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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The training this weekend  is part of the national campaign, Stop the Bleed, which gained momentum after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012, according to Mercy Hospital Springfield.

"A bunch of the leaders in the nation got together and thought, 'how can we stop people from dying from preventable deaths with just some basic hemorrhage techniques for that life threatening bleeding situation?'" said Keith Schaefer, director of Trauma Services at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

Michele Skalicky

Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado was the site of a mass shooting in 1999.  Fourteen students and one teacher were killed by Columbine students armed with guns.  The shooters were also killed.  Twenty children and six staff members were killed in 2012 in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  And in February, a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida claimed a total of 43 lives.

Tragedies like those emphasize the need to make school safety a priority. 

Chris Claypool

The Ozark School District Board of Education will begin reviewing applications for the superintendent vacancy tomorrow during a closed session meeting.

District officials say they’ve received 25 applications for the position, seven from outside of Missouri. The Board of Education plans to schedule interviews the first week of April with the hopes of selecting and announcing the new superintendent at the regular board meeting on April 17.


A forum tonight in Joplin will feature candidates for Joplin City Council.  Nine candidates are on the ballot for the April 3 election.

The live program from Joplin City Council chambers, will air at 6 tonight on KGCS-TV, a service of Missouri Southern State University. 

According to a news release from the City of Joplin, candidates will have the opportunity to address what they see as key issues facing the city.

Michele Skalicky

This week on KSMU’s Sense of Community Series, we’ll look at various aspects of firearms here in the Ozarks—from schools that already have armed teachers to the craft of firearm engraving.  This segment focuses on local efforts toward what advocates call “common sense” gun laws.

Moms Demand Action is a national group formed after 20 children and six teachers were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT in 2012.