Simone Cook


Simone Cook is a senior at Missouri State University, where she is majoring in digital film.  She started with KSMU in August 2014 as a news intern and is now an announcer during various KSMU programs.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, photography, listening to music and watching films.  She hopes one day to travel the world and learn about the different cultures around her.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

In just over two weeks, there have been three highly publicized reports of suspicious items found in the Springfield area. But the frequency of these calls to the city’s bomb squad is not that uncommon.


 The Springfield Branson National Airport now features state-of-the-art scanning technology. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began deploying the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to airports in 2008. The machines are designed to safely screen passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats that can be concealed under clothing, all while preserving passenger privacy.

Kent Boyd is the spokesman for the Springfield Branson National Airport.

Price Cutter Charity Championship

2014 marked the 25th year for the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield. This week, the golf tournament announced it had exceeded its goal of $1 million to benefit local charities. KSMU’s Simone Cook reports on who the money will impact.

Danielle Wise is the director of development for The Arc of the Ozarks, which is one of 46 organizations involved in this year’s event.

Simone Cook

With the busiest shopping weekend of the year set to begin, customers are reminded that there’s more than just Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday, trademarked by American Express, is a movement to bring attention to business in local areas.  This year, Small Business Saturday will occur on November 29.

Mick and Paige Whitcomb own the retail and art store Nomad in downtown Springfield. Mick Whitcomb believes the movement is effective in helping small businesses grow throughout the country.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

A new directory highlights the “who’s who” of Missouri’s historic and one-room schools. KSMU’s Simone Cook tells us more about the publication, which includes details on roughly 50 schools.

“The Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools” was published in October by David Burton and Jennifer Kerivan. Burton, of the MU Extension and creator of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, says the directory helps tell part of the history of education in Missouri.