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.

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Saturday marked 25 years of recreational advancements in Springfield as Ozark Greenways celebrated the connection of two popular trails.

The new Tal's Trailhead at 3551 S. Kaufman Road in south Springfield connects the 3-mile Wilson's Creek and 7-mile South Creek trails. The trailhead is named in honor of C. Tal Wooten, Jr., a donor to the project. 

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Sitting in the café of Mama Jean’s on East Republic road, this Springfield hot yoga instructor and hairstylist appears far removed from his days as a wartime Iraqi translator for the U.S. Army.

“I did a lot of what they (U.S. soldiers) did, except I didn’t have a weapon,” Jayden said.

Jayden, who asked we not to use his last name to protect his identity, grew up in Bagdad in a family of teachers. He, by default, started his college career in education. Though he wasn’t happy.

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The newly completed annex for Missouri State University’s Multicultural Resource Center is now accessible to students. But behind the seemingly crowded open house ceremony last month inside Freudenberger House, some students have their reservations about this venue.

“The facility means good and bad things,” Ravyn Brooks, junior sociology student, told KSMU at the open house party. “The good part is there’s more space. We now actually have a safe zone for LGBT plus.”

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Before a crowd of about 1,000 Friday, Harvard professor Robert Putnam said Springfield has a more sophisticated understanding of the gap between poor kids and rich kids than other places.

“I came here today partly to share my ideas about how did this happen and what could we do about it,” Putnam told KSMU prior to his speech at Missouri State University’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall. “But partly to learn the experience from people right here in Springfield who are really doing important works to try to narrow the opportunity gap and to rebuild social capital right here.”

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Amid the turmoil in the Middle East, 28-year-old Mohammed Arafah is positive about the future.

“After the 9-11 attack, people get to know us more,” Arafah said. “The way of connection people are using now is more modern and fast… We can reach the other world and tell them about ourselves and they get to know us and we get to know them.”

A Missouri State University alumnus, Arafah is currently back home in Medina, Saudi Arabia, pursuing a career in IT management.