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I'm a political reporter who spends half the year in the Missouri Capitol and the other half in Joplin, Mo., for a Southwest Missouri daily newspaper called The Joplin Globe. I shine a spotlight on elected officials, while factchecking to see if their words match up with their actions and if thei...

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@crystalclear224 — 1,079 followers, 5,560 tweets

Nov 23, 2017

@phlchristo Well I don't want to understate the enormity of the problem.

Nov 22, 2017

@alidreith @JackSuntrup Snacks are always welcome. And thanks! I've been keeping up with what's happening in Missouri and let me just say, I miss it already.

Nov 22, 2017

@NickDesideri @GovernorQuinn Omg this is incredible. About to join the Fans of Squeezy the Pension Python Facebook page and make it official.

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How is social media changing news?

You can interact with readers and get a snapshot into their life. It's a story idea and source generator. It's a misinformation machine.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Editor-in-chief for The Glenbrook South Oracle

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

You can't be good if you quit. If you don't seek to continually learn, you probably should exit now, though.