestration leads to cuts in research, Medicare

Credit Andrew Magill

Coming up we’ll tackle sequestration which is set to occur March 1. But first, when a large group of farmers in the Southeast banded together to sue a powerful dairy cooperative a few years ago, many hoped that the case would bring big changes to the industry. But as Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports, the recent settlement of the case involving Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America has resulted in some money for small farmers in the short term but little long-term reform.

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True/False
1:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

'The Expedition to the End of the World' explores life's meaning through art and science

This three mast schooner housed a documentary film crew, artists and scientists all studying life in some form.
Credit Courtesy of The Expedition to the End of the World

Listen to the interview.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

For three weeks, Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik and his film crew drifted on an old wooden schooner through the remote arctic waters of Greenland. Also on board, a group of artists and scientists studied the changing landscape of northeastern Greenland and used it to answer questions for scientific research and existential definition. Dencik’s job was to capture this age-old tradition of artists and scientists searching for truth and meaning in a rarely navigated locale. (Think Columbus and other early explorers.)

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Business
9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mo. airports reopen with several cancellations

St. Louis' Lambert Airport is open for business with several flight cancellations.
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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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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UPDATE: MU healthcare system officals activate system's command center

Credit Wikipedia

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.

Original post:

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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Weather
10:44 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in Mo.

Snow blusters around the MU campus.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

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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Business Beat
4:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

GM seeds and a new Columbia housing ordinance

Researchers at Monsanto chart the progression of a corn plant over 10 weeks: seed, immature plant, callus, early shoot, shoots, early rooting and advanced rooting. Monsanto fills growth chambers reflecting diverse climate conditions with myriad seed samples.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

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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Business Beat
4:43 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rural Mo. town: Population zero

MU Professor Brian Dabson stands in a tattered workshop of the defunct Joe Gilliam Mining Company, which used to mine clay. Former owner, Bob Gilliam, said he bought up the property as the residents of Goss moved away.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA

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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Business Beat
5:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Why EPA and USDA are tweaking standards

USDA poultry inspection changes have been in the works for some time now.
Credit Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

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.

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PM Newscasts
5:44 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 29, 2013

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

PM Newscasts
5:37 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 28, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

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

PM Newscasts
5:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 25, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • 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

Politics
7:00 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Blunt calls lifting of combat ban 'inevitable'

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
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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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Business Beat
5:08 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

For dairy and organic farmers, Farm Bill extension not much help

Liz Graznak, who runs Happy Hollow Farm in Jamestown, Mo., is one of many farmers who may not re-certify her operation organic without federal support.
Credit Abbie Fentriss Swanson / Harvest Public Media

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.

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PM Newscasts
5:17 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 22, 2013

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

Politics
2:48 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Gov. Nixon to set special election for June 4

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to officially set the special election date on Wednesday.
Credit KBIA file photo / KBIA

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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