Jennifer Moore

News Director & Content Coordinator

As News Director, Jennifer oversees news gathering and production for KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio; in her role as Content Coordinator, she makes sure all programs on KSMU, including those produced locally, nationally, and internationally, flow seamlessly over the air.  She trains the student reporters and announcers and hosts the monthly program Engaging the Community.

Jennifer hails from West Plains, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her Master's Degree from Missouri State University blended Middle Eastern politics and journalism. She lived in the Persian Gulf for five years and studied at the American University in Cairo. She has received the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award from The Missouri Bar, a national Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Joplin tornado, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

She's the author of "Covering Elections for Smaller Newsrooms: A Template," and is always eager to hear story ideas or feedback from community members and listeners.

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The Bear Battalion, Missouri State University’s Army ROTC program, was founded in 1952.

“But it’s grown over the years, so it’s not just composed of Missouri State University students,” said MSU president Clif Smart.

The ROTC battalion also includes students from Evangel University, Drury University, College of the Ozarks, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Southwest Baptist University.

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The City of Springfield says the results of its so-called “Zone Blitz” speak for themselves. The project was a massive, grassroots attempt to address poverty in northwest Springfield, and city officials briefed the public on the results Monday.

It wasn’t called a “blitz” for nothing: the massive undertaking brought together around 300 organizations—churches, non-profits, health organizations, schools, agencies—led by city government officials. 

For this episode of Engaging the Community with MSU President Clif Smart, we’re talking about mental health on campus.

Mental health encompasses everything from anxiety and mild depression to Bipolar Disorder and schizophrenia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, suicide was the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2015.

“I think it begins with the understanding that probably somewhere north of 10 percent of our students are dealing with, struggling with mental health issues,” Smart said.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Congressman Billy Long is facing a slew of challengers in the August primary election for Missouri's 7th Congressional district.   And something unusual is happening in that race:  Republicans and Democrats who want Long’s seat are teaming up to host a series of forums together. 

On Saturday, they held a second forum at The Library Station in north Springfield.

Provided by Garrett Titus

Garrett Titus is a senior majoring in economics at Missouri State University. He’s just launched a local chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and his group just had its first meeting last week. 

“I learned to shoot when I was very young,” Titus said.  “I grew up with firearms.”

He’s the only child of an electrical engineer and an accountant, from Lawson, Missouri, north of Kansas City—a place where there are “more cats and dogs” than people, he says.  He grew up on 150 acres of land.