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.


Motorcycle hits deer, two in serious condition

Why state level vaccine data may not tell the whole story in border communities

CDC: Vaccinated teachers, students, don't need to mask in school

Fighting a surge: Crawford and Cherokee County fight back a spike in cases

Local health departments ramp up contact tracing as Delta Variant spreads through region

Southwest Missouri sees increased interest in COVID-19 vaccines

Local medical marijuana facility closed, THC products seized

" instead of a renewal we had to apply for a new license."

Four State Hero laid to rest in Coffeyville, Kansas after being MIA for 68 years

Soldier laid to rest in Reeds after being MIA for roughly 70 years

CDC extends federal evictions moratorium

Eviction moratorium extended through July.

Freeman doctor educates residents on COVID-19 and the lessons learned

"We got justice for her." Mother of shooting victim speaks after sentencing

62 year-old Rickey Lamb sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.

London based manufacturing company coming to Neodesha, Kansas

Sicut Enterprises to locate North American manufacturing hub in Neodesha, Kansas.

Child care services struggle to fill positions as worker shortage continues

Four-states counties see uptick in COVID-19 cases

Fire school helps firefighters continue education

UPDATE: Lime Kiln park to close until further notice

Kansas courts to create drug abuse treatment programs for low level drug offenders

House Bill 2026 to take effect July 1st, 2021.

Chetopa, Kansas woman speaks out after electricity is turned off by city

Campgrounds prepare for Memorial Day Weekend after heavy rains

Severe weather impacts search for 12 year old girl swept away in Shoal Creek

Search paused in the early afternoon as severe weather moved into the area.

Property taxes could be impacted by surge in housing market

Vaccines and HIPAA: Why employers can ask for proof of vaccination

Special Reunion: Volunteers and those they helped reunite ten years later

Runners and volunteers from across the US help give Joplin economic boost

Plans to commemorate Joplin Spirit Tree moving forward

Damage to Ottawa County Jail by inmates costing thousands

Tornado Scars: How victims are moving past the trauma ten years later

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"