Scott Pham

Content Director (former)

Scott Pham got his start in radio at KBOO Portland community radio as a volunteer news producer and anchor.  Since then he's spent time interning at NPR in Washington, DC and making radio in the San Francisco Bay Area for Pacifica Radio.  His news and documentary work has aired on WAMU in DC, KQED in San Francisco and on Pacifica radio nationwide.

Former KBIA's content director content director, Scott's goal is to make the station's considerable news and arts content easily available, easily shared and smartly delivered. 


5:58 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Central Missouri hit by third winter storm

Wind and snow obscure Mizzou's Columnis and Jesse Hall
Credit @MazvitasAngels

A third winter storm hit the Columbia area with more than seven inches of snow.  Check this space for updates on closing, weather and road safety.  Follow us  on twitter  and the hashtag #CoMosnow to stay in the loop.

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3:49 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Federal sequestration cuts will shut down Columbia's airport control tower

Credit File Photo / KBIA

On Friday, the Columbia Regional Airport received notice that its control tower was among 149 around the country[PDF] that would close as a result of federal sequestration cuts. The closure is expected to take place at some point between April 7 and May 7.

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Arts and Culture
5:06 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

See what it's like to ride Outlaw Run in Branson [video]

Riders on Outlaw Run, Branson's brand new wooden roller coaster.

  Earlier this week people were all aflutter with the introduction of Outlaw Run, a new roller coaster in Silver Dollar City. 

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11:16 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Vets wait longer and longer for VA care [infographic]

Credit Center for Investigative Reporting

This excellent infographic from the Center for Investigative Reporting shows the incredible backlog of claims held by the Department of Veteran Affairs. 

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Arts and Culture
11:37 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Did you miss Ushio Shinohara box a canvas at True/False this year? Check this out

The results of Ushio Shinohara's painting demonstration on Sunday at True/False
Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

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5:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Here's a picture of an actual zebra hanging out in the snow in Columbia

A zebra and a horse at the property on Rock Quarry Road
Credit Megan Schultz / KBIA

Drive down Rock Quarry road in South Columbia and you might catch a glimpse of a camel or even a zebra.  The animals belong to Lisa Barnes, widow of the late John Patrick Barnes who worked in Columbia real estate and sat on the city council.  We wondered if the Barnes' exotic animals were having a tough time in the bad weather, but this little guy seems to be doing fine.

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1:18 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Computer Chess" shows the dawn of the digital age

Credit Courtesy of Computer Chess LLC

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

In 1997, a computer beat a human at chess for the first time.  Gary Kasparov was reputedly the best chess player of his time but an IBM program named Deep Blue wore him down. It was a landmark moment for technology and is one of the seminal moments of the digital age. Director Andrew Bujalski, most famous for inaugurating the “Mumblecore” genre in the 1990s—wanted to find the root of that moment, and it took him to the obscure nerd culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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11:30 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Update on snow and services from the city

Clear, but slushy roadways Tuesday morning
Credit KBIA

Travel Conditions
In a press release sent out this morning, the city says that travel conditions are improving and that road crews made good progress this morning. 

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6:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Live blog: Second winter storm hits Columbia

Aimee Appel stands on College Avenue.
Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for regular updates on Columbia's second storm in two days.

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9:57 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

More snow headed to Missouri

Alex Olgin KBIA

Updated at 10:38 a.m. with closure information.

Just as Missouri and Kansas residents are digging out from record snowfalls, another winter storm is headed to the region.

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5:56 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Live blog: Winter storm hits mid-Missouri

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the winter storm affecting mid-Missouri.

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10:57 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Everything we know about tomorrow's big storm

Thursday morning's winter storm. Snow is worse to the west of Columbia, lighter to the south.
Credit National Weather Service

Updated at 8:00 p.m. with information about school closures and the gas explosion in Kansas City.

So there’s a huge storm coming into Missouri tonight/tomorrow morning and the Weather Channel says you can blame California (sort of).

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3:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

What does Medicaid have to do with Missouri's credit rating?

images_of_money Flickr

  Governor Jay Nixon loves to brag about Missouri’s “spotless Triple-A” credit rating and did so again in his State of the State speech. But that rating might be in danger now, according to a statement released by credit rating agency Moody’s on Tuesday.

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12:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Uncovering the lost albums of Lena Hughes, Missouri musical legend

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We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.
  • Source: Kbia
  • | Via: Ariel Morrison
Sometime in the mid-1960s - no one's really sure when - Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she
Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

While students checked email, computers at CMSU were breaking mathematical records

Koen Vereeken Flickr

While students at Central Missouri University browsed the internet and checked their email, their computers were slowly working toward a world record.  

