JOPLIN, Mo. — MSSU recently announced the first recipient of the Ofc Jake Reed Memorial Scholarship.
Ofc Reed’s family and others started a scholarship in his honor for Missouri Southern Criminal Justice students.
Recipient Adam Morris was flanked by family of Ofc Jake Reed in a photo released by the school.
“I have a couple of long term career goals, but no matter where I end up (city, county, state, or federal), my ultimate goal is to change the negative perception of police with my positive daily interaction… Although this scholarship was formed under devastating circumstances, I know it will serve as a great recollection of how courageous Jake was in his life. Jake is a huge inspiration, and I’m honored to continue his legacy.” — Adam Morris
Joplin Police Ofc Jake Reed suffered critical injuries in a shooting, March 8, 2022 in the line of duty. He died days later but his heroism continued, spreading the gift of life as a vital organ donor.
Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.