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. 


6:19 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

KOMU's Sarah Hill leaves station, joins up with Veterans United

Lead in text: 
Sarah Hill is a respected television journalist, but it's her social media savvy that Veterans United Home Loans wants. The company has been growing at an incredible rate in recent months, snatching up high level employees from local organizations like like Car Fax, Williams-Keepers and the Department of Economic Development
Longtime KOMU reporter and anchor Sarah Hill is making a familiar career move at the end of August: She's taking a job at Veterans United Home Loans. Hill is the latest Columbia notable to move to the fast-growing lender that specializes in VA-backed mortgages and is known for its online marketing.
8:16 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Columbia NBC-affiliate KOMU purchases online-coupon company

KOMU purchased the mid-Missouri franchise of The Holos Network

Local NBC affiliate KOMU has purchased The Holos Network, a daily deals company that offers online coupons.  

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5:36 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Heat stress? Now there's a cow app for that

The Thermal Aid mobile app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

When a cow is stressed from the heat, it affects a producer’s bottom line. The animal eats less, meaning less mass in beef cattle. For dairy farmers, the hurt comes in the form of a 10 to 20 percent loss in milk. Researchers at the University of Missouri think we can change this trend by putting information in the hands of producers. They’ve built a tool that can detect the threat of heat stress in specific animals before it starts.

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Under the Microscope
5:36 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

On starting a startup

Photo courtesy of Listener Approved

This week, we’ll hear from the creator of a new start-up that aims to connect people with free music.

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6:21 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Soon you can app your route on Columbia Transit

A screenshot from Columbia Transit, a new iPhone app for the Columbia bus system
Dave Oster Rockupied

Big budget deficits and low ridership keep the Columbia Transit system searching for new ways to boost support.  One unusual place they’re looking is the League of Innovators, a group of tech-oriented entrepreneurs.

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12:51 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Is school too easy or too boring?

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NPR reports that a survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that many students are simply "not being challenged in school." Parents, what's your take?
Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the
5:57 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat

Krissy Venosdale Flickr

As temperatures heat up throughout Boone County the Department of Health and Human Services is making sure everyone can cool down when they need to. The department established nine cooling centers in Columbia that serve as an air conditioned place where people can go when they need relief from the heat. Public Information Officer Genalee Alexander says the centers are located in convenient locations.

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5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia's tech scene searches high and low for talent

"The lost little zombie," one of Rockupied's iOS games

Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia’s economy is pretty good.  Unemployment is well below the national average.  But the numbers can also tell a different story, one where massive changes are already underway.

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3:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia startup Zapier launches publicly, moves to California

Zapier founders Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop

The Columbia based tech company Zapier is less than one year old but it’s already caught the attention of Silicon Valley.

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11:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Escaped steer shot and killed on East campus lot

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The Columbia Tribune reported this morning that a large and confused steer was loose in Columbia's East Campus. The 1300 pound Angus steer was apparently a privately owned animal that escaped while being transported for slaughter at MU's facilities. One person was injured, and two police vehicles were damaged. Video of the steer on it's morning run here:
A bull that was on the loose in the East Campus neighborhood Tuesday morning was euthanized after a person was injured trying to capture it. Capt. Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police Department said he is unsure how the animal became free and the department is investigating.
3:40 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Asst. basketball coach Ernie Nestor resigns

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After only one season, coach Ernie Nestor is resigning as assistant coach of the MU men's basketball team. Sources told the Columbia Daily Tribune that head coach Frank Haith wanted Nestor to move into a more administrative position, but that he preferred to stay on court. He's expected to take a position at the Naval Acadamy where he'll be allowed to do just that.
Missouri assistant basketball coach Ernie Nestor is resigning his position after one season on Frank Haith's staff, a source confirmed Thursday morning, and he is expected to be named an assistant coach at Navy.
Off the Clock
5:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Pinball wizard



This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

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2:36 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Months before completion, fire engulfs Brookside apartments

Heat from the apartment fire melted these street lights
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Burned traffic signals lay in front of the smoldering apartment complex at the corner of College Ave. and Walnut Street. Fire crews were still spraying water onto the burned Brookside apartment complex at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Smoke could still be seen rising from some torched portions of the property on its corners. The apartments were due to open August, 2012.

The fire started Sunday morning around 5 a.m. In a message to renters, on the Brookside Facebook page, the company said about 30 percent of the complex will be completed by the end of August, when leases begin.  

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Off the Clock
4:02 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Como Gadget Works: Columbia's own hackerspace

Some of the "circuit bending" instruments from hackerspace rock band, CMKT4.
Scott Pham KBIA

When you imagine a hacker, you’re probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet.  These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and it’s far from illegal.  They’re forming groups called hackerspaces--community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term “makers”) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize.

