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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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Word of The National Enquirer’s attempts to extort Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has led to criminal investigations and offered subtle hints about his attitude toward editorial control at the Washington Post. Also, Bob Costas on his dismissal from NBC’s Super Bowl broadcast, French journalists using a secret Facebook group to #cyberbully and harass women writers and claims of plagiarism against the former executive editor of The New York Times. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

There's no excuse for missing this weekend's 'Baroque Concerto' and 'Baroque Concerto: Encore' since one will be performed in Columbia and the other in Jefferson City! Guest PATRICK CLARK tells us this is possible because of a partnership between Southside Philharmonic Orchestra and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series. Also, native plant expert NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL has a plan to help the monarch butterfly thrive. She calls it a "butterfly corridor," and it's now possible in Columbia thanks to recent changes to the city's weed ordinance. [3:58] February 13, 2019

"They have 90 seconds to say whatever they want, do whatever they want..." -- TODD DAVISON on the early audition process of some 800 actors and technicians ahead of the summer season. And speaking of the summer season, Maples Rep Theatre kicks theirs off with 'The Full Monty' June 12th. Also, DR. STEPHEN COLBERT, MU Health Care, talks about the symptoms of and the treatments for carpal tunnel. [4:24] February 12, 2019

Time is running out to let the Boone County Hams make this Valentine's Day extra-special! Find out how, and enjoy a performance of 'By the Light of the Silvery Moon' (2:05) and 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart' (6:30). February 11, 2019

The State Historical Society of Missouri is honoring Black History Month with an exhibit titled, 'Exodus: Images of Black Migration in Missouri and Beyond, 1866-1940', now through the end of February. JOAN STACK tells us about one of the featured pieces by renowned Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. In addition to that, DAIVE DUNKLEY takes us through a whole host of events happening this month sponsored by the Black Studies Department at the University of Missouri. February 8, 2019

The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri's popular 'Float Your Boat' fundraising event returns to Bass Pro Lake April 27. CHRISTA HOLTZCLAW tells us why the whole family should take part. "It's a blast!" Also, The Little Theatre of Jefferson City opens 'Mamma Mia' next Thursday for one weekend only. Meet director GABRIELLE WITTENBERGER and actor JERICO WHITAKER. (3:59) February 7, 2019

A tip from a “concerned citizen” has created a controversy around the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam. Also, President #Trump discusses his take on ‘fake news’ with the publisher of The New York Times, why Snopes unfriended #Facebook and why coverage about a forthcoming cure for breast cancer might be too good to be true. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 


It's no secret that the 2018 stock market closed out in the red. As of late, things are headed in the right direction, but what does that mean for your investments? LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE says to think long term. "Even though there is reason to be concerned and anxious about contemporary times, long-term portfolios (10+ years) often do well for people." February 6, 2019

The 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns this Sunday to The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Missouri River Relief's KEVIN TOSIE tells us about a couple of the featured films, including Sriram Murali's 'Lost in Light', a film about light pollution. Also, February is American Heart Month. Hy-Vee dietitian MICHAEL O'HALLORAN, RD, LD, says that by adding a little more fiber to our diet (specifically oats), we can help our body lower our LDL cholesterol. (3:29) February 5, 2019

Never mind tomorrow, machine-learning artificial intelligence is happening now! University of Missouri professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON tells us just how much it's "creeping into our lives." February 4, 2019

Thinking of carpeting your walls? Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY has some ideas that are aesthetically-pleasing, non-flammable and, best of all, eco-friendly! Also, TERI WALDEN introduces us to KYLE BOFFA, a one-time student and now program assistant at EnCircle Technologies, which is now a part of Woodhaven. (4:17) February 1, 2019

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. JOHN HOWE, author of 'The Foolish Corner,' says planning is key to a proper retirement because people are "living twenty, thirty years after retirement and that's a fairly long period of time to have to support ourselves." January 31, 2019

Tom Brokaw has apologized for his comments about Spanish speakers and #assimilation made on Meet the Press on Sunday. But that apology has raised more questions than answers. Also, conservative commentators criticize President #Trump, saying he caved, working with Democrats to end the government #shutdown, and more than 1,000 #journalism jobs lost in a week. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

"If I could write a prescription for any one person, all ages, doesn't matter what problems you have, physical activity and exercise really is preventative and in some circumstances curative." -- DR. MARY DOHRMANN, MU Health Care | Also, Hickman High School Theatre opens "Dearly Beloved" tomorrow night for one weekend only. Cast members ZOE BELLMAN and MORGAN MILLER take us to Fayro, Texas for an 'over-the-top' wedding full of eccentric characters! (4:08) January 30, 2019

