Sara Shahriari

Assistant News Director

Sara Shahriari is the assistant news director at KBIA-FM, and she holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Sara hosts and is executive producer of the PRNDI award-winning weekly public affairs talk show Intersection. She also produces the community storytelling project Here Say and works with many of KBIA’s talented student reporters. She previously worked as a freelance journalist in Bolivia for six years, where she contributed print, radio and multimedia stories to outlets including Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg News, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Indian Country Today. Sara’s work has focused on women’s and children’s rights, policies affecting indigenous peoples and their lands and the environment. While earning her MA at the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara produced the weekly Spanish-language radio show Radio Adelante. Her work with the KBIA team has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and  PRNDI, among others, and she is a two-time recipient of funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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This week on Intersection, we continue our look at Columbia's new Unified Development Ordinance. 

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This week on Intersection, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece joins us to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance, which took effect at the end of March. The new zoning code is the biggest comprehensive reform to zoning in Columbia since the 1950s. Treece says some of the changes include strengthening protections for neighborhoods and increasing parking requirements for large residential developments.

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Columbia's First Ward City Council candidates joined us to share their priorities. The election is April 4. Candidates discussed their views on housing, infrastructure, community policing and social equity.

 

 


 

Columbia City Council elections for the Fifth and First Wards are April 4. This week, Intersection talked with the Fifth Ward City Council Candidates, Arthur Jago and Matt Pitzer. The candidates discuss issues including safety, policing, development and city growth.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week on Intersection, we talk with KBIA health reporter Bram Sable-Smith about possible changes to healthcare in Missouri. One change could come this Thursday, when the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act. This bill is the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. We discuss what the changes proposed in the GOP replacement bill could mean for Missouri, especially for people in rural parts of our state. 

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This week on Intersection, we talk about the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital's new patient education center and the hospital's patient-centered approach. Our guests are Communications Specialist Heather Brown, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager Jennifer Schmidt, Public Affairs Officer Stephen Gaither and MOVE! program participant and veteran Kent Lewis.

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This week on Intersection, we listen to the first episode of the new True/False Podcast presented by KBIA. Host Allison Coffelt talks with directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe about their film The Bad Kids and the process of developing character in nonfiction film.

 

 

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This week on Intersection, we speak with the directors of several films in the 2017 True/False Film Festival. This year’s festival marks the thirteenth consecutive gathering of documentary filmmakers in Columbia. Conversations include Hebert Peck of I Am Not Your Negro and Petra and Peter Lataster, directors of Miss Kiet’s Children.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas. Lang’s book, Grass Roots at the Gateway: Class, Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis from 1936-1975, explores St. Louis as an intersection of culture, economy and civil rights movements.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch about her first session in the Missouri General Assembly. Republican Reisch represents District 44, which includes Northeast Columbia, Hallsville, Sturgeon and Centralia.The seat was formerly occupied by Caleb Rowden, who now occupies the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with three MU professors about their teaching and research in and outside of the classroom. From the First Amendment and social media to what superheroes can teach us about American history, we're learning from some of our region's fascinating  educators.  

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This week on Intersection we talk with three students from the University of Missouri. Last fall Autumn Gholston, Daniel Litwin, Nora Thiemann and about 20 other students spent the semester exploring how to tell stories using sound in a digital storytelling class.

In this episode we hear audio essays these three students produced about everything from friendship to surviving a tornado, and talk with them about stepping outside their comfort zones, writing in new ways and putting their storytelling skills to work.

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The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for nearly all of Missouri. As precipitation began Friday morning, KOMU8 reporters in Jefferson City and Columbia updated KBIA on conditions. 


A loaded gun was confiscated from a sixth grader at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City this morning. 

Staff received information about the gun and the student was removed from the school, according to information posted by Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS) on its Facebook page. No one was injured during the incident, and JCPS is working with the Jefferson City Police Department. 

"JCPS is committed to a safe and positive learning environment for all students and staff," the school system said on Facebook.

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A grant could fund four new Columbia police officers. 

The Columbia City Council will consider a bill to accept a grant from the United States Department of Justice during its meeting on January 3, according to a release issued by the city Thursday. 

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This week on Intersection, we continue exploring what community policing looks like in Columbia, and where ideas about community policing come from. We talk with Daniel Isom, a former chief of police and professor of policing and the community at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and with Clint Sinclair, the Columbia Police Department's LGBT liaison.  We also learn how  Columbia police officers are trained to identify bias when we sit in on an open-to-the-public version of the department's community policing training.

