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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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Five shows in six weeks. Welcome to TRENT RASH's (and a group of dedicated students') world now through the end of June at the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College. Each production is free and open to the public! May 10, 2018

The staff of the Denver Post has an unlikely advocate: the city’s mayor. He says the city needs the Post and its staff of dogged reporters, and is helping in its fight against its hedge fund owners. Also, Tronc recognizes the new union at the Chicago Tribune, NBC’s parent company makes a run for 21stCentury Fox and what has some of Charlie Rose’s accusers thinking he’s planning a comeback. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Columbia Rotary South's JOE WESTON tells us that "there is just a huge need for donated organs. People, by the thousands, are dying everyday because they aren't available." KEVIN ALLEN, from the Midwest Transplant Network in Kansas, shares the story of a 7 month-old saving the life of a 3 month-old who needed a heart. May 9, 2018

If 'fast food from the garden' sounds like a tasty idea to you, don't miss dietitian JENNIFER BEAN's ideas to "build a better bowl." Also, LAURIE MATTHEWS stops by to tell us how easy it is to participate in this Saturday's annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive! (You should have received a paper sack in the mail by now.) (4:50) May 8, 2018

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Longtime volunteer NANETTE WARD tells us how it started (credit goes to a small group of MU students); and where it's going (Missouri's attorney general has since set up a human trafficking task force). More volunteers are needed, though; watch for details! May 7, 2018

Self-screening for various forms of skin cancer is as easy as A-B-C-D-E. DR. KARA BRAUDIS, MU Health Care, takes us through the process step-by-step. If you'd rather have a professional do it (for free!), stop by Ellis Fischel Cancer Center next Thursday afternoon. Watch for details! Also, KBIA Health and Wealth Desk reporter REBECCA SMITH tells us how she's empowering rural Missourians to tell their own health-related stories, both the good and the bad, and the impact it's having on the medical community. (4:41) May 4, 2018

TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites everyone to come see "Seussical Jr." this weekend only at The Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! "Seussical Jr." is the abridged version of "Seussical the Musical." Also, meet local entrepreneur DUSTIN STANTON. He, along with his brother Austin, operate Stanton Brothers Eggs in Centralia. Hear how their small business caught the eye of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg! May 3, 2018

Maybe it’s time to retire the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Michelle Wolf’s 15-minute act has many in our profession questioning the mission and purpose of the annual gala, and whether it’s time to put an end to it. Also, Missouri’s attorney general digs in on the governor, Tom Brokaw fights back against allegations of sexual misconduct and AM radio’s resurgence in Puerto Rico. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


You don't have to know the difference between Monet and Manet to take part in the Columbia Art League's summer camp programs for children age 5-16. LOUISE SARVER highlights a few of the offerings for 2018! Also, high school junior ABIGAIL CHAPDELAINE will be spending her senior year abroad thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange. Find out what she's looking forward to the most! Plus, MARILYN UPTON tells us how the Elizabeth J. Upton Foundation continues to support youths who wish to study abroad but can't afford it. (3:20) May 2, 2018

We're almost halfway through Annual Acts of Kindness Week! Help Children's Grove fulfill its wish for Columbia and Boone County to be the kindness capital of the world by taking part in one of the many planned activities this week. Guests MARY JO HERDE and PETE MILLIER tell us more! Also, HEATHER HARLAN, from Phoenix Health Programs, shares some good news and some bad news about the ongoing opioid epidemic in our community. (4:57) May 1, 2018

Escape from life's troubles at tomorrow evening's 'Harp and Healing' session at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. This final session of the season will feature St. Louis artist Vesna Delevska live painting to harpist MARIA TREVOR's music. Enjoy two soothing performances on today's show! April 30, 2018

Get your planners out! Local artist FRED SCHOLLMEYER takes us through a whole list of events sponsored by the Jefferson City Art Club that are happening this spring! Plus, ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY are back to talk about the annual Kitchens in Bloom fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Check out some before and after photos from this year's project courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! (4:15) April 27, 2018

Help ten veterans take part in the Central Missouri Honor Flight AND enjoy strawberry pie, jam, wine, shortcake - you name it - at the Strawberry Festival June 9th in Millersburg. CHERIE RUTTER tells us all about it! Plus, CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ invites everyone to take part in the Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run Spring 5K next Saturday in Columbia. Volunteers are needed! (4:39) April 26, 2018

Afraid of the stock market, but want to invest for the long run? Alex says the first thing to do is define a "long run." The number of years your investment needs in order to grow (before you withdraw it as income) should factor into your risk tolerance. Great tips, insights and more from today's guest, LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LABRUNERIE. April 25, 2018

DR. DAVID CRESPY tells us about "The Rimers of Eldritch," opening tomorrow night at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. David says that each performance will, in some way, celebrate the life of its writer, Lanford Wilson! Plus, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the final days of the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. The works of art featured were brought over from Cuba by Hannah and her team! (4:29) April 24, 2018

