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Janet Saidi

Janet Saidi

Faculty, Religious Freedom Center

Janet is a freelance writer, producer and teacher in Columbia, Missouri, working with print and public broadcasting, and teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism. Janet recently served as vice president of news at Kansas City Public Television, leading a team of multiplatform journalist and launching KCPT’s digital magazine FlatlandKC. Before that Janet spent eight years at the Missouri School of Journalism directing the newsroom at NPR-affiliate KBIA Radio. KBIA served as an innovation lab for training up to 100 Missouri School of Journalism students each semester, and the small-but-innovative newsroom has won numerous awards, including several national Murrow awards. Janet has written and produced stories for National Public Radio, PBS, the BBC and BBC World Service, Wired Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and in her spare time she writes book reviews for the Christian Science Monitor. Janet lived for several years in England, where she earned a master’s in literature from University College, London. In 1996, Janet helped produce the national PBS series “Remaking American Medicine” but her start in public media began at the age of 4, with an appearance on the children’s program “Romper Room,” where she found it very difficult not to stare at the cameras.