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.

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

Evangel University / Used with permission

Spence, who was president of Evangel University for decades, never recovered from a stroke he had over the weekend, according to Evangel officials.

On Wednesday, Mayor Ken McClure described Spence as an “icon,” adding that he truly lived the Rotarian motto “service above self.”

Spence was awarded a rare "key to the city" for his exceptional public service nine days ago. 

Kathryn Decker / Flickr via Creative Commons

 Job hunters will want to polish up their resumes ahead of a string of job fairs, beginning with three hiring events in Springfield this week.

KSMU's Jennifer Moore interviewed Sabrina Bonnette with the Missouri Job Center to discuss the details.

* Tuesday, February 11 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine Street in Springfield:     Gold Mountain Communications is hiring up to 20 sales advisors. 


  There’s a four hour period—from 4:00 to around 8:00 in the evening—when homeless people in Springfield have a hard time finding shelter from the extreme cold. A local church has decided to open its doors during that time. 

Many unsheltered homeless people spend their days at the Veterans Coming Home facility downtown.  But that closes at 4:00 PM, and the emergency cold weather shelters don’t open until much later. 


Salvation Army of Springfield / Used with permission

The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, and Fisk Transportation all say thieves stole the catalytic converters from their vehicles this week. 

The vehicle parts are valuable because they often contain high-dollar metals like rhodium or platinum.

Steve Roberson with the Salvation Army in Springfield said their truck’s catalytic converter was stolen Wednesday night in front of the nonprofit’s thrift store on South Campbell. The Salvation Army uses its truck to make up to 250 stops a day to deliver food and clothing to families in need, he said.

Congresswoman Hartzler's office

This month, the tension between the United States and Iran escalated to the brink of war. The situation has drawn attention to the president’s power to use military force.

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler of Missouri's 4th District, which covers parts of western and central Missouri, including Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.   You can click the “Play” icon below to hear the interview.