Ryan Famuliner

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Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. Ryan previously worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won national Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI Awards for his reporting and editing work.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, hail from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, finding Columbia is a fantastic place to compromise. They spend an unhealthy amount of time at flea markets and junk shops, and watching Mizzou sports and Major League Baseball. They’re about a halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. 

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The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students.

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The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down, but will take on another faculty role at the law school.

Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he's resigning effective Aug. 14. Myers was named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Myers and the university over a public-records request.

In the suit, former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer claims associate professor Josh Hawley conspired with Myers to keep Hawley's school emails private. Hawley is running for attorney general and faces an Aug. 2 Republican primary.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously approved tuition and fee increases at a meeting Wednesday.

Students at the four UM system campuses will face a tuition increase for the next school year, except for in-state undergraduate students.  Here is the breakdown (from the formal proposal): 

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The University of Missouri is now projecting a drop in enrollment of 2,630 students for the next school year, which will contribute to a $31.4 million revenue shortfall for MU next year.

University of Missouri leaders briefed faculty and staff Wednesday with the latest figures on enrollment and the budget for the next fiscal year. Vice Chancellor of Finance Rhonda Gibler explained the cuts necessary to right the ship at MU will not be easy.

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA five prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

The awards were:

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Last November MU was rocked by protests led by African American student group Concerned Student 1950. The group of 11 students captured campus attention with its message that university administrators were not doing enough to address racism on campus.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators have rejected Dr. Melissa Click's appeal of her termination. Click's firing was announced on February 25th along with the release of an investigation into her actions during protests at the university last November. A student videographer filmed her calling for “some muscle” to remove press and observers from the scene of a protest following the resignation of former University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe.

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The Columbia Missourian reports the American Association of University Professors will investigate the UM System Board of Curator's firing of former Missouri Communication Professor Melissa Click.. You can read the Missourian's coverage of the story here.

Click issued this statement about the investigation:

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

Director Jen Peedom has been working on projects on Mount Everest for almost a decade. In her film Sherpa, she turns the narrative of the typical Everest documentary on its head by telling the story through the lens of the native people that help lead foreigners to the summit.

Demonstrations on the University of Missouri campus in November 2015 re-kindled a national conversation about race in modern America. These are not issues that sprung up out of nowhere: these issues have been haunting the University of Missouri campus for decades.

The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students.

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Student protesters no longer fill the campus, but the demands and dialogue those protests fueled continues to reshape the University of Missouri. A tumultuous semester of student protests resulted in the resignation of former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and the departure of numerous other University leaders. Those that remain now work to answer the question: where do they go from here?

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Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley issued a written statement Sunday night responding to newly released police body camera video of MU Communications Professor Melissa Click in a confrontation with police after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950 at the MU Homecoming Parade.

Here is Foley's complete statement:

For those following the unrest at the University of Missouri last fall, Melissa Click became a household name after she confronted a student trying to record a gathering of students on a campus quadrangle, shoving the student’s camera and calling for muscle to have him removed from the area.

The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students.

The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Wednesday night it is suspending University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. Chair of the Board of Curators Pam Henrickson issued this statement following a nearly four hour special meeting:

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Editorial from KBIA News Director Ryan Famuliner

By now you may have seen the articles with headlines like, “Striking MU athletes could lose scholarships,” and “Legislation targets Mizzou football team strike.” They are referring to a bill pre-filed by state Representative Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), HB 1743, which calls “any college athlete on scholarship who refuses to play for a reason unrelated to health shall have his or her scholarship revoked”

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The University of Missouri Athletic Department has named Barry Odom has the school's new head football coach. Odom served as defensive coordinator for MU this season under Gary Pinkel, who announced his retirement last month.

Odom has agreed to a five-year deal, pending approval from the MU Board of Curators.

Odom played football for MU from 1996-99, and then returned to work for the team in various capacities between 2003-2011. He was defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis from 2012-2014 before returning to MU for the 2015 season.

UPDATE: 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

Ellen De Graffenried issued this statement to KBIA, via the MU News Bureau:

"I am honored to have served at Mizzou and have enjoyed working with leadership, faculty, staff and students.  I recognize the importance of allowing new leadership to have the flexibility to build their own team and believe the changes are in the best interest of the university."

ORIGINAL STORY:

The University of Missouri issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing a new Interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication.

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For most of this week, the story of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigning amidst protests by a group called Concerned Student 1950 has dominated the national 24-hour news cycle. The problem with the 24-hour news cycle is that context often gets lost in the shuffle, and this story has LOTS of context. Even people who live in the Mid-Missouri community are a little confused by how this story has played out because it’s incredibly nuanced and been ongoing for months.

The University of Missouri Department of English sent a letter to the UM Board of Curators and UM System President Tim Wolfe Wednesday morning informing them of the department's unanimous vote of no confidence in MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. 

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As a long-suffering Kansas City Royals fan, I was all-in in 2014. The Royals’ playoff run was one of the most exciting stories in baseball in recent years. But, of course, the Royals fell 90 feet short of tying Game 7 of the World Series, and had to go home with just a pennant. I was one of those grouchy people that couldn’t be happy for a while after the game. I took to social media, and posted this right after the game:

In the last 24 hours I’ve seen journalists all over the country grappling with the senseless murder of two TV journalists working in Roanoke, VA. Many of us see ourselves in them: young, energetic, aspiring. Taking on the crummy hours because it’s worth it to get your start on your career, knowing you won’t win any awards for your routine assignments.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Graduate Students Discuss Next Step After Losing Health Insurance

Missouri Gas Station Owners Group Backs Cigarette Tax Hike


KBIA is one of the four small newsroom finalists in the general excellence category in the 2015 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards.

A special Cole County Prosecutor appointed to look into the matter has determined there is no basis for criminal charges against two officers who shot a man in Hitt Street Garage in April.

On June 24, the Radio and Television Digital News Association awarded KBIA a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for the feature report, "Youth in Ferguson, 'I want more for my city than what it is now.'"

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