Scott Swafford's Profile

Senior city editor, Columbia Missourian
Associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism (teaching classes in beginning news writing, reporting and advanced reporting)
Office phone: (573) 884-5366

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I am the city editor handling coverage of city, county and state government. I work with students in reporting and advanced reporting to cover those beats. I also work weekly general assignment shifts.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? I believe we're doing our best work when we provide government and election news that empowers people to make their voices heard, to make informed decisions at the polls and to participate in the democracy. I also enjoy helping students tell good stories, regardless of the subject matter.

WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Beginning in 1985, I spent 19 years working as a reporter and editor at three Missouri newspapers, the Kirksville Daily-Express, the Fulton Sun and the Columbia Daily Tribune. I came to the Missouri School of Journalism in 2003 after working several years as an adjunct instructor. I earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State), graduating in 1984. I completed a master's degree in journalism at MU in 2012.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? I've been married for 29 years to Lisa Swafford, and we have two children: 23-year-old Jacob, who is a wildlife habitat specialist in New Mexico, and 13-year-old Quentin, who is a seventh-grade student at Lange Middle School. I enjoy whitewater and flat-water canoeing, deer hunting, camping and punk rock.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? I think what I like most is that it feels like home. After living here for 24 years, I've made a lot of friends and enjoy running into them around town. I'm also impressed by Columbia residents' involvement and interest in their local government. Paddling Hinkson Creek is a blast, as long as you don't swim. And the Missouri River is a big bonus, too.