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.

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Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook

The Springfield 100 Club has donated $25,000 to the widow of Aaron Paul Roberts, the Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy who died in flash flooding near Fair Grove Friday night while on duty.

The not-for-profit organization provides financial support to the surviving spouses and dependent children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in Greene County.

At least three inches of rain fell on parts of the Ozarks region Thursday morning, prompting the National Weather Serivce in Springfield to issue a Flash Flood Warning for Greene, Christian, and Lawrence Counties until 5:00 PM Thursday.  Northern Stone County is also under that Flash Flood Warning.

According to the NWS, this means creeks, streams and low water crossings will pose a potential danger in the areas of Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, and other towns throughout the area.

The NWS says a few of the low water crossings to pay close attention to are:

File Photo - MSHP Twitter / Missouri State Highway Patrol

The US Department of Justice is considering a potential criminal investigation and federal prosecution related to the sinking of a “duck boat” on Table Rock Lake—a tragedy that killed 17 people. 

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in the Western District of Missouri, Don Ledford, confirmed to KSMU that the US Coast Guard has referred the case to that office, which is based in Kansas City.

The amphibious vessel battled high waves and strong winds on July 19 before taking on too much water and sinking during a severe thunderstorm.

Missouri State University

In this monthly episode, MSU President Clif Smart discusses the different types of research happening at the university. 

"We think of ourselves as primarily a teaching institution: all of our faculty teach. We don't have anyone dedicated to just reserach, because we think our number one priority is educating our students who come to us," Smart said.

Still, reserach plays a major role in the role of faculty:  all of the tenure-track faculty at MSU are engaged in research, Smart said.  It's one of the expectations to obtain tenure and be promoted throughout their careers.


Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has won the Republican primary for the US Senate seat currently held by Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

Hawley won about 58 percent of the Republican vote—that’s according to the Secretary of State’s office, which tallies official election results.

He ran against 10 other Republican candidates.

At a watch party with supporters in Springfield, Hawley painted himself as a Washington outsider who only answers to the people of Missouri.