Matt Campanelli

News Producer

Matt Campanelli is a senior at Missouri State University who is pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Communications. While serving as a news intern for KSMU, Matt is also a staff reporter for Missouri State’s student run newspaper, The Standard. One of his favorite things about journalism is it combines two of his passions; writing and telling stories.

Immigrant Daughters Navigate Controversial Women's Issues

Dec 13, 2017
Ryan Welch / KSMU Radio

Editor's note:  The names in this story have been changed because the sources were concerned about privacy. 

A young woman, whom we're calling Elena, is sitting with her friend in a coffee shop in downtown Springfield.  

Elena's parents are from the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States before she was born.

“It’s very common for, like, Russian girls to get married very young and, like, stay in the household,” Elena said.

Men usually are expected to earn the income in her family, she said.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Amid the holiday season comes another one: flu season. In Greene County, there were 88 cases of the illness as of Dec. 2, according to Kathryn Wall, public information administrator for the Springfield Greene County Health Department.

Wall said reports of the flu tend to increase around the holiday season when people do a lot traveling and tend to be within close quarters of others. 

“That’s why we really push for flu vaccine in October to really get ahead of it,” Wall added. 

Gun free zone
Lars Plougmann / Flickr

Recent shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sutherland Springs, Texas have reignited the debate over gun control.  

Democratic State Representative Crystal Quade of Springfield and Republican Jered Taylor of Nixa answered questions on the topic Monday evening. The event was hosted by the nonprofit Be Civil Be Heard at Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union Theater.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Ryan Welch / KSMU

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek was one of the first in the American Civil War. However the history of the location doesn’t stop at the end of the battle. The team at Ozarks Public Television set out to show how the site transformed from a battlefield to a national park.

“The battle took place in 1861, and the park didn’t start until 1961,” said Jason Ferber, producer, writer and editor of the OPT documentary.

According to Ferber, he began work on the documentary last October and just recently finished the project.

Matt Campanelli / KSMU

The Missouri Department of Conservation is working with duck hunters to help prevent the spread of invasive species in Missouri’s waterways.

Zebra mussels have been found in some of Missouri’s larger lakes like Truman, according to Kenda Flores with the MDC. Fellows Lake, a popular destination for duck hunters in Greene County, doesn’t have zebra mussels. However, Flores said the agency discovered the lake does have hydrilla, an aquatic plant and invasive species.