Matt Campanelli

News Producer

Matt Campanelli is a senior at Missouri State University who is pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Communications. While serving as a news intern for KSMU, Matt is also a staff reporter for Missouri State’s student run newspaper, The Standard. One of his favorite things about journalism is it combines two of his passions; writing and telling stories.

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Ben Desa was born in Puerto Rico. He spent some time as a kid in New York, but returned to the island in junior high school. 

“It was more of a laidback society,” Desa said. “More of, people to people type relations. More on the family side whereas everyone you met, they were considered family after a while and if you saw them more often they were family even if they were just friends.” 

Desa moved around the US—and the world—before retiring from his job in the food industry and settling down with his wife in Springfield. 

Commercial Street
Chloe O'Neill / KSMU

A chocolate factory, a coffee shop, a hardware store, a variety of restaurants and the historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge are just a few of the things that can be found along Commercial Street. That variety is one reason the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association included C-Street on its 2018 list of four great places in Missouri.

“We just have so much to offer in such a small space,” Mary Collette said. Collette is the president of the Commercial Club. “It’s not like a big box store or a mall or anything like that.”

The Hotel Vandivort

The Hotel Vandivort first opened its doors in downtown Springfield in the summer of 2015. Now, almost three years later, the owners say it’s time to expand. Construction on a new 42,000 square-foot building is scheduled to begin this spring.

“We knew we’d be having that conversation at one point,” said John McQueary, a co-owner alongside his brother Billy McQueary. “We assumed that conversation we’d be looking at, maybe starting four to five years down the road at least.”

The demand went up and those plans were pushed up with it McQueary said.

Immigrant Daughters Navigate Controversial Women's Issues

Dec 13, 2017
Ryan Welch / KSMU Radio

Editor's note:  The names in this story have been changed because the sources were concerned about privacy. 

A young woman, whom we're calling Elena, is sitting with her friend in a coffee shop in downtown Springfield.  

Elena's parents are from the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States before she was born.

“It’s very common for, like, Russian girls to get married very young and, like, stay in the household,” Elena said.

Men usually are expected to earn the income in her family, she said.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Amid the holiday season comes another one: flu season. In Greene County, there were 88 cases of the illness as of Dec. 2, according to Kathryn Wall, public information administrator for the Springfield Greene County Health Department.

Wall said reports of the flu tend to increase around the holiday season when people do a lot traveling and tend to be within close quarters of others. 

“That’s why we really push for flu vaccine in October to really get ahead of it,” Wall added.