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.


Kansas creates loan program to help cities facing historically high utility bills

100 million dollars put into loan program.

Local pharmacist advocates for greater coronavirus vaccine access

How self-checkout only stores could impact seniors and people with disabilities

Local Walmart stores shift to self-checkout

Joplin business plans after mask mandate expires

Joplin's face mask ordinance expires, leaving option up to individual business owners.

Parsons, Kansas extends mask mandate to May

City of Parsons extends mask mandate to May 17th.

Conversation with the mayor: Why Joplin will let a face mask ordinance expire

Joplin's face mask ordinance set to expire February 28th at midnight.

SEK cities looking for ways to cover extremely large energy bills

City of Altamont faces a million dollar bill for electricity and gas following skyrocketing prices during winter storm.

Students express concerns with JHS in-person learning plan

JHS students to go back to full time in person learning starting March 1st.

Breaking down the timeline on a string of murders that left three dead

Probable cause affidavit, causes of death, released.

Joplin mask mandate set to expire at the end of February

Covid-19 numbers continue to decline in Joplin.

Breaking down what it takes to reschedule a mass vaccination clinic

Joplin Health Department is getting closer to having a canceled clinic rescheduled.

Winter weather forces vaccine clinics to be cancelled or rescheduled

Next clinic in Newton County scheduled for February 23rd.

Southeast Kansas city working to avoid gas crisis as prices skyrocket

Altamont, Kansas residents asked to conserve natural gas as city's supply is decreased and prices increase dramatically.

Carthage students learning from home during winter weather

AMI days mean students won't have to make up most snow days.

Ottawa County residents help those in need during winter storm

New Hope Christian Church opens overnight emergency shelter.

Large chain pharmacies start offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies to cover Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma.

Local church starts warming center, hopes for more volunteers

Carterville First Baptist Church starts a warming station for homeless.

KDOT running non-stop to keep roads clear during winter weather

Kdot spreads hundreds of tons of salt on roads.

Discussing systemic racism in healthcare

Missouri Healthcare for All and Joplin for Justice hold Zoom webinar.

Proposed legislation would create framework for "end of life care homes"

Solace House of the Ozarks pushing for legislation so they can expand.

Hundreds of area residents vaccinated at mass vaccine clinic in Joplin

Missouri National Guard first mass vaccine clinic in Region D.

Kansans struggle to get unemployment insurance and pandemic assistance

KDOL security update means benefits will be delayed.

Coronavirus vaccination data shows discrepancies caused by reporting delays

Newton County Health Department receives first vaccine shipment.

Hundreds of jobs coming to Joplin market

Amazon currently hiring for new Joplin facility.

Joplin officials expect vaccine to come "very soon"

Coronavirus numbers trend downward.

Pharmacy Deserts: How Wilson County is handling vaccine distribution

Wilson County health officials feel good about distribution.

How SEK residents in phase 2 can get a covid-19 vaccine

Kansas moves to phase 2 of vaccine distribution.

PSU students hope transition of power will signify time of unity in the nation

Students at PSU react to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Ottawa County residents unable to schedule coronavirus vaccine appointments, state works to add more availability

Vaccine supply remains limited in the state after a federal level change in December.

Limited coronavirus vaccine supply prevents area health providers from vaccinating next phase

Mercy Hospital and McDonald County Health Department hold clinics for seniors, at risk.

Missionaries offer helping hand in Joplin

Cherokee County drops mask mandate, Columbus schools loosen mask requirements

Columbus school board to review policy during February meeting.

Local pharmacists help fill needs of community during pandemic

National pharmacist day recognizes pharmacists everywhere.

Construction begins on new Jasper County Courts Building

South Pearl from 6th to 7th to remain closed permanently.

Local residential real estate shifts to a "sellers market"

Low interest rates spur big increase in home buying.

Pierce City family raises awareness for rare genetic disorder

Less than 70 people diagnosed with DeSanto-Shiwani Syndrome worldwide.

Labette, Cherokee County receive coronavirus vaccines

Vaccines had been in Crawford County.

Village of Airport Drive speaks out after Jasper County denies CARES Act requests

Village requested around 47 thousand dollars.

Fundraiser to rebuild Noel mosque quickly surpasses $80 thousand

Fundraising goal is $100 thousand.