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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Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER about the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's annual trivia night. This "major fundraiser" is happening October 28 in Columbia. Come for the questions; stay for "the best chili in town"! At [4:54] SUE THOMPSON invites everyone 21+ to come to the 3rd annual MO Mug Craft Beer Festival fundraising event October 21. Get a taste of many local beers and brewing demonstrations for just $15! Proceeds benefit the South Howard County Historical Society. October 19, 2017

Harvey Weinstein remains in rehab undergoing treatment for a sex addiction while his peers expel him from the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild and his company crumbles financially. Meanwhile, NBC execs deny claims they quashed a reporter’s work on the story and football commentator jokes on Sunday Night Football. We’ll break down the developments in the Weinstein saga. Also, President Donald Trump’s threat to go after broadcast licenses, why the New York Times felt a need to update its social media policy and why it’s so hard for some people to ad lib on TV. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEL ZELENAK about ways you can identify, and then plan for, extra costs that maybe you don't see coming when you travel. Maximize your vacation budget with these helpful tips! October 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about why you should let native plants stay where they are all winter long. In short, it's because the dried stalks act as an environment for hibernating bugs. Nadia is teaching a class on native plants next month at the Columbia Public Library - watch for details! October 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator at Missouri River Relief, about this Saturday's river clean-up event in Boonville. Jen tells us why it's so important to keep the Missouri River free from trash and waste, even if you don't live near it! At [4:50] ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, highlights a few of her favorite entries in the residents' bill of rights from the now 30 year-old Nursing Home Reform Act. October 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new exhibit opening next week that features works by contemporary street photographer Jon Luvelli! Don't miss your chance to see six large photographs of Missourians that are "overlooked in society." October 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS, Executive Director of River City Habitat for Humanity, about the success of World Habitat Day 2017. This annual spotlight on the need for affordable (and decent) housing for everyone took place on September 30th in Jefferson City, where more than 100 homes have been built by River City Habitat for Humanity over the past 25 years! At [4:31] FRED SCHOLLMEYER invites the public to come to the Jefferson City Art Club's Monday meetings, held every third Monday of the month. This month, the featured artist will be Gary Cadwallader! Gary is known for his watercolor paintings, and he'll be demonstrating his technique during his presentation. Don't miss it! October 12, 2017

The fallout from the New York Times’ reporting on harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have meant big changes for the company he co-founded. Why is it taking decades for those stories to become public? Also, ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after another violation of the network’s social media policy, Dove apologizes for a racially insensitive promotion and Facebook has a plan for fact checking. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, Co-Chair of the 2017 Out of the Darkness Walk, about this Sunday's event at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia! The goal, as always, is to raise awareness of, and is a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Greater Mid-Missouri Chapter. At [4:13] CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, tells us how we can keep rodents from coming into our homes this fall without using rodent bait. Why not use rodent bait? Well, for one, domesticated pets can be attracted to the bait being used which, in turn, can kill them. October 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and actor ED HANSON talk about Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "The Gin Game." Don't miss this "tragicomedy" about two senior citizens in a nursing home who turn a recurring game of cards into a recurring battle of wits. Curtain goes up this Thursday! At [5:00] author JAMES OERMANN tells us about his cross-genre book, "A Collection of Tales." If you're a fan of historic fiction and/or contemporary issues in American society from a Buddhist perspective (you know who you are!), this book might be worth a read! October 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LACEY PRATER about an upcoming memorial walk for those who have lost a child either during pregnancy or within the first few weeks of their life. This event is sponsored by MU Women's and Children's Hospital. Please RSVP by this Wednesday! At [4:25] HEATHER DARBY invites everyone to the Women's Symphony League's Taste of the Holiday Home Tour luncheon. This is your chance to get a sneak preview of the four homes and one business that will be on display to the public in December. The luncheon will be catered by Hoss's Market and will feature a fashion show! October 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about the annual 'Sustainable Living Fair' happening Sunday, October 15 at City Hall in downtown Columbia. Come and learn about all the ways to minimize your carbon footprint while saving a few bucks on energy bills! October 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE POWELL from the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri. What is a greenbelt land trust? Mike tells us it's a "local non-profit conservation organization that works with public and private landowners to protect agricultural and natural spaces for future generations." Join them at their first annual Deep Roots Dinner October 15th at Maplewood Barn in Columbia. Watch for details! At [4:29] ROSE VOMUND, Boone County Council on Aging, and BRETT HAYES, Mizzou Therapy Services, invite everyone to the 27th annual Mature Living Festival October 13th at Parkade Event Center. There will be something for everyone thanks to this year's presenting sponsor, MU Health Care! October 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dr. MICHELLE MARSHALL about the annual "Blessing of the Animals" service this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia! As always, your four-legged family member is also welcome at this special occasion that's sure to be a memorable experience for everyone who attends. At [3:37] ADAM SAUNDERS invites you and your friends to come out to the Urban Farm this Saturday for the 8th annual Harvest Hootenanny! Enjoy a locally-grown meal prepared by students in the culinary program at the Columbia Area Career Center. It'll be fun for the whole family! October 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTINE SEWELL about the Mid-Missouri Health Expo happening this Saturday at the Parkade Event Center in Columbia. Christine says, "this family-friendly, fun, interactive event" is a one-stop shop for "free vital health screenings and health education resources to everyone in our community." At [4:23] actors ADAM and KENDRA SHIELDS invite everyone to come see "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." This gothic thriller musical is the latest from Capital City Productions. Adam says it'll be a "bloody good time!" October 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HANNAH REEVES, Director, Sager | Braudis Gallery, about their brand new autumn exhibit opening tomorrow in the North Village Arts District in Columbia. Hannah also touches on what we have to look forward to from Sager | Braudis in 2018 (hint: even more exhibits!). At [4:05] JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, invites young kiddos (2nd grade and up) to join a brand new orchestra called Overture to Strings. No audition is necessary! Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the Piano Showcase, the Holiday Home Tour, the Symphony of Toys and more! October 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers: "Zombie Jamboree" at [1:50] and a slightly different take on "What a Wonderful World" at [4:20]. If you think you've got what it takes to sing with these guys, join them at their next practice - watch for details! September 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about their annual fundraising dinner and silent auction happening October 3rd in Columbia. There is no cost to attend the event, but reservations are required. Watch for details! At [3:50] longtime local newspaper columnist BILL CLARK tells us how he's officially entered the 21st century. In short, Bill's primary platform, after years of writing for a print publication, is now a website. Find out how it's going so far and how you can subscribe! September 28, 2017

