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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Who is unhinged? It’s the title of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book and it’s got just about everyone – including the president – talking. We’ll talk about how the hype built up through the week and why it’s not really selling. Also, covering the white nationalist movement without fanning the flames, how Twitter will define “dehumanizing speech,” and a unified effort nationwide to publish editorials fighting the Trump administration’s claims of “fake news.” From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

Hypothetically speaking, say you want to open a donut shop on Highway 63 and you're curious about the traffic in that area and how it might affect your business. SOO KOON LEE says that's where the Small Business & Technology Development Center can help...for free! Also, CONNIE SHAY invites everyone to the 16th annual Fall Folk Festival this Labor Day at the Boone's Lick State Historical Site in Howard County. (3:58) August 15, 2018

LOUISE SARVER tells us that every entry in the Columbia Art League's fall show 'Arcana' will reflect each respective artists' interpretation of a card they pulled from a tarot deck earlier this year. Opening reception is August 31st! Also, TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites all children in grades 3-12 to an "audition workshop" August 25th for their upcoming production of Mary Poppins Jr.! (3:25) August 14, 2018

The deadline to raise money for Love INC and go "over the edge" of the iconic nine-story Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia is fast approaching! $1,000 is all it takes to rappel down from 144 feet up. Think you have the guts? If I can do it, anybody can -- but will I?! Guests: MIKE DeSANTIS and GREG DeLINE August 13, 2018

Cradle to Career Alliance is a non-profit that brings together community members to help determine a solution to certain educational disparities in Boone County. Guest: DR. CRYSTAL KRONER August 10, 2018

Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' KATIE SHELTON and LAURA MAKAREWICZ share tips on how to stay hydrated during these hot summer days. Prevention is key! | Also, JOHN and JENNIFER WAMPLER recently lost their 10 year-old daughter Elizabeth to cancer. As a means of honoring her memory, the Lizzy's Walk of Faith Foundation is hosting a walk/run September 15th in Columbia. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude's. (4:26) August 9, 2018

After a surprise announcement, Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON talks about their latest show, "Ripcord," opening this Friday and running for two weekends! | Also, KARLA WASHINGTON invites anyone "caring for an aging loved one" to MU Health Care's 2nd annual Family Caregiver Conference on August 16th in Columbia. (3:58) August 8, 2018

A green ogre with a Scottish accent (ADAM SHIELDS), a talking donkey (ALEX ARMSTRONG) and a co-director (LAURA VEDENHAUPT) walk into a studio... The result? A quick plug for Capital City Productions' "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday in Jefferson City! | Also, MARILYN McLOED talks about today's primary election, and the League of Women Voters' plans for November's general election. (4:39) August 7, 2018

LARRY BROWN tells us the story of Sadako Sasaki, who you might remember survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After being diagnosed with leukemia (due to fallout from the bombing's radiation), she went on to create almost a thousand paper cranes based on the Japanese legend that upon doing so you would be granted one wish. Her one wish was to live. August 6, 2018

Mary Poppins herself (KARIN SCHATTE) invites you to The Little Theatre of Jefferson City's production of, well, "Mary Poppins," opening next Wednesday on the stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center. Guests: JOHN WELLS and MAGGIE EGGEN | Also, Resident Arts founder MADELEINE LeMIEUX encourages anyone who knows how to hold a paint brush to come and help create a mural that will highlight the importance of science. (5:00) August 3, 2018

Fayette plays host to a number of events this Saturday that you won't want to miss! JIM STEELE tells us about the 10th annual Fayette Festival of the Arts, and ELISHA WELLS tells us about the 'wine and spirits walk', a fundraiser for the Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT). August 2, 2018

KELLY SMITH wants to see you at the 43rd annual Missouri River Festival of the Arts, happening later this month at the historic Thespian Hall in Boonville. Come for the music, stay for the festivities! | Also, DAVE LINEBERRY and his team at the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy are working hard at preserving "the music and artistic heritage of the Missouri River region." Find out how you can get involved! (3:30) August 1, 2018

WALLY PFEFFER introduces us to future Mizzou freshman REBECCA SHYU and MADALYN OWENS. They are two of five winners of the Boone County Chapter of the MU Alumni Association's annual scholarship prize. July 31, 2018

Being a caregiver for someone suffering from memory loss can be quite stressful. Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG says, "you have to be careful not to sacrifice your health." July 30, 2018

Michelangelo once said that inside every block of stone is a work of art. That's the basis for today's conversation with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, about trusting your gut, listening to your instincts and making the right decision. July 27, 2018

CONNIE SHAY wets our appetite for all-things quilting ahead of next Saturday's annual Peacemakers Quilt Show in Fayette! The theme this year is "The Four Seasons of Quilting." Also, LELANDE REHARD tells us what you can and can't bring to this Saturday's Fix-It Fair at the Armory in downtown Columbia! (4:13) July 26, 2018

Layoffs at Tronc’s New York Daily News nearly decimated the newspaper’s staff, leaving some to claim the nation’s biggest city a local news desert. How can it be that local news is dying in a city of more than 10 million people? Also, when candidates and special interests turn journalists’ work into endorsements and mixed messages about misinformation on Facebook.

