Ryan Famuliner

News Director

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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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.'"

You listen to KBIA, you read our website, you follow us onTwitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the newsletter, but how well do you really know the news?

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On May 20th, KBIA held a community conversation event in Kennett, Mo. The goal was to bring local residents and leaders of rural southeast Missouri to the same table to discuss difficulties in access to health care, the struggling rural economy and how to fix it. It's an event we called Health Barriers: Symptoms of a Rural Economy.

You listen to KBIA, you read our website, you follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the newsletter, but how well do you really know the news?

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Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man who had been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as a persistent drug offender in 1996. 

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The engineer who was driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night killing at least seven people is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri. 

Updated 11:42 a.m.:

Christian Basi, the associate director of MU’s News Bureau, says that he is aware of concerns regarding the timing of MU’s Alert system Wednesday night following the shooting at Hitt Street Garage and is working to provide answers. While multiple witnesses said via social media they heard shots fired at Hitt Street Garage just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, the first MU Alert was not sent until 11:28 p.m. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tweeted Thursday morning saying that MU is investigating the process of issuing alerts and will report the results. Basi declined further comment. 

Shelter Insurance will donate $450,000 to a project to build an apartment complex and temporary homeless shelter for veterans in Columbia called Patriot Place.  

The plan is to renovate the former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East into a campus with 25 on-site apartments and a temporary homeless shelter. There will also be space for case management and support services.

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Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he has doubts about whether right-to-work can become law this year.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced in a press release Thursday morning that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would likely face incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.

KBIA Overall Excellence entry for 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards

If you click on the primary submission link, you will find the audio for KBIA’s entry to the Overall Excellence category. The stories are as follows (arranged by timecode on the submission). Please follow the accompanying links to see the web build-outs for these stories, and in some cases, links to the full-length stories, as some where edited down for time for this entry.

This is an edited version of KBIA's Heartland, Missouri, for consideration for awards submission. For the full version, follow this link: http://kbia.org/post/heartland-missouri

A newscast that aired November 5, 2014, which was completely dedicated to election coverage, for consideration for the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards:

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pardoned nine people convicted of nonviolent crimes.

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