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. In 2019, she was one of 13 American journalists selected as a fellow for the Health Journalism Fellowship in Boston. 

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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This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   

In this segment, we listen in on a conversation between cousins Mike Elmore and Blake Wilder, who grew up together.  Elmore is an Army veteran, federal loan officer and Jiu-Jitsu teacher in West Plains, Missouri; Wilder is the author of "Random Bars: Poetry By An Original B-Boy" and lives in Las Vegas.

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This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   You can hear the audio below.

In this segment of our series, we hear from a young couple in Springfield: Christina Harvey and Skyler Smith.

Hear Part 1 and Part 2 of their interview below:

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This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   You can hear the audio below.

In this part of our series, we listen to husband and wife, Johnathann and Grace Byrd of Springfield.

You can hear Part 1 and Part 2 of their conversation below.

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Five more people have died in Greene County from COVID-19. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Tuesday that four of those people were associated with long-term care facilities.  Senior advocates are calling for more transparency and rapid testing at places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

As of Friday, at least 16 long-term care facilities in Greene County had seen cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to state and county health officials.  

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Greene County set three record-breaking days in a row last week for the highest daily count of new positive COVID-19 tests, according to data from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 

The highest point so far came Friday, August 28, with 209 confirmed cases. Two days earlier, a record had been set on Wednesday with 109 cases, followed by 143 new cases on Thursday.

Saturday's tally dropped back down to 89 new positive cases, according to the dashboard.

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UPDATE at 8:53 PM Tuesday:  the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the baby has been found safe.

Original story below: 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a newborn baby girl was abducted in Laclede County, Missouri, Tuesday afternoon, the same day she was born.  Accordng to the Amber Alert, the baby was last seen near Missouri Highway 32 and Route U in Nebo-Falcon, Missouri.  That's about 15 miles east of Lebanon.

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Missouri State University is reporting 141 new, positive COVID-19 cases after its first full week of classes. 

Those 141 cases were tallied between August 17-23, during which time university data shows MSU administered a total of 251 tests.   

The university’s COVID-19 online dashboard says the bulk of those 141 cases came late last week—with 42 student cases and one employee case reported last Friday, August 21 alone.

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In our monthly program Engaging the Community with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, we discuss the university's reopening of campus during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Listen below as Smart discusses the factors he and the MSU Board of Governors are keeping a close eye on, including the criteria that could potentially lead to a "pause" on in-person learning.  Those factors include COVID-19 case data, testing resources, advice from local, state and federal health officials, local hospital capability, and above all, safety of students, faculty and staff, Smart said.

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 To see all Missouri results:

To view the results of all races in the state of Missouri as they come in, click on this website hosted by the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

Then in the drop-down  menu, select State of Missouri - Primary Election August 4, 2020.

Scroll down to find the statewide offices, state House and Senate races, and other items that appeared on the ballot.  There, you can also tally turnout of voters by party.

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The issue of Medicaid Expansion will appear on the statewide Missouri ballot as Amendment 2 in the August 4, 2020 primary election.  Below you can listen to a virtual forum on the ballot issue that was recorded July 21, 2020.

About the Medicaid Expansion forum:

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The Greene County Commission outlined Friday how it plans to make transparency and fairness top priorities in distributing $34.4 million of federal CARES Act funding for relief from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The U.S. Congress passed the historic $2 trillion economic package in March to provide emergency help to businesses, organizations and individuals negatively impacted by the pandemic. Missouri then allocated portions of that to its 114 counties.

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Editor's note:  this article has been updated to reflect a change in one of the forum speakers, as well as an update to one of the groups represented in the forum.  

A virtual forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 will feature experts on both sides of the Medicaid Expansion issue, which will appear on the statewide Missouri ballot as Amendment 2 in the August 4 primary election.

The public can join the forum live via Zoom using this link: https://otc.zoom.us/j/91144597893

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In this month's episode of Engaging the Community, MSU President Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the White House's reversal of a controversial rule regarding international students.  The rule would have required international students to leave the country or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall due to the coronavirus.  The Trump Administration reversed its directive after an outcry from universities, business groups and Christian organizations. 

Hear the program here:

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Missouri voters in three state House districts can learn where candidates stand ahead of the Tuesday, August 4 primary election through recorded, virtual forums.  Links to the recorded forums are below. 

The three virtual forums highlight those running for seats in the 130th, 131st and 134th districts in southwest Missouri.    

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With a unified voice, Springfield City Council passed an ordinance late Monday night making it mandatory for people older than 11 to wear a face covering. The ordinance goes into effect Thursday and lasts 90 days.  Violators could be fined up to 100 dollars, and businesses that accommodate the public could see their licenses or permits suspended or revoked if they don’t comply.

The Springfield vote, which was 8-0 with one member abstaining, came on the same day that Greene County saw its highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases, with 49 new positive cases Monday.

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