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Jennifer works as a reporter and producer, and also trains the student reporters at KSMU. She grew up on a farm just outside West Plains, Missouri, and now works for KSMU from her hometown. She spent five years as a freelance journalist in the Persian Gulf, reporting for NPR and producing for CNN International’s program “Inside the Middle East.” Jennifer studied at the American University in Cairo and graduated from the University of Missouri. She participated in the first annual National Day of Listening on Nov 24, 2008. You can hear her interview her grandmother here.
In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we talk with a couple of professors who met through an arranged marriage in India; 45 years later, their passion for education and helping others has led them on an incredible path.
Mercy and the American Cancer Society are partnering with supermarket Hy-Vee to host a free, “Know Your Colon” event tomorrow, Saturday, March 8. It’s an effort to educate the public about colon health and cancer prevention. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson spoke with a local specialist about what it means to “Know Your Colon.”
Tonight, supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri will host a town hall meeting in Springfield. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the groups hoping to enlarge the government health care program for the poor are directly focusing their message on state lawmakers.
The crisis in Ukraine is spreading: today, gunmen in unmarked military clothes took control of two airports in Crimea. Crimea officially belongs to Ukraine now. But many Crimeans don’t trust the new interim government in Kiev. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson spoke with one of them: a woman in Ozark for whom this conflict hits close to home.
Attention, history buffs and outdoors enthusiasts: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield needs volunteers. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, you can learn about volunteer opportunities at an upcoming recruitment fair.
It’s often said that “to die well” is a blessing. One man with special needs in the Ozarks received that blessing recently. And as KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, his community, in turn, was equally blessed by the experience.
Minorities who own a business often face unique challenges because they come from an under-represented part of the population. But one grassroots organization in Springfield is spearheading a movement that tackles those challenges head-on so that a person’s ethnic group, gender, or race no longer play a role in how successful they can become as an entrepreneur. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
The Springfield Police Department has released its Quarterly Public Safety Report for the last three months of 2013. These quarterly reports help give some perspective to whether Springfield’s crime rates are going up or down—and which crimes are seeing more activity. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the last quarter of 2013 saw an overall decrease in crime by two percent.
US Senator Roy Blunt is co-sponsoring a bill that he says would prevent the IRS from targeting conservative non-profit groups. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we hear from a father who packed up his family in 1998 and brought them to American in hopes of a better life. They live in the rural Ozarks with a large, Russian-speaking community.