Bailey Vassalli

Photography Intern

Bailey began working for KSMU as a photography intern in October of 2017. She left her internship in March 2018, only to return in June to beging working as both a news reporter and photographer. In addition to working with KSMU, she works for Missouri State's photo services and student-run newspaper, The Standard. She has previously interned at the Snohomish County Tribune, Sullivan Independent News and Babe Ruth League. Upon graduation in May of 2019, she hopes to continue her career in photojournalism.

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Ozarks native Laura McHugh is returning to the Ozarks to read her latest novel, The Wolf Wants In, on September 30th. The public reading is at 7 p.m. at The Library Center on Campbell in Springfield, and a signing will follow.

The book was released in early August by Spiegel and Grau and is set in the midwest. McHugh said The Wolf Wants In is a dark, suspenseful mystery and anyone who enjoys the genre — or books set in the midwest — should come out to the reading.

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  Juniors and seniors in Greene and Christian County high schools have until September 30th to get their applications in for Chocolate University. That’s a program hosted by Springfield-based Askinosie Chocolate allowing students to travel to Tanzania to learn about the cocoa industry — and about business and culture.

CEO Shawn Askinosie said they aren’t necessarily looking for students with a perfect ACT score.


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Listen along as students from Rountree Elementary update the community on what's happening around their school. 

Christian County Emergency Management

  Christian County officials want to hear from citizens about how natural hazards affect them.  According to the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, that feedback will be used to update the county’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
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  Sunday August 25th is the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. To celebrate, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is joining other national park sites around the country to offer a fee-free day.


The term “fee-free” only applies to entrance fees. Fees will still apply when it comes to camping, reservations and use of concessions.