Brian Ellison

Host/Contributor

Brian Ellison is host of the podcast Statehouse Blend Missouri and regular substitute host of Central Standard and Up to Date. He also contributes to KCUR news coverage, including political reporting, anchoring election night broadcasts and conducting interviews for the "Innovation KC" series. He has served in a variety of roles at KCUR since 2008, including as a producer of Up To Date and The Walt Bodine Show.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Brian served as pastor of Parkville Presbyterian Church for 13 years and now is executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. A graduate of Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he is also a freelance writer and an adjunct instructor in preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Ways to Connect

Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman

Mar 15, 2012
Photo: Greg Gorman

If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll likely know his work. Photographer Greg Gorman has documented some of the world’s most familiar faces.

Blood Done Sign My Name

Mar 15, 2012

In 1970, a young black man was senselessly beaten and murdered by a group of white store owners in Oxford, North Carolina.

The Weekend To-Do List

Mar 15, 2012
Tom Couture

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for March 16-18, 2012.

National Geographic

There's a line of work where the risks include toxic layers of hydrogen sulfide and maze-like passageways.  (No, we're not talking the halls of Congress.) It's the exploration of underwater caves and blue holes. Many consider survival to be is the mark of a successful dive ... so, are the risks worth it?

Philosopher Alain de Botton says it’s time for those who believe in religion and those who don’t to stop denigrating each other and find common ground on art, community and morality.

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When it hits 67 degrees in January, one must wonder what effect such odd winter weather is having on our plants, trees, and flowers.

Kansas City is in the middle of a celebration of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival is exploring Bach's extraordinary contribution to the world of keyboard and orchestra literature.

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train.

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Perhaps your New Years' resolutions include weight loss, more exercise, and being more organized.  Do they happen to include "reduce, reuse, and recycle?"  How about "I will drive less" or "I vow to take public transportation more often?"

When religion is part of the news stories of the day, it can be very good - as when people of many faiths work together to provide disaster relief - or very bad, as when religious institutions become embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse.  In today's pluralistic world, even stories that might never be covered by the religion desk - like foreign policy debates, armed conflicts worldwide, or presidential election campaigns - have undeniably religious angles and implications.

 

Countless Americans have relatives, friends, or colleagues who have committed suicide. When Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist Don Harman took his own life last week, many people realized that suicide can affect those whom we least suspect.

Growing Up Phelps

Mar 21, 2011

Kansas City, MO – As the airwaves fill up with ads for candidates from the Statehouse to the U.S. Senate, at least a few minutes of airtime are to the two controversial ballot initiatives on the Missouri ballot.

KCUR's Brian Ellison joined us to examine some of the claims these ads made.

Yes on Prop A

Kansas City, MO – This year Democrat Ike Skelton is facing his strongest challenge in years by Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler.

Maria Carter and Brian Ellison talk about the accuracy of attack ads from each of the campaigns.

Ike Skelton's Ad Against Vicky Hartzler

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