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.

Ways to Connect

Missouri State University

In this month's episode of Engaging the Community, we speak with Missouri State University President Clif Smart on the trailblazing Bear POWER Program.  It provides a full college experience to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities, preparing them for the workforce and a life of independence.   

James River Church Facebook

James River Church, an Evangelical heavyweight in the Ozarks region, is hosting free Covid-19 vaccination events at all four of its campuses this week.

All four vaccine events run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and all events are free and open to the general public.

On Monday, July 12, the James River West Campus in Springfield will give vaccines at Highway 60 and FF.

Tuesday’s event will be at James River’s North Campus in Springfield, located north of I-44 on West Bypass.

City of Springfield

Jon Mooney, assistant director with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, took to the podium Tuesday at a press conference at Fire Station Number 5 in Springfield.

“To those who have already been vaccinated, you can be a health care champion,” he said.

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Wendy Crase wasn’t necessarily against getting a Covid vaccine.  The 39-year-old West Plains resident says she just didn’t think it was urgent. She had planned to look into it before making a decision. Then came the body aches, cough, and upset stomach.

She tested positive for COVID-19. That was just over a month ago, in late May. She was measuring her oxygen saturation level at home. When it dipped to a dangerously low level, she sought treatment at Ozarks Healthcare, the hospital in West Plains.

Beer still flows from the tap at Wages Brewing Company in West Plains, along with ciders, lagers, and kombucha. The brewery’s slogan, “The middle of nowhere never tasted so good,” invites patrons to sit in the company’s taproom and enjoy food, drink, and live music on the weekends.

But around this time last year, Wages Brewing was in crisis as COVID ripped through the Ozarks. Owner and bartender Phil Wages says business dried up almost overnight as patrons scared of catching the virus stopped going out.



Krista Pinner of Springfield began house hunting in June of last year. She was looking for somewhere to accommodate her young family. Her previous experience in selling a house had taken the better part of a year. But this time around, things were completely different when she and her husband listed their home for sale last summer.

“It sold within 18 hours, sight unseen," Pinner says. The offer came in from a couple that lives out of state and hadn’t event sent someone to see it.”

Submitted / Askinosie Chocolate

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with giant food companies Nestlé and Cargill by throwing out a lawsuit that claimed they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. Those companies had been sued by a group of six citizens of Mali who said they were forced to work as children on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast.  Askinosie Chocolate, based in Springfield, Missouri, was an amicus party to the case and one of 18 small and mid-sized chocolate and cocoa companies that had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would rule differently.

Alex Crowder / KSMU

Mercy and CoxHealth, the two major health care systems serving the Springfield metropolitan region, are responding to a significant spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

On Friday, CoxHealth said on Facebook it “may soon begin diverting some COVID-19 patients to other facilities throughout the state” due to the significant surge in patients. CoxHealth reports having 79 inpatients with COVID-19, a jump it describes as a "more than five-fold increase” from less than a month ago.

Missouri State University

In this segment of our monthly program with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, KSMU's Jennifer Moore asks what the university plans to do with the estimated $44 million it's set to receive under the latest round of federal pandemic recovery funding.

Listen to the program by clicking the "Play" icon below.

Congresswoman Hartzler's office

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents a very conservative and mostly rural area of central and western Missouri in Congress, has officially entered the state's crowded Senate race.

Hartzler announced her bid Thursday in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit. She's seeking to replace Republican Roy Blunt, who won't seek a third Senate term next year.

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The Ozarks Public Broadcasting family is grieving the loss of one person who helped shape us. 

Missy Shelton Belote, longtime political reporter and former news director at KSMU, died this week in her home state of Tennessee after a battle with ovarian cancer.

KSMU's Jennifer Moore has this audio remembrance from some members of our team.

Missouri State University

In this segment of our monthly program, Engaging the Community, MSU President Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about how the summer and fall semesters will be impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Smart also gives an updates on student recruitment both domestically and abroad. 

You can hear the program by clicking the "Play" icon below.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

On Monday night, boots tapped in rhythm on a barn floor as old-time music returned to McClurg, Missouri after a haitus of several months. The break was an effort to protect elderly musicians from the coronavirus. 

The musicians gathered again near the old McClurg general store and played in front of about two dozen friends and family members as the sun set.


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.

MSU Football Field
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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.