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Brian Ellison


An aspiring journalist in college, Brian instead went to seminary and moved to Kansas City as a Presbyterian pastor in 1999. But journalism was still in his blood, and he has worked part-time in KCUR's newsroom and talk show studios since 2008. He is a regular substitute host on KCUR's daily talk shows and host of many live community events. He is also a substitute newscaster and the station's election night anchor. From 2015 to 2019, he hosted the award-winning political podcast Statehouse Blend Missouri. Brian's work as a host has been recognized by the Religion News Association and the Kansas City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. His reporting has included appearances on NPR's Here and Now, KCPT's Kansas City Week in Review, and Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.  Besides his part-time work at KCUR, Brian continues to preach, teach and organize as executive director of a national non-profit organization. He and his partner Troy are dads to two dogs, the affable Charlie and the recalcitrant Willoughby.