Brian Hayes's Profile

Public safety and health reporter, fall 2013/2014
University of Missouri Class of 2015
Journalism Department - Watchdog Emphasis, 858-472-4260,

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I began reporting for the Missourian in fall 2013 and was given the opportunity to come back for fall 2014.
As an aspiring investigative journalist, I was covering public safety and health for the both semesters under PSH editor Katherine Reed.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? As evident by my chosen emphasis area of watchdog journalism, I appreciate journalism that exposes the underlying truth about how organizations and institutions are operating. Journalists need to clearly lay out the complete truth for the public because, otherwise, everyone will simply accept the way things are. I am a believer that people must constantly question the world around them. Journalists must be transparent with the public and curious about their discoveries.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I grew up in Rancho Penasquitos, a wonderful suburb of San Diego. I graduated from Westview High School in 2011 and came out to Mizzou because I didn't like the way the high school tried to funnel all the students into the same California colleges. But that's not all; Mizzou attracted me with its great journalism program, top-tier sports and beautiful campus. With my mom's family in Ohio, I've also always loved the Midwest.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? WriteRunRoar isn't my Twitter and Wordpress username for no reason; I enjoy journalistic and creative writing, running and supporting the Missouri Tigers. I'm also a big baseball fan and electronic dance music is my preferred life soundtrack.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? The ultimate college town, Columbia offers the perfect tight-knit Midwestern feel where everyone's proud to be a Columbian and proud to be a Tiger. Especially compared to San Diego, I love how people in Columbia are genuinely interested in each other and friendly enough to talk to strangers.