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, 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 halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. Ryan’s also always up for a round of disc golf or a nickel-dime poker game.

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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.

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
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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

Chinese program taking root at Missouri Military Academy

Apr 30, 2012
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.

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.

Provided by Westminster College

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

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

Apr 23, 2012
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?”

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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
KBIA

KBIA has interviewed the candidates for Columbia school board in its studio. Here are the full-length interviews. You can hear excerpts of these interviews on the air on KBIA's "Exam."

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Thousands gathering for rallies in Jefferson City
  • A jobs announcement in Mexico, MO
  • The stealth bombers at a Missouri Air Force Base are getting some expensive updates

Exam: Talking with Columbia's school board candidates

Mar 26, 2012

This week on the show, you’ll hear from a couple of the candidates running for the school board in Columbia.

Exam: March 19, 2012

Mar 19, 2012
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This week’s show is all about the University of Missouri. MUs Nuclear Science Engineering Institute ceased to exist last week. The law school has recovered a bit in the national rankings. And increased demand for archeologists in the state has prompted a new program at MU.

Danny Matteson / KBIA

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke at the University of Missouri today, two days before the state’s caucus. The visit comes as Paul trails the other Republican candidates by a significant margin in the delegate count. KBIA's Ryan Famuliner and Scott Kanowsky report.

Exam: March 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012
Rachel Rice / KBIA

This week on Exam, we talk with the future Principal of Battle High School in Columbia about her plans for the school, and we’ll tell you about the University of Missouri’s partnership with China.

Karen Mitchell / KBIA Sports Extra

The Big 12 conference announced its agreement with MU on its website Tuesday afternoon. Here is the text of the article posted on the conference's website:

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke to the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council Thursday before its regularly scheduled meeting. This was the council's first meeting since the University system's Board of Curators approved tuition increases that leave the system with a $47.1 million budget gap.

Eric Staszczak / KBIA

This week on the show: Brady Deaton talks with the MU Faculty Council for the first time since announced cuts. Plus, a little discussion of the future of the MU-KU rivalry.

The Central Missouri Humane Society announced Kimberly Sherlaw as its new executive director Monday.  Since Dr. Alan Allert resigned from the post in October the No Kill Columbia Campaign has pushed CMHS to select a director who supported their No-Kill policy.

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With the cost of a college education continuing to increase and state funding simultaneously decreasing, some are beginning to question the value of attending a university at all.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Senate passes a bill to push back Missouri's party primary filing deadlines
  • More talk of how to fund reconstruction of I-70
  • Changes to workplace injury laws are making their way through the Missouri legislature

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