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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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The Washington Post, New York Times and NBC News all retracted false claims reported about Rudy Giuliani. How do three of the nation’s most reputable news organizations all make the same mistake? Also, a 14-year-old cheerleader’s fight for free speech, new leadership at the Los Angeles Times and remembering Aviva Okeson-Haberman, a promising young journalist. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Columbia's Office of Sustainability has declared May 2021 "transportation month." BARBARA BUFFALOE has some ideas on how we can alter the way we get around for the next four weeks that'll help reduce our community's greenhouse gas emissions. Bike, Walk and Wheel Week starts next week! May 5, 2021

A big part of being an end-of-life doula is being a good listener. When a person is told they have a finite amount of time left on Earth, that can trigger many emotions - one of which, according to MICKEY HAVENER, is the feeling of being overwhelmed. Her advice? Listen to their thoughts and concerns. It can make for a more peaceful transition. May 4, 2021

Jefferson City Art Club president GAIL LEIVIAN invites everyone to check out the 2021 Adult Fine Art Exhibit going on now at Capital Arts Gallery. Can't make it in person? This year there's a way to view all the artwork online! And speaking of the arts, if you're a fan of the performing arts, you'll be happy to know that this year's annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre season will "definitely more normal than last summer." Guest: JOY POWELL (3:58) May 3, 2021

Artificial intelligence has been an increasing presence in our email for quite some time now, no matter the platform you choose. If you're associated with the University of Missouri (like we are), you know that our email accounts are now a part of Microsoft 365, and as such, every morning there's a day planner-type email in our inbox from Cortana that is really nothing more than an aggregate of emails sent and received and calendar entries. Does a "service" like Cortana cross the privacy line? AI expert SCOTT CHRISTIANSON has the answer! April 30, 2021

Forty percent of the population has this kind of hypertension, and it's the kind that has the "highest risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality," according to Truman Veterans' Hospital nephrology specialist DR. SMRITA DORAIRAJAN. If you're prone to high blood pressure, you'll want to watch this interview! April 29, 2021

If spring cleaning is on your to-do list, don't forget that when the time comes, you can donate your unwanted, gently-used furniture or housewares to The Love Seat, a program from Love Columbia (formerly Love INC). JANE WILLIAMS tells us how many less-fortunate members of our community ended up with a fully-furnished home for free in 2020 thanks to your donations! April 28, 2021

Remodeling your home? If so, don't let your hardwoods suffer under all that extra foot traffic, instead, protect them with Ram Board! SCOTT BRADLEY says this environmentally-friendly product, available now at Carpet One Floor and Home in Columbia, is also good for keeping oil leaks off your garage floor. Also, STACIE POTTINGER is back for one last visit before the 2021 True False Film Festival. More than just movies are being planned, for instance...a game of kickball? Yep! (4:08) April 27, 2021

Family dentists PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles, get to the root of why the root canal has such a long-standing reputation as the one dental procedure you want to avoid (when really it's not all that bad). April 26, 2021

"Bonds have dropped in value because inflation is seen as a big negative for bond holders. So, year-to-date, the bond market, generally in our country, is down about 3.5%. So, people are selling their bonds and buying stocks." -- Alex LaBrunerie, financial advisor at LaBrunerie Financial April 23, 2021

The pandemic has had an enormous impact on everyone, really, but especially grade school children who have had to adapt to both learning from home and in the classroom over a period of months. Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia executive director VALORIE LIVINGSTON hopes to get those affected the most back on track through a planned expanded summer program, but only if funds allow! April 22, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd. On this week’s episode of Views of the News, a look coverage of Tuesday’s verdict and reactions to it. Also, properly archiving digital news and how it is so many Republican lawmakers are landing on the bestseller lists. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Changes keep coming at Fulton's Brick District Playhouse! Physical changes, that is. RENEE GRAHAM tells us about some of the recent renovations, plans for the future and a special Mother's Day weekend performance in which you're invited! Also, the pandemic hasn't stopped Moms Demand Action from getting their message out, according to KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY, because the pandemic hasn't stopped gun violence. "We are still here doing this work." Find out how you can get involved! (4:01) April 21, 2021

Rainbow House is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a 'pinwheel fundraiser'. Director of development RICHIE VANSKIKE explains how it works and how you can take part! Also, LINDA SCHUST tells us how Jabberwocky Studios, Inc. is taking advantage of this year's online-only Africa Fest to bring in participants who might not otherwise be able to make it mid-Missouri. (4:22) April 20, 2021

