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 welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform "Mary Had A Baby," a traditional Christmas tune, on banjo and guitar at [1:37]. December 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DOUG BANNISTER, Director of School of Metaphysics, about the power of positive thinking. He says that our attitude "sets the way." "When we take a negative, that's a contraction; that's a 'shutting down'. So, we're limited in our thinking." If you'd like to make today a glass-half-full day, watch! December 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAY PORTER, a graduate student studying the effects of exercise on blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. If you're age 25-65 and you'd like to be a part of this study, and keep in mind you don't have to be suffering from diabetes to be involved, watch for details! At [4:22] Majors Jack and Nancy Holloway give us an update on this season's Red Kettle Campaign. The goal is $365,000, and according to Nancy, "it's going very well." But with another 50% to go, they're still looking for donations. December 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIE BEDSWORTH, Mental Health Therapist, about PTSD in everyday people. According to Jennie, about 8% of the population is suffering from some sort of traumatic experience. Find out the warning signs and what you can do about it! At [4:14] JO TURNER and CORTNEY GILBOW invite everyone to come and shop at the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's Upscale Resale store. Funds raised go to help meet the everyday needs in the lives of women and children in our community. December 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN HOWE, author of "The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions," about saving for the future. Relying solely on government-based programs may not be the best idea in the long run. Instead, John recommends setting aside a minimum of 10% of your earnings. December 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA JOHNSON and GRETCHEN CARLISLE about a partnership between the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, the Central Missouri Humane Society and Second Chance to look at the impact a cat from a shelter has on the life of a child with autism. The study will pay particular attention to social skills and stress levels, and compare it to that of a dog in a similar role. December 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about underage drinking during the holidays. If you're planning to host a party, or have some friends over, Joy says to be sensitive to families and individuals who may have to drive home or to another function. She says, "you don't have to be plastered to have a good time." December 14, 2017

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy back the bankrupt gossip site and MSNBC rehires a contributor fired after some sexually suggestive tweets. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director of EnCircle Technologies, about the mission behind the program and who they aim to serve and why. If you'd like to make a monetary donation to this organization, you can throughout the month of December by way of the CoMoGives campaign - watch for details! At [3:49] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the Missouri Symphony Society's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert happening this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. This "Columbia tradition" features a lot of music, and even an appearance by Santa! Children who bring an unwrapped toy get in for free. December 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MERIDETH LEHMAN, Child Life Program Coordinator at MU's Children's Hospital, about "Beads of Courage" and "Caleb's Pitch," two programs that let children with a chronic illness be children without a chronic illness, if only for a little while. At [4:51] PATRICK CLARK invites everyone to the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra's production of "The Nutcracker," starring Dancers' Alley! You've only got two chances to see this classic Christmas story come to life on stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City! December 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about mindful eating during the holidays. Kristen says that the average American gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. How can you avoid gaining all that weight? For starters, be aware of what you're eating and when you're eating it. At [5:27] MAKENZIE MABRY and JON CODY invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Graduate students Emily Sinnott and Eddie Ramirez with share their research on the Bobwhite quail and "introgression," respectively. December 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about four things to remember during the month of December, including: where to shop for 'fair trade' products, and why you should download the 'traffickcam' app for your smartphone. At [4:50] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, invites everyone to come learn about the Affordable Care Act at the Columbia Public Library. This free service is designed to keep you in-the-know when it comes to all-things health insurance. December 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with our consumer and travel expert, MEL ZELENAK. Mel touches on a number of topics, including: fee-only financial planners, where to find the best return on your investments (according to Jack Bogle), the "world's largest cruise agency" and a look ahead to 2018! December 7, 2017

Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? Also, NBC after Matt Lauer, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and what’s next for net neutrality. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform two holiday classics, "Jingle Bells" [1:24] and "Blue Christmas" [4:29], ahead of this Saturday's "Kickin' It Back For Christmas" holiday concert that also features the CPS 5th Grade Honors Choir and the Heart of Missouri Women's Chorus! December 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about "recovery-friendly hosting," which is offering alternatives to alcohol when hosting a party or friends this holiday season. Heather tells us that there are several reasons to do this, including the fact that almost 10% of the population lives with an alcohol-use disorder. December 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about the need for more people to sponsor a family this Christmas. Even if you can't do the shopping yourself, a monetary donation or a gift card will still go a long way in making someone's holiday season extra-special! At [4:34] DICK DALTON invites everyone to come see Capital City Productions' take on 'A Christmas Carol'. According to Dick, musical director Brandon Sankpill has chosen music that isn't necessarily Christmas music to further this modern-day retelling of the classic story. December 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KAY GLASS about the 2017 Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar, happening tomorrow in Columbia. Arrive early for the famous church mice or you'll miss out! Proceeds benefit several organizations in our community -- watch for details! At [3:44] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY reminds us about all the good the Salvation Army does throughout the year, and how most of the money they raise is done so during the holiday season! Find out where the money goes and about the many different ways in which you can donate. December 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Cinderella (Helen Miller) and her evil stepsisters ahead of this weekend's performance of "Cinderella" on the TRYPS stage inside the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! They perform "Stepsister's Lament" at [2:38]. November 30, 2017

