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.


Local health professionals stress social distancing as COVID-19 cases rise

Expert breaks down social distancing

Columbus School District working on teaching plan after school is closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

Columbus schools will start teaching again on April 6th

Four States residents turn to social media to help one another during coronavirus outbreak

Residents stepping up to help others during time of uncertainty

Cherokee County confirms first case of COVID-19

Daycares in Missouri being allowed to take in more kids

Local daycares weigh in on the idea

Bourbon County Sheriff's Office doing grocery delivery for elderly, those with disabilities.

Law Enforcement agencies working to protect employees, inmates, from exposure to coronavirus

Crawford County Public Schools closed for extended spring break over COVID-19 concerns

District superintendents attend special county commission meeting

Missouri Southern moving classes online, restricting access to campus through April

University puts plan into place in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Miami teen that's been in the hospital for a month with the flu sees improvement

18-year-old Josiah Swenson has been in intensive care since the beginning of Febraury

Bourbon County Sheriff says quick thinking saved his life after having a stroke

Martin gave life saving awards to friends and doctors that helped him

Joplin Health Department gets COVID-19 testing kits

Kits being used after hospitals rule out other diseases

Local health professionals prepare for the novel Coronavirus

Officials say it is likely virus will spread to Joplin area

Local blood banks call for continued donations

Blood banks ask for donations as COVID-19 cases increase

Parsons residents concerned with speeding on neighborhood streets

Seniors learn how to recognize and avoid scams in Joplin

Seniors most vulnerable to scams

City of Iola considers cutting funding to Thrive Allen County

City may funnel more funds to Chamber of Commerce

Ottawa County residents show steady turnout for Super Tuesday

Oklahoma is one of fourteen states to hold presidential primary

U.S. House passes bill to ban flavored e-liquid, moves to senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill that would ban most flavored e-liquid and online sales

Social media policy causes unrest in Jasper, Missouri

Children's Center asking for additional support as they face reduced funding

Center asking for stuffed animals, snacks and juice as budget tightens

Pittsburg teen to advocate for people with Tourette Syndrome at nation's capital

16-year-old Emily Wachter chosen as Tourette Association of America youth ambassador

Oklahoma bill focusing on student mental health moving through legislature

Miami educators hoping to see it pass

Final four Joplin city manager candidates visit Joplin

Mayor Shaw hopes to announce their decision in the coming days

New numbers show higher than average CPR save rates for JFD

Chief says it's a team effort

Girard Medical Center to open clinic in Uniontown

Clinic to be located next to high school

Ottawa County jail housing 14 inmates after being closed four months

Officials hope the jail will be operational within two weeks

Kansas AG finds Frontenac officials violated Kansas Open Records Act

Officials to attend training and update policies, procedures

Pet owners spending record amount on their pets for Valentine's Day

Gift sales for pets to exceed one billion nation wide

Miami woman encouraging others to get flu vaccine after her daughter dies from the illness

Kayauna Zabel was 20 years old and an educator at Park Elementary in Columbus.

After school meal program helping students in McDonald County

District gives out more than 1700 after school meals a day

Miami, Oklahoma residents voice concerns with proposal to increase Grand Lake's level by two feet.

Lead Agency pushing against amendment by Senator Inhofe that gives Army Corp of Engineers more power

Montgomery County, Kansas residents call rule that jails medical debtors for not coming to court counter productive

ACLU says thousands of warrants issued each year for amounts as low as 28 dollars

Officials encourage Ottawa County residents to stay home as they work to get roads cleared

Road crews have to contend with heavy snowfall as they work to clear roads

Inmates sue Allen County, Kansas Sheriff for lack of law library in jail

The inmates are representing themselves in the civil suits.

Ottawa County Commission creating board to run jail

Officials say it will help the sheriff and limit county liability

2020 Super Bowl spending estimated to be the most of any year

Watchers expected to spend more than 17 billion nation wide

Joplin group opening home focused on comfort for those in their last days

Solace House of the Ozarks to be first of its kind in Missouri

Goodman, Missouri to temporarily move municipal court to Pineville under newly appointed mayor

Changes in city include welcoming a new mayor

Joplin Schools unveil renderings for proposed new school on Dover Hill

More information on bond issue given during press conference