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reuben-sternREUBEN STERN is an editor in the Futures Lab of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He also teaches courses at MU in the convergence journalism area. Reuben formerly served as managing editor of the Columbia Missourian. He attended the Missouri School of Journalism as an undergrad in the early 1990s and then went off to work for newspapers in Atlanta, Budapest and his hometown of Los Angeles before resettling in Columbia in 2002.


janet-saidiJANET SAIDI is an assistant professor of radio-television journalism and news director at KBIA, one of the most successful NPR affiliates in the country. After working for 10 years as a writer and producer, she came to KBIA in 2006 from California, where she was the associate producer for the four-hour series “Remaking American Medicine,” broadcast nationally on PBS in October 2006. Saidi also co-produced and co-hosted a nightly culture magazine on San Diego’s NPR-affiliate station for three years. She has written for the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times and wrote a regular column, “Magazine Scene,” about the magazine industry for the Books section of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Saidi spent nearly a decade living in England, where she earned a master’s degree in literature from University College, London.


lindsay-foatLINDSAY FOAT is a senior Convergence Journalism and German major. Working at KBIA for the past several years, Lindsey has reported on a variety of issues, including a four part series on women in prison and ex-offender re-entry in Mid-Missouri. Lindsey has also worked for KRCC, the Public Radio affiliate in Colorado Springs, CO. Last summer she began working as a production assistant for Kansas City Public Television. Upon graduating, Lindsey hopes to continue to work in Public Broadcast.

laura-parkinsonLAURA PARKINSON is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, crossing the border to attend the University of Missouri for a Convergence Journalism degree. Now a senior at Missouri, Laura has been busy during her three years at the school. After falling in love with the KBIA newsroom, Laura has anchored, reported and produced multimedia content for the station. Last year, Laura studied in London for a semester while working at MSN UK as a video editor. There she shot, edited and published videos for the site, including band and celebrity interviews. Over the summer, Laura worked for Food Network Challenge in Denver and became a foodie in the process.


travis-mcmillenTRAVIS McMILLEN is the video technician for the Futures Lab. He is a Columbia native who started working at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate, as a camera operator when he was 16-years-old. When he turned 18 McMillen was given the job of audio operator for Pepper and Friends, KOMU’s community variety and talk show. Most recently, McMillen directed KOMU’s two-hour morning newscast. As video technician, McMillen directs and produces regular and occasional programming from RJI’s television and radio studio, including Views of the News, a weekly media criticism show for local NPR affiliate KBIA-FM, and the Smart Decision 08 Election Night Webcast and Citizen Watch Party.


ashley-crimaldiASHLEY CRIMALDI is a senior dual major in Convergence Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University planning to graduate in May 2010. Throughout her time at Mizzou, Ashley has enjoyed working for a number of media outlets including KBIA, The Columbia Missourian and Newsy.com. In the past, Ashley has interned at WERV 95.9 The River, and In These Times magazine. Originally from Chicago, Ashley hopes to move back to the area upon graduation and peruse jobs in promotions, PR, communications and online marketing. In her free time, Ashley enjoys cooking, watching documentary films and reading.


eric-durbanERIC DURBAN is a senior Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri. Eric enjoys working with all forms of media, especially radio. In the past two years, he’s spent a lot of time reporting, producing and hosting at the NPR-affiliate station KBIA. Eric’s also had several experiences outside the classroom, including work at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and WABE-FM (NPR) Radio in Atlanta, Ga., and study abroad in Arhus, Denmark. Eric plans to graduate in December 2009.

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