Travis McMillen

Video Producer

TRAVIS McMILLEN is the video producer for the Futures Lab, located on the lower level of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As video producer, McMillen directs and produces regular and occasional programming from RJI’s own production studio, including KBIA-FM’s Views of the News, Global Journalist and Radio Friends with Paul Pepper. He is a Columbia native who started working at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate, at the age of 16. At 18 McMillen became the audio operator for Pepper and Friends, a community variety and talk show that aired on KOMU for 27 years. It was a position he held for almost 10 years. Aside from audio, McMillen’s duties on the show included field segment videographer and editor and, from 2001-2007, primary fill-in director. McMillen also directed KOMU’s daily two-hour morning newscast from 2001-2008. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met at KOMU. She currently produces the CW News at Nine for the station. They have three boys.

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Taking a vacation this year? Don't book your flight (or your cruise) through one of those third-party websites you see advertised on TV all the time; instead, MEL ZELENAK wants you to use one of these three carefully-chosen websites designed to save you time and money! September 20, 2018

CBS fires the head of 60 Minutes for threatening a reporter in a text message, not because he's been accused of #sexualharassment. Plus, a prominent researcher says news organizations need to do more to avoid being manipulated by extremists, The New York Times apologies to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel is mocked for his Hurricane Florence performance. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Stacey Woelfel: Views of the News.

"If you constantly think negatively, things are going to be negative in your life." -- DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., who goes on to share how we can make positive thinking less of a chore and more of a daily affirmation. September 19, 2018

If you're watching this and it's after 8:30 in the morning, you're already late to an "awesome" event happening right now at Courtyard Columbia, hosted by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Columbia Water and Light and Missouri Division of Energy. (The good thing is, you can walk in late!) From the eventbrite website: Learn how the value of energy efficiency is affecting property buyers/sellers, real estate agents, appraisers, mortgage bankers and energy contractors. Guest: BARBARA BUFFALOE | September 18, 2018

"I used to think that, and then I came to realize that all of us are composites of characteristics and I do not know that blindness hasn't given me some significant opportunity that I wouldn't have gotten." -- GARY WUNDER, blind since birth, when asked if he thinks his life would have been better had sight played even a small role in his existence. September 17, 2018

Renowned local pianists SUTU FORTE and MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH are teaming up for an afternoon (and an evening!) of piano performances at the end of the month in Columbia. In case you can't wait that long, on today's show they play a little Beethoven (2:21) and a little Tchaikovsky (5:18). September 14, 2018

"If you can walk, you can dance." -- MOLLY WHITE, Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers. If you've been looking for an outlet to express your inner Gene Kelly, MMTD hopes to see you at their fall season kick-off event next Friday evening at Cosmo Park in Columbia! Also, RYAN KENNEDY is back to talk about the cat cafe craze, which has finally reached Columbia thanks to Ryan's own Papa's Cat Cafe. (4:06) September 13, 2018

Make plans to attend the annual Art on the Bricks festival next weekend in Fulton, Missouri. Plenty of music, food and art are the reasons why BETH SNYDER says it will be two days of fun for the whole family! September 12, 2018

"The stories that prompted her to tell those stories, and the family background that went into them, is what this lady addresses and it's fascinating. The story behind the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder is at least as interesting as it is in her books." -- BOB PRIDDY, on Pulitzer Prize winning author Caroline Fraser's book about the acclaimed Missouri native. Caroline will be the featured speaker at next month's Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture. Additional guest: MARY ELLEN LOHMANN | Also, DR. SYED SHAH, MU Health Care, answers our questions about Parkinson's Disease: what causes it, what are the early warning signs and what can be done to treat the symptoms. Want to know more? The annual Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Conference is this Saturday in Columbia! (4:28) September 11, 2018

You hear it all the time, but there really is something for everyone during the 2018-2019 University Concert Series season, beginning next month in Columbia. Whether you're in Jesse Auditorium or the Missouri Theatre, guest ROBERT WELLS guarantees "outstanding" performances all year long. Also, NICK FOSTER tells us about Voluntary Action Center's 'Warm Up Columbia' program, which is now accepting donations! (3:43) September 10, 2018

DENNY BOND, WALLY PFEFFER and the entire Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association is taking over the Holiday Inn Executive Center Sports Zone and Bar every Saturday that the Missouri Tiger football team has an away game - and you're invited! You're also invited to tonight's First Friday event in downtown Columbia. This is a great excuse to gather the family up and visit the many shops and galleries in the North Village Arts District! Guest: HANNAH REEVES (4:51) September 7, 2018

"It's about living your life." That's how 'Morrie' actor Aaron Krawitz describes "Tuesdays with Morrie," opening tonight at Talking Horse Productions in the North Village Arts District. Co-director MICHELE CURRY says, "you don't want it to end." Also, NANETTE WARD invites everyone to tonight's Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition meeting at Parkade Center in Columbia. Hear from a PhD candidate at Mizzou who's researching slavery throughout the centuries. (4:52) September 6, 2018

Why didn’t NBC run Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story last summer when it could? Why did the network encourage him to find another outlet for the piece? It seems Farrow, his producer and the network’s chairman have different takes as to why. Who’s telling the truth? Also, two Reuters journalists are sentenced to a lengthy prison term for reporting in Myanmar, why the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign is leading to Nike boycotts, and what the FCC chairman is saying about regulating social networks. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Damon Kiesow and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

