Scott Pham

Content Director

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.

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


Public Insight Network
4:52 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Join the KBIA Public Insight Network!

KBIA is part of the Public Insight Network with three regional partners

  When you join the Public Insight Network, you help KBIA cover the issues that matter to you.  

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CoMo Explained
1:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri?

A permanent resident card, or "green card"
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees for three years.

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CoMo Explained
2:12 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

How C-2 zoning could make or break Columbia

Downtown Columbia
Credit Chris Yunker / Flickr

Most of downtown Columbia is zoned for "central business."  But the same zone that lets developers build small boutiques with loft apartments lets in huge, disruptive housing complexes like the Brookside Apartments.

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Local hackers win boat race fundraiser [video]

The winning boat in the "Float Your Boat" fundraiser on Saturday
Credit danielegoldstein / Flickr

  Last Saturday was the second annual "Float Your Boat" fundraising event for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. It's a wacky event where teams build real boats out of cardboard and duct tape and then race them at the lake behind the Bass Pro Shop in Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
2:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

KBIA takes home four regional Murrow Awards

This year KBIA won four Murrow Awards from the RTDNA

  The Edward R. Murrow award is a yearly recognition presented by the Radio and Television Digital News Association for "outstanding achievements in electronic journalism."

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9:36 am
Wed April 17, 2013

How can Columbia stop high school students from dropping out?

Credit KBIA

This is the very first episode of CoMo Explained, a new podcast from the KBIA newsroom that breaks down the big news of the day and explains how Columbia works.

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CoMo Explained

CoMo Explained is a podcast that breaks down the big news and explains how Columbia works.  Scott Pham and Ryan Famuliner host the show each week.  Download it right here every Wednesday.  And find our home on the iTunes store.

4:17 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Field Notes: Using drones to capture a prairie burn in Missouri

Brendan Gibbons uses a drone to capture the controlled burn at Tucker Prairie near Kingdom City, Mo.
Scott Pham/KBIA

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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4:36 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

6 classic Brother Jed rants

Brother Jed in Speaker's Circle.
Credit Kyle Lock /

For about 10 years now, "Brother Jed" Smock has been spreading a hellfire-and-damnation style Christian message in college campuses all around the country.

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11:58 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mizzou's Phil Pressey to leave early, declare for 2013 NBA draft

Phil Pressey in 2009
Credit Wikimedia Commons

  Mizzou's Phil Pressey is leaving college one year early to enter the NBA draft, according to a press release from the school

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2:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

New Columbia branding campaign is unexpectable

The new slogan from the Columbia Visitor's Bureau

Updated 5:25 p.m. with video and comment from the CVB.

Today the Columbia Visitors Bureau unveiled its new branding campaign for the city. The tagline? "Columbia, MO: What you unexpect."

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7:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

Credit File photo / KBIA

  Voters today went to the polls to decide municipal elections across the state.  KBIA reporters are in the field and following races  in Columbia and Jefferson city.  Check this live blog regularly to get results and pictures from watch parties.

Polls are closed, but you can check out our Columbia voter's guide here. The rest of our election coverage is here.

The latest numbers for Boone County votes are available here.  Cole County voters can check on the results here.

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5:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A food truck for shoes finds success with Kickstarter

A design for Stadium Shoes
Credit Nathan Fleischmann

  While the rest of the country moons over The Veronica Mars Kickstarter, Columbia has been slowly warming to the crowdfunding website. In 2012 there were only 21 successful Kickstarter projects in Columbia. Rarer still are Kickstarters that fund businesses. Missouri Business Alert notes:

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11:16 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Everything you need to know about Columbia's April 2 election

Columbia votes on April 2, 2013
Credit Vox Efx / Flickr

Updated: 5:40 4/2/2013  

Voters went to the polls today, which close at 7pm.  You still have time!  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says that turnout is a little low this spring, mostly due to the fact that we don't have a school board race to draw out the CPS stakeholders. 

If that doesn't dissuade you then check our guide below:

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Arts and Culture
4:19 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

This is what a photosphere of the MU quad looks like

Francis Quadrangle as a "photosphere"
Credit MU_Photospheres / Reddit

"Photospheres" are like panoramic photos that show all of the space around you--even above, below and behind you.  Android's latest operating system (4.2 Jellybean) has a cool camera setting that stitches these photos together automatically on your cell phone.

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