"The Foolish Corner" author JOHN HOWE uses the FIFA World Cup, and more specifically, the goalie position, to explain what he calls a "biased towards action" when investing in the stock market. July 25, 2018

Meet Sweeney Todd himself, AARON HUNSLEY, as well as CATHERINE BARNARD, who plays Johanna, in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of 'Sweeney Todd', opening this Thursday in Columbia! Also, NICK FOSTER tells us about this Saturday's 'Back-to-School Health Fair', sponsored by Voluntary Action Center, Family Impact Center and Family Health Center. This year, the fair will be held at Derby Ridge Elementary School. (4:16) July 24, 2018

MU grad student BEN SPEARS will explain what happens when plants get sick and why - over a beer - at this month's Science on Tap CoMo! SHAWN ABRAHAMS tells us that Ben is one of two speakers expected to take the stage this Wednesday evening at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia. Also, LOUISE SARVER encourages all artists to become a member of the Columbia Art League. One of the benefits? You get to check out the 'Members' Summer Open' exhibit, on display now! (4:34) July 23, 2018

"The Eagle has landed" was first uttered on this day back in 1969. Almost 50 years later, JOAN STACK and the team at the State Historical Society of Missouri are paying tribute to that monumental event with a display featuring an original drawing by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial cartoonist Tom Engelhardt! July 20, 2018

Pittsburgh native TROY BRUCHWALSKI performs "I Am Aldolpho" from Maples Rep Theatre's production of 'The Drowsy Chaperone', opening tomorrow night in Macon! Artistic Director TODD DAVISON calls this show "extremely entertaining and very, very funny." July 19, 2018

DR. KYLE FIALA, DPM, says that surgery is, more often than not, always considered a last resort; but if necessary, he and the team at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute handles each patient with care throughout the entire process. Also, JANET FLETT invites everyone to 'Journeys', Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance's 7th annual Summer Art Show, beginning July 27th at their store in Ashland. The deadline to enter is later this week! (4:38) July 18, 2018

"That's what I love about...'TRYPS Edge'. It's chosen for the young adult audience, and to be performed by the kids it's been written for," JILL WOMACK on the age-appropriate cast of 'Heathers the Musical', opening this Thursday on the Stephens College campus. Also, ANDREW GRABAU tells us how you can help Heart of Missouri United Way with it's "really elaborate" grant-writing process that happens each fall. (4:26) July 17, 2018

Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services began as a simple orphanage in rural Farmington, Missouri over 100 years ago. Now with seven locations across Missouri alone (including Columbia), PCHAS helps thousands children and families in crisis each year. Guests: DARLA ORTMAN and JASON BEARD July 16, 2018

"Budgets are not infinite. Our primary mission is to provide safety equipment for first responders to help advert tragedies; to help keep them safe on the job." -- DARRELL SMITH, on his newly-incorporated non-profit, 'HeroFundUSA' July 13, 2018

From the best dates to take a cruise to the benefits of an airline credit card program, MEL ZELENAK shares just enough travel tips to fit on an index card, and that's a good thing. July 12, 2018

A well-known security blogger revealed the name of one her sources to the FBI – unsolicited. It’s something most wouldn’t do without court order, and still, there are reporters who will go to jail to protect their sources. So, why did Marcy Wheeler do it? Also, why KMIZ-TV apologized for decisions made during its coverage of the so-called “fireworks war” in Columbia last week, why an edited public service announcement is being blamed for the deaths of dozens in India, and bringing journalism to life… through live theater. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

If you've ever wanted to rappel down the side of Columbia's Tiger Hotel for a good cause, now is your chance to be one of the 102 people, including Gary Pinkel, to go "Over the Edge" for Love INC. Guests: JANE WILLIAMS and MIKE DeSANTIS July 11, 2018

The theme for this month's Second Saturday for Kids (at Orr Street Studios in Columbia) is the five Chinese elements. CATHERINE PARKE tells about all the fun things in store for your kiddo(s). Also, the August primary election is right around the corner. If you haven't registered to vote, tomorrow's the deadline! MARILYN McLEOD has information on that and a planned candidate forum at the Columbia Public Library (sponsored by the League of Women Voters). (4:49) July 10, 2018

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