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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.
One small town in the Ozarks has been named one of the top ten best small towns in the country. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
Just north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line, on a country highway, there's a quaint, stone building that locals say dates back to the Works Progress Administration. And inside is one woman who sees herself as a curator. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has this report from Oregon County in southern Missouri.
Having a birthday party might seem like a pretty basic rite of childhood. But there are kids in our area who have never blown out those candles, and who have only ever received hand-me-down presents. One non-profit organization in south-central Missouri is trying to change that, one child at a time. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
In a sign of the dramatically changing health care landscape, one hospital that acts as a hub in the rural Ozarks has let 32 employees go, and says it’s unable to fill 12 other positions. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Temperatures are climbing, and safety experts say it's time to take precautions against heat-related illness. During a heat advisory, like the one issued Thursday, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers "cooling centers." KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has details.
Missouri’s Department of Mental Health, as one might gather from its name, serves people with mental illness across the state. But it also has an entire division dedicated to people with developmental disabilities, like cerebral palsy, Autism, and Down Syndrome. To serve this population, the department contracts with hundreds of private agencies and individuals for treatment, rehabilitation, and in some cases, to even find a home. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson profiles one of those agencies in this report.
The US Supreme Court has struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that prevented same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, like those in Social Security, insurance, immigration and tax filing. But what does this mean for the state of Missouri? KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this interview.
In this Sense of Community segment on "Animals That Help," KSMU's Jennifer Davidson visits two Ozarks nursing homes to find how animals are helping residents maintain a sense of purpose and companionship.
In this Sense of Community report, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson looks at how valuable a well-trained Border Collie can be for Ozarks livestock farmers.
A independently-owned movie theater that serves a wide radius of very rural landscape has decided to do something special for children with Autism and other disabilities. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this report from West Plains.