Leanne Butkovic

Student Newscaster

As a born and raised Cleveland, Ohioan, Leanne Butkovic is no stranger to extreme fluctuating weather, frustrating sports teams and the charm of the Midwest and the people within it. She is a senior in the convergence journalism  sequence at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in several different newsrooms, yet has always had a penchant for radio. Since her freshman year, Leanne has produced her own music show on the university's student-run radio station, KCOU. She has also contributed to several magazines and their online affiliates based in Ohio, including Scene Magazine and multiple trade publications. She was an intern for VICE Media, working in their online documentary TV 'station' VBS.tv, in New York City this summer.

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri women's stagnant earnings gap
  • Missouri House committee's recommendation of Rainy Day funds oversight
  • Duplicate voter registrations audited
  • Casino exclusion list rule change
  • New trail in Columbia connecting MKT and Bonnie View

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Regional news coverage, including:

Regional news, including:

After a fatal weekend shooting, Peppers nightclub in Columbia was forced to close for at least one year.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom:

Local news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: legislation that would require the Missouri Bank Association to give confidential document access to the State Auditor, a new Missouri Supreme Court justice, updates to the  Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department plans,  changes in Camden County's ambulance dispatching services and legislation that would give Jewish veterans from World War I a chance to be honored battle awards.

Officials said a change in dispatching procedure in Camden County will cut down emergency response times.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled its new ten-year plan Tuesday during a public meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.

Governor Jay Nixon has named Judge George Draper the Third to the Missouri Supreme Court.  Draper will move to the state’s High Court from the Eastern District Appeals Court.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich will push for legislation next year he said will enable his office to oversee the state’s Division of Finance without interference from state agencies or private entities.