Through our conversations, we learn about the origins of community policing and how it's developing in Columbia. Listen to the full story: 


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This week on Intersection, we talk with Caleb Rowden, the newly elected Missouri State Senator for District 19, which is made up of Boone and Cooper Counties. Rowden will replace two-term District 19 Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer. We talk about Rowden’s tight race again Democrat Stephen Webber, healthcare, the University of Missouri, Planned Parenthood, ethics reform and his goals for the next four years.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with  Sgt. Mike Hestir of the Columbia Police Department's Community Outreach Unit,  and Lorenzo Lawson, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment Zone.

We explore what community policing looks like in Columbia, how the Outreach Unit began and Hestir and Lawson's hopes for the future. 

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This week on Intersection, we're looking at the race for Missouri Attorney General. Josh Hawley is the Republican candidate, and Teresa Hensley is the Democratic candidate. Hawley and Hensley have different ideas of what an Attorney General’s primary role should be, and we spoke with both candidates about how they see the job they're campaigning for differently. We also talked with Missouri experts about what an attorney general actually does, and how people can have different ideas about the job.

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This week on Intersection, we’re looking at the Missouri Senate race for District 19, which includes Boone and Cooper counties. Caleb Rowden is the Republican candidate. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. Stephen Webber is the Democratic candidate, and he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008. We spoke with Rudi Keller of The Columbia Daily Tribune to learn about what makes this race so important, and then with both candidates about issues such as voter ID, Medicaid expansion and creating jobs in mid-Missouri.

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This week on Intersection we're exploring how agriculture affects rivers throughout the Midwest and all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We talk with Grant Gerlock, a Harvest Public Media reporter in Nebraska, and hear stories from Harvest Public Media reporters across the region. 

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Intersection - The Blind Boone Home Opens

Sep 27, 2016
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This week on Intersection we talked with Clyde Ruffin, president of the John William "Blind" Boone Foundation, about the renovation of the Blind Boone Home. The house is located in downtown Columbia, and opened this month after years of work. It stands next to The Second Baptist Church on 4th Street. Ruffin also led two of our producers through a tour of the house.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece about issues including downtown development, transportation and expanding the police force. Listen to the full episode and check out selected clips from the interview below. 

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Intersection - Back to School

Sep 12, 2016
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Our guests include:

  • Lisa Sattenspiel, an anthropology professor who researches infectious disease.
  • Robert Greene of the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. His film Kate Plays Christine premiered in early September.
  • Joseph Erb, professor of digital storytelling and animation, who talks about preserving the Cherokee language.

 This week on Intersection, we're talking about the growing issue of homelessness in Columbia with guests Nick Foster, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, Pastor Meg Hegemann of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church and the Turning Point program, and Sid and Patricia Howard, who volunteer at Turning Point. 

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The American Association of University Professors released a report Thursday on the firing of MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click. Click’s employment was terminated in February following confrontations with student reporters and police as MU students protested the racial climate on campus in late 2015.

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 This week we’re talking about a project called My Life My Town, which documents the lives of young people living in rural Missouri. It started back in 2011, when Columbia Missourian photo desk  and KBIA staff decided to work together to help students tell stories through images and sound. This past school year new teams of photographers and radio reporters went out to follow up with some of the people who participated in that project and to document the lives of  more young people living in small towns. 

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This week, we’re talking about homelessness in Columbia with guests Randy Cole, who is the housing program supervisor with the City of Columbia, and Katie Burnham Wilkins, who is the homeless program coordinator at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital here in Columbia.  Homelessness has been on the rise in Columbia in recent years, so we’re talking about what the city and other organizations are doing to get people housed. This will be a two-part series, and the second show will air May 23.


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  This week on Intersection, we take a look at the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts to reintroduce elk into Missouri, and we discuss the poaching of a bull elk in December. Our guests this week are resource scientist for the MU Department of Conservation Barbara Keller, State Wildlife Veterinarian for the MDC Kelly Straka, MDC agent Brad Hadley and elk program manager for the MDC David Hasenbeck . Listen to the full story or check out clips from selected interviews below.

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Past graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism came together to talk with students, other journalists and aspiring writers about the process of writing during the first ever “Words Matter Writing Conference.” The conference took place from April 11 to April 15 and featured topics from magazine writing to freelance journalism.

The speakers at this conference recently had their stories published in Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference, an anthology consisting of journalistic pieces and memoirs all from graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism. Mary Kay Blakely, one of the two editors of the book along with Amanda Dahling, got the idea for the anthology after she kept receiving pieces of writing from former students.

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