Megan Burke

Photography Intern

Megan started working as a KSMU photo intern in the fall of 2017. She is currently a junior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism and minoring in photography. Also working as a senior reporter and staff photographer for The Standard, she plans to pursue a career in international photojournalism. Megan was born in Tokyo, Japan but grew up in O’Fallon, I


Medicare recipients are getting new cards to prevent identity theft and healthcare fraud.


The new cards will not have Social Security numbers on them.

Missouri will be mailing these new cards to the state’s 1.2 million Medicare recipients in mid-October.


Julie Brookhart is a Kansas City-based spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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Out of 150 young, at-risk individuals surveyed in the Springfield area, 64 percent said they’d been homeless with a parent or caregiver at some point in their lives—that’s according to a new report.  KSMU’s Megan Burke has more.

The report, released by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, shows results from a survey of 150 Ozarks residents between the ages of 11 and 25 seeking services from local agencies.

Amanda Stadler coordinates the continuum of care for the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. She says the report is critical for the community.

Mobility and balance tend to worsen as we age. Next month, seniors across Missouri can take free classes on how to stay strong and prevent falling. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.


The classes will be offered through the University of Missouri Extension offices as part of a grant. They will teach balance for people over 60, strength and health for those over 50, and a Tai Chi class for seniors.


In Springfield, the first class will be offered starting November 1 at the Springfield Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.


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Missouri State University President Clif Smart gave the annual State of the University address on Monday, highlighting accomplishments over the past year and identifying things to work on. KSMU’s Megan Burke was there and has more.

Smart touted the university’s triumphs in the state legislature, including a new state law that lets MSU offer more doctoral programs.

Faculty diversity reached 14 percent—up from 11.5 percent two years ago.

Megan Burke

new Missouri law requires all public colleges and universities to administer a civics exam to students as a requirement for graduation. It was part of Senate Bill 807, which went into effect on August 28, 2018.