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Trevor Hook

Trevor Hook is a reporter, producer and student anchor for KBIA. He is pursuing a Master's Degree in audio journalism. Trevor graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Convergence Journalism.

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David Ballenger has been the pastor at Log Providence Baptist Church in Columbia since 1984. He’s a familiar face in the city – he grew up in Columbia, went through its public schools, and played on its football teams.

Ballenger would later get his start at IBM, where he worked until he retired after 30 years on the job. Ballenger has served on the Columbia School Board and various hospital boards for years.

For KBIA’s You Don’t Say series, Ballenger met with fellow pastor and Ward 1 City Councilmember Clyde Ruffin to talk faith and family across Ballenger’s kitchen table.

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Dr. Bart Andrews is the Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health Response in Creve Coeur and Chair of the Missouri Suicide Prevention Network.

He spoke with KBIA producer Trevor Hook about the possible increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic – and about what everyone can do to help. 

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

As counties across the state tentatively re-open, local health departments continue to work to document and ultimately contain the spread of COVID-19 through a method far pre-dating the Coronavirus: contact tracing.

Contact tracing involves identifying people who have come in contact with an infected person and notifying them in an effort to stall the spread of the disease. But how does contact tracing work? What exactly constitutes close contact? Does the Coronavirus pose any new challenges to these departments?

Reporter Trevor Hook spoke with Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Nursing Supervisor Trina Teacutter to learn more.

Even as plans to reopen businesses in Missouri begin rolling out, the economic impacts of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for months to come. Bills are piling up for thousands furloughed or out of work and people remain concerned about contact with others. Here are a few options to keep in mind if money is running tight and you’re worried about heading to the grocery store.

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A prevalent argument by those in favor of reopening Missouri’s economy goes like this: the longer this shutdown continues and puts increasing financial and social pressure on at-risk populations, the more likely it is to drive them to suicide.

Dr. Bart Andrews is the chief clinical officer at Behavioral Health Response and the chair of Missouri Suicide Prevention Network. He said there’s no data available right now that shows an increase in Missouri. He is more concerned for what comes next.

The Missouri Democratic Party will hold its upcoming 2020 Democratic State Convention virtually according to a press release earlier today.

Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford says that she believes holding an in-person event would be reckless and irresponsible. The convention will begin with a live digital event on June 13th, and voting will take place online and by mail until June 19th.

Older people have been far more likely to die worldwide from the coronavirus, and statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services show that Missouri is no exception.

The health department has cited 53 fatalities from the illness caused by the coronavirus. The toll rose by 14 yesterday. The department also cited 3,037 confirmed cases, up 315 from yesterday. 37 of the 53 Missouri residents who have died were in their 70s or 80s.

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The Columbia Police Department held a press conference Monday releasing the dash cam footage surrounding the death of Hayden Holt.

Holt died in December after a pursuit with Columbia Police. But a change to a rule in their pursuit policy may have played a crucial part in the story. In collaboration with KOMU 8 and the Columbia Missourian, Trevor Hook has more.

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Libby Brockman-Knight, left, wears a bright red blazer and smiles into the camera. Gaurav Kulkarni, right, wears a black shirt and multi-colored tie and looks into the camera.
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Libby Brockman-Knight and Gaurav Kulkarni both work at Compass Health Network in Columbia. Brockman- Knight is the Deputy Chief clinical officer of substance use disorder services and Kulkarni is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction.

Brockman-Knight spoke with Kulkarni about treatment for substance use disorders - specifically alcohol addiction and the numerous barriers that can exist for their patients.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

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Last Friday, a group of LGBTQ+ community members gathered in Columbia for the annual Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

The occasion also marked 50 years - to the day - since a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as a catalyst to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. 

KBIA caught up with these community members to hear their reflections on the anniversary and get a look forward to Mid-Missouri’s coming 2019 PrideFest.

This audio postcard features the voices of Steven Devore, Janet Davis, Latresa Steve and Shirley Moffit. Mid-Missouri PrideFest 2019 is slated for August 24. 

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David “Racin’ Dave” Stevens has ridden a lot of motorcycles. “The name actually came from car racing days cruising the loop back in the ‘80s,” he said. He fixes a lot of them too. Stevens is a mechanic at Gilbane Motorsports in Columbia.

He has ridden a variety of bikes – motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers - for more than 45 years. And not always while wearing a helmet. “If I’m riding my bike into town, I’m not being stupid or unruly. I feel like I should have the choice of not wearing a helmet if I don’t want to,” Stevens said. Senate Bill 147 may give him that choice.