Ryan Famuliner

Assistant News Director

Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. It’s his second stint at KBIA. His first was from 2005-2007, as a student studying broadcast journalism at the University in Missouri. In his spell outside KBIA, Ryan worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting in both television and radio.

Ryan and his wife Kelly are ecstatic to be back home in Missouri. Hailing from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, 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 third of the way through a nation-wide ballpark tour. Ryan’s also always up for a round of disc golf or a nickel-dime poker game.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Jefferson City Public Works Director, Communications Director step down

The Jefferson City Public Works Director and Communications Director both announced their resignations today. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the city is facing a $1.68 million budget shortfall. Public Works Director Roger Schwartze cited that reason for his resignation.

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Politics
11:46 am
Tue March 12, 2013

"Tentative agreement" to save the Niedermeyer building

The Niedermeyer building
Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

UPDATE: 2:00PM, March 12:

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True/False
12:41 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

'Cutie and the Boxer' tells an unconventional story about love, but not a love story

Noriko Shinohara (l.) looks in the camera as her husband Ushio stretches. From Zachary Heinzerling’s CUTIE AND THE BOXER, a documentary about the 40-year marriage of artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Erik Jonsson

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.

Ushio Shinohara was a “rowdy, confrontational" young artist, seemed destined for fame after moving to New York City in the late 1960’s. He hung out with Warhol. He’d been part of Japan’s post-war avant-garde movement, most well-known as the “boxing painter,” for his exhibitionist art where he would dip his cloth-bound hands in ink, and punch his way down a canvas. But his full potential was never realized.

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Weather
10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

MU to remain closed Friday due to winter weather

Katy Mersmann KBIA

The University of Missouri issued a press release Thursday night announcing that the campus will remain closed Friday due to the winter storm that hit Columbia today.

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Talking Politics
9:02 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

What a 3/8 sales tax would do

This week: why Boone County leaders are asking for a 3/8 cent sales tax in April. Plus, economists and business owners in Mid-Missouri react to President Barack Obama’s goal of increasing the national minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour.

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Talking Politics
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Governor Nixon continues to push business side of Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

This week on the show: the Medicaid expansion debate continues. Plus: what Mid-Missourians are concerned about as the President prepares for his State of the Union address.

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PM Newscasts
5:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Newscast for February 6, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State legislators consider a bill that would make Missouri a Right to Work state
  • Laura Nauser takes over the vacated 5th Ward Columbia City Council seat
  • Debate continues over MU considering hiring Larry James
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Talking Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

A look at some of the major issues this legislative session

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
File photo KBIA

This week on the show, we’ll talk about some of the major issues the state legislature plans to take on this semester. Some very familiar, others not so much.

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Crime
12:07 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Columbia police investigating homicide at Truman VA Hospital

Columbia Police say they are investigating a homicide at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia that happened on Friday. In a press release, police say the suspect and victim were both patients at the VA Hospital, and that the suspect is currently in custody. Police aren’t releasing any other information right now.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

No MU-Governor debate this year over tuition hikes

The University of Missouri School of Law hired Gary Myers as its new dean.
Adam Procter flickr

University of Missouri undergraduates who are state residents will pay 1.7 percent more in tuition next year as the four-campus system holds its annual hike to the rate of inflation.

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Talking Politics
5:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Talking Politics: State of the medicaid expansion debate

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at his State of the state address in Jefferson City. January 28, 2013.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his state of the state speech Monday night;  to a legislature that this year again has enough Republican members that if they all vote together, they won’t even need his signature to alter the state’s laws.

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Sports
11:38 am
Tue January 29, 2013

MU athletics will use $8.3M donation for facility upgrades

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will get a $8.3 million donation from the family of a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

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Sports
11:38 am
Tue January 29, 2013

MU athletics gets $8.3M donation

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will get a $8.3 million donation from the family of a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Southern Boone hires new superintendent away from Van-Far in Vandalia

The Southern Boone School District has hired a new superintendent.

Board of Education President Ellen Kesterson says Chris Felmlee stuck out among the 26 people that applied for the job. Kesterson says Felmlee is currently the superintendent in the Van-Far school district in Vandalia.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:36 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Why Missouri is falling short on children's dental health

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States recently released a report or oral health that didn’t speak too highly of Missouri. On an A through F scale, it gave the state a D for its efforts to provide access to dental sealants for high-need kids. Dental sealants are plastic coatings put on children’s molars after they first come in that help prevent decay.

