Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is meeting with college administrators to talk about his efforts to restore year-round Pell Grants.  Today he stopped in Springfield at OTC to talk with the community college’s president Hal Higdon, Missouri State University president, Clif Smart and other local college administrators.

Blunt chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which recently approved a bipartisan funding bill that would, in part, change the Pell Grant to year-round funding.

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Ozarks residents looking for a job might find one this week. 

The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will assist Welk Resorts with a hiring event tomorrow (6/28) from 3 to 6 p.m. The Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center will be in the Branson Hills Parkway Wal-Mart parking lot, 1101 Branson Hills Parkway with resume and online application assistance. Welk Resorts will be hiring for positions including Engineering, Box Office, Activities, Construction Manager, Cook, Hostess, Housekeeping, and Front Desk.

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High School juniors and seniors are wrapping up a week at a camp southeast of Branson where they're learning about many different aspects of the natural world.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky visited the camp, and has the story.

Temperatures soared into the middle 90s this week, but that didn’t stop young people attending an environmental camp near Kirbyville from working hard in the late morning sun.


The Springfield-Greene County Library District invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to “Fantastic Friday at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield” this morning (6/24) from 10 to noon.  Hear the story of the “common soldier” and listen to campground music from the Civil War.  Kids can also complete activities to earn the NPS Junior Ranger Badge.  For more information, 732-7284.

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CoxHealth is planning to hire nurses from overseas.  The hospital cited “tremendous growth” and “an effort to keep up with the growing need for health care personnel” as reasons for the decision.

Karen Kramer, CoxHealth’s chief nursing officer said, in Branson last year inpatient admissions volume grew ten percent.  And emergency department admissions are up about the same amount system wide.