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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We’re less than a week before a historic presidential election, one that coincides with a pandemic.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said he expects about triple the number of people who voted by absentee in 2016 to cast their ballots this year by mail or by absentee.    

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore interviewed Schoeller this week to get an update on new procedures and safety concerns.

Hear the interview below:

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There’s an old saying:  money makes the world go ‘round.  And in rural communities, there’s often less of it, especially during a historic pandemic.  KSMU shares one town’s economic journey through this extraordinary year in the final part of our series, COVID in the Rural Ozarks.

At the small craft brewery, Wages Brewing Company in West Plains, beer flows from six taps, bringing customers treats like a milky winter stout and their signature “Landlocked IPA.”

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Lin Waterhouse, an author living in West Plains, knew it wasn't a good sign that her husband's nursing home was calling her.

“In their e-mail, they would tell us that anyone with a [COVID-19] positive loved one would be contacted by phone,” Waterhouse said.

Her husband, Dave, was asymptomatic. But since nursing homes are doing more universal testing, a nasal swab had caught traces of the coronavirus in his nasal passageways. He was eventually moved into a COVID corridor.

Alex Crowder / KSMU

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the rural Mercy St. Francis hospital in Mountain View, Missouri does not admit COVID-19 patients. A spokeswoman for Mercy, Sonya Kullman, said the hospital does admit COVID-19 patients. Our story has been edited to reflect that change.

Earlier this month, Misty Traver of Willow Springs, Missouri, heard a sound she won't likely forget. Her husband of nearly 25 years, who had tested positive for COVID-19, was dry heaving.

JQH Arena
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In this episode of Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart explains the decision to open up the JQH Arena as a polling place for all Greene County voters on November 3.

That means voters will have the option of either casting their ballots at their regular polling place or at the JQH Arena.

Smart said while MSU, as a public institution of higher education, doesn't endorse individual candidates, he thinks "this presidential race, in particular, is the most important race in my lifetime."

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The death toll from COVID-19 in Greene County climbed to 55 Monday after five more deaths were confirmed by health officials.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said three of the five deaths were people who had been associated with long-term care facilities like nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

The other two were a man and a woman, each in their 60s, health officials said in a news release Monday.

All five of the residents who died had underlying health conditions.

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This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   

In this segment, we listen in on a conversation between cousins Mike Elmore and Blake Wilder, who grew up together.  Elmore is an Army veteran, federal loan officer and Jiu-Jitsu teacher in West Plains, Missouri; Wilder is the author of "Random Bars: Poetry By An Original B-Boy" and lives in Las Vegas.


This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   You can hear the audio below.

In this segment of our series, we hear from a young couple in Springfield: Christina Harvey and Skyler Smith.

Hear Part 1 and Part 2 of their interview below:

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This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   You can hear the audio below.

In this part of our series, we listen to husband and wife, Johnathann and Grace Byrd of Springfield.

You can hear Part 1 and Part 2 of their conversation below.

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Five more people have died in Greene County from COVID-19. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Tuesday that four of those people were associated with long-term care facilities.  Senior advocates are calling for more transparency and rapid testing at places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

As of Friday, at least 16 long-term care facilities in Greene County had seen cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to state and county health officials.  

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Greene County set three record-breaking days in a row last week for the highest daily count of new positive COVID-19 tests, according to data from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 

The highest point so far came Friday, August 28, with 209 confirmed cases. Two days earlier, a record had been set on Wednesday with 109 cases, followed by 143 new cases on Thursday.

Saturday's tally dropped back down to 89 new positive cases, according to the dashboard.

Missouri State Highway Patrol via Twitter

UPDATE at 8:53 PM Tuesday:  the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the baby has been found safe.

Original story below: 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a newborn baby girl was abducted in Laclede County, Missouri, Tuesday afternoon, the same day she was born.  Accordng to the Amber Alert, the baby was last seen near Missouri Highway 32 and Route U in Nebo-Falcon, Missouri.  That's about 15 miles east of Lebanon.

KSMU archives / Missouri State University

Missouri State University is reporting 141 new, positive COVID-19 cases after its first full week of classes. 

Those 141 cases were tallied between August 17-23, during which time university data shows MSU administered a total of 251 tests.   

The university’s COVID-19 online dashboard says the bulk of those 141 cases came late last week—with 42 student cases and one employee case reported last Friday, August 21 alone.

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Missouri State University

In our monthly program Engaging the Community with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, we discuss the university's reopening of campus during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Listen below as Smart discusses the factors he and the MSU Board of Governors are keeping a close eye on, including the criteria that could potentially lead to a "pause" on in-person learning.  Those factors include COVID-19 case data, testing resources, advice from local, state and federal health officials, local hospital capability, and above all, safety of students, faculty and staff, Smart said.

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 To see all Missouri results:

To view the results of all races in the state of Missouri as they come in, click on this website hosted by the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

Then in the drop-down  menu, select State of Missouri - Primary Election August 4, 2020.

Scroll down to find the statewide offices, state House and Senate races, and other items that appeared on the ballot.  There, you can also tally turnout of voters by party.