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

This week, as part of our ongoing series looking at the area's lesser known religious communities, we're getting to know the Islamic community in southwest Missouri. Today, KSMU's Jennifer Moore talks with local Muslims about their views on American politics.

To see where local Muslims stand on American politics, we need to hit the rewind button, and go back nine years, to the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

This week, we’re continuing our series looking into the landscape of religious communities in the Ozarks, in which we explore lesser known faith groups. Today, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore speaks with members of the Islamic community of southwest Missouri, and looks at the diversity within local mosques.

On the outskirts of Joplin, a one story brick building with an American flag is protected by a privacy fence and a gate. A metal frame is all that remains of what used to be a sign.

In our ongoing series, A Sense of Place, we look at the history of the Ozarks, and delve into what helped shape the region to become what it is today. In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore is on the road visiting a small Ozarks town, where locals have speculated for decades on the history behind a large part of their town’s identity: its name.

Reporter Standup:

Even though she was 13 years old when she left, Maryam Mohammadkhani remembers very little about her childhood in Iran.

"My father was a general. He was a general for His Majesty. And my mother was educated—she was an inspector for the health department. So we led a very average life, but with advantages," she says.

She does recall one happy memory, though: She attended the American school in Tehran, and remembers playing the role of a turtledove in the Christmas play.

I’m Jennifer Moore, senior news producer here at KSMU. As part of StoryCorps’ "National Day of Listening," I decided to interview my grandmother, Gloria Eberhardt Mettler, who is now 88 years old, and living in Bakersfield, California. Join us throughout the rest of this week, at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., as other KSMU staff members interview their loved ones. Again, we encourage you to set aside a few moments this Friday, November 28, and record a conversation of your own with a loved one. And remember, everyone has a story to tell.

"The Kitchen" is a Springfield-based charitable organization which provides shelter, food and clothing for the homeless. A local family is challenging the Springfield community to dig deep into their pockets this holiday season and contribute. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

The O-Reilley-Wooten family of southwest Missouri has opened its checkbooks and is calling on fellow residents to do the same by donating to one of Springfield's largest charities: The Kitchen.