A huge change

My career has been an amazing experience… Having the ability to start out as a newscast producer and evolve into a social media expert is one of a kind. The transition from traditional to non-traditional was huge.

Well, it’s time to announce another huge change.

In two weeks, I’m stepping down as KOMU’s interactive director and will become AARP’s manager of social communications and strategy. It’s a chance to train social media skills on the national and regional level and remain in Columbia, MO. I’ll have a chance to build curriculum online through documentation, webinars and who knows what I’ll be able to come up with!

My nine and a half years at Mizzou and KOMU was amazing. It feels strange to step away. But this new opportunity is so exciting. I can’t wait to see the potential.

To my students, you still have me as an ear and eye. I will never break my promise to be there for you.ย Please know I did not take this job because I don’t like teaching you. I LOVE teaching you. Helping you grow as journalists has been an incredible gift. I took this job because my family deserves and needed me in a job that helped push me even further and help fund our needs. You have me forever even if I’m working at the AARP.

Thank you the many people who have supported me as I’ve grown in my career. It’s been a remarkable ride an I can’t wait to see what’s next.


  1. WOW!Congratulations–what an incredible opportunity for you! Let me know when we can go out and celebrate this properly!

  2. Doug Mitchell

    Congrats Jen and welcome to DC. Ypu’re down 7th street from NPR so we’ll need to meet for coffee. You’re working with Patti Shea I presume. It’s a small world after all…

  3. What a perfect move! How amazing is this! I am so happy for YOU my friend. And for the AARP – Lord knows I’ll be one of YOUR targets soon enough ๐Ÿ˜‰ Much LOVE!

  4. Doug Mitchell

    Ooops…you’re not moving. I’m sure you’ll come to DC. Let me know when you are here.

  5. Meghan

    Congratulations Jen!!!! AARP is lucky to have you – can’t wait to hear how it goes and hopefully catch up with you at SXSW this year. Doing a little dance around my desk to celebrate ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sophia

    Congrats!! I wish you the best in this new chapter of your life! You rock, and thanks for always being there!!

  7. Dan

    Congratulations Jen! That’s very exciting news, and it sounds like a very good move for you. I guess it kind of hard to see things breaking up at KOMU, but with the way things have gone I guess I’m not surprised. I wish you the best of luck in your new job, and I know you will great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Cynthia

    Congrats Jen! I am so happy for this new opportunity for you and you are so deserving! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Brett Thomas

    The AARP won’t know what hit it! You are an amazing person and a force of Nature! Best of Luck to you and this new exciting endeavor.

  10. Jianan Kong

    Congratulations Jen! AARP is lucky to have you, and i hope you will be great in there!

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