Several National Football League owners took to the field in solidarity with their players following President Trump’s incendiary words toward those who kneeled during the playing of the national anthem. We’ll talk about what happens when sports gets political. Also, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges the platform’s advertising practices are flawed, Megyn Kelly’s ‘Today’ debut, and interactions between reporters and police during the ongoing protests in St. Louis. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper is joined by the cast of "Quilters," the latest production at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! They perform two numbers from the show: "Pieces of Lives" at [1:19] and "Windmill" at [5:16]. Artistic Director TODD DAVISON tells us that "Quilters" is more than just a show - find out why! September 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOSH KIRBY about the Fayette Area Community Theatre's annual Wine & Spirits Walk. This is an important fundraiser for FACT, which is in need of a theatre to call home. Watch for details! At [3:15] LAINIE VANSANT and MURPHY WARD invite everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." This family-friendly favorite is running this Wednesday through Sunday only at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus! September 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library, talk about "The End of Your Life Book Club". Author Will Schwalbe's "love letter" to his mother is the chosen book for year's 'Capital Read' program. Will is visiting Jefferson City later this week - watch for details! At [4:21] Mizzou graduate students MILLA TITOVA, psychology, and TAYLOR KELTY, biomedical sciences, are here to tell us what they'll be talking about at this Wednesday's Science on Tap COMO event at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. September 25, 2017

Emmy host Stephen Colbert invites former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to appear on stage at last Sunday's ceremony. Who wasn't in on the joke? Was Harvard "behaving stupidly" when it rescinded an invitation to Chelsea Manning to become a visiting fellow? Also, reactions by ESPN management after Jemele Hill speaks out against #Trump; and will Ken Burns' latest documentary about the #VietnamWar attract an audience beyond the baby boomers who lived through it? From Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Jamie Grey. KBIA 91.3 FM

Reporters have been wrapping themselves around street signs and lampposts since Dan Rather’s first hurricane live shot during Hurricane Carla in 1961. We tell our audiences to stay inside, is it time to take our own advice? Also, the ethics of undercover reporting, why the Department of Justice wants some RT associates to register as foreign agents, and Disney’s attempt to bring back the Mickey Mouse Club – or should we say Club Mickey Mouse. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Hollywood usually banks on big summer blockbusters… but this year, Americans said no to the going to the movies. Was it this year’s offerings? Or are our entertainment options changing and making the movie theater a thing of the past? Also, why the EPA called an AP report about Houston superfund sites yellow journalism, an ESPN commentator quits rather than call football games, and Tronc’s move to buy the New York Daily News. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Reporters are stepping up to cover Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in ways we haven’t seen in more than a decade. This week, a look at some of the personal stories, the changes in technology and what’s still to come in the reporting from south Texas. Also, ESPN’s decision to pull a broadcaster from a University of Virgina football game because of his name, the removal of a novel from the New York Times’ Bestseller List, and the end of an era in “pop” music. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Journalists spent more than a year reporting on Monday’s historic eclipse. It only took three minutes for that event to become a footnote in history. Was the coverage worth it? Who watched it and how will it be remembered? Also, what’s ahead for Steve Bannon and Breitbart News now that he’s back at the alt-right news site following his departure from the White House, brands back off from advertising amid politically and racially-charged news coverage. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

The New York Times reports on the dramatic decline in enrollment at Mizzou in the wake of student protests. A current student leader cries foul while right-wing media gleefully share the story. Is there enough context? Professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Stacey Woelfel discuss this and more on this week's Views of the News.

Megyn Kelly’s profile of Infowars’ founder Alex Jones has run – in most U.S. cites. Did it live up to the hype? Also, rumors Sean Spicer is searching for his replacement, Fox News drops its iconic “Fair & Balanced” slogan, and coverage of the Cosby mistrial. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Megyn Kelly is under attack for an interview with Infowars' Alex Jones set to air Sunday evening on NBC. Will the interview expose a conspiracy theorist or just give him a platform to spread this beliefs? Also, an Oregon newspaper’s decision to report on a prominent college athelete’s sexual molestation conviction, Montana Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault for taking down the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs in a headlock, and the media circus around the Comey and Sessions senate hearings. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jeimmie Nevalga: Views of the News.

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