BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – Saturday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. a young man was killed after being thrown from ATV that swerved to miss a dog.

The crash occurred on FR2290 about five miles west of Seligman, Mo. according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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.