You don't have to be a member to attend the Missouri Mycological Society's next meeting featuring world-renowned mushroom photographer Taylor Lockwood. Guest: STAN HUDSON | Also, DAVE LINEBERRY invites everyone down to Cooper's Landing this weekend for MoRivCC's 13th annual EcoArt Fest fundraiser. Come for the river excursions, stay for the live music! (3:45) September 5, 2018

Did you know that the entire Mizzou campus is actually a botanic garden? See it for yourself, along with four special guests from the University of Georgia, on September 23rd during a symposium titled "Georgia Champions of Landscape Gardening and their Published Passions for Plants." Guest: PETE MILLIER | Also, this is a big week for our local United Way because Saturday marks the beginning of the 2018 Campaign Kickoff and Day of Caring. ANDREW GRABAU says this campaign is raising funds to help support 54 local non-profit agencies. (3:58) September 4, 2018

"This is a ballad, and it's appropriate to Labor Day. It's a classic ballad about human beings versus machine power. And the origins of the song go back to the 1870s (post-Civil War reconstruction period), but I think it's a song about today, given that often the economic struggles we have is between whether a machine or computer should do it, or a human being." -- Larry Brown on 'The Ballad of John Henry', which he performs at 1:38. September 3, 2018

MARIA TREVOR takes us into the weekend with more of her beautiful harp music. She performs three times: 2:25, 4:10 and 7:46. See Maria in-person during 'Harp and Healing' on the first Tuesday of every month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. August 31, 2018

The Boone County Hams lend their a cappella vocal stylings to the Disney classic, "A Whole New World," (1:50) and "Seven Bridges Road" by The Eagles. (5:35) August 30, 2018

The tributes and remembrances of Sen. John McCain continue to flow. His relationship with the media wasn’t always friendly, but it was one of cooperation and mutual respect. We’ll remember him on this week’s program. Also, are the Google News search results rigged against President Trump? Why he seems to think so. And, the Kansas City Star’s new subscription model. Get ready sports fans, this one’s for you!  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

If you own rental property in Columbia (and apparently that's like, half of you), you're eligible for rebates and cost-share programs provided by and/or sponsored by the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. BARBARA BUFFALOE tells us how investing in the energy efficiency of your property now will pay for itself in the years to come. August 29, 2018

Extra weight may affect the heart's normal operation, but DR. ANAND CHOCKLINGAM, MU Health Care, says that shedding those unwanted pounds by simply dieting isn't the answer. August 28, 2018

Columbia's Voluntary Action Center is looking for sponsors, participants and volunteers for its annual Holiday Program, kicking off next week. This is a great way to help give families and individuals who qualify a prosperous holiday season. KATE KING and CHRISTY LOWE tell us that signing up is easy! Also, CHRIS HEESE and CURT WOHLEBER invite everyone to grab their deerstalker and help solve the mystery behind Maplewood Barn Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club," opening this Thursday! (5:25) August 27, 2018

All ten of Thomas Hart Benton's WWII-themed paintings have finally come home, and the State Historical Society of Missouri is wasting no time putting them on display for everyone to see. JOAN STACK has brought three of them with her, and helps interpret the meaning behind each one. August 24, 2018

How does one trillion dollars size up around the world? ALEX LaBRUNERIE put things into perspective as Apple becomes the first company anywhere to reach that historic number. August 23, 2018

Why did a Florida judge came down hard on the South Florida Sun Sentinel for publishing information it published about the Parkland school shooter that it obtained legally? Also, President Trump’s reaction and the coverage of breaking news that came in threes, how a congressional candidate justified keeping reporters out of a meeting she opened to the public and ESPN’s effort to repair its relationship with the NFL. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


The decision to have bariatric surgery should be based on reasons beyond that of just wanting to look good. "The reason you would undergo an operation...is because it helps people be healthier." Guest: DR. ANDREW WHEELER, MU Health Care | Also, HEATHER HARLAN invites everyone to Phoenix Health Programs' "Recovery Ride and Show" fundraiser September 8th in Columbia! (4:00) August 22, 2018

Carpet One of Columbia's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to carpet made from recycled material, that can in turn be recycled when you're ready for a new look. Very eco-friendly! Also, registration for the 2018-2019 Missouri Symphony Conservatory is now open! SARAH WILLIAMS invites all young musicians with a passion to play to come audition later this month. (4:34) August 21, 2018

Literacy Action Corps is looking for native english speakers to help tutor adults who may be illiterate, non-english speaking or maybe in need of their high school degree. Interested? Tutor training classes throughout September and October. Guest: LESLIE CLAY | Also, JOE GEIST and BUTCH MURPHY take us on a virtual tour of what you can expect to see when you visit the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Fayette. "Come see the horses!" (4:40) August 20, 2018

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN planned on reading two of his poems about the migratory bird population in North America, but his own personal story of migration -- that is, a recent trip abroad with his family on a flight full of rowdy elementary school-aged children -- was too good not to tell. August 17, 2018

JACK WAX and JENNIFER ERICKSON invite everyone to "Engaging in Aging," Osher@Mizzou's free workshop and resource fair on August 25th in Columbia. Two and a half hours is all it'll take to add new meaning to your life! Also, TRACY EICHORN is looking for artists and sponsors to take part in Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance's first plein air painting event this October in Ashland. Participation is limited to the first 30 artists, so sign up today! (4:51) August 16, 2018

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