Missouri hellbenders bounce back from the brink of extinction

When the hellbender conservation effort began in the early 2000s, there were less than 500 of the animals left in the wild. Survival projections for the species looked grim when MDC, the St. Louis Zoo, and other collaborators set out to do something that had never been done in the world before: breed the hellbender in captivity.

For Tara Selly, a childhood dream becomes reality

BY HANNAH LAZO COLUMBIA – Not many people can say they uncovered their life’s passion in their own backyard, but for Tara Selly, that’s exactly what happened. Selly said she can remember burying plastic dinosaurs in her sandbox and using a spoon to unearth them when she was just 4 years old. Fast-forward a couple of…

8 must-see films at True/False

It’s that glorious time of the year again when the streets of Columbia, Missouri, transform from the hum-drum of everyday life into an ultra-spunky, art-filled mecca for documentary film fans. True/False Film Festival is right around the corner and there are plenty of reasons to get excited.

Hannah Lazo

Hannah is a senior Convergence/Science, Health & Environmental Journalism student at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has experience covering environmental issues for NBC-affiliate KOMU 8 and as a multimedia producer for the Generalitat de Catalunya and Animal Latitude, an NGO based in Barcelona, Spain. She’s currently working on stories covering climate adaption in Missouri…