Reporter Reel: Madeline McClain

Here is a sample of daily reporting shifts covering breaking news, election issues, and consumer issues.


Below is a list of full stories shot with Sony PMW-200 XDCam, edited with Avid and published by KOMU-8 News in Columbia, Missouri.

State and Local Government

Jefferson City voters approve funding for new high school, operation costs 

Jefferson City residents voiced their opinions about getting a new high school. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain reports on how it translated at the polls.

Expert questions safety of Columbia’s water quality

A water expert says Columbia is not meeting water quality standards. City officials disagree. KOMU 8 News’ Madeline McClain finds out what each side has to say.

Jefferson City Council approves Uber for Inauguration day

Jefferson City council members voted to allow ride-sharing services, such as Uber, in the capital on Jan. 9, 2017. KOMU 8 News’ Madeline McClain finds out more about the goal of launching this pilot project on Inauguration day.

Missouri Inauguration festivities kick off in Jefferson City

The inauguration of statewide elected officials was held on Jan. 9, 2017 in Jefferson City. KOMU 8 News’ Madeline McClain tells Missourians what to expect.

MoDOT prepares for next bout of winter weather

The next patch of winter weather conditions is on the way, but the Missouri Department of Transportation has trucks lying in wait to tackle whatever blows their way.




Latest: Fraternity reacts to student arrest for anti-semitic incident

Two MU students were arrested for harassing another student with anti-Semitic comments. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to the Fraternity protecting the student targeted.

MU’s nuclear reactor gets new 20-year license

Regulatory officials just approved MU’s nuclear reactor to operate an additional 20 years. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain finds out how it took school officials decades to get the seal of approval.

6th grade student removed for bringing gun to school

Jefferson City Public Schools reported that a 6th grade Lewis & Clark middle school student was removed after bringing a loaded gun to school. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to school officials to get the latest details including how the school responded.

Preview of Ballot Issues in Jefferson City

Jefferson City residents hit the polls to voice opinion about public schools. Prior to the vote, KOMU 8 News’ Madeline McClain talk to voters to see how they cast their ballots.

Crime & Legal Coverage

Latest Missouri inmate executed for killing family in 1998

A Missouri man was executed for killing a woman and her two children nearly a decade ago. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain reports on why the ACLU tried to stop it from happening.

MU student charged with restraining woman

An MU student posted bail and was released Monday after he was accused of restraining a woman at a local bar over the weekend. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain provides the details leading up to the arrest.

Missourians get new criminal code for 2017

It took a decade but a new version of the Missouri Criminal Code will take effect on January 1st, 2017. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain find outs how punishments now better fit state crimes.

Rash of stolen cars prompt CPD to issue warning


Winter is officially here but leaving your car running may leave you out in the cold. The Columbia Police Department is reminding residents it is unsafe to leave your car unattended while warming it up, after seven cars have been reported stolen in this manner since the beginning of December. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain reports on how you can avoid becoming the next victim.

Police provide tips for safe exchanges after phone sale leads to Riva Ridge shooting

In response to a cellphone sale that turned into a shooting Monday night, police shared tips with KOMU 8 News on how to stay safe when selling goods to others.


Consumer and Health News

Columbia joins prescription drug monitoring program

Starting April 2017, Columbia’s health care providers can track a patient’s prescription records. Columbia’s City Council approved an ordinance to join St. Louis County’s prescription drug monitoring program Monday night. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to city officials to find out why they were sick of waiting on state to act.

Kmart and Sears in Jefferson City announce closings

Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores, announced Wednesday it will be closing 104 stores nationwide. The announcement came shortly after the company announced 46 store closings on Dec. 27, 2016. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talks to residents to find out how they feel about stores closing in mid-Missouri.

Where to recycle Christmas trees

For Columbia residents if your tree has lost its fresh pine smell, you have options. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain tells us how you can get rid of your holiday trees.

Health Insurance Cut-off

Missouri is starting off the new year with a record. Officials say 185,000 Missouri residents have signed up for healthcare on the federal marketplace for 2017. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain discusses how the Missouri legislature is looking to change the current healthcare system.

MU researchers link probiotics to a decrease in stress

The holidays are a time of giving and stress. Researchers at the University of Missouri may have found one solution for relief. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain find outs how probiotics may help decrease stress and anxiety.

MU Researchers warn parents of electrical cord injuries

Some people love the holiday season so much they break out decorations in months before the official day. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain find out why researchers are warning parents of the hidden dangers of the holidays.

Behavior expert gives tips on sticking to resolutions

Whether losing weight, kicking a bad habit or learning something new, a new year means a New Year’s resolution. But according to a 2012 study only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talks to a local psychologist to find out how you can get to the finish line.

Event Coverage

House destroyed by fire on I-70 Drive NE

A family’s home was totally destroyed after a massive fire Thursday, Dec. 22, at 10761 I-70 Drive NE, Lot 10, in Boone County. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talks to emergency responders to get the latest details including what you can do to help.

Local church serves holiday meal to the needy

St. Luke United Methodist Church hosted a Christmas meal for community members in need on Sunday, Dec. 25. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to one man who found the event by chance.

Mid-Missouri women head to nation’s capital for the Women’s March

Hundreds of mid-Missourians headed to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talk to mid-Missouri women looking to send a message to Washington.

Mid-Missouri man joins Special Olympics Hall of Fame

The Special Olympics of Missouri can induct two people into the Hall of Fame each year. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain has the story about how 2017 is the year for one mid-Missouri man.

First responders treated to free holiday lunch

Local firefighters, law enforcement and EMTs were treated to a free holiday meal on Saturday. Como Smoke and Fire delivered 150 racks to 31 different locations. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to the restaurant owner to find out how the tradition started.


Jefferson City residents celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

People of all backgrounds filled the seats in the bottom of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital to come together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain spoke to even organizers to find out why they believe King’s message is more relevant than ever.

Moms march for gun safety

Hundreds of moms are heading to Jefferson City to speak out in favor of stricter gun laws. KOMU 8’s Madeline McClain talked to the group to find out why they believe lawmakers aren’t doing enough to keep children safe.


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