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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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

Cindy Sheltmire invites everyone to a free talk by Maryl Walters, an international speaker on spirituality, tomorrow night at the ARC in Columbia. Maryl will speak on issues affected by, and changed by, believing in the power of divine love. Also, actress 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

Columbia Entertainment Company's KATIE HAYS says "We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figures Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue" is about a community theatre troupe in England trying to put on a show, and - as you might expect - everything goes wrong. Plus, "mind and brain wellness" is the focus of this year's one-day CoMo Wellness Conference. ERIN BROWN tells us about the schedule, the sessions and the speakers! [4:28] April 3, 2018

SARAH GIULIANI and SARAH JAEGER want your blood...in support of MU's annual Greek Week Blood Drive! Thirty minutes is all it takes to save three lives (and get some free food). Also, CLARA STARK and ETTA BYBEE invite kids (ages 5-12) to spend part of their summer at Maplewood Barn's Children's Theatre Camp. Register today! [3:35] April 2, 2018

Get your laughs on at the 30th annual Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and Job Point Comedy Night! DONNA BECKETT and SANDRA FLAKER tell us about that, as well as about ALMM's quarterly cookie sale - it's back, and the order deadline is fast approaching! Plus, JOSH CHITTUM tells us how the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series is planning to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. [4:24] March 30, 2018

Native plant expert NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL introduces us to Kentucky Coffeetree, Burr oak acorn flour, Jerusalem artichoke and more! Taste recipes made from these ingredients by signing up for one of Nadia's classes in April at the Career Center in Columbia. March 29, 2018

JOAN STACk invites everyone to visit the exhibit: "Sketches of War: Editorial Cartoons Representing World War I by Daniel Fitzpatrick." Daniel was the editorial cartoonist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1913-1958. These 'sketches' are on display now in The Elizabeth Rozier Gallery in Jefferson City. March 28, 2018

DR. DAVID NEWMAN applies "golf therapy" to children with autism, ADD and ADHD. He says, "people that have autism, that before were almost unruly, when they get out on the golf course they're not. They're calm; they're relaxed. You can actually talk to them." March 27, 2018

MU grad students SARAH PEACOCK, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, and DREW MALLINAK, School of Natural Resources, give us the two-minute version of their recent Science on Tap CoMo presentations. Plus, NICK FOSTER looks ahead to the many programs Voluntary Action Center supports during the spring and summer months. [4:47] March 26, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about the many planned activities to help us celebrate our planet Earth! Starting tomorrow, turn off any non-essential lights and devices from 8:30-9:30 p.m.; then there's the Show Me Native Yards and Neighborhoods Workshop with Nadia Navarrete-Tindall; plus, the Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference is coming up in mid-April. So much to do - watch for details! March 23, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Sydney Carter's "Julian of Norwich" on autoharp and guitar at [4:13]. Plus, get details on the 27th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival, happening April 6-7 in Boonville! March 22, 2018

Who’s really at fault? Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, or the millions of users around the globe who relied on a social platform to keep their data safe and protected? As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is called before lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. to answer to data breaches affecting more than 50 million users, it’s a fair question to ask. When the product is free, are you the product? Also, a return to #MeToo ground zero, as the Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, tronc’s Michael Ferro retires amid misconduct allegations, and why Stormy Daniels might be able to get out from under that non-disclosure agreement afterall. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BETTY WILSON, JESUS GOMEZ and MIKE DULAK about the Mid-Missouri Community Orchestra. Even if all you have is just a passing interest in playing an instrument, this organization is for you! As Mike tells us: "it's about the journey." At [4:30] KATHLEEN DAKE invites everyone to come see several hundred pieces of work by local school children starting this Saturday at the 35th annual Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit at Capital Arts Gallery in Jefferson City! March 21, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDA SCHUST, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios, about this weekend's Africa Fest 2018 - two days of celebrating both African culture and Columbia's diversity through song, dance, interactive presentations and more! At [4:55] LIZ BURKS invites all pet owners to get their dog or cat spayed or neutered at The Spay Neuter Project (No Kill Columbia), an animal advocacy organization that provides low cost operations to help prevent unwanted litters! March 20, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA TALBERT and PATRICK CLARK about an upcoming production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." This is the second collaboration between Jefferson City's MOstly Opera and the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Rebecca says if you've never been exposed to opera, "this one's for you!" At [5:08] MONICA McMURRY, Dean of the School of Design at Stephens College, stops by to talk about the 74th annual fashion show, a summer fashion camp for middle school students, and the exhibit: Victor Costa: Designing Dreams in Fashion. Get ready to mark your calendar! March 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! On this St. Patrick's Day eve, Larry shares the story, "The Other Saint." Cloaks, kings and blueberry jam are just three of the many stops along the way in this hagiography of Ireland's Saint Brigid of Kildare. Watch! March 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE and CORY CROSBY about the 'Columbia Gift 4 Gun Exchange' event that took place last December. As a result of Sean's and Cory's efforts, forty-one guns were collected and handed over to the Columbia Police Department. Those who donated a weapon received a $100 gift card. Get the full story, including why the guns ended up in the back of Sean's car ("it was just nuts"), and find out if there's any chance this event will happen again! March 15, 2018

After more than 130 years of some of the most stunning photojournalism ever published, the editors of National Geographic acknowledged that for decades, much of that has been racist in its coverage of people of color. What spurred this confession and what commitment is there among today’s staff to change? Also, did O.J. Simpson admit to killing his ex-wife and her friend on a FOX special Sunday night, Tucker Carlson’s special report on the plight of men in America and reports of a deal between the Obamas and Netflix? What might Obama TV look like? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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