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'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.

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Missouri’s domestic violence shelters are almost all operating at full capacity:  they had to reject women and children seeking shelter more than 21,000 times last year.  In today’s part of our series, “Turned Away,” KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson looks at the funding for Missouri’s shelters, and how that money is being spent.

Jennifer Davidson, KSMU

62-year-old Joan Sisco of Springfield is doing her best to get comfortable on a donated couch.   But her attempt is futile: her upper body is mostly purple and brown from her boyfriend’s July 4 attack. That’s the night she received multiple blows because she served another man a cup of coffee.

We’re at the Respite Care shelter for homeless women with medical needs, which operates under the umbrella of The Kitchen, Inc. Most nights, Joan’s either at Safe to Sleep, an overnight shelter for homeless women, or sleeping in her car behind a storage shed.

Jennifer Davidson

If you’ve dreamed about taking a trip to drink in the colors of the fall foliage, but you haven’t yet made it to Maine or Vermont, you’re in luck.   KSMU’s chief engineer, Doug Waugh, tipped one of our reporters off to a scenic trail in southern Missouri that attracts tourists from across the Midwest this time of year.  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore headed to the Glade Top Trail, and brings us this report.

All this week, for our Sense of Community series, we’re highlighting children in need in our community.  I’ve just pulled up in my car to what I believe to be Christos House, the domestic violence shelter for south-central Missouri.  It’s unmarked, and it’s in an undisclosed location.  The reason I’m here is because the untold story of domestic violence in our state is the children—thousands of them—who both stay in these shelters every year, and who are turned away because shelters like this one are operating at full capacity.   So, I’m gonna head in and see who we can talk to here.

In our final segment of our five-part series “Justice for All: Missouri’s Public Defender System in Crisis,” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at the options for the system’s future.

Early next year, the Supreme Court of Missouri is expected to rule on whether public defenders can continue closing their doors to new clients when their caseloads get too high. But even if the Court says they can, the question of how to provide criminal defense attorneys to Missouri’s poor will remain unanswered.