Han Zhao

News Volunteer

Han Zhao is a second year Global Studies graduate student at Missouri State University, with an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism. Han also teaches Media & Society at MSU. She has a strong interest in international politics and enjoys localizing international stories in the Ozarks. Her career goal is to become an international correspondent.

Han Zhao / KSMU

As protests continue near the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, a small group in Springfield is sharing in the opposition.

About 20 people gathering outside of the US Bank branch on East Kearney Street Saturday, one of many financial entities described as a potential lender to companies working on the pipeline.

Han Zhao

Around 100 people lined the sidewalks at National and Sunshine this morning chanting “No hate no fear, refugees are welcomed here” and “No ban.  No Wall.”  The protest, hosted by Springfield Welcome Home, was organized after President Donald Trump issued an executive order instituting a temporary ban on entry into the U.S. of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Han Zhao / KSMU

Dozens of students took their concerns over President Trump’s executive order on immigration to Sen. Roy Blunt’s office in Springfield this morning.

About 60 participated in the demonstration, many from Missouri State University, carrying signs in opposition to Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

One of the protesters, MSU alumnus Andy Sun, said it shouldn’t be about politics, but human beings.

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Springfield was among the hundreds of cities worldwide Saturday where marchers raised their voice in support of women’s rights.

The grassroots movement, whose main march in Washington, D.C. drew an estimated 500,000 participants, invited individuals and organizations committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Estimates put the Springfield crowd at around 2,000.

Crystal Quade
Han Zhao / KSMU

Crystal Quade helped Democrats avoid a Republican sweep in Greene County Tuesday and kept blue the seat currently held by term-limited Charlie Norr. 

Quade says that joining a legislature with a Republican super majority means she’ll need to be able to work across the aisle.

“So that’s going to be my first step is to build those relationships so that whenever I start filing my bills, hopefully soon, so I can have bipartisan support on the issues that are important to me,” Quade continued.