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Arts and Culture
10:53 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Mid-Missourians tell us about their mothers

ninahale Flickr

In a collaboration with KOMU, and the Columbia Missourian, KBIA asked our listeners "What one word describes your mother?"  The Columbia Missourian wrote up some of the great answers we got.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

A jeweler with cutting edge technology

Robinson shows off his auto-CAD machine. This is a 3D plan for a custom ring he built.
Scott Pham KBIA

Personal technology is getting cheaper, better, smaller.  But have you ever tried to get fixed a broken cell phone or mp3 player?  When I broke my portable USB flash drive, I brought it to a computer repair technician, unsure if he’d simply turn me away or not.  Those little “thumb” drives are just so small.  No moving parts really, they’re all circuitry.  Turns out that getting it fixed wasn’t an impossibility.  I just had to go to some unusual places.

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Under the Microscope
8:19 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Tracking an astronomical mystery

The caiman/puma monster-shaped mound is one of two figures from the 4,000 year old preceramic site of El Paraíso, in the Chilca Valley. The other, a condor, is partly visible in the upper left. The arrow shows the mound’s alignment to the Milky Way.
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

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7:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mid-Mo elections live post and results

Polls just closed in mid Missouri and KBIA is following the results.  We're closely following the two Columbia city council races, two Columbia school board races and two Columbia ballot measures to fund area schools.  Check this live post for regular updates and results.

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The 40/40 Project
12:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

KBIA visits Lohman

Small towns, people say, are school and church communities.  Well, drive just 15 minutes into the countryside around Jefferson City and you'll find Lohman, a town too small to have its own school.  As a matter of culture, or default, public life revolves around the local Lutheran church in Lohman.  KBIA's Scott Pham visited that church and found a town with a strong sense of history in the face of major changes to its way of life.

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4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Photos from Digest This: Farm and food controversies

Harum Helmy KBIA

How do consumers make decisions about what they consume? And, how are the various stakeholders attempting to shape those thoughts about food? Host Reuben Stern spoke with four experts with diverse views about the messages and motives behind these controversies in this special Intersection event, 

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Arts and Culture
11:45 am
Fri March 16, 2012

The 40/40 Project: KBIA visits Lohman

The church bells at the Lutheran bell tower date back to the mid 19th century
Scott Pham KBIA

Small towns, people say, are school and church communities.  Well, drive just 15 minutes into the countryside around Jefferson City and you'll find Lohman, a town too small to have its own school.  As a matter of culture, or default, public life revolves around the local Lutheran church in Lohman.  KBIA's Scott Pham visited that church and found a town with a strong sense of history in the face of major changes to its way of life.

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9:26 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Some Pics from the March March

We'll be updating our Flickr soon, but for now, click the image for some cool pics from the T/F March March!

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10:14 am
Mon February 27, 2012

News Can Sound Beautiful

Are You a Fan of Radiolab? If so, check out the Third Coast Listening Room: News Can Sound Beautiful

Friday, March 2, 11.30am, Tucker Forum, on MU campus

The Third Coast International Audio Festival curates amazing, sound-rich radio documentary from around the world.  Third Coast's Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro will spin some of their favorite audio samples, followed by a panel discussion with journalists and local producers about the intersection of sound art, journalism and audio documentary.

Arts and Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Audio documentary at True/False: A Q&A with Third Coast Artistic Director, Julie Shapiro

A T/F robot walks the March March parade at 2011's True/False Film Festival
vagabond by nature Flickr

One of the stranger events at T/F this year isn’t even a film. The Third Coast International Audio Festival is bringing seven audio documentaries to Columbia and “screening” them in a darkened theater. It’s called the Third Coast Breakfast Club and it’s playing Saturday at 10am in little Ragtag.

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5:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Not just a red state

A screenshot of WNYC's interactive voting map

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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The 40/40 Project
12:11 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

KBIA visits Russelville

The annual Christmas Parade in Russellville, Mo.
Scott Pham KBIA

Russellville is a small town of about 800 people on the rural outskirts of Jefferson City. A bedroom community for some is a vibrant, tight-knit culture for others. As a former railroad town Russellville has struggled to grow and to stay relevant. But it’s still got a strong sense of itself and hope for its future. 

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2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
kino-eye Flickr

A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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11:03 am
Wed December 28, 2011

2012 SEC football schedule announced

Karen Mitchell KBIA

The schedule for the University of Missouri's first season with the South Eastern Conference was announced Wednesday morning.  The first official SEC game begins Sept. 8 with Mizzou hosting the Georgia Bulldogs.  The last time Missouri met Georgia was in the 1960 Orange Bowl, where Georgia won 14-0.  SEC play wraps up on Nov. 24, when Missouri plays at Texas A&M.  Missouri was previously contracted to play its rivals at Kansas City that day.  But Kansas officials have indicated no interest in playing Missouri in a non conference game.

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Poisoned Places, Neglected Communities

A screenshot of NPR's interactive "Poisoned Places" map. Find your community in the interactive map below.

Congress strengthened The Clean Air Act over twenty years ago, but air pollution is still a concern in cities and towns all over America.  NPR's special investigation, Poisoned Places looks at some of the factories and power plants that are polluting the air and poisoning communities.

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Off the Clock
9:41 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Pinball wizard

Adam McKinnie/Zed plays pinball in Columbia, Mo.
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

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