Janet Saidi is KBIA’s assistant news director and teaches at the Missouri School of Journalism. All of Janet’s varied projects are about building community, through audio, journalism, and storytelling. She has written and produced pieces for NPR, PBS, the BBC, the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times. Janet recently hosted KBIA’s live talk show The Check-In, and has also directed the station’s “You Don’t Say” and “Missouri on Mic” series that combine oral history with audio journalism. In 2014 and 2016, Janet co-produced two journalism-on-the-stage theater productions with playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, “Justice in the Embers,” with Kansas City’s Living Room Theatre, and “The Green Duck Lounge,” with MU Theatre. Janet began her public-media work at KPBS in San Diego, on a live, nightly talk show called The Lounge. While in California, Janet also helped produce the award-winning national PBS series “Remaking American Medicine” about healthcare in America, and worked as an editor at the Gay & Lesbian Times and Uptown Newsmagazine. As vice president for news at Kansas City Public Television, Janet lead a team of multiplatform journalists to launch KCPT’s digital magazine “FlatlandKC,” and co-produced the “Beyond Belief” interfaith journalism project for AIR’s Localore “Finding America” series. Janet lived for several years in England, where she earned her master’s in Literature from University College, London.
Updated: October 13, 2021