Angie Bailey

My husband and I are what many would call "small town." I grew up in Clarence, Missouri in the northeast corner of the Show Me state.

My mom is a teacher and my dad a police officer, so it was hard to get by with anything as a kid but I still managed to challenge them every day. That determination is paying off today... I still don't give up easily.

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Brittany Pieper

I grew up in Plano, Texas, but I'm no stranger to Missouri. I am a proud Mizzou alum with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. My dad, sister and brother also went to Mizzou. I have family in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia.

I worked at KOMU 8 during my time as a student, and I am so excited to be back. I love the TV station, the city of Columbia and all of the wonderful people in Mid-Missouri.

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Jim Riek

Contrary to what you hear from my colleagues, my real job in life is anchoring the six and ten o'clock news at KOMU. Yes, I do play golf, a lot of golf, but I have no plans of quitting my daytime job! Or is it my nighttime job? If I tried to make a living playing golf I would go bankrupt!

I started this broadcasting career in Jefferson City getting a radio job as a senior in high school. Working my way through college I eventually shifted from radio to television. My radio stops also included stations in Fulton and Joplin.

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Megan Judy

I've always been told this was the perfect job for me because people are forced to listen to me talk. Trust me, I do it a lot!

I can talk to anyone, about anything, at anytime...even at 3:00 in the morning when I wake up! And, I'm very excited to wake you up every morning.

Originally from St. Louis, I went to high school at St. Joseph's Academy, and graduated from the University of Missouri with my Bachelor of Journalism.

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Christian Bryant

Had someone told me in high school I would eventually be a journalist living and working in the "Show Me" state, I would've laughed in their face. I would've also apologized (because that's just plain rude).

Back then, I was living in Greensboro, NC -- my hometown -- with my mind set on school (kind of), sports, music and never growing up.

Many things have stayed the same into adulthood: I still love being a student (although no longer in a classroom), I still appreciate physical activity (although I'm not as spry), I'm still a musician (although more of a dabbler than a serious practitioner), and I still have a child-like joie de vivre.

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Kenton Gewecke

People ask me all the time, what made you want to be a weather man? Well, it has never really been a question in my mind. I grew up in Kearney, Nebraska (located in central Nebraska) and the weather there changes just as much as it does here with severe weather and blizzards and all that good stuff. I love it. I remember one time when I was a kid I was out on the lake my family visited often and we were boating when dark clouds started to roll in, the winds picked up, and it just got really eerie very fast. By the time we were able to get the skis and rope in the boat and head back to the dock there were massive white cap waves coming over the boat. I hid under our inner tube with my cousins and I was scared to death and thought that day would be my last. Thankfully, my father is a great driver and we made it back safely. Afterwards, I was so thrilled. How did it happen so fast? One minute it was sunny and calm and the next I was about to die. I was enthralled with weather from then on.

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Tori Stepanek

I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, but spent a good majority of my life here in Mid-MO. I come from a long line of Mizzou grads, so many of my weekends were spent going to MU football and basketball games with my family. My dad and I are also HUGE county fair and tractor pull fans, so we try to go to as many as we can each summer.

Growing up, I watched my local meteorologist every day before school. I'm a huge planner, so I liked starting my day knowing if after-school events would be cancelled, what I needed to wear that day, etc. I remember checking the temperature and heat index throughout the school day, hoping it would be warm enough that outdoor softball practice would be cancelled (Sorry Coach!). Studying atmospheric science at Mizzou was one of the best decisions I ever made. That along with four years of interning at KOMU 8 really deepened my passion not only for weather, but for people. Weather affects every person every single day, and I love the fact that I can help people plan their day and keep them safe.

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Tim Schmidt

Who would have thought that a little kid who was scared of lightning would become a weatherman? My family and friends still won't let me forget that. Yet this is a true testament of how far conquering your fears can take you!

Growing up in St. Louis, my childhood was filled with sports, mainly baseball and running. We would make trips into Mid-MO often -- to visit family, watch Dad race quads at Finger Lakes, or go to the Lake for a weekend.

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Chris Gervino

Chris has been sports director at KOMU 8 since January 2000. He anchors weeknight sportscasts, and hosts Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino on Sunday nights. He has hosted the University of Missouri football and basketball coaches television shows.

Chris has done TV play-by-play for the Missouri men's basketball team and the Missouri baseball team. He has been football sideline reporter for the Tiger Radio Network since 1992.

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