Capital City Productions takes us back to the '50s and into the world of Sun Records - home to (names you might recognize like) Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins -  with their latest show, "Million Dollar Quartet". Guests: NATALIE EICKHOFF and PAULA BEACH | Also, the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has been helping residents of Boone County for almost 25 years. Efforts such as theirs takes money, and one way they raise funds is through the always-popular - and going on now! - quarterly cookie sale. Guests: CARLA McFARLAND and MARY STIXRUD (4:29) January 29, 2019

Love INC of Columbia wants to help you "gain the confidence and connections" to get a job (or get a better job) through a new eight-week program they're hosting called 'Jobs For Life'. Guest: JANE WILLIAMS   January 28, 2019

MU Health Care's DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says intermittent fasting could be the answer to ridding ourselves of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and neurodegenerative diseases. January 25, 2019

Eat food inspired by art tomorrow night at Columbia Art League! Now in its sixth year, 'Let Them Eat Art' is your chance to pair paint with pâté (perhaps). Guest: LOUISE SARVER | Also, JEFF MORAN invites everyone to a "quarters auction" fundraiser for Mobility Worldwide - now in its 25th year - next month in Columbia! (4:06) January 24, 2019

Viral videos often make news, but what happens when they don’t tell the whole story? What can we learn from what happened on the National Mall this weekend between a high school student and Native American elder? Also, BuzzFeed challenged on its bombshell report about #Trump and Cohen, the effects the true crime genre has on the loved ones of crime victims, and the dark side of social media memes. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

You might recognize DAWN TRAUTMAN as one of Maples Rep Theatre's 'Church Basement Ladies'. She's also the co-creator of 'A Dairy Tale', an on-going web series that focuses on everyday people in rural, dairy-industry-driven America. January 23, 2019

CoMo Youth Works wants to see those with substance abuse issues get "community-based help" instead of a prison sentence. Guest LORETTA SCHOUTEN says that's because Missouri has one of the highest recidivist rates in the country. Their plan? A one-stop shop. January 22, 2019

"It's as relevant now as it was then." -- JOAN STACK on Tom Engelhardt's 1968 political cartoon, 'But His Truth Goes Marching On', which originally ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch five days after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. See it for yourself this week at the State Historical Society of Missouri. (They're closed today.) January 21, 2019

"This weekend, our country is emphasizing values like justice and equality and freedom as we anticipate celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. And I want to share this little, short Missouri history story because I think some of those values surface as we hear this story." -- LARRY BROWN on why he's sharing the story, "Mule Shoes, Boodlers, Holy Joe and the Missouri Idea"  January 18, 2019

January is National Walk Your Dog Month. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, can't stress enough how important this (relatively simple) activity is to the bond between a pet and their owner. Plus, it's good exercise! January 17, 2019

Bird scooters has been making news in Columbia for months. Now, it's making headlines around the world for its claim of a copyright violation by a tech news website. Was it a fair claim? Also, hedge fund owners make a play for one of the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S., NBC News formally cuts ties with Megyn Kelly and how Stephen King helped scare up subscribers of his local news website. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


It's been a minute since TIM RICH stopped by to talk about Welcome Home: A Community for Veterans. He says their new location provides three times the space they had before; unfortunately, they still have to turn people away because there isn't enough room. Also, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. NANETTE WARD tells us about the newly-released poster from Missouri's Department of Public Safety featuring the national human trafficking hotline number. (4:06) January 16, 2019

"So, we've been doing this type of activity for many years, but what we've known is, once we've made that initial investment, the first buyer will sell, and then that home is no longer affordable or it potentially turns into a rental unit. So, what the Community Land Trust is, it's a new initiative to protect all of the city's investments in affordable housing going forward." -- Randy Cole, Housing Supervisor, Columbia Community Land Trust  January 15, 2019

Not everyone has a "social safety net," and for some, one economic setback could sink their ship, so-to-speak. Heart of Missouri United Way can be that safety net, but not without help from the community at large. ANDREW GRABAU tells us how easy it is to get involved. Also, WALLY PFEFFER and ALLY CUNNINGHAM, co-chairs of the 17th annual Boone County Legislative Forum on Higher Education, tell us about this year's event happening next week at Grand Cru in Columbia! (4:15) January 14, 2019

Why take part in The District's 'Restaurant Week'? NICKIE DAVIS says because "we offer just the most unique, locally-owned businesses...there are just things you're never going to find anywhere outside of The District." Additional guest: Gunter Hans owner LYDIA MELTON | Also, HEATHER LAMB takes us behind-the-scenes of Vox Magazine. Now in its 20th year, this student-run, city-centered publication recently underwent aesthetic changes that (hopefully) reflect a modern era of lifestyle journalism. (3:06) January 11, 2019

2018 was a busy year for the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability! BARBARA BUFFALOE takes a look back at the good, the bad and the "world's stupidest problem." Plus, get details on the first Fix-It Fair of the new year! January 10, 2019

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