Kaitlyn Bailey found her love for journalism in an Introduction to Journalistic Writing class during her freshman year of high school. Since then, Kaitlyn has become a valuable asset at both ABC 17 News (KMIZ) and Battle High School.

At Battle High School, Kaitlyn landed herself a leadership position in the journalism program. She served as the editor-in-chief for the Spearhead during her junior and senior year. While on staff, she covered breaking news, politics, education and more. Her work has been recognized by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association.

Kaitlyn attended the Mizzou Urban Journalism Workshop, a prestigious journalism camp at the University of Missouri. That’s where she wrote one of her most known pieces, Opportunity Gaps Increase for Poor Children. Kaitlyn was also awarded for her reporting on a Washington D.C. donut shop at the Journalism Education Association Convention in 2019.

At KMIZ, Kaitlyn has covered breaking news and politics.


Coronavirus impacts broadcasting students trip, forced to return

Student Television Network officials announced Wednesday the annual convention was canceled amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. STN, which was hosting media students in the nation’s Capitol, made the announcement Wednesday after D.C. city officials urged STN organizers to cancel. STN made the announcement on their website, saying, “Due to the D.C. Health Department’s recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings of 1,000 or more, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled, the board of directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 STN Convention and related contests and activities.” Read the full story here.

Preferred pronouns in public schools

Kelsey Pegg is among the thousands of people who conclude their emails with four simple words: They/them/their pronouns. “Including your pronouns, whether or not someone asks, allows for two things. First, it makes it clear what your pronouns are right away. It doesn’t leave it up for discussion, and it doesn’t allow them to assume someone’s gender identity based off their appearance,” Pegg, a provisionally licensed professional counselor at the Counseling Hub, said. “Second, it allows for a space where people are comfortable to share their gender identity.” Read the full story here.

High school students on track to earn associates degree under new partnership

Columbia Public Schools (CPS) is expanding the opportunity for students to achieve high education through a new partnership with Moberly Area Community College (MACC). The new agreement will allow students to pursue a high school diploma and an associates degree by the time they graduate high school at no cost. The program will focus on classes known as the “Core 42,” a framework of general education that all students at public two-and four-year institutions will complete. Read the full story here.

FASFA to come out Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will come out on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The United State Department of Education gives away more than $120 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to cover expenses such as tuition, books, and room and board, according to studentaid.gov. Jacob Biener, counselor, encourages students to fill out the FAFSA, even those who think they won’t qualify for any financial aid. “The FAFSA can be intimidating because it will because it will be asking financial information and you need a guardian’s help, but the average time it takes to complete the FAFSA is under half an hour,” Biener said. Read the full story here.


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.