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
5:06 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon signing one education bill, and vetoing another
  • Nixon also signs off on small business tax credit
  • UM Press closure to go on as expected
  • Columbia Fire Marshal to retire on Friday
PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • Missouri's U.S. Senators both voted for the Farm Bill
  • The latest on a scathing resignation letter of an administrator for Ashland-area schools
  • A recent report shows rural economic activity slowed month
Business Beat
5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Talent pool not yet caught up with local tech industry

Outside of Museao, the shared workspace owned by the League of Innovators
Museao

This week on Business Beat: an active tech industry in Columbia is seeing a talent deficiency in some areas. Plus, a jump in home sales in Mid-Missouri.

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PM Newscasts
5:37 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • A one-year-old Columbia tech company is headed to Silicon Valley for a prestigious training program
  • A clinic in California, MO gets a grant as part of the federal Affordable Care Act
  • Governor Nixon vetoes a bill he considers unconstitutional
PM Newscasts
6:08 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 18, 2012

KBIA file photo

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • A $13.3 million federal grant to the MU Health System
  • A Sedalia Community College will be offering classes in Boonville in the Fall
  • The state auditor's office says a couple of ballot measures would have no cost to taxpayers
PM Newscasts
6:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Newscast for June 14, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Cell phones can now be put on MO's no-call list.
  • A bank robbery in Columbia put schools on modified lockdown this afternoon
  • The VA hospital in Columbia is hiring new mental health workers
  • Jefferson City public schools is putting its 500,000 new state dollars to use.
News
4:01 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Bank robbery puts 3 Columbia schools on modified lockdown Thursday

Three Columbia schools were on modified lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon.

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Business Beat
5:52 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Language and agriculture

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

A war over words is part of a bigger struggle between agriculture interests and their critics. Plus, a national report looks at agriculture research grants from private corporations to land grant Universities, including MU.

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Agriculture
9:05 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Southwest Columbia farm and home donated to MU

A 400-acre farm and home donated to MU is near the university's South Farm (pictured).
KBIA

Wes and Simone Sorenson pledged to donate their house and the 400 acre farm it sits on 10 years ago, but the University wouldn’t take ownership until after they had died. Wes died in May, and now the University is discussing how to best use the land.

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PM Newscasts
6:13 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Newscast for June 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon signs a law aiming to make college transfers easier
  • The flights between Columbia and Atlanta begin
  • Attempts to remedy that state education funding formula
  • Rural MO post offices get a reprieve

 

Education
1:55 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New law aims to make college transfers easier

Governor Jay Nixon signs an education bill into law in Columbia, MO. June 7, 2012.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill into law today that calls for more uniformity among higher education institutions in Missouri.

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Business Beat
5:53 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MU Genetics research could lead to better beef, profits for breeders

A researcher at the University of Missouri is trying to find a way to track the most productive cattle to predict future profits. Plus, a quick update on the rise in Missouri’s state revenue last month, and what that might mean for state funding levels.

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Business Beat
5:26 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Farmers stick with corn despite challenges

Clay Masters Iowa Public Radio

This week on the show: Columbia’s City Manager talks about the direction of the local economy. Plus, farmers continue to plant corn despite failing efforts to combat rootworm.

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PM Newscasts
5:45 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Newscast for May 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • The announcement that the University of Missouri Press is closing
  • "FASTCAT" is the new bus line in Columbia that will run between the MU campus and downtown Columbia
  • The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police continues to call for the removal of Chief Ken Burton
  • The Missouri Council of the blind wants a Columbia chapter
Business Beat
5:48 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" at MSP could be trouble in Jefferson City

The entrance to the prison’s female department is slowly crumbling. This wing of the administration building is one stop on the popular MSP ghost tours.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

An update on the EEZ in Columbia. Plus, some say the situation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is getting desperate.

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The 40/40 Project
11:10 am
Wed May 23, 2012

KBIA visits Centralia, Missouri

Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Centralia is the second largest town in Boone County, with a population of about 4000. A small part of the today also stretches east into Audrain County. An employee at the unique one-stop-shop, Kinkead Pharmacy, tells us more about the town.

