Megan Burke

Photography Intern

Megan started working as a KSMU photo intern in the fall of 2017. She is currently a junior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism and minoring in photography. Also working as a senior reporter and staff photographer for The Standard, she plans to pursue a career in international photojournalism. Megan was born in Tokyo, Japan but grew up in O’Fallon, I

Megan Burke/ KSMU


Grants announced this week will provide jobs in the environmental field and clean up contaminated areas in Springfield. 



At a news conference Wednesday, Olivia Hough, Springfield’s Brownfields coordinator, announced the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a three-year grant to the city to assess brownfields.



According to Hough, brownfields are potentially contaminated properties that must be assessed and remediated before they can be developed.




Provided by Lost and Found Grief Center

There's no shortage of 5K races and fun runs. But picture this:  scores of people, bound together by grief, finishing a 5K and then hoisting paper lanterns up into the night sky as a symbol of what they've lost.  KSMU's Megan Burke has details.

As a teacher, Kim Martin occasionally had students experience the loss of a parent. She says she was sensitive to their loss, but after a month, she'd find herself urging them to push forward. "Life goes on," she'd tell them.

Then, on Christmas of 2010, she lost her husband.

Springfield-Greene County Library District

  One the most influential people in Springfield’s history was a civic trailblazer during the first half of the 20th century.


John T. Woodruff moved to the Springfield area in 1904 and went on a 40-year spree of civic projects and expansion across the Ozarks.


But today, most people don’t know who he was or the impact he had on the community, says Missouri State University Library Dean Thomas Peters.


Jill Scheidt/MU Extension

A University of Missouri Extension specialist found an unusual pest when she was scouting a wheat field earlier this month. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.

Jill Scheidt is an agronomy specialist for the extension office in Lamar, Missouri. She often scouts fields in Barton County and surrounding counties.

The pest she found is the Winter Grain mite. That's a small, black insect with red legs. It can be identified using a hand lens to spot an anal pore that looks like a small water droplet on the mite's abdomen. Scheidt found the mites in multiple fields, she said.

Megan Burke/ KSMU


At the Springfield Botanical Center, Master Gardener Nora Cox is watching as a fellow gardener turns some dirt with a shovel.

Cox tends to the “English Garden,” one of many gardens throughout Nathanael Greene Park in Springfield.

  Any plant that lives dormant underground—or “goes to sleep,” as Cox calls it—is considered a perennial.

Living in the Ozarks we’re fortunate, she says, because many perennials sprout early in the spring and many grow well in this area.