Jennifer Moore

KSMU Contributor/Missouri State University Journalist-in-Residence

As the Journalist-in-Residence at Missouri State University, Jennifer teaches undergraduate and graduate students, oversees a semester-long, team reporting project, and contributes weekly stories to KSMU Radio in the area of public affairs journalism.

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Since the summer, many public defender offices have been temporarily shutting their doors to new clients, saying they’ve got too many cases to handle. In this segment of our series “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender in Crisis,” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at the “caseload math” that went into determining when an office can shut its doors.

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

Behind layer after layer of steel and concrete, 22-year-old Jared Blacksher has been sitting for five months in the Christian County jail without an attorney.

Today, we bring you the final part in our week-long look at the Islamic community of the Ozarks, which is just one of the lesser known faith groups we're exploring. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore sat through a Friday prayer service at the mosque in Joplin and has this report.

This week, we’re continuing our look at the religious landscape of the Ozarks by highlighting the Islamic community in southwest Missouri. Today, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore takes a tour of the mosque in Joplin, which is the place of worship for about 40 families.

Our tour is led by the imam of the mosque, Lahmuddin, who is originally from Indonesia. He says the one story brick building used to be a church. We start out in the large kitchen and dining area.

Today, as we continue our series exploring lesser known religious groups in the Ozarks, we ask local Muslim women what it’s like to wear the Islamic headscarf, or “hijab,” in southwest Missouri. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this report.