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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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, which reports weekly death counts from COVID-19, had some encouraging data to share Wednesday:  last week’s death count from the disease was zero. That reporting period ran from April 14 to April 20.

This is only the second time in 39 weeks that Greene County has had no new COVID-19 deaths to report. The first time was in late March.

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In this month's Engaging the Community, KSMU's Jennifer Moore talks with MSU President Clif Smart about the university's winning football season and what that means for a wider community.

For the first time in over 30 years, Missouri State University’s football team is making headlines for winning. As of Saturday, with a win over Youngstown State at home, the Bears earned their share as the Missouri Valley Football conference champions.

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Ozarks Healthcare says it will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics administering the Moderna vaccine at no cost to participants on Tuesday and Wednesday in West Plains. 

According to a press release, individuals can get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at no cost on Tuesday, April 13 in Ozarks Healthcare's Willard Hunter Classroom in the Parkway Center.  That vaccine clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Rachael Ingram, a cellular and molecular biology major at Missouri State University, fielded questions outside. Members of the Missouri National Guard directed traffic. Lauren Stevens, a nursing student, told attendees to roll up their sleeves as she readied a syringe.

Together, they helped comprise a team that broke a state record for administering the most COVID-19 vaccines in a one-day event, according to a Tweet from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

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The COVID-19 vaccine "mega-event" taking place on the Missouri State University campus Thursday and Friday is available to walk-in participants. Previously, organizers had planned to require an appointment.

On Wednesday afternoon, David Hall, director of university safety at MSU, told KSMU organizers are trying to make the event as accessible as possible to everyone.

The vaccination event is free and open to Missouri residents ages 18 and older.

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Election results from the April 6, 2021 municipal elections in Greene County are posted here.

In Springfield, voters decided on four City Council seats and the position of Mayor of Springfield.

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UPDATE:   event organizers announced Wednesday that walk-ins will be accepted at the event. Appointments are encouraged, and will expedite the process, but they are not necessary to receive a vaccine at the event. Read an update here.

In our latest Sense of Community Series, "New Hobbies,"  we hear from Ava resident Matt Overcast, who has learned to grow gourmet mushrooms.  You can listen to the audio of this segment in our series below.

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"This is new for me, doing the pressure canning," said Karen Allcorn, who works as a speech implementor for Ava Public Schools in Douglas County. Allcorn is in her kitchen, filling her pressure canner with water before heating it up on the stovetop.

When schools closed down last Spring due to the pandemic, she started dehydrating food. But she felt like it took too long. So she bought this pressure canner. Basically, it's a very large pressure cooker that can fit several jars in it at once.

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Our Sense of Community Series, "New Hobbies," continues with this story of a Springfield man, Rick Taylor, who has taken his woodworking hobby to a whole new level.   Listen to the feature by clicking the "Play" icon below.

Rick Taylor was in the backyard of his Springfield home, inspecting a large tree trunk that was cut and positioned on his new mobile saw. He had told me over the phone his new hobby was using his new saw to cut timber for rustic woodworking. But I was not expecting the saw to be the size of a truck.

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In this segment of our monthly program, Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart talks about MSU's efforts to become the leading institution on Ozarks Studies, playing a pivotal role in preserving and analyzing the region's history and culture.  You can hear the interview below. 

  To help voters become informed before Election Day on April 6, short interviews with candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Springfield City Council and Springfield mayor will air at noon March 15-18 on KSMU Ozarks Public Radio. A coalition of 10 nonpartisan organizations produced the interviews.

  To help voters become informed before Election Day on April 6, short interviews with candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Springfield City Council and Springfield mayor will air at noon March 15-18 on KSMU Ozarks Public Radio. A coalition of 10 nonpartisan organizations produced the interviews.

To help voters become informed before Election Day on April 6, short interviews with candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Springfield City Council and Springfield mayor will air at noon March 15-18 on KSMU Ozarks Public Radio. A coalition of 10 nonpartisan organizations produced the interviews.

Watch the video of the interviews of candidates for Springfield City Council General Seat B by clicking the link below:

To help voters become informed before Election Day on April 6, short interviews with candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Springfield City Council and Springfield mayor will air at noon March 15-18 on KSMU Ozarks Public Radio. A coalition of 10 nonpartisan organizations produced the interviews.

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