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PM Newscasts
5:49 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Newscast for May 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A wrap of of the legislators' final actions of the 2012 Missouri legislative session
  • Attorney General Chris Koster puts pressure on the MO Supreme Court to schedule executions
PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Newscast for May 16, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Movement on bills in the Missouri House and Senate 2 days before the legislative session closes
  • A report on the $750 million in taxes Missouri and Kansas have given up in the battle for Kansas City jobs
  • A report shows the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled in the past 50 years
Business Beat
5:18 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Flooding from last year still has farmers playing catch-up

Iowa farmer Brent Hayes looks out over 1,700 acres of winter wheat he planted last October on flood-damaged land near the Missouri River. The foot-high crop was used to help replenish the soil for corn.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

A Columbia lawyer is utilizing a federal program to try to bring so-called, “immigrant investors” to Mid Missouri. Plus, Harvest Public Media reports on the lasting effects of last year’s flooding.

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Exam
5:13 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Science program to get more room at Columbia College

Columbia College administrators, trustees, students and staff break ground for a $14 million science building Thursday, May 3. The facility will consolidate scattered science classes and provide research space. It is slated for completion by Fall 2013.
Matt Veto KBIA

This week, Columbia College broke ground on a new science building. MU’s Confucius Institute is partnering with a program in the North Callaway school district. Plus, we’ll take you along with a trip through the ‘Mizzou Adventures in Education’ event.

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Exam
5:10 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Chinese program taking root at Missouri Military Academy

Chinese instructor Jackie Lee teaches a class of cadets how to say certain Chinese characters on March 22, 2012. The Chinese language class is new this year.
Rachel Rice KBIA

This week, The special project “The China Connection” tells us about a program at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. Plus, an audio postcard that introduces you to a family that’s “like any other,” but at the same time different.

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Education
11:54 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Lincoln University President to retire

Carolyn Mahoney
Lincoln University

In a brief press release Tuesday, the Lincoln University Board of Curators announced that Dr. Carolyn R. Mahoney intends to retire from her position as President of the University on August 15th.

The press release says a search committee for her replacement will be appointed immediately.

According to the University's website, Mahoney has been President since February 2005. She's also a current Commissioner on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

Education
5:30 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Westminster College looks to expand to Mesa, AZ

A concept rendering of the new Mesa campus building
Provided by Westminster College

Westminster College in Fulton is attempting to open a new branch campus in Mesa, Arizona.

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Exam
4:52 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Mid-MO student's internet fame impacts UCM Chinese program

Briana Marsh, the Columbia native known as "Malina" to her online audience
Chenfei Zhang KBIA

We’ll introduce you to a Mid-Missouri teen who has become famous for her singing… in Chinese. Plus, we’ll talk to the University of Missouri English professor behind the e-book “Is a college education still worth the price?”

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AM Newscasts
12:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Newscast for April 20, 2012

Ryan Ferguson, at his hearing in Cole County, April 18, 2012
August Kryger Columbia Daily Tribune

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on the Ryan Ferguson hearing in Jefferson City
  • Details on an agreement to attempt to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors in Callaway County
  • The latest state legislation related to the Federal Health Care law
Business
4:39 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Hotels support smaller tax increase for airport improvements

The head of a Columbia Chamber of Commerce task force trying to find ways to improve air travel in Mid-Missouri says it will consider a smaller hotel tax increase, now that a larger one has appeared to stall. Greg Steinhoff says hotel owners in Columbia weren’t thrilled with the idea of a 3 percent increase to the hotel tax, with the proceeds to be used for airport upgrades. But now that an organization representing those owners has said it would support a 1 percent hotel tax increase, Steinhoff says his task force will try to figure out how far that money would go.

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Exam
5:24 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Students learn STEM fields through video games

Jason Aubrey works with students in the video game club at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

This week on the show, a club at Benton Elementary teaches math, science and technology to students using video games. Plus, we’ll introduce you to the new principal of Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia.

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Exam
6:07 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Metro school districts await answers regarding unaccredited districts

Unaccredited schools in Kansas City and St. Louis could have a huge impact on a number of school districts in each of those metropolitan areas.  Plus, teacher tenure could see changes – and we’ll give you the results of the Columbia school board races we previewed the last couple of weeks.

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Exam
5:13 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Exam: The rest of the Columbia school board candidate interviews

Christine King and Melvin Blase
KBIA

This week on the show, you’ll hear from a couple of the candidates running for the school board here in Columbia. In Tuesday’s election, voters will pick two of the four candidates, who will each serve three year terms.

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PM Newscasts
6:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Newscast for March 29, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A judge throws out a voter ID proposal
  • A new plan for managing Hinkson Creek
  • State Senators attempt to override a Governor's veto

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