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3:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

UMKC’s new ‘Digital Sandbox’ joins a growing list of startup incubators in Missouri

UMKC Innovation Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Center is starting a new program to help entrepreneurs build sustainable high-tech startups and create jobs.

Gov. Jay Nixon and top executives from Sprint, Hallmark, Cernert Corp. and other businesses will be at the university Friday to inaugurate the Digital Sandbox KC.

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1:55 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

The science behind closing an 8 year homicide case

A sample of plant DNA
Gravitywave Flickr

We learned today that the MU Police Department (MUPD) closed the homicide case of Jeong H Im, a retired faculty member at the University of Missouri.

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2:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

“Missourah” and “Missouree” by the numbers in Nixon's state of the state address

File Photo KBIA

A notorious flip-flopper in the age-old "Missourah"/"Missouri" debate, democratic Governor Jay Nixon has been known to switch from one to the other in a single sentence.  In speeches, he tends to favor "Missourah."  At this year's State of the State address, he leaned on "Missourah" 1.7 times for each "Missouri."

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5:02 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Governor Nixon delivers State of the State address

File Photo KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon called for a wide range of state health, education and business improvements in his State of the State address tonight at the Capitol in Jefferson City. Measures proposed by the governor address domestic violence prevention, mental health coverage, health care, education and business expansion abroad.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Missouri girl undergoes cryopreservation

Kim Suozzi, pre-cancer.

Kim Suozzi, a graduate of Truman State University, passed away on January 17.  Upon death, her body was cryopreserved--frozen--and relocated to a cryopreservation facility called the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona.

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1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Is Missouri on board with Obama's new gun proposals?

Gun control is going to be at the top of President Obama’s agenda this year, and Missouri’s US Senators are divided on what to do about it.

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2:52 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Politics, not massacres, drives gun sales

Shoppers perusing firearms at a Cabela's.
zombieite Flickr

After the mass shootings in Auoroa, Colo., last summer, the media were flush with articles noting huge runs on guns and spikes in the numbers of background checks associated with firearm purchases.

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1:54 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

[Infographic] The deadliest shootings in America

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If the death count is 27 or higher as the AP reports, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut will be the second deadliest shooting in U.S. history. This info graphic outlines some of the worst shootings thus far and the weapons that were used.
The theater shooting in Colorado ranks ninth in number of fatalities.
12:50 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

How Columbia School District reacts to mass shootings

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This morning's mass shooting in Connecticut might have you wondering how schools in Columbia might react to a similar event. In October, the Columbia School District trained students and teachers in how to react to an "active shooter" event.
The Columbia Public School district is training students to respond to active shooters on school grounds. The Lange Middle School Cinema Club created an
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12:26 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Revisiting guns in Missouri

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With the shooting in Connecticut this morning and one in Portland, Or., a few days ago, it's likely that guns and gun laws will start to come back into the public conversation. After the shootings in Aurora, Calif. earlier this year, KBIA took a look at the business of gun retail in Missouri.
11:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Can you make any money raising organic beef in Missouri? [infographic]

Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

In Tebbetts, Mo., JJR Family Farm raised USDA-certified organic livestock without antibiotics or genetically-modified feed.  After six years of raising and selling organic beef, they decided it was just too expensive to keep the certification.  Rancher John Rice helped us figure out just how much it costs to raise organic beef in Missouri.  

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The Salt
11:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

A softly-lit Booches' burger, back in the days of the Hostess bun.
Genevieve Howard

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:57 pm

Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago.

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5:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mid-Missouri Live Blog

12:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Schaefer says Nixon, not Mo. Senate, is responsible for education cuts

KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviewed State Senator Kurt Schaefer, who is running for re-election in the 19th District of the state Senate. His challenger is Democratic State Representative Mary Still.

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2:22 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Columbia startup secures $1.2 million in venture capital

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Columbia software startup Zapier won the first ever Columbia Startup Weekend and rode that success all the way to Silicon Valley. When I last spoke to the trio, they had finished a mentorship program at the Y Combinator in California and were confident about the future. When I last spoke with Zapier in late September, I asked founder Wade Foster if he was talking with investors. He would say only "our biggest thing is just getting back to work and growing the product and user base." Now Zapier is hiring their first employee and pouring resources into the next iteration of their web-based services.
As Zapier wrapped up its three-month stint in seed accelerator Y Combinator earlier this year, the founders of the Columbia, Mo.-born startup fielded ample advice on how to handle funding. "We heard, 'Get fundraising done as fast as possible. Don't worry about it. You want to finish it, and ...