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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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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Sports
11:25 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Anonymous donors pledge $6.4 million to MU athletics scholarship fund

File Photo KBIA

In a press release Friday, the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced it’s secured a pledge of $6.4 million over the next ten years toward its Tiger Scholarship fund. The donors asked to remain anonymous.

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PM Newscasts
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Newscast for December 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is urigning the National Rifle Association to help prevent future mass killings
  • Public schools in Columbia and Jefferson City will be under heightened security Friday
  • A winter storm causes numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri
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Education
1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

file photo
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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Weather
11:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

High winds main culprit in power outages at homes, businesses, airport

Boone County Electrict

There have been numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri today as the area is experiencing a winter storm with high winds.

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Education
10:27 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Winter storm causes partial power outages at three Columbia schools

Strong winds blow snow over Columbia on December 20, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia Public School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says three Columbia schools were experiencing sporadic power outages Thursday morning due to a winter storm in the area. Baumstark says the outages at New Haven elementary school, Parkade elementary school and West Junior High School started around 9:45am Thursday.

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PM Newscasts
5:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Newscast for December 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri legislators introduce a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools
  • Missouri's U.S. Senators discuss gun control
  • Animal advocates appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court over fees
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Business
3:52 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Columbia's City Council reexamines downtown zoning classification

The ordinance was introduced after a demolition permit was filed for the Niedermeyer building in downtown Columbia.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes after a petition to demolish the oldest building in downtown Columbia to possibly make way for high-rise student housing. 

City development services manager Pat Zenner says the petition to demolish the 175-year-old Niedermeyer building at 10th and Cherry downtown theoretically could be approved in a matter of weeks.

"Basically, the applicant has made a legitimate request to demolish a building,” he tells KBIA.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

City Council to consider suspending demolition permits in downtown Columbia

The ordinance was introduced after a demolition permit was filed for the Niedermeyer building in downtown Columbia.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

The Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. 

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Sandy Hook Elementary School
2:32 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Memorial service on MU campus honors Newtown victims

A memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on the University of Missouri campus, December 17, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

More than two hundred people took part in a short memorial service on the University of Missouri campus this afternoon to honor the victims of the Newton, CT mass shooting.

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AM Newscasts
10:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Newscast for December 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Columbia Public School District helps parents prepare to talk to their kids about the Newtown, CT mass shooting.
  • The state Tax Credit Review Commission issues its updated recommendations.
  • Jo Ann Emerson may step down from her U.S. House post even earlier than first announced.
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Editorial
3:47 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Editorial: Why do you need to know who did it?

Flickr

All across the country today, local reporting outlets are putting in calls to their local school district public relations professionals in an attempt to report a story about what would happen if the tragedy in Newtown, CT were to happen HERE.

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AM Newscasts
9:33 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Newscast for December 14, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • An immigration panel meets in Jefferson City
  • A state leader talks about the possibility of a Medicaid expansion
  • Eminent domain petitions are cleared for signature gathering
  • Mamtek's CEO is denied a lower bond
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Business
6:04 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

REDI to Columbia city council: rescind EEZ ordinance

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.
File KBIA

Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city.

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Talking Politics
4:01 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Talking Politics: Organic labels, right to work, and performance-based funding

Schnuck’s produce manager Dave Guthrie says the store only carried two kinds of this organicgirl product back in 1995. Now, due to customer demand, they carry eight varieties of the organic Salinas County, Calif. greens.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This week on the show – New enforcement creates questions about whether organic certification is worth it for farmers. Plus, details about the likelihood of Missouri becoming a right to work state, and a report from Jefferson City about the possibility of Missouri switching to performance based funding for higher education.

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Talking Politics
3:30 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Jo Ann Emerson retires, the fiscal cliff and MU

United States Congress

This week on Talking Politics: the latest on Jo Ann Emerson’s retirement and the rush to find a replacement in the US House. Plus, the so-called fiscal cliff, and what it would mean for the University of Missouri system.

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Bevier fire
4:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Pear Tree Restaurant and town museum burn down in Bevier

Bevier's Mayor says he took these photos between 3:00 and 4:00 Thursday morning, as firefighters battled a blaze that would claim a popular restaurant and historical museum in the small town.
Photo Courtesy Bevier Mayor Bill Cosby

Two buildings are being called a complete loss after a fire in Bevier, a small town just west of Macon. Bevier Mayor, Bill Cosby, says the fire near the town’s center was reported just after midnight Thursday morning. He says the fire destroyed both the Pear Tree restaurant and the Black Diamond Association – a town history museum.

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PM Newscasts
4:28 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Newscast for November 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Hunters kill more than 200,000 deer in Missouri
  • Frontier Airlines begins flights from Columbia Regional Airport
  • A man files suit in St. Louis over secret government testing during the Cold War
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Health & Wealth Update
1:23 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Learning what poverty's really like

Ed Yourdon Flickr

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.

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Business
5:23 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ameren Missouri & Westinghouse passed over on federal funding for SMR research & production

The Callaway Plant is one of 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. and 429 nuclear plants in the world.
File Photo Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse found out today they were not chosen to receive funding from the US Department of Energy for a project to build Small Modular Reactors at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton.

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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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