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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Talking Politics
2:41 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

How to explain MO GOP losses?

This week on the show: Republicans don’t fare well in statewide races despite a strong win for Mitt Romney in the state. Plus, how many people actually voted. Are we counting them right?

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Politics
5:48 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Missouri politicians pressure Congress to "Fix the Debt"

The "Fix the Debt" Missouri campaign holds its first press event in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City, Mo. on November 19, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A new bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.  The Missouri “Fix the Debt” campaign held its first event in Jefferson City Monday. The group is urging action before the so-called fiscal cliff takes effect.

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Politics
7:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Not sure about the statewide ballot issues in Missouri? Give us 8 minutes.

Kyle Stokes KBIA

In case you need to do some serious cramming ahead of election day, KBIA has compiled coverage of all of the statewide ballot issues. If you have 8 minutes to spare, listen to the audio attached to this story, and hopefully you'll feel more prepared. 

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Talking Politics
5:59 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Next time it's Tuesday, you'll be voting

KBIA

Hello and welcome to Talking Politics, I’m Ryan Famuliner.

Less than a week, folks. That’s all the time you have to make sure you’re prepared for election day. KBIA’s been conducting in-depth interviews with political candidates for regional and statewide office in our studios, and we’re airing portions of those in these few days left leading up the election. We’re also posting the full length-interviews here on KBIA.org: we’re calling them “candidate conversations.”

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Talking Politics
3:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Montee: A Democrat, but "Conservative in a fiscal way"

Susan Montee in the KBIA studio.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews Ken Jacob, Democratic nominee for the 44th [video]

Jacob talks about the importance of higher education, and how he believes it can be a way to promote job growth in the state. He also stresses revitalization of Interstate 70, but doesn’t go as far as to promote turning it into a toll road. He says bonding will be the way to pay for that work, which he says will also create jobs. Jacob also questions the legitimacy of the his opponent, Republican Caleb Rowden, who he says is not qualified for the office. Jacob has served in the state house and senate.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

KBIA sits down Missouri Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel [video]

Clint Zweifel in the KBIA studios
KBIA

KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviews Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat running for reelection this year.  He is being challenged by Republican Cole McNary in the November 6 election.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

KBIA sits down with 2012 Missouri Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Susan Montee [video]

Susan Montee came to the the KBIA studios in Columbia
KBIA

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee, who is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder in the November 6th election.

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Talking Politics
6:01 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Talking Politics: Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6

Libertarian Jonathan Dine takes part in a Senate debate on Sept. 21, 2012
Andrew Yost KBIA file photo

There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country. KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election.

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PM Newscasts
6:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

KBIA Newscast for October 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  •  A tentative agreement to add flights to Dallas and Chicago from Columbia Regional Airport
  • A couple leaves $1.3 million to the MU School of Medicine
  • A Columbia Attorney is among the nominees for the MO Supreme Court
Crime
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists

From left: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

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PM Newscasts
6:02 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Newscast for October 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The possession of fireworks is now illegal in Columbia
  • Opponents of a new Break Time in Columbia are re-gathering petition signatures
  • Supporters of a ballot measure are still unhappy with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's ballot summary.
Talking Politics
4:44 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

MU Presidential debate expert says Wednesday's showdown could have impact

malwack Wikimedia Commons
  • Full interview with University of Missouri professor of Communication Mitchell McKinney.

This week on the show: What to expect during Wednesday’s Presidential debate. Plus, we talk with Republican women in Boone County.

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Talking Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin in Senate race for good, more from Senate and Governor debates

Rep. Todd Akin
Andrew Yost KBIA

All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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Talking Politics
11:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Who would be a better President for farmers?

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (left) and Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns stand in for the presidential candidates in a Presidential Forum on Agriculture in Des Moines in mid-September.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

This week, Harvest Public Media has a report from a surrogate debate, where each side tried to prove their candidate is best for agriculture. Plus, commentator Terry Smith talks about two political-types, one from each party, that could both have a major impact on the presidential race this year.

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PM Newscasts
6:21 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Newscast for September 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The former CEO of Mamtek is arrested and faces numerous criminal charges related to the failed Moberly factory
  • The Columbia City Council approves the 2013 City budget, including cuts to retiree's benefits
  • Captains in the Columbia Police Department are now considered "at will" employees
Talking Politics
6:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Food stamps making farm bill passage tough

Margo Rush goes to FoodNet in the basement of the Lakeview Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., to make her budget and SNAP benefits last through the month.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

This week on the show, a report on what’s holding up the farm bill; and regular contributor Terry Smith weighs in on the Democratic National Convention.

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Talking Politics
5:47 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

How college students saw the RNC

Lig Ynnek Flickr

This week on the show, commentator Terry Smith’s take on the Republican National Convention, and a conversation with a man who sat on the Missouri Supreme Court for two decades.

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PM Newscasts
5:23 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Newscast for September 3, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Supporters of initiative petitions regarding payday loans and minimum wage are giving up on a lawsuit trying to get the issues on the November ballot
  • A new law make standardizes yellow lights across the state
  • Columbia might seek voter approval for a new hotel tax
PM Newscasts
5:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Newscast for August 31, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on Todd Akin - an endorsement in jeopardy, and a comment from Karl Rove joking about Akin's murder.
  • Former MO House Speaker Steven Tilley registers as a lobbyist, not long after resigning from office
  • MU announces $5 million in funding for biomedical research projects
Education
5:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

$5 million in funds toward MU biomedical research projects

The University of Missouri announced today the first recipients of funding awards though its partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; which will fund biomedical research projects.

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PM Newscasts
6:04 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Newscast for August 30, 2012

This regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • It appears Attorney General Chris Koster will not appeal a ruling that changes wording on a ballot measure regarding health care exchanges.
  • Premium Standard Farms reaches an undisclosed settlement with 287 Northern Missouri residents.
  • Columbia students scored above the state average on AP tests.
Columbia Police
4:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Columbia Police investigation confirms incidents at CPOA/FOP golf tournament

The Columbia Police Department says an internal investigation confirmed that people were served drinks off the bare breasts of women at a Columbia Police Officers Association/FOP Lodge 26 golf tournament.

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Talking Politics
6:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The strange history of Truman's Senate seat

The desk Harry Truman sat at while serving as a U.S. Senator
USGOV

This week on the show: new laws go into effect in Missouri. Plus, a fascinating look at the history of the U.S. Senate seat Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill are running for this fall.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin holds sudden St. Louis press conference, again, says he's still in race

Rep. Todd Akin (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin held a brief press conference this afternoon in St. Louis, where he again re-iterated his intention to stay in the race for the U-S Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

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PM Newscasts
5:20 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Newscast for August 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A new poll shows Todd Akin trailing Clarie McCaskill by 10 points in the U.S. Senate race
  • The MU School of Medicine announces its interim dean
Education
4:26 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Shakeup at MU Health Care: CEO retiring, new interim dean of School Medicine

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Rasmussen poll shows McCaskill up 10 points on Akin

Sen. Claire McCaskill (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Rasmussen Reports has released a poll of 500 Missouri voters that shows US Representative Todd Akin is now trailing his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race by 10 points.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama mocks Akin, Missouri GOP candidates remain quiet

Official portrait of Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape."

Obama told a group of donors in New York that the Missouri congressman "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Among the few Republicans who have remained quiet Akin's comments are the Missouri GOP candidates for top state offices.

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PM Newscasts
6:29 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Newscast for August 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on Todd Akin, who is still running for US Senate
  • Missouri ACT scores hold steady
  • A Missouri group will go to China to try to foster business relationships there

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