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Missy Shelton Belote

Missy Shelton Belote, one of MDN's leaders and MDN board members passed in June 4, 2021.

Below is her MDN biography of her service to Missouri, Missouri radio stations, Missouri public TV and so many journalism students.

She leaves a journalistic legacy for her award-winning news coverage of Missouri public policy, but more importantly, what generations of journalism students learned from her about journalistic standards as well as having a passion about covering what really matters to the public.

Missy Shelton

Missy Shelton Belote is a national award winning journalist who had been News Director and Senior Governmental Affairs Producer for KSMU, the National Public Radio station in Springfield. She also was the host of Jeff City Journalv b, the weekly public television program on state government carried by all of Missouri's public TV stations and a regularly contributor to National Public Radio.

Until her departure from Missouri in the summer of 2012 to help raise her children, and then become a pastor in Tennessee, Missy had been a long-term partner at Missoui Digital News in partnership with KSMU -- covering stories, assisting students and serving for nearly 15 years as the effective deputy director of MDN.

Her stories were broadcast by NPR stations across Missouri and CBS-owned KMOX Radio in St. Louis. She also regularly filed spot and feature stories for NPR's national news programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

She gained national attention for her coverage of Gov. Mel Carnahan shortly before his fatal plane crash in the fall of 2000.

Missy was supposed to have been on that flight!

She had been spending that day with Carnahan covering his U.S. Senate campaign and was scheduled to accompany him on a campaign-related flight at the end of the day.

But at the last moment, Carnahan's staffer informed both Missy and his security guard the governor wanted privacy.

We'll never know the reasons for the governor's decision for privacy on the flight. Also killed in the crash was the staffer who informed Missy she was bumpted on the flight, Chris Sifford, and the governor's son Randy who was piloting the plane.

As Missy described it, Sifford said Carnahan wanted privacy to talk about political matters on the flight, but not to be concerned because the weather was too bad for the flight to continue -- a flight that cost the governor his life.

The flight crashed and killed both the governor and Sifford.

It was a demonstration of Missy's professionalism that she went on national television to talk about that episode despite how emotionally is was for her.

Missy began as a journalism student reporter covering the statehouse for MDN in 1997, graduating from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She subsequently earned a master's degree from Southwest Missouri State University.

In addition to covering state government, Missy taught journalism courses at SMSU. Missy is married to Brad Belote, who had been a broadcast news executive in Springfield before their departure from the state.

In her spare time, Missy enjoys acting in community theatre productions, writing short stories, and playing the piano.

Missy and Brad ultimately moved to Tennessee where she became a pastor at a Methodist Church.




Stories by Missy Shelton include:

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Stories by Missy Shelton include:

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Stories by Missy Shelton include:

Stories by Missy Shelton include:

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