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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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#Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app #Confide did not violate the state’s#SunshineLaw because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it? Also, the status of a Memphis reporter released from #ICEcustody, a candidate’s request a female reporter have a male chaperone on a reporting trip, and Netflix’s decision to re-edit '13 Reasons Why.’ From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

If you've never heard of pickleball, SUE KERRIGAN tells us that it's a combination of tennis, table tennis, racketball and badminton (among others). If that sounds like fun to you, the Jefferson City Pickleball Club is the place to be! Also, Voluntary Action Center's annual Boone County Back to School Health Fair is coming up next Saturday in Columbia. NICK FOSTER says they expect to serve at least 800 students. (3:46) July 17, 2019

Rainbow House is a place of respite for children in our community who have been abused and neglected. Quality care comes at a cost, however, and so APRIL BARNETT encourages anyone interested to sign up for the 29th annual Rainbow House Golf Classic fundraiser happening August 5th in Columbia! Also, Mexico mayor AYANNA SHIVERS wants to see even more members of her community at her monthly "Munch with the Mayor" informal chat sessions. (4:22) July 16, 2019

Maples Repertory Theatre artistic director TODD DAVISON says 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' is a "really, really lovely story about the music." Opening night is this Friday in Macon! July 15, 2019

If you are engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors, your weight doesn't matter. That's the essence of health psychologist LYNN ROSSY's new mantra: healthy is better than thin. Watch for details on her next 'Mindful Eating' class, coming this September to a Zoom near you! July 12, 2019

The 50th annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre at MU season is well underway, and the wow factor keeps coming. Opening tonight is 'Ragtime the Musical', which director JOY POWELL says is coming together thanks to the efforts of a "whole village." Also, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS is breathing a sigh of relief now that the Columbia Farmers Market can finally - after many weather-related delays - call the pavilion structure at the new Agriculture Park home. So what's next? (3:40) July 11, 2019

Since Maplewood Barn Theatre isn't open in December, KAY COOK says now is the (next) best time to do Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'! The curtain goes up and the fake snow comes down beginning tomorrow night and running for three weekends in Nifong Park. Additional guest: SAM BOISCLAIR | Also, KENNETH PIGG invites everyone to two upcoming fundraisers in support of Access to Healthy Food, a program for low-income individuals that matches up to $25 spent at the Columbia Farmers Market. (4:02) July 10, 2019

Spoiler alert: the 'Watermelon Dance', hosted every year by Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers, is not a dance involving watermelon (watermelon is the refreshment served at halftime). MOLLY WHITE says all skills levels are invited to take part! Also, CATHERINE PARKE invites everyone between the ages 5 and 15 to go 'into space' this Saturday at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. Part 1 of 2 will explore the filled space and the empty space in both music and art. (4:36) July 9, 2019

"This event cuts out any financial barriers." -- HANNAH NICHOLS on just one of the many reasons why local high school and middle school students should attend Missouri Orthopaedic Institute's annual Sports Physical Day. Additional guest: ROSAMARIA INGRAM | Also, KATHY LEE invites those willing to battle heat, hills and humidity in this year's 60th annual Heart of America Marathon. This "bucket list" marathon travels throughout Columbia and Boone County. New this year: fun team relays! (4:32) July 8, 2019

"Small works by artists we represent" is the theme of this month's exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in the North Village Arts District in Columbia. HANNAH REEVES says multiple works (priced under $500) by 70 artists will be for sale throughout July! Also, PAMELA SMITH shares a personal story about why she feels like more people should become organ donors. Her grandson, Tavian, has a rare genetic kidney disease, and no one in his family can help due to a history of kidney stones. He's been waiting for a match for two years. (3:19) July 5, 2019

On this Independence Day 2019, storyteller LARRY BROWN poses the question: "What Liberty Bell?" or "What's the Relationship Between the Liberty Bell and Wheat?" July 4, 2019

Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY's eco-friendly flooring idea this month has a ceramic-based core that's waterproof, durable and no chemicals were used in its creation. July 3, 2019

If you've never heard of In2Action, it's a transitional support group for recently released prisoners who must now re-enter society and stay out of trouble. Executive director DAN HANNEKEN is looking for growth opportunities, as well as financial donations and more volunteers. Also, CB CHASTAIN, MU Veterinary Health Center, tells us about a couple of surprising summer health hazards to be on the lookout for this year. (4:33) July 2, 2019

2018 was a record year for those on an organ donor waiting list in the United States. Almost 38,000 people (out of more than 120,000) received a "life-saving or a life-improving organ transplant," according to DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, MU Health Care. The fortunate ones will remain on the list until a match is found; the unfortunate ones will die waiting. Columbia South Rotary Club's JOE WESTON says the need is obviously there and that becoming an organ donor is just a mouse click away! July 1, 2019