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Sports
12:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

NCAA won't detail Haith/Miami investigation until it investigates its own process

MU basketball Coach Frank Haith
KBIA Sports Extra

There’s going to be a delay before University of Missouri basketball fans find out whether the team’s head coach, Frank Haith, will face charges from the NCAA related to his time at the University of Miami.

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12:38 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Columbia Tribune: Chaos erupts after cross-town game

Lead in text: 
From the Columbia Daily Tribune: "Based on videos posted online, it’s hard to tell exactly what went on, but a few things are clear. After the victory, Hickman students rushed the court. A few Rock Bridge players got swept into the crowd, and at some point, Rock Bridge students were on the court, too. Chaos followed, and it’s hard to differentiate whether students are celebrating, fighting or trying to make their way out of the mob. In one video, a woman is seen aggressively approaching a Rock Bridge player and then being restrained. Police officers, coaches and teachers helped control the situation."
After the Hickman boys basketball team edged out Rock Bridge 78-74 in triple overtime Tuesday night, chaos erupted on the court, but it's hard to tell from video footage whether people were celebrating, fighting or trying to make their way out of the mob.
PM Newscasts
5:47 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Newscast for January 18, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lincoln University names its new President
  • Columbia College names its new Interim President, and the committee to find the permanent replacement
  • One of the candidates in the Columbia mayoral race drops out
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Education
12:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Columbia College announces interim president, search committee

Columbia College
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia College has named current Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Terry Smith as its interim president. According to a press release today, when Dr. Gerald Brouder retires as President in August of this year, Smith will take over. The college has a goal of having a new president named by July 2014.

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Education
4:30 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Nixon appoints Columbia's Ann Covington to UM Board of Curators

Ann Covington
MOFACT

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In a press release Thursday afternoon, Governor Nixon calls Covington - who lives in Columbia - a prominent leader in Missouri for the last 25 years.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Sen. Schaefer's bill would eliminate solid waste management districts

Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A bill pre-filed in the State Senate would eliminate the 20 solid waste management districts in the state, and lower the landfill fees that fund them.

The management districts, most of which cover multiple counties, help local entities get grants to help pay for recycling programs or other efforts to divert material from landfills.

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PM Newscasts
5:47 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Newscast for January 2, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Senate approves a new U.S. Attorney for the Missouri Western District
  • UM System President Tim Wolfe announces some administrative changes
  • Missouri drivers will notice some changes on their new licenses
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Education
4:57 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

UM System President Wolfe announces administrative changes

New UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke with reporters on his first official day in charge.
File KBIA

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.

UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:34 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

My Life My Town: Finding challenges in Ashland

Jared Thomassen
Naveen Mahadevan Columbia Missourian

Jared Thomassen is a junior in Ashland always looking for new goals to achieve. He is an avid long distance runner and placed second in the Duathlon at the last Show Me State Games. If that wasn't enough, Jared takes on music as well. He's been in band since elementary school and is a part of Southern Boone County High School's competitive marching band. Producers Erin Dismeier and Naveen Mahadevan bring us this story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life, My Town project.

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AM Newscasts
11:18 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Newscast for December 31, 2012

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's U.S. Senators disagree on proposed Senate rule changes
  • Governor Nixon announces his goals for the 2013 legislative session
  • New laws will go into effect starting Tuesday
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Weather
7:13 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Officials stress caution on roads on New Year's Eve

Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

The Columbia Public Works department says, based on local forecasts for winter weather, the department decided to start pre-treating roadways this morning.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:17 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science

Fred Hawthorne
Shane Epping University of Missouri

A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Obama Wednesday.

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PM Newscasts
4:59 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Newscast for December 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Alan Freeman will be the new Director of the Department of Social Services
  • A Mo. Appeals Court agrees with the decision to throw out George Allen's murder conviction
  • Missouri minimum wage earners will get a slight raise in the new year
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PM Newscasts
11:09 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Newscast for December 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Missouri DNR has yet to enforce punishment after a September acid spill in Columbia
  • Phase 1 of the Birds Point levee restoration project is complete
  • Governor Jay Nixon's office estimates Medicaid expansion would save the state money
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PM Newscasts
4:12 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Newscast for December 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Former Congressman Wendall Bailey throws his hat in the ring to replace Jo Ann Emerson
  • Mamtek investors will begin getting a small portion of their money back
  • The MU athletic department gets a pledge of $6.4 million over the next 10 years
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