Jennifer Moore

News Director & Content Coordinator

As News Director, Jennifer oversees news gathering and production for KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio; in her role as Content Coordinator, she makes sure all programs on KSMU, including those produced locally, nationally, and internationally, flow seamlessly over the air.  She trains the student reporters and announcers and hosts the monthly program Engaging the Community.

Jennifer hails from West Plains, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her Master's Degree from Missouri State University blended Middle Eastern politics and journalism. She lived in the Persian Gulf for five years and studied at the American University in Cairo. She has received the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award from The Missouri Bar, a national Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Joplin tornado, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

She's the author of "Covering Elections for Smaller Newsrooms: A Template," and is always eager to hear story ideas or feedback from community members and listeners.

Ways to Connect

Jennifer L Moore / KSMU Radio

This morning in our Sense of Community series on "Opportunities for Veterans," we’re featuring a visit to a cemetery to learn about the funeral choices for veterans and their families.   

Hugh Myers is the director of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery of Springfield. On Wednesday when we met him for a tour, he was preparing for the funeral of a Navy veteran.

"With the earth burial and our cremation that’s in the columbarium, we are just at 10,070 burials here at the cemetery,” Myers says as he drives through the property.

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The Missouri Career Center is located at 2900 East Sunshine Street in Springfield, and it's open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Veterans can call ahead to make an appointment, or simply walk in.

As Air Force Col. Anthony Willis prepared to retire from the military, he felt reasonably confident there was one thing he wouldn’t have too much trouble with:  finding a job in the civilian world. 

He had been a security policeman for five years, he said.

"And then for 22 and a half years, I was an intelligence officer,” Willis said.

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Chip Miller is one of about a dozen military veterans arriving for a group therapy session at the Veterans Center on 3616 South Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

Miller, in his early 70s, is here for camaraderie and professional help in dealing with trauma he experienced as a younger man.

To kick off this week’s Sense of Community series on "Opportunities for Veterans" in our area, we’re looking at the mental health services available for veterans of the armed forces.

Missouri Official Manual 1968 / State of Missouri

On the winter morning of Wednesday, January 8, 1969, a 49-year-old attorney walked into the Capitol building in Jefferson City with the intention of starting a new job.  William Morris, a WWII veteran from the Kansas City area, had been appointed lieutenant governor by then-Governor Warren Hearnes one week earlier.  Morris prepared to take his place presiding over the Missouri Senate on the opening day of the legislative session. 

Jennifer Moore / KSMU Radio

Religious Muslims in the United States just finished a month of fasting from all food and drink during daylight hours. 

On Friday, scores of families gathered at the mosque in Springfield to celebrate the the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, which ended the month of Ramadan.

I walked to the back door, which is the women’s entrance to the mosque.

The Islamic Center of Springfield is located on Division Street.