"You have to go and recharge yourself, too." -- GREG CARBINS, family counselor at Phoenix Programs, on caring for those who are caring for someone in recovery. You are not alone! Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a screening of 'One Woman, One Vote', a film about women's suffrage sponsored by the League of Women Voters. (4:27) June 28, 2019

The question on the table is: is your house your greatest asset? Yours truly says yes, it is; our guest, consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, says no, it's not. What do you think and why? June 27, 2019

Migrant children in a Texas border facility have been living in squalor, without access to sanitation supplies such as soap and toothpaste. Reporters' access to the facility, and others like it, has been limited, making reporting on the conditions difficult. Also, why it seemed rape allegations against President Trump were downplayed, an exaggeration of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic , and Twitter's decision to end geotagging on tweets. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

It's known as a 'silent killer'. So what, if any, are the warning signs? DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says "the trouble with blood pressure is, unless we take the effort to measure it, we may not recognize that we have high blood pressure." June 26, 2019

Voluntary Action Center's annual Fan Club program has been going since May, but the need for more fans is still there. Executive director NICK FOSTER tells us why this program is so important and how you can help! Also, JEANNINE BRICKEY invites everyone to Bittersweet Garden Club's 20th annual Garden Tour this Sunday in Jefferson City. Five "best-dressed" gardens will be featured on the tour! (4:45) June 25, 2019

The basis for the annual Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run on July 4th in Columbia is rooted in early-19th century Missouri history. Pratt was jailed in western Missouri for his Latter-Day Saints affiliation, but escaped. The 'Freedom Run' thus commemorates Pratt's stand and religious freedoms in the United States. Guest: NEWELL KITCHEN | Also, JENNIFER CONE tells us about TRYPS' dragon-themed summer camps, their upcoming production of Matilda and the return of 'PJ Play Days'! (4:45) June 24, 2019

Are you planning to adopt a new dog (or cat)? DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, shares a few simple steps to follow that will make the experience a successful one for all parties involved. June 21, 2019

If you have unused and/or expired drugs in your home, getting rid of them is not as simple as throwing them in the trash. Council for Drug Free Youth's JOY SWEENEY recommends Dispose Rx, a powder substance that "deactivates" the medicine right there in its bottle. June 20, 2019

President Trump goes back to the future for the launch of his re-election campaign. He accuses The New York Times of treason and urges his departing press secretary to run for governor of Arkansas. Plus, a discussion of the media’s over-reliance on polls in their campaign coverage. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: it’s KBIA 91.3 FM ’s Views of the News.

Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (on the MU campus) is home two chiropractors, one of which is today's guest, DR. JEFF MILLER, DC. He tells us all about chiropractic care, and if it really hurts or if that's just a bad rumor. June 19, 2019

Author BILL YOUNG explores the early years of baseball great Jackie Robinson in his new book, 'J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball'. Bill says Robinson had support within the league, but that he experienced a "heckuva lot of racial taunting." Also, SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN wants to help those with abnormal dependencies realize that what they're doing is a choice by getting family members to take part in positive reinforcement. (5:04) June 18, 2019

"There's a group of people that we were missing," says DORREEN RARDIN, retired coordinator of palliative care at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. That "group of people" is anyone with a serious illness who can't be cared for outside of a hospital setting for one reason or another. To help ease the financial burden, Dorreen and JACKIE REED are starting 'Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia', which will allow for the patient to come 'home', free of charge. June 17, 2019

Will Telemachus be reunited with his father, Odysseus? Find out as storyteller LARRY BROWN takes us way back to ancient Greek times for the setting of his Father's Day-themed story. June 14, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN reads two poems he originally wrote after the Flood of 1993. Unfortunately, thanks to the recent flooding in much of the midwest, they're relevant once again. "Good Place to Begin" at [1:41] and "Why the World Stops" at [4:00]. June 13, 2019

YouTube’s ban on hate speech produces mixed results as Congress puts Big Tech under the microscope. Newspapers want lawmakers to help them compete with Google and Facebook. Seeing (and hearing) is definitely not believing when it comes to the latest examples of deep fakes. And Volkswagen hopes Simon & Garfunkel – plus a new diesel micro-bus – will help you forget about Diesel-gate. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Friends of Historic Arrow Rock now run the J. Huston Tavern. A small electrical fire has temporarily closed the kitchen, but executive director SANDY SELBY says a temporary solution will keep the same food coming until they reopen later this summer. Also, JOY POWELL tells us what's in store for the 50th anniversary of the Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre on the MU campus. (2:53) June 12, 2019