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Megan Burke

Megan started working as a KSMU photo intern in the fall of 2017. She is currently a junior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism and minoring in photography. Also working as a senior reporter and staff photographer for The Standard, she plans to pursue a career in international photojournalism. Megan was born in Tokyo, Japan but grew up in O’Fallon, I


Medicare recipients are getting new cards to prevent identity theft and healthcare fraud.

Out of 150 young, at-risk individuals surveyed in the Springfield area, 64 percent said they’d been homeless with a parent or caregiver at some point in their lives—that’s according to a new report.  KSMU’s Megan Burke has more.

The report, released by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, shows results from a survey of 150 Ozarks residents between the ages of 11 and 25 seeking services from local agencies.

Amanda Stadler coordinates the continuum of care for the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. She says the report is critical for the community.

Mobility and balance tend to worsen as we age. Next month, seniors across Missouri can take free classes on how to stay strong and prevent falling. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart gave the annual State of the University address on Monday, highlighting accomplishments over the past year and identifying things to work on. KSMU’s Megan Burke was there and has more.

Smart touted the university’s triumphs in the state legislature, including a new state law that lets MSU offer more doctoral programs.

Faculty diversity reached 14 percent—up from 11.5 percent two years ago.

new Missouri law requires all public colleges and universities to administer a civics exam to students as a requirement for graduation. It was part of Senate Bill 807, which went into effect on August 28, 2018.

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Outlook Conference on Wednesday. As KSMU’s Megan Burke reports, two of the area’s needs are a younger, skilled workforce—and buildings for them to work in.

Ryan Mooney, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber, said Springfield’s unemployment rate is very low—it’s at three percent.

But he added that the city will need to grow its workforce by attracting more young people to the area as Baby Boomers continue to leave the workforce faster than they can be replaced.

Two educators from classrooms in the Ozarks region are among seven finalists for Missouri’s “Teacher of the Year” award.

The award is given each year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Teachers were nominated by their school districts.

Jean Lawson, a special education teacher at Truman Elementary in Springfield, is one of the finalists.

“I was just overwhelmed, it was not anything I really expected. Even to be nominated by somebody was really an honor,” Lawson said.