They were once two of America's most trusted broadcasters. Today Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor are both out of a job following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Also, dogged reporting at the Washington Post roots out someone trying to scam reporters, the New York Times’ feature on a Nazi sympathizer draws deep criticism and Time Magazine’s new owners. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the world premiere of "An Antique Carol," an opera written by Hugo Vianello, founder of the Missouri Symphony Society. Ed tells us that Hugo wrote this adaptation of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' almost 30 years ago, but that it has never been properly staged -- until now, and we've got a sneak peek at [5:22]! November 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about "Boeing-Boeing," the final show of the 2017 season! This farce about a bachelor in Paris who's engaged to three stewardesses will leave you in hysterics after they all end up in the same place at the same time. At [5:03] NANCY GRIGGS reminds everyone to get their tickets for the Women's Symphony League's 2017 Holiday Home Tour, happening this weekend in Columbia! Take a walk through four decorated homes in the Grasslands, all while supporting the Missouri Symphony Society. November 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KATIE HAYS about Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind." Watch eight actors take on 30 plays in 60 minutes starting this Thursday for two weekends! At [3:44] DR. MICHAEL GARDNER, MU Health Care, talks about all-things diabetes. Did you know that you can have diabetes and not know it? Learn about the signs, the symptoms and the treatments -- including the latest technology that uses pumps. November 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and MOHAMMED ALDAWSARI, a student in the Intensive English Program (IEP) from Saudi Arabia. Mohammed tells us his story, and how CELL has helped him improve his english-speaking skills. If you'd like to volunteer and work with students like Mohammed, simply email Debbie - watch for details! November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Larry shares a story about "making connections," and one Thanksgiving in particular when he and his wife hosted an elderly couple who each had unique places of employment at one time in their lives. (Nickerson Farms, anyone? How about the Manhattan Project?) November 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of Labrunerie Financial, about several end-of-the-year, money-saving ideas that will hopefully make the most of your 2017 investments. And if you're trying to shop for that hard-to-shop-for child or grandchild, Alex suggests putting money in the the MOST plan, Missouri's 529 college savings plan -- it grows tax free! November 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about how you can "make sure that every kid in the Boys and Girls club can have a merry Christmas" this year. Even a small donation will make a big difference! At [3:46] TRENT RASH invites everyone to kick off the holiday season by attending "March Family Christmas," this year's Victorian Christmas performance inside the historic Senior Hall parlors on the Stephens College campus. Come for the singing, stay for the peppermint hot chocolate! November 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HANNAH REEVES, Director of Sager | Braudis Gallery, about the 4th annual 'Masters Exhibit', opening December 1st. Witness 40-50 historically significant, well-known works of art, this year all by women! At [4:28] SUE GIGER, Owner/Artist of Midnight Museum, tells us about how and why she makes henna crowns for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. It's a service she calls "Battle Armor," and it's all done free of charge! November 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELYNDA LOTVEN about the 8th annual Fall Into Art arts and crafts show happening this weekend at the Parkade Events Center in Columbia. Get your holiday shopping out of the way early buy purchasing one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, art and, of course, gourds! At [4:32] NEIL CARR invites everyone to participate in the Rotary Club of Columbia's 4th annual car raffle, benefitting 10 local charities! The odds of winning a BMW 328i or a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 or a Harley Davidson StreetGlide Special are just 1 in 3,000. Watch for details! November 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about the 16th annual  Piano Student Showcase. See for yourself 30 local piano students - the youngest of which is 6 years-old - on stage at the Missouri Theatre this Sunday afternoon! At [4:17] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to the Columbia Farmers' Market this Saturday for the official groundbreaking on the new Agriculture Park! Adam says, "we'll be tripling our production size" after the move from Fay Street. November 16, 2017

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