Zachary Dodge

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Zachary Dodge | Reporter

Zach started at KOAM as a news assistant in December 2015. He quickly moved into a photographer position, where he covered news around the four states for 2 years. He then moved into a reporter position in May of 2018. Zach is a Missouri native, calling La Russell his hometown. He looks forward to continuing to provide coverage in the four states.


Job center gears up for expected uptick in job seekers

Pandemic related unemployment benefits ending in Missouri June 12.

SEK Humane Society takes in seized dogs, kennel owner refutes Horrible Hundred report

Miami restaurants recognized for giving walls

Humane Society of the US releases "Horrible Hundred" report

Updated to include link to follow-up story.

Owe back rent? What you can do before the eviction moratorium ends

First Thursday Art Walk comes back to downtown Joplin

Area senior centers reopen after being closed for more than a year

CHC/SEK breaks ground on John Parolo Education Center

16 thousand square foot facility to be constructed by May 2022.

FDA announces plans to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

Henkle's Ace Hardware opens second location

Local Nurse Practitioner recalls her time volunteering in the Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation nearing herd immunity as 70 percent of the population receives at least first vaccine dose.

PSU students put together university's first "Campus-Community Green Guide"

Missouri legislature works to increase tobacco age to 21 to reflect federal law

House Bill 517 passes through Committee on Downsizing State Government.

Medical marijuana patients celebrate 4/20 as law enforcement increases patrols

Plans moving forward on Pittsburg's first gated community

Employers having trouble filling open positions

More than three thousand job openings in the Joplin Metro.

Federal tax refunds delayed as IRS deals with backlog, stimulus payments

Tax experts say some refunds are taking months to be issued.

Joplin city leaders and Watered Gardens discuss homelessness in the city

Slowly but surely, medical marijuana supply in Missouri improving

Reflecting on a year since Missouri's stay at home order

Missouri's stay-at-home order went into effect April 6th, 2020.

Joplin's first medical marijuana dispensary is open for business

Missouri Made Marijuana first dispensary in Joplin to open

Cold case victim's sister talks about her decades long search for her sister

Grace Doe, victim in 30-year-old cold case, identified as Shawna Garber.

Four-states residents seeking out Johnson and Johnson's coronavirus vaccine

Parents react to Pfizer saying vaccine is safe for kids as young as 12

JPD investigates letters threatening to euthanize outdoor cats

Final phase of vaccine distribution begins in Kansas

Proposed legislation would create Missouri Minutemen

Shrubs looking rough? K-State says "Be patient"

FSCC to waive general fees thanks to federal pandemic relief

College to receive close to two million to use toward student fees.

Legislation proposed in Kansas to regulate wind energy industry

Health officials excited for final vaccine phases in Missouri

All Missouri adults will be eligible for vaccines starting April 9th.

1 year since Joplin's COVID-19 emergency declaration

Saint Patrick's Day celebration could mark step towards normal

Missouri opens next stage of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

550,000 more residents now eligible for vaccine.

Billions in federal funding dedicated to small businesses, restaurants

Joplin could be reclassified as a micropolitan area if federal recommendation goes through

Change would require anchor city to have 100 thousand population.

Alleged victims relieved to see charges filed against Circle of Hope owners

Boyd and Stephanie Householder facing more than a hundred felony charges combined.

Some residents say they're still waiting for vaccine after signing up for Mercy's waiting list

Mercy Hospital has administered roughly 10 thousand doses of vaccine.

Doctors react to new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people