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Global Journalist: Enterprise and Resilience in the Face of COVID

Reporter recording under a blanket
Courtesy Aqil Hamzah

Students in a Missouri School of Journalism multimedia class taught by Professors Kat Lucchesi and Major King started their spring semester thinking they were going to do a series of podcasts about a faraway pandemic.

Then it hit home, scattering the team across the country — and, in one case, beyond — and depriving them of access to the equipment they'd normally use to create their programs.

While interviewing professional journalists about how they keep their cool in the face of crisis, the reporters and producers of this story got a test of their own resilience. 


  • Yibing Feng
  • Steve Baragona
  • Donald McNeil
  • Lynelle Phillips
  • Don Champion
  • Jonathan Serrie
  • PN Balji
  • Eugene Wee

Anchor/sound engineer: Trevor Hook
Reporters/Producers: Jacob Faber, Katharine Finnerty, Hannah France, Brendan Hall, Aqil Hamzah, Tom Kavanaugh, Caitlin King, Regan Mertz,  Isabella Paxton, Margo Wagner

KATHY KIELY is a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching. After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom full-time because, she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.
Trevor Hook is a reporter, producer and morning anchor for KBIA 91.3 born and raised in New Franklin, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri with both a Master's degree in Audio Journalism in 2020 and a Bachelor's degree in Convergence Journalism in 2018.
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