Founder & Publisher

Randall Smith is the first Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. He joined the Missouri School of Journalism in August 2009. His 30-year career at The Kansas City Star began in 1979, and he has worked on both the news and business sides. Smith started as a copy editor, rising to the positions of business editor and deputy managing editor, and most recently, to director of strategic development.

Smith is a former president of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors and a recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He played a major role in conceiving the idea and raising the money for the School’s SABEW endowed chair.

He is the vice chair and first non-family member of the board of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. The author of the book “A Kenyan Journey,” Smith has lectured to classes in China, Africa and the U.S. Throughout his career Smith has been involved with helping promote young minority journalists, and he played a key role in getting Knight Ridder to adopt the Rotating Internship Program, which placed more than 250 journalists into newspapers during a 20-year run.

As an editor Smith has worked with award-winning newsroom teams that have earned the profession’s top awards and honors. One won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for coverage of the Kansas City Hyatt skywalks disaster in July 1981. Other staff recognitions include a Sigma Delta Chi award, an Eppy award, a Philip Meyer Award, 12 Missouri Press Association Gold Cups and a Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award.

Smith received the Mizzou Alumni Association’s highest recognition, the Faculty-Alumni Award, in 2005.

Managing Editor

Michael StacyMichael Stacy is the managing editor for Missouri Business Alert. Stacy joined the publication in 2013 after working as an editor at Silicon Prairie News, a web-based publication that covers technology and entrepreneurship. Before that, Stacy worked as a reporter for the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a business certificate from Creighton University and is pursuing a master’s of business administration at the University of Missouri.

Director of Marketing

Lorah Slaton received her Master’s in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication  from the University of Missouri in May 2013 and has been working as a freelance graphic designer and marketing specialist since 2010. Previously, she attended the University of Missouri and received an undergraduate degree in Strategic Communication. Lorah began work at Missouri Business Alert in January 2012.

Director of Strategy
Jason McKee
Jason McKee

Jason McKee is the director of strategy for Missouri Business Alert. McKee worked in the sports department at The Kansas City Star for five years before entering the Crosby MBA program at the University of Missouri in August 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Marketing Assistant

Braden Curd is a marketing assistant for Missouri Business Alert. He is currently a senior at the University of Missouri and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Sport Management. After completing his degree in May 2017, Braden hopes to work in the marketing department for a sport organization.

Marketing Assistant

Zac Ricketts is a marketing assistant for Missouri Business Alert. He is a Sports Management student at the University of Missouri and will be graduating in May 2017. Zac is also pursuing a certificate in Sales and Customer Development.