Hickman High School Theatre opens 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this Thursday! Actors ELIZABETH CURRAN and BRETT WILSON (Helena and Demetrius, respectively) talk about their classic characters and how you can get tickets. Plus, MU graduate student MEL BOEYER tells us about her upcoming presentation, 'The Adolescent Growth Spurt (Rated M for Mature)'. She is one-half of the Science on Tap CoMo presenters taking the stage this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. The other half of the evening will feature Anup Mishra talking about the AI revolution. Guest MIKE VIERLING explains. (4:12) April 23, 2018

Local author/singer ED VARNUM talks about his new book, "In Pursuit of Something Better," and at [5:00] performs his song, "God Is Love." April 20, 2018

Untapped Shores is a U.S.-based non-profit that hopes to solve the clean water crisis in third-world countries. Its co-founder, Patrick Shores, developed a small, solar-based filtration system that turns salt water into clean water. His device can provide up to 2,000 gallons of drinkable water every day. Guest: KATHY McDOUGAL April 19, 2018

Sean Hannity is a commentator, not a journalist. But that still begs the question, did he owe it to viewers to disclose he’d discussed personal legal matters before it was revealed in open court? Also, coverage of the air strikes in Syria, James Comey’s first television interview, and what’s next for Governor Greitens. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Art in the Park turns 60 this year! The Columbia Art League's LOUISE SARVER says that this year's diamond jubilee celebration will be "big." Also, actor SETH COMARA and assistant director ENOLA WHITE invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'," opening tomorrow night in Columbia! This musical revue features over 30 songs from early-20th century America. [3:20] April 18, 2018

Local entrepreneur RYAN KENNEDY wants to bring a 'cat cafe' to Columbia! What is it? Well, on one side you've got a coffee shop/bakery, and on the other is a room with 12 cats just waiting to be played with. This will be a partnership with Boone County Animal Care. Also, DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, Mason Eye Institute, tells us about the benefits of LASIK eye surgery. [4:10] April 17, 2018

There's no excuse for boredom this summer thanks to the variety of camps offered by Stephens College. Filmmaking, fashion, gaming and more are just a few of the options available to girls and boys of all ages. BARBIE BANKS is here to tell us all about it! Plus, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to join the League of Women Voters tomorrow afternoon at the Hy-Vee on Conley for another 'Lunch and Learn'! The topic this month: evaluating information in the age of fake news and alternative facts. [4:32] April 17, 2018

The third annual Unbound Book Festival returns next weekend to the Stephens College campus in Columbia! Among the new changes this year is the addition of Thursday to what was just a two-day event. CATHY SALTER is here to tell us all about this free event that's fun for all ages - watch! April 13, 2018

If you remember the days of turning the dial on the radio in order to change the station, you're gonna love the collection of songs the Boonslick Chordbusters have put together for their next concert, "Tunes From Around the Dial," happening this Saturday in Columbia! The Boone County Hams - a four-part spin-off - perform John Denver's "Country Roads" [2:10] and "This Little Light of Mine" [5:50]. April 12, 2018

JESSI GREEN tells us about Capital City Productions' "Boeing Boeing," a comedy set during the jet age of the 1960s. Can a bachelor engaged to three stewardesses keep them apart? Find out when the curtain goes up tomorrow night! [4:27] April 11, 2018

Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON invites everyone to come see John Bucchino's "It's Only Life," a musical revue featuring 'some of the best voices in mid-Missouri' opening this Friday in Columbia! At [4:07] BRANDON SANKPILL performs "Unexpressed." April 10, 2018

GreenHouse Theatre Project Artistic Director, ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, invites everyone to come see her "unusual" take on the story of Frankenstein! The classic monster tale turns 200 years old this year, and so while you think you may know it by heart, you have yet to see Elizabeth's immersive, multimedia adaptation! Plus, AMY CROUSORE invites all middle and high school-aged children to come play the organ at Missouri United Methodist Church this Saturday! 'Pedals, Pipes and Pizza' is a free event that aims to introduce the young, and the young-at-heart, to the "king of instruments." [5:06] April 9, 2018

'Too Quick for the Living' author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads "Jack Mackerel Joins the Roman Legion." (It's about a cat.) April 6, 2018

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure" is what's known in JILL WOMACK's world as a TYA production, or a 'theatre for young audiences'. That means this particular show features adults acting alongside advanced TRYPS children. You'll want to be sure and "move it move it" to the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus this weekend only! April 5, 2018

MU Veterinary Health Center's CB CHASTAIN on the recent pet food recalls: "what I think is a lot more concerning is a more common problem where bacteria gets into the food, and that puts the animal's life at risk and can also risk the health of the owner." Plus, 'It Takes a Village: Community Through Song' is a "huge concert" that showcases members from each ensemble in the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Artistic Director EMILY EDGINGTON ANDREWS tells us more! [4:45] April 4, 2018

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