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 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

Is the media stirring the pot? Is the coverage of the sex scandals – now rocking entertainment, journalism and politics – potentially destroying innocent lives? In our attempts to listen to and be supportive of accusers are we denying the accused due process or benefit of the doubt? We’ll debate. Also, Donald Trump Jr.’s communication with WikiLeaks, why the New York Times is suing a woman who identified herself as one of the paper’s reporters and Simpsons’ fans, it’s time to talk about Apu. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with "old time fiddler" HOWARD MARSHALL! Howard's written two books, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish" and "Fiddler's Dream." Find out what it means to be an "old time fiddler" and what the future is of this niche talent! November 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Welcome Home's TIM RICH about the many services available to homeless veterans in our community, because they need more than just a place to sleep. "We believe we can't leave them on the battlefield, we shouldn't leave them on the streets." At [4:40] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, tells us how we can safely secure a health insurance policy for ourselves and/or our loved ones through the Affordable Care Act. It can be a confusing process, but ICS is here to help! November 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NATALIE DUNCAN and MICHAEL VIERLING about this month's edition of Science on Tap! This popular series provides a platform for graduate students at Mizzou to share their knowledge with the general public over a beer. Wolves and newborn calves will be the topic this Wednesday! At [4:53] TRAMONTE MILLER and JESSICA KANNE invite everyone to come see Hickman High School's production of "Shrek: The Musical." Running for just three performances, don't miss your chance to see this delightful story about friendship that's based on the hit movie! November 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "Jack's Fork River Bunker Hill Retreat," a poem he wrote inspired by his time spent at the Missouri State Teacher's Association's creative writing workshop last summer. Walter has a new book and two appearances coming up; watch for details! November 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about the 2017 STEM Expo this Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities that are free for all ages! At [4:46] SUE HOEVELMAN and KAREN WILMS are here to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Get your order in by next Tuesday for the best chocolate-chip cookies you'll ever taste! Proceeds benefit a good cause. Watch for details. November 9, 2017

Covering the sexual assault and harassment scandals rocking the entertainment world hasn’t been easy for many journalists, but it’s even harder when the accusations fly within your own organization. Also, what prompted a billionaire to shutter the Gothamist and DNAInfo hyperlocal news sites, why Disney shut out the LA Times, and YouTube’s algorithm serves violent videos to children. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and PATRICIA HAYLES, Community Relations Specialist, about the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards nomination process. Applications are still being accepted! Also, Barbara invites those who need a small appliance repaired, and those who know how to fix a small appliance, to the first (possibly annual) "Fix-It Fair"! Watch for details! November 8, 2017

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

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