Scott Harvey

News Director & Content Coordinator

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Ways to Connect

Kass Leer, Zealand Gentry Leer,
Tom McFarland / KSMU

Public radio isn’t just for adults. And while it’s not uncommon for youth to listen to KSMU, donating to the station may not come until later. Not for Zealand Gentry Leer, who at age 5 hand-delivered her contribution to staff at the KSMU studios.  

“She got really excited, about donating to KSMU,” her mother, Kass, recalls. “And we made a big deal of it, we counted the days before we went, we got in the car, and she decided she wanted to hand the money in in person.”

Longtime KSMU listener and volunteer Warren Fritzinger discovered KSMU more than 20 years ago when he and his wife moved from Chicago to Mt. Vernon.

Better known by Fritz, he’s a frequent presence at KSMU’s Springfield studios.  

“I’m down there at least once or twice a week,” he says, adding that “From here to Springfield I always have it [KSMU] on.”

Sue Phillips
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Longtime KSMU supporter Sue Phillips is almost always listening. When outside working in her backyard, she takes a battery-powered radio that her brother gave her years ago.

"It has really good fidelity and gets KSMU perfectly," she says with a grin.

Sue keeps the radio in a plastic bag so it doesn't get dirty.

Every Minute Counts / PBS

Some 5 million people that are living in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, for which there is currently no cure.

“If nothing changes between now and 2050 that number will triple to almost 15 million people,” says Betsey Arledge, producer, director and writer for the PBS documentary Every Minute Counts.

Virgil Hill
Ryan Welch / KSMU

While it appears the measure won the popular vote, Proposition SPS did not pass after failing to receive the required four-sevenths majority Tuesday.

Springfield Public Schools was seeking approval of a $189 million bond to move forward with phase 1 of its Facility Master Plan. But needing 57.1 percent to pass, the measure fell more than 6 points short. With 97 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, only 50.99 percent of voters had said “yes” to the proposal.