Maples Rep Theatre is back! Artistic director TODD DAVISON tells us how he and his team at the Royal Theatre in Macon are making sure that the curtain goes up on the 2021 season. Plus, get details on 'Annie' auditions and an upcoming fundraiser for the boots and black tie-wearing member of your family! April 19, 2021

'Uvagai' is a word in the Indian language that dates back 5,000 years, it means 'extreme happiness'. Truman Veterans' Hospital cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM tells us how we can all find uvagai - even the pessimists! - in our daily life, and the long-term benefits of doing so. April 16, 2021

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist? JEAN HOWARD, RD, LD, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us what we need to know. Plus, hear what she has to say about a recent report from NPR that says most Americans stick to just 20 different foods in their diet. April 15, 2021

All eyes are on Minnesota, where a police officer killed another Black motorist just minutes away from the courthouse where Derek Chauvin stands trial in the death of George Floyd. Also, the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the extensive coverage of the death of Prince Philip. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

While it may be new to our area, the concept of a 'human library' actually started more than 20 years in Denmark. This Sunday's event, DBRL's third, in-studio guest LAUREN WILLIAMS says LUCIA OERTER, who joins us via phone, will be talking about her life as a female pastor: "people will either tell me everything they've done in their life that's not so good or they will totally not talk to me." April 14, 2021

There are only four performances left to see Capital City Productions' musical adaptation of the classic Disney film, 'Freaky Friday'. Director SARAH SICHT promises plenty of laughs and a great meal from Argyle Catering! Also, DAYNA GLANZ is back with more good information about the benefits of OsteoStrong, a non-pharmaceutical approach to improving bone health. (3:59) April 13, 2021

Find out more about Columbia's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan from two local experts during tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' event, hosted by the League of Women Voters! BARBARA HOPPE says questions from the audience are encouraged and will be addressed by the guest speakers. Also, 'Marisol' director XIOMARA CORNEJO stops by to talk about this "incredibly poetic and hopeful" show that begins a nine performance run this Thursday, April 15, online-only, produced by the MU Theatre Department. (3:52) April 12, 2021

'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE sums up 'hindsight bias' in these eight words: oh, I knew that was going to happen. Find out how your uncanny ability to predict the past can affect your future stock portfolio, both good and bad, and the ways in which you can keep yourself from doing it anymore. April 9, 2021

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri communication and marketing manager SETH WOLFMEYER is here in place of Lindsay Lopez today, but he brings with him that same important message of the need for community support in order to meet the demand of those who are food insecure in our area, especially during a pandemic. April 8, 2021

Major Biden is the most talked-about rescue pup on the planet. Is it news that he bit people while on a walk, or maybe pooped on the White House carpet? Some reporters think so. Also, questions about two pieces on ’60 Minutes’ and why hundreds of filmmakers say PBS’s relationship with Ken Burns hurts them. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Back in the day, GARY WUNDER had no problem understanding television thanks to the way TV shows were produced. He says, "When Gilligan's Island was on and...somebody got popped on the head, you knew that it was Gilligan and the Skipper was giving him a hard time." Today's programming tends to lean more on special effects to tell stories, and so something called 'Descriptive Video Service' is available to help those who are sight-impaired enjoy online and over-the-air entertainment. April 7, 2021

Jefferson City Art Club's annual Adult Fine Art Exhibit is now underway at Capital Arts Gallery. FRED SCHOLLMEYER invites enthusiasts of both professional and amateur art to stop by and check out this year's selection - some of which is for sale! Also, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Heart of Missouri CASA's KELLY HILL is here to talk about the need for more volunteers and to share some statistics about child abuse in our area. (4:02) April 6, 2021

Native plant specialist for Lincoln University, NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, is leading a four-week 'Native Plant Academy' throughout the month of May, and you're invited! This online-only workshop will be divided into four categories ranging from an introduction to native plants to principles of native plant garden design. Classes will be in both English and Spanish. April 5, 2021

Today is Good Friday, Sunday is Easter. That means local storyteller LARRY BROWN is here with a non-secular, original tale about a box he calls 'Jubliee'. April 2, 2021

The City of Columbia is making it real easy to plant a native tree in honor of Arbor Day (April 30) this weekend - you just have to get there early! BARBARA BUFFALOE has details. April 1, 2021

Newly-christened Love Columbia executive director JANE WILLIAMS is here to talk about the name change and how this 13-year-old local non-profit stepped up to help those in our community when the pandemic first hit. March 31, 2021

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