Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a sophomore at Missouri State University, and is majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Music. She is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is involved in Model United Nations, the MSU Chorale, and the MSU Aerialists.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

The local television show “Show Me Chefs,” produced by Missouri State University and 319 Events Center, has been nominated for a College Arts Emmy.

“This Emmy nomination is actually a huge deal for us. It’s like top three in the nation for non-fiction TV series, and we got nominated for Show Me Chefs season 2,” Jasmine Lee, one of the show’s producers, tells KSMU.

Mun Choi
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

The president of the University of Missouri System says MU Extension is an integral part of its institutional offerings.

Dr. Mun Choi visited the Greene County extension office Wednesday. It was one of three stops in Springfield, the first city on Choi’s statewide tour.

“I’m here to visit a very important component of our mission, which is the organization that serves to provide outreach and to use research and education from the university to make an impact on the community,” said Choi.

Austin Cassity / Drury Debate Program

The Debate Program at Drury University, while only a year old, recently won first place at the National Debate Tournament. We spoke with the team to learn more about the group and its success.

Drury Debater Lindsey Duede takes a firm position on foreign relations in a mock debate during a practice session with her teammates. While this program been around a short time, there’s a keen sense of comradery between the roughly 10 group members.

Charles DeBerry is a professor of communication and the director of the Drury Debate program.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Springfield Community Gardens continues to expand with plans for a new plot in the city’s Zone 1 region. These gardens help bring the community together while producing food for local entities.

Alexa Poindexter, who manages the Market Garden, takes me through the rows of vegetables that it currently has to offer. The garden is one of nearly two dozen that Springfield Community Gardens has throughout Springfield. She says these plots often serve as points of contact with passersby.

National Weather Service / National Weather Service

Weather officials say they’re seeing an increase in severe storms so far throughout the region.

Robert Frye is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.

“So far this year we’re not even a week into April yet and we’ve already surpassed all the reports that we received last year.”

The National Weather Service Office in Springfield serves 37 counties in southwest Missouri and three counties in southeast Kansas, according to Frye. So far this year, there have been 10 tornadoes reported within the region.

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