Josh Conaway

News Reporter, Announcer

Josh Conaway is a second year student at Missouri State University studying political science and Spanish. He works as news reporter and announcer for KSMU. His favorite part of working for KSMU is meeting a wide variety of interesting people for stories. He has a passion for history and running.



Officials from Missouri State Parks are inviting the public to a meeting Thursday (1/16) to share their ideas on the new Bryant Creek State Park, located near Ava. KSMU’s Joshua Conaway reports.


The meeting will give an update on how the new state park is developing. State officials also want to hear about alternative plans.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM at the Ava Senior Center, located on the corner of North Spurlock Street and East Benton Ave. This is one in a series of meetings about the future of the new state park.

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Missouri State University's choice of Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach made national headlines Wednesday, due to his high-profile name in the sports world. As KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports, the university plans to welcome Petrino to campus Thursday morning (1/16). 


MSU's athletics department said Wednesday that Petrino has been chosen to replace outgoing coach Dave Steckel, whose record last season was 1-10. 

Petrino has a winning coaching record across his career, with 119 wins and 56 losses.



Missouri State University officials said on Monday they hope to have a new football coach within two weeks. 

In a press conference at JQH Arena, MSU President Clif Smart and Director of Athletics Kyle Moats briefed reporters after the university signed a separation agreement with outgoing coach Dave Steckel after five seasons.

Smart began the press conference by defending Steckel from critics, citing the team’s high grade point average and Steckel’s method of handling conflict.

USA Today has named Springfield’s History Museum on the Square as America’s #1 Best New Attraction after a nationwide vote.

According to a release, the History Museum on the Square beat out 19 other candidates in the 10Best Reader’s Choice Award poll. Other attractions included theme parks, performance and art venues. The site’s editors chose the 20 attractions to be voted on, and participants voted to choose the top ten in December. 10Best is part of USA Today’s travel section.

Krista Adams is the director of development for the museum.

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The City of Springfield plans to host three workshops this month to encourage citizens to map out a long-range vision for Springfield. KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports.

The city’s long-range planning project is called Forward SGF, and it will chart out what Springfield will look like over the next 20 years.

Randall Whitman, one of the city’s planners, says the issues tackled by this plan will include transportation, land use, parks, infrastructure planning, and more. Whitman says everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.

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As part of our Sense of Community series, "Table Traditions," Ann Marie Baker shared a family recipe referred to as "cranberry relish."

This holiday recipe fits in a small white bowl, on a plate next to a stack of saltine crackers and slices of cheese. The sweetness of the dish mixes with a bright tartness.

“The cranberry relish recipe is a family favorite, and we’ve been having it at the holidays for as long as I can remember," Ann Marie Baker said. "My mother made it my grandmother made it, my great-grandmother made it, and it was always around.”

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State Representative Sonya Anderson, whose district includes part of Springfield, is proposing a constitutional amendment to give disabled veterans tax exemptions. 

Anderson’s proposal would give veterans with combat-related disabilities a tax exemption from real and personal property tax. According to a release from Anderson's office, the exemption would be capped at $200,000, but would increase with the national inflation rate.

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The Greene County Commission has announced that it’s buying 23 acres of land just south of the Springfield-Branson National Airport to build a new jail. 

According to a press release from the county, the building site is located on Division Street and Haseltine Road, east of White Chapel Cemetery and south of the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The land purchase was valued at $679,545.

The new jail is expected to be eight stories tall and be completed by 2022. 

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Next year, students at Springfield Public Schools will have a shorter winter break. This comes after Missouri legislators mandated that school districts must start their school year no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day. This puts the start date for SPS on Monday, August 24.

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Every year on Thanksgiving Day, thousands of running enthusiasts, families, and pets gather to participate in the Turkey Trot, a 5K race hosted by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. This will mark the 25th iteration of what is now the largest Thanksgiving 5K race in Missouri.

The race is a flat, fast course around five kilometers of downtown Springfield. There are separate categories for elite runners, regular runners, walkers, and even dogs.

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2020 marks the 75th anniversary for the end of World War II. As the world remembers the impact of the global conflict, a historical association works to renovate the ship where the war officially ended.

One of the greatest naval ships in American history has close ties to Missouri and bears its name:  the USS Missouri was the site for the formal surrender of the Japanese Empire on September 2nd, 1945.  And now, as the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII approaches, the battleship is undergoing renovations to mark the occasion.


A major motor manufacturing plant in West Plains plans to close soon.

According to a statement emailed from the Regal Beloit Corporation based in Wisconsin, the company plans to shut down its West Plains facility over the next nine months. Around 200 people currently work at the plant.

Regal cited the “competitive global market” as a reason for closing the facility. The factory will close in several phases, beginning later this year and finishing by the middle of next year.

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Springfield City Council voted to table discussion of ordinances that would make it more challenging for owners of short-term loan businesses. As it stands, the payday loan issue won’t be discussed again until February.

The issue of regulating payday and title loans is a delicate one.

The issue is contentious for many states and municipalities because it’s a conflict that tries to balance the freedom of business owners and the protection of a vulnerable population.

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  The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will dedicate a memorial to a Civil War Union officer Friday in a ceremony open to the public.


The dedication is to remember Zagonyi’s Charge, an offensive against Confederate forces at Springfield in October, 1861.

Greg Wolk coordinates history programs for the Missouri Humanities Council. / Flickr


Right now, seniors can change their Medicare health care plans;  the open enrollment period to make those changes runs through December 7th.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services encourages people on Medicare to look at their options for the next year’s plan, which begins on January 1st.

Julie Brookhart works in the Kansas City Regional Office of CMS. She says for people with Medicare plans, looking at other options for a better deal is crucial.