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.


AM Newscasts
9:16 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Newscast for May 14, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The top Senate leader says a criminal code revision and $1.2 billion bond issue are dead this session
  • The legislature makes a third run at passing a use tax
  • Much more from the last week of the 2013 legislative session
3:03 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Columbia airport tower to remain operational

Credit thisisbossi / Flickr

Edited at 3:30 pm with quotes from Columbia Public Works

Columbia Regional Airport (COU) issued a press released Friday afternoon announcing it had received word that its tower will remain open thanks to new federal funding. As we've reported before, the air control tower serving Columbia Regional Airport was on a list [pdf] of regional towers that the FAA was planning to close.

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12:41 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Four students taken to hospital after Jefferson City school bus accident

According to a Jefferson City Public Schools press release four students were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car Friday morning near Lewis and Clark Middle School. The district says police and school officials went to the scene after the accident at approximately 7:30 Friday morning, and determined three of the 39 students on board needed to go to the hospital. They were transported in an ambulance. Jefferson City police say the injuries to the three students were minor.

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5:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Moberly Monitor-Index: City of Moberly dropped from Mamtek case

Lead in text: 
Earlier this week, KBIA told you the City of Moberly has paid at least $677,000 in court fees since the Mamtek sucralose factory failed in 2010, including at least $60,000 in fees so far in April. Today, the Moberly Monitor-Index is reporting the city and its development authority have both been dismissed from a case being brought against them by Mamtek bondholders.
The MMI has just been informed that the City of Moberly and the Industrial Development Authority for the City have been dismissed from the court litigation brought by certain Mamtek bondholders, by Judge Patricia S. Joyce.Joyce granted the City and IDA's Motion for Dismissal late Thursday,
Talking Politics
6:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Worried about concealed carry? Well, the government can share other stuff about you, too

Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

This week on the show: what information does the government have about you… and how is it using it? Plus, hundreds of MU faculty members finally get a vote.

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CoMo Explained

CoMo Explained is a podcast that breaks down the big news and explains how Columbia works.  Scott Pham and Ryan Famuliner host the show each week.  Download it right here every Wednesday.  And find our home on the iTunes store.

4:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

More than a dozen mid-Missouri runners in Boston

The Boston Marathon in 2008
Credit Christopher S Penn / Flickr

More than a dozen Mid-Missouri runners took part in the Boston Marathon today that was marred by bombings, with reports of two deaths and almost two dozen injured.

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Arts and Culture
3:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Roots N Blues N BBQ announces initial 2013 lineup

Credit rootsnbluesnbbq.com

The Roots N Blues N BBQ festival announced part of its lineup for the 2013 festival.

Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and John Hiatt top the list for the festival, which is moving to Stephens Lake Park this year.

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4:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New Rock Bridge Principal a familiar face

Jennifer Mast
Credit Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools announced in a press release this afternoon that Jennifer Mast will be the new Principal at Rock Bridge High School at the end of this school year.

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3:31 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Here's how the Jefferson City Council hopes to cover its budget deficit [infographic]

Veneta Rizvic and Christina Trester KBIA

It's been a busy week in Jefferson City. While the city was considering how to overcome a $1.68 million budget deficit, the Public Works Director and Communications Director both decided to resign on the same day this week.

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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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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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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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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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