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.

Reporter

Jinghong Chen received her Master’s in Journalism with an emphasis in data reporting from the University of Missouri in May 2017. Previously, she had interned at The New York Times Chinese, Al Jazeera English and the Global Journalist. She received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Nanjing University.

Marketing Assistant

Baylee Cummins is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri receiving a dual degree as a Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication and a Bachelor of Arts and Science where she studied Spanish. She also completed a business minor. She is a young, driven and bold extrovert ready to enter the workplace and excited to start with Missouri Business Alert. In her free time, you can find her exploring Columbia with her puppy. Looking for a career where she can make an impact every day, Baylee is excited to see what the future holds.

Reporter

Erdenetungalag (Tunga) Erdenekhuyag is a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Missouri pursuing a master’s degree in business journalism. Previously, she attended the University of Finance and Economy in Mongolia and received a bachelor’s degree in business economics. Tunga has worked as an Economic and Business Analyst for Rio Tinto LLC and as a freelancer for Forbes Mongolia and Mongolian Economy magazines.

Business Development

Jennah Lane is currently an intern at Missouri Business Alert for the Summer of 2017. Jennah is a senior at the University of Missouri pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication through the School of Journalism. She is also working toward receiving a minor in Business.

Social Media Manager

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Emma Rhyner is pursuing a Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri. This summer, she will be doing social media marketing for Missouri Business Alert. She plans to graduate in May 2018.