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.

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Ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Missouri State University has scheduled a series of meetings to, as the school puts it, “express feelings, decompress and share self-reflections.”

These facilitated dialogues began Monday afternoon, with a second meeting Monday night and additional sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the “Dialogue and Decompress” discussions will be based upon topics and questions from faculty, staff, and students that deal with diversity issues.

Simone Cook

A new health facility currently under construction on the campus of Missouri State University has received a name. KSMU’s Simone Cook has more.

President Cliff Smart made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the site of the venue at the corner of Cherry Street and Holland Avenue.

“We are here this afternoon to announce the name of our new health sciences building. It will be called the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, and that’s the result of an incredible gift from Charlie and Mary Beth O’Reilly, as well as the O’Reilly Family Foundation.”

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Every year, creates a list of the best places in the United States to retire. In 2014, Springfield, Missouri is ranked number 1. KSMU’s Simone Cook has more.

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Springfield’s city clerk will now begin the process of verifying more than 2,500 signatures after opponents of a recently passed non-discrimination ordinance submitted a referendum petition on Wednesday. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details.

The Black Bear

It was a much different tone during Saturday’s second Speak Up event on the Missouri State campus, as hundreds gathered for a lively discussion on race relations two weeks after an organization’s silent protest over homecoming weekend. KSMU’s Simone Cook has more.

The two-hour forum inside the Carrington Hall auditorium examined the first Blackout demonstration on Oct. 18, which was intended to start a dialog on local relations in the aftermath of recent fatal police shootings, notably in Ferguson. But the Homecoming event was met with some anger and racial slurs.