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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The Stone County Sheriff says at least 11 people have died after a Ride the Rucks boat sank Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.

Sheriff Doug Rader said he believed stormy weather led to the boat capsizing and sinking.

The City of Branson has set up a small command center at Branson City Hall for survivors and family members.

Melody Pettit is a spokeswoman for the City of Branson, and told KSMU Friday morning that City Hall will continue to function as both a public office and a staging ground.

Sara Karnes / Branson Tri-Lakes News, Used With Permission

Stone County Sherriff Doug Rader says eight people died Thursday evening and several are unaccounted for after a tourist boat capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake.

“At this time, we have eight confirmed fatalities,” Rader said late Thursday night. He said those fatalities were caused by drowning.

The Stone County Sherriff’s Department told KSMU the boat that sank belonged to the company Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.  Calls and emails to that company requesting more information on the boat were not immediately returned.


UPDATE at 9:30 AM on July 19, 2018:   According to the MSHP, the occupant of the vehicle has been identified as Colby M. Rey, 32, or Orlando, Florida. Rey is in critical condition at a Springfield hospital after receiving multiple gunshot wounds, according to the patrol. He is also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a parole violation on a weapons offense. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Original story, posted July 18, 2018:

Jennifer L Moore / KSMU Radio

This morning in our Sense of Community series on "Opportunities for Veterans," we’re featuring a visit to a cemetery to learn about the funeral choices for veterans and their families.   

Hugh Myers is the director of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery of Springfield. On Wednesday when we met him for a tour, he was preparing for the funeral of a Navy veteran.

"With the earth burial and our cremation that’s in the columbarium, we are just at 10,070 burials here at the cemetery,” Myers says as he drives through the property.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

The Missouri Career Center is located at 2900 East Sunshine Street in Springfield, and it's open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Veterans can call ahead to make an appointment, or simply walk in.

As Air Force Col. Anthony Willis prepared to retire from the military, he felt reasonably confident there was one thing he wouldn’t have too much trouble with:  finding a job in the civilian world. 

He had been a security policeman for five years, he said.

"And then for 22 and a half years, I was an intelligence officer,” Willis said.