Breaking News Writing

Kaitlyn worked at the only ABC affiliated news station in Columbia, Missouri, for over a year. She was a weekend news producer and breaking news reporter.

Below is some of Kaitlyn’s favorite work from KMIZ.


Two stylists at a Columbia hair salon test positive for COVID-19

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The Clip Joint Salon in Columbia said two of its stylists tested positive for COVID-19. The salon alerted customers on Friday in a Facebook post. According to the salon, the hairstylist worked Saturday while they were asymptomatic. The next day, according to the post, is when the worker started to show symptoms. It’s not clear if the infected worker contracted the virus at the salon or somewhere else, the company said. The second stylist was apparently tested after being exposed to the virus outside of the salon on Monday. The company says it alerted all customers who had been serviced by the hairstylists and all downtown staff have agreed to be tested. Read the full story here.

Missouri predicts major budget cuts for the coming fiscal year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ) Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state is looking at major budget cuts for the coming fiscal year during his Friday COVID-19 press briefing. According to Parson, he estimates the state will have to cut nearly $700 million from his original $30 billion spending plan as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19. He added that there is not a clear focus for what will be cut. “I think everything’s on the table…” Parson said. “I think you need to strip it down to the point of what is it we need to provide as a government and you go from there. There’s going to be some changes in the budget. There’s going to be some tough decisions to be made.” Read the full story here.

Columbia police arrest one man involved in two crashes early Sunday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Columbia police arrested one man who they say was involved in two crashes Sunday morning. Columbia police responded to the 2100 block of W. Worley Street shortly after 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, the driver was not there. The crash at that location resulted in a downed pole. ABC 17 News crews saw at least three police vehicles and a firetruck at that scene. Authorities were searching the car with flashlights. Police also responded to a separate crash at a gas station. Police said the same suspect left that scene as well. It is unclear what Columbia gas station the crash happened at and whether anyone was hurt. Read the full story here.