Lukas Udstuen

Student Newscaster

Although Lukas is a Minnesota native, his passion for journalism drew him southward to the University of Missouri. He joined KBIA news in 2012, and works as a news anchor and reporter.

Lukas has also interned for Minnesota Public Radio News where he worked as a local producer with All Things Considered.In the Spring of 2012, Lukas interned for various organizations in Buenos Aires, including el Foro de Periodismo Argentino. There, he worked with other journalists to create a report examining the climate of journalism in Argentina. The report received press coverage throughout Argentina as well as in Spain.

Lukas loves traveling and learning languages. He is an avid Spanish speaker and a frequent coffee drinker.



8:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Community expresses support as Shakir Hamoodi begins prison sentence

Hamoodi Family

It’s been less than one week since Shakir Hamoodi – a Columbia businessman – had to leave his community and start his 3-year prison sentence. 

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AM Newscasts
8:25 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Newscast for August 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri prepares for hurricane remenants
  • 40,000 sign Planned Parenthood petition on Akin
  • Mo. governor revives tax credit review panel
7:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hamoodi to begin federal prison sentence

Hamoodi Family

Columbia Businessman Shakir Hamoodi is expected to begin a 3 year federal prison sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Shakir’s son Husam was working at World Harvest Market in Columbia Monday afternoon – Shakir’s last day before he began his prison sentence.

Husam said around 50 people had stopped by the store throughout the day to say goodbye to Shakir.

He also said Shakir has been very busy these past few days. He compared his father’s prison sentence to it being like someone saying ‘you have three months to live.’

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8:21 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Community members gather for good-byes as Columbia businessman prepares for incarceration

Cathy Salter talks to Shakir Hamoodi before eating dinner at a celebration and farewell event for Hamoodi on Wednesday August 22, 2012. Hamoodi was sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending money to Iraq during U.S. trade sanctions.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

More than 100 people crowded into Columbia's Rock Bridge Christian Church last night to celebrate and say goodbye to Columbia businessman Shakir Hamoodi. Next week, Hamoodi is expected to begin a three year federal prison sentence. He earlier pled guilty to sending about $200,000 to family, friends and charities in his native Iraq from 1991 to 2003. Many of the speakers at the event echoed a similar theme: A conflict between what is legal and what is just. Investigators found no evidence that Hamoodi was aiding the Iraqi government through the financial contributions.

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5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Newscast for July 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states
  • Mo. job incentive program comes up short
  • Occupiers camp out in Columbia for Conference
10:23 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Jefferson City may divide high schools into academies

David Luther is the assistant superintendent with the district. He says the school will offer seven different academies – something he refers to as “seven schools within a school.” These will align with a student’s possible career path, but are also fairly broad in nature.

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PM Newscasts
6:16 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Newscast for June 25, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri seeks stadium expansion for SEC move
  • Rural provisions of health care law could be affected by court ruling
  • Jefferson City Schools announce belief statement
5:49 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Jefferson City Schools announce belief statement

Leaders in the Jefferson City Public School District have drawn up a statement of seven beliefs that they think will better define Jefferson City Public Schools and drive student success. David Luther is the Assistant Superintendent with the school district. He was also at the retreat last week where leaders worked on the list.

“The discussion was very good – it was pretty intense," Luther said.

Leaders began with about 20 statements. Luther says their goal was to boil down the ideas to eliminate redundancy.

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3:26 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Two Southern Boone County school leaders resign following scathing letter

A school district official says Southern Boone Middle School Principal Bob Simpson released a letter of immediate resignation this morning. The move comes after Simpson was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday morning.

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9:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Columbia Police release internal complaint numbers

Lorri Auer Flickr

The Columbia Police Department is moving toward more transparency in dealing with internal complaints within the department. Earlier this month police voluntarily released a list of internal complaints against officers for the past year -- the first time they've done so. 

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Newscast for June 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri fan on team plane in federal drug probe
  • Three accused of setting NE Mo. fires
  • Columbia City Council sets priorities for the future
6:10 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

MIAA to GLVC: Truman State switching athletic conferences

Truman State University Press

This year Truman State University will celebrate its 100th year in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – which will also be its last. Truman State is leaving the MIAA to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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PM Newscasts
6:21 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Newscast for May 29, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Columbia group aims to prevent community violence
  • Mo. court strikes down part of a 2008 harassment law
  • Community garden opens at Ridgeway Elementary
5:58 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Construction to resume on burned apartments

Mark Nanneman paints the rubble of the burned Brookside on College apartment complex on Monday. Nanneman says he paints “en plein air,” a French style where the artist paints outdoors.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Fire Department investigators are looking into the cause of a three-alarm fire at the Brookside on College apartment complex. Sunday’s fire caused millions of dollars in damage, destroying most of the still-under construction apartments, but the owners plan to rebuild.

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2:36 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Months before completion, fire engulfs Brookside apartments

Heat from the apartment fire melted these street lights
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Burned traffic signals lay in front of the smoldering apartment complex at the corner of College Ave. and Walnut Street. Fire crews were still spraying water onto the burned Brookside apartment complex at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Smoke could still be seen rising from some torched portions of the property on its corners. The apartments were due to open August, 2012.

The fire started Sunday morning around 5 a.m. In a message to renters, on the Brookside Facebook page, the company said about 30 percent of the complex will be completed by the end of August, when leases begin.  

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PM Newscasts
6:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Newscast for May 21, 2012


Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • St. Louis institutions file birth control suits
  • Obama to speak at Joplin High School graduation
  • GM breaks ground on expansion at Wentzville Assembly plant