Ryan Famuliner

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, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won national Sigma Delta Chi and Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting and editing work.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, hail from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, finding 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 halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. 

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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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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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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.

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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Just before 6:00pm Wednesday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) issued this statement via email:

There have been a flurry of statements issued Tuesday afternoon calling for Republican US Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

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For KBIA’s Talking Politics, Ryan Famuliner sat down with Terry Smith, a regular contributor to the show, to talk about the fallout from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding abortion and rape.

Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape and abortion in a weekend interview have prompted a storm of reactions nationwide. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Regional Airport adds a new flight to Orlando, and the city wants to build a new terminal
  • School starts in Columbia and Jefferson City
  • Todd Akin is in hot water over comments at the Missouri State Fair.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri exports are up an estimated 6% so far this year
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill takes Rep. Todd Akin to task over the farm bill
  • Republicans will likely move to replace House Speaker Steven Tilley, who stepped down this week
  • More heat related deaths bring the total up to 34 in the state this year
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This week on the show, what would happen if Congress doesn’t pass a farm bill? Plus, a quick check in on the new student-oriented bus route in Columbia, that started running this week; and what it might mean for the city’s overall transit system.

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Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

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As college students start making their way back to town, Columbia Transit has begun running its new route that connects campuses and apartment complexes with the downtown area more directly.

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This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Illinois and Missouri rank among the worst 20 states in the nation in terms of air pollution from power plants
  • US Senator Claire McCaskill says she is admittedly “relieved” to not be facing wealthy businessman John Brunner as she fights to keep her seat
  • The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Five races from the Missouri primary Tuesday could be eligible for a recount
  • Police apprehended an inmate who hijacked a patrol car with two other inmates in the back seat
  • A man died after jumping off a parking garage in downtown Columbia

A man died after jumping off the parking garage at 5th and Walnut in Columbia Thursday morning.

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This week: North America’s largest food distributor is phasing out its use of gestation crates in pork production. Plus, a story about the drought’s impact on ranchers in the Midwest.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • More on the results from Tuesday's primary
  • A report on the voter turnout
  • A England-born Mid-Missouri woman gets an extension that will allow her to stay in the country.

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill weighs in on the Republican primary that will determine her challenger in November
  • A soy-based chicken producer plans to re-locate to Columbia, and create 60 jobs over 5 years
  • The Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River is 15% below its normal level
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This week on the show: Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year’s drought.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A Task Force will help try to secure federal funding for a small nuclear reactor project in Missouri
  • Gov. Nixon declares a state of emergency in Missouri because of the drought
  • An update on the proposed horse slaughterhouse in southern Missouri.
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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A report on the procession for Columbia soldier Sterling Wyatt, whose body was returned home today.
  • NOAA predicts the hot, dry weather will linger in the fall.
  • Mark Twain National Forest expects above average fire damage this year.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Details on the 24th heat-related death in Missouri since June
  • Hear from an author who wants the rights to his book back from the University of Missouri Press
  • A Missouri judge has terminated the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who was contesting her son's 2008 adoption by a Carthage, Mo. couple.
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It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.