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Ryan Famuliner

News Director

Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. Ryan previously worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s reported nationally on NPR and WNYC’s The Takeaway.

In addition to scores of state and regional awards, he’s won multiple national Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI Awards for his reporting and editing work. Under his guidance as News Director, KBIA also won the General Excellence Award in the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards in 2015.

Ryan created the state government data project Access Missouri, using grant funding from the University of Missouri, the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He’s overseen or contributed to numerous collaborative projects across the University newsrooms, including the short documentary project My Life, My Town and partnerships with VOX Magazine and Missouri Business Alert. He’s also overseen KBIA’s participation in numerous external partnerships, including the multi-state, multi-station NPR reporting collaborations Harvest Public Media and Side Effects Public Media.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, hail from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, finding Columbia is a fantastic place to compromise. They spend an unhealthy amount of time at flea markets and junk shops, and they’re about a halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. 

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The University of Missouri in is asking campus departments for plans to cut their budgets: including a 12.5 percent cut next fiscal year.

In an email to employees today MU said division heads need to have a plan for the rest of this fiscal year to the administration by the end of this month to help alleviate the impact of a 17 million dollar withholding of state funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, by the end of next month, divisions need to have drafts for budgets for the next fiscal year with a planned cut of 12.5 percent.

Kenton Gewecke stands in front of a weather display.

This week, KOMU’s Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke has been airing a series of stories on Channel 8 called Show Me Climate. His explanatory stories cover topics like fossil fuels, renewable energy, and the difference between weather and climate. 

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner sat down with Gewecke to explore the project and learn more about what it's like to cover climate change in Missouri.

You can see more about our partner station KOMU's Show Me Climate project on its homepage. 

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Candidates for Columbia's city manager position met with press Thursday morning before city councilmembers were scheduled to gather for deliberations – there’s no definite timeline, but a decision on the hire could come as early as Thursday afternoon or as late as next week.

The U.S. military has chosen Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster as one of three bases where the new B-21 bombers will be housed. 


The University of Missouri has its first ever Nobel Prize.

Professor Emeritus George Smith shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers, one from Caltech in Pasadena, and the other from the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge. Smith was a professor at MU for 40 years. He won the Nobel for his development of a method called phage display, in which a virus that infects bacteria can be used to evolve new proteins.

University of Missouri

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University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes will leave the University of Missouri to become the next President of the University of New Mexico.

UNM made the announcement Thursday morning, stating that Stokes will take over the role on March 1, 2018. Stokes had been announced as one of the five finalists for the job last month.

In an email to MU faculty and staff Thursday, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said that he expects the school to launch a national search immediately, and to identify an interim provost “in the coming weeks.”

University of Missouri

University of Missouri Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Garnett Stokes is one of five finalists for the job of the President of the University of New Mexico. The University announced the finalists in a press release this afternoon.

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In 2004, Ryan Ferguson was arrested for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heigthold. He spent the better part of the next ten years in prison after being convicted of the crime, but in November 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned these convictions after it emerged evidence had been withheld from his defense.

On Monday, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Ferguson 11 million dollars, 1 million for each year he was imprisoned, plus an additional million for legal expenses, in his case against police and city officials.

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University of Missouri System faculty, staff and community members gathered in Columbia Friday to hear system president Mun Choi outline the University of Missouri System’s budget for fiscal year 2018.

Current decreases in state funding, uncertainty about future state funding and enrollment declines at the system’s flagship campus in Columbia have forced officials to look for both short- and long-term solutions to significant budget shortfalls.

The University of Missouri's interim chancellor says he'll be leaving for new work as president at the New York Institute of Technology after May 3.  

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

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A private plane ended up belly down on a runway at Columbia Regional Airport yesterday after its landing gear failed. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

A man who was the longtime chancellor of the University of Missouri campus is Kansas City before serving as the four-campus university system's president has died. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom. 

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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

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Nov 9, 2016

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  The University of Missouri has officially announced Jim Sterk as its new Athletic Director.

"This is a wonderful day for Mizzou and Tiger fans everywhere," MU Chancellor Hank Foley said in a written statement Tuesday night. "Jim's leadership in intercollegiate athletics is unparalleled, and we are thrilled he is going to bring his talents, energy and passion for working with student-athletes to Columbia. He is just what Mizzou needs at this time."

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

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In Columbia, voters will decide on Proposition 1 in Tuesday's primary election. Prop 1 would increase taxes from 4 percent to 5 percent at hotels and motels. The money would be used to make improvements at the Columbia Regional Airport, including building a new terminal. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students.

MU School of Law

The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down, but will take on another faculty role at the law school.

Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he's resigning effective Aug. 14. Myers was named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Myers and the university over a public-records request.

In the suit, former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer claims associate professor Josh Hawley conspired with Myers to keep Hawley's school emails private. Hawley is running for attorney general and faces an Aug. 2 Republican primary.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously approved tuition and fee increases at a meeting Wednesday.

Students at the four UM system campuses will face a tuition increase for the next school year, except for in-state undergraduate students.  Here is the breakdown (from the formal proposal):