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.

Ways to Connect

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about this year's "Starting Gate New Play Festival." You're invited to watch six, 10-minute original plays with one common theme. This year's theme is 'Earth and Sky'. At [4:17] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 28th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild's popular 'Holiday Exhibition and Sale' this Friday through Sunday! Check out a few of the examples Ann brought of some one-of-a-kind crafts available for purchase! November 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHERYL BLACK, director of MU Theatre Department's production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3." This Pulitzer Award-winning musical by Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of a slave named Hero during the American Civil War. Curtain goes up Wednesday! At [3:15] DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, talks about the positive effects that a lung cancer screening can have at the early stages of the disease. "Now we see patients at an early stage that we can cure mostly with surgery." November 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about tomorrow's Warm Up Columbia event at the Armory in downtown Columbia. If your family qualifies for free coats, hats, scarves, blankets and more, now is your chance to collect. Watch for details! At [3:33] JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON invite everyone to come visit the State Historical Society's latest exhibit dedicated to local artist and veteran, Robert Bussabarger. Bussabarger's work is a reflection of his time spent in the military during WWII. November 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with musician JOHN HOWLAND about a free bluegrass/southern gospel benefit concert this Saturday in Jefferson City! Come see local band 'Missing Pieces' perform popular tunes like "I'll Fly Away," "Daddy Sang Bass" and "There Will Be A Fountain." Non-perishable food donations will be given to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. At [5:12] JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reminds us to continue eating healthy, even during the winter months. How? One way is to find out if your local farmers market has an indoor location. Seasonal produce year-round! November 2, 2017 

Today Paul Pepper visits with KYLE FELLING, KBIA Program Director, about their fall fund drive that kicks off tomorrow and runs through next Thursday! The goal is $360,000. No pledge is too small! At [4:35] JILL WOMACK and 'Cinderella' invite all the little girls watching to "A Royal Tea Party" inside Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. This popular event is a fundraiser for TRYPS, and the theme this year is 'The Princesses Visit Hogwarts'. November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper is joined by local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells us the story of "Momo," aka the Missouri Monster. October 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA WHITING about a "big party" this Saturday to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rock Bridge State Park and the 100th anniversary of the Missouri State Park system. Did you know Lady Bird Johnson had a hand in making RBSP a reality? At [5:16] KATIE HAYS invites everyone to come see Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "12 Angry Jurors" (also know as the less-diverse, "12 Angry Men"). Find out why director Christopher Gould felt it was important for the change to be made so that the audience would be able to identify with someone on stage. October 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these three new scams to be on the lookout for: "lottery fee"; "wireless speed advertisements"; and "online credit card theft". As always, do your due diligence! October 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEWART SCOTT, Cevet Tree Care, about the emerald ash borer. This destructive Asian beetle has now moved into central Missouri, and if not treated, it can kill an entire ash tree. At [4:01] DR. MEGHA GARG, MU Health Care, tells us about early detection breast cancer screenings at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Dr. Garg says that patients that come in for a screening don't necessarily have any signs or symptoms, but that doesn't make the cancer undetectable. October 26, 2017

Did 21st Century Fox renew Bill O’Reilly’s contract soon after he settled a sexual harassment suit for more than $32 million – six months after founder Roger Ailes’ ouster? A New York Times report says so. Also, CNN puts facts first using an apple, why ESPN canceled “Barstool Van Talk” after only one episode and how the ethics of covering the apprehension of a potentially suicidal person. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, about "Shout! The Mod Musical", opening tomorrow night in Macon! Don't miss this "groovy" show about five, carefree women in the 1960s. Plus, get details on next Tuesday's "Soup and Spooks". This cabaret-style event will celebrate all-things Halloween. At [4:38] MAKENZIE MABRY and JON CODY tell us about the next edition of Science on Tap CoMo. Topics covered will be urban bat populations and what hibernators and zombies have in common. It all happens tomorrow evening at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! October 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about the many ways you can keep Fido and Fluffy safe and sound on Halloween! Mar says, "not all animals want to go trick-or-treating, and not all animals want to have guests come, even if they're not in costume; it can be pretty scary." October 23, 2017

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

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