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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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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

Do you feel better when you eat better? Of course you do! JENNIFER BEAN, MS, RDN, LD, tells us about a study that looks into how food affects anxiety and depression. (Links below) Also, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY has ideas if you're looking to install eco-friendly, durable, fade-resistant laminate flooring in your home. (4:11) June 11, 2019

TODD DAVISON and the cast of 'The Full Monty' perform 'Let It Go' [3:33] from the popular musical about out-of-work steel workers looking to make ends meet by stripping. This Wednesday's opening night performance is for the ladies only! June 10, 2019

Check out the Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market each Sunday morning now through the end of October for the best in local food, local art, local entertainment and more! Guests: DENNY BUCKLER and ROY HARTLEY | Also, BARBARA BUFFALOE has tips on how to conserve water while keeping your lawn looking great this summer! (2:42) June 7, 2019

"So often when someone gives a large chunk of money to some organization, they lose the ability to offer any other advice about where that money ends up going. With a Donor Advised Fund, the donor can continue to offer advice or recommendations or suggestions...over where the money finally goes." -- JOHN BAKER, Community Foundation of Central Missouri  June 6, 2019

Is the internet broken? Members of the U.S. House of Representatives think so, and will begin investigating potential #antitrust violations among some of America’s tech giants. First up? A hearing on the effects companies like Google and Facebook have had on local #journalism. Also, identifying the man believed to have produced the “drunk Pelosi” video, the first-ever Scripps National Spelling Bee octo-champs, and the end for Apple’s #iTunes. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Consumer expert MEL ZELENAK takes a page (or two) out of one of his favorite books, 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki, to guide our conversation about becoming financially independent. June 5, 2019

Capital City Productions' "Mamma Mia!" has proven to be so popular - before it even opens! - that four additional performances have been added to the schedule. ROB CROUSE tells us why these encore shows come at a lower ticket price. Also, BOB HOHENSTEIN invites everyone to take part in The District's 'Summer Restaurant Week' June 9-15. He says, so far, 35 restaurants are on board to "stamp your passport!" (4:45) June 4, 2019

MU Health Care's BETH ORNS tells us about a monthly support group she facilitates for those suffering from postpartum depression. She says it's the "most common complication of pregnancy"..."more common than gestational diabetes." Also, BETH WEINSTING invites everyone to Serenity Valley Winery this Saturday for the 3rd annual Strawberry Festival for Central Missouri Honor Flight. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to send 25 veterans to Washington, D.C. (5:06) June 3, 2019

LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE wants to see parents encourage their children to start saving today! It's all about those early decades, he says, because people are living into their 90s and that costs money. So what are you supposed to invest in? Alex shares some ideas. May 31, 2019

The essence of being a caregiver involves three things: caring and giving and listening. That's according to LOIS LONG, a volunteer with the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Lois shares with us a poem she wrote that further expresses her beliefs called "An Invitation." May 30, 2019

Primaris Foundation's SCOTT MINIEA and XAVIER VAUGHN talk about all-things Medicare: the what, the how, the why and the when. Scott says, "our whole role is to help the consumer make informed decisions about the care choices they're gonna make." If you're retired and you're 65 years old, now is the time to sign up! May 29, 2019

Set in the 1920s, director LAUREN DOTSON promises a roaring good time for anyone who comes to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production/interpretation of 'Romeo and Juliet', opening this Thursday and running for three weekends! Additional guest: JOE BOGUE | Also,  MU Health Care's DR. LAINE YOUNG-WALKER wants to end the stigma associated with talking about one's mental health. She says that it's "as important as physical health." May is Mental Health Awareness Month. (4:08) May 28, 2019

"I guess the idea that we're going to better be able to serve future generations of Missourians. This is an aspirational building. When you walk in you feel like you're somewhere special. It makes people think about Missouri history." -- JOAN STACK on what she's looking forward to the most when the State Historical Society's new Center for Missouri Studies building opens later this summer  May 27, 2019