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. She likes to tell stories that make a difference.  Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.

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Devin Strayhorn has had a pretty incredible senior year.  The former Nixa student, who graduated last weekend, got to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier this year.  He's won a prestigious scholarship, and he earned the title of best tuba player in Missouri.  That’s despite being placed into foster care at the end of his junior year.

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The Tri-State Gem and Mineral Society’s Spring Rock Swap will be held Friday and Saturday (5/18-5/19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (5/20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum in Joplin, MO. 

Missouri State University

A former first daughter will headline Missouri State University’s 2018 Public Affairs Conference.  Jenna Bush Hager will serve as keynote speaker September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

Missouri Department of Conservation

There’s a new public use area for the public to explore.  The Missouri Department of Conservation says the Alfred Newton Gossett Conservation Area in Dallas County is open for public use.

The 671-acre area near Windyville was acquired by MDC in 2017.  The department has surveyed the area, marked bounderies, constructed a parking area and conducted other start-up tasks to get it ready for the public to use it.

Beginning June 1, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will charge $20 per vehicle, $10 per person and $15 per motorcycle.  An annual park pass will cost $35.  According to park officials, the increase is needed to fund infrastructure and maintenance needs.  Currently, entrance fees at the park are $7 per person, $15 per vehicle and $10 for a motorcycle.