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.


Four states residents get in the Christmas spirit early

Big changes come to Newton County Food Basket Brigade

Healthcare providers applaud Joplin City Council for reinstating mask ordinance

Hospitals at capacity in COVID units.

Southeast Kansas counties consider mask mandates after Governor's executive order

Governor Laura Kelly issues second statewide mask ordinance.

Missouri Legislature eyes COVID liability protections

Special session had to be "paused" due to COVID-19 cases at the capitol.

A Thanksgiving dinner tradition cancelled this year in Pittsburg

Local school enrollment holds steady as state reports drastic drop

Enrollment down 3.2 percent in the state.

Increasing number of USD 250 teachers under quarantine

District considering policy change to address the problem.

New Ottawa County Leadership Promises Change

David Dean and Steven Chasteen to replace Jeremy Floyd and Chad Masterson in Ottawa County.

Pittsburg plans drive-thru Christmas parade in the park

Freeman and City of Joplin unveil Christmas Parade plans

50th annual parade scheduled for December 1st.

Residents collect campaign signs to raise money for camp purchase

Mintahama group needs 300 thousand for camp down payment.

RISE Coalition helps missing Joplin teen get home.

19-year-old arrested in connection to missing person case.

Local parties plan to quickly start preparing for next elections

Smith retains Crawford County Sheriff position

Danny Smith elected Crawford County Sheriff

Dean wins Ottawa County Sheriff seat

Options for voting when you're under isolation or quarantine order.

Election officials expect record voter turnout.

Local candidates use of church equipment raises legal questions

Inmates are now eligible to receive CARES Act stimulus checks

Law firm that filed the lawsuits says county jail inmates are included.

Man wanted in connection to Vernon County homicide

63-year-old woman found deceased.

Missouri schools to receive COVID-19 rapid testing kits

Freeman hospital waiting on additional rapid tests.

Missouri reimburses costs to become a substitute teacher

Program ends on November 4th.

Local election officials say this election could bring record turnout

Early and absentee voting brings in high numbers.

Crawford County changes student quarantine policy

Students who have classroom exposure will no longer have to quarantine.

Pittsburg starts program to create more affordable housing

Fort Scott City Manager announces retirement during investigation

Martin has worked for the city for 10 years.

Cassville Dispensary is one of first medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to open

Dispensary should have cannabis products on Tuesday of next week.

Political signs stolen, vandalized, throughout area

Offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

Search continues for 14-year-old Leora Hardee

Leora now missing for more than a month.

Mini parade planned to replace canceled Maple Leaf Parade

Business owner plans mini parade to keep tradition alive.

Prayer before football games leads to investigation

Community shows support for Coach.

Fort Scott School District changes student quarantine policy

Policy requires students who are close contacts to wear masks to learn in-person.

Ascension Via Christi postpones elective procedures

Hospital shifts to COVID-19 surge plan.

Missouri gubernatorial candidates face off in first debate

Protesters call for the resignation of Jasper County Commissioner John Bartosh

Untraditional foster care home comes to Neodesha

SoHome Kids raising money for renovations

Candid conversation with Joplin Council Member Keenan Cortez

Cortez talks on racism and response from community to Toby Teeter comments.

Crawford County Sheriff announces STOP program