Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown is a Master's student at MU studying convergence journalism. His main interests include video reporting and editing as well as radio. Jonah graduated from Truman State University in 2016 with a degree in Communication, and hails from Mexico, Missouri.

Robert Nickles wears a grey sweatshirt and has a medium gray beard. He also has on a black Mizzou ball cap and looks into the camera.
Jonah McKeown / KBIA

Robert Nickles lives in Columbia. He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and has undergone numerous medical procedures throughout his life - including a colostomy. But there’s a major barrier standing between Robert and a healthy existence: Robert is homeless.

In his own words, he has lived a life that “most people wouldn’t understand.” Robert spoke with KBIA’s Jonah McKeown about the stigma surrounding homelessness and about the barriers he faces getting healthcare.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

Katie Burnham-Wilkins, left, smiles into the camera. She has long brown hair. Blake Witter, right, has curly dirty blonde hair. She also smiles into the camera.
Jonah McKeown / KBIA

Katie Burnham-Wilkins is the Homeless Program Coordinator at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, and Blake Witter is the Program Coordinator for HUD-VASH, a program that combines Housing and Urban Development vouchers with VA services to help homeless veterans get stable housing.

While the exact number of homeless veterans in the United States is hard to pin down, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report last year that found that although the number of homeless veterans has overall decreased by 17% since 2015, the number of homeless veterans in Missouri has slightly increased, to nearly 600.

Katie and Blake spoke about the challenges of reaching out to and housing homeless veterans in the Columbia community.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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Sam McMillen, left, stands next to Elizabeth Modde, right, in the foyer of the University of Missouri Medical School
Jonah McKeown / KBIA

Sam McMillen and Elizabeth Modde are both medical students at the University of Missouri. They both work or have worked with MedZou – a free community health clinic run by medical staff and students.

Sam is currently the Director of Patient Advocacy and Referrals, and he sat down with Elizabeth in May to discuss some of the healthcare struggles their homeless patients face, and how their relationships with patients has changed them.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

The I-70 bridge that crosses the Missouri River at Rocheport will be closed down to one lane each way intermittently until this Thursday, August 31, for routine inspections.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be closing one westbound lane from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and one eastbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

The entire Missouri Attorney General’s Office has recused itself from the Supreme Court case involving Columbia’s Trinity Lutheran Church, which is set to begin oral arguments tomorrow.

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