CoMo You Know: People


John Diehl, R-Town and Country, started his term as speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives in January 2015. He has represented District 89, which covers parts of St. Louis County, since 2009.

COMO YOU KNOW: Chuck Basye

Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, represents the 47th district in the Missouri House of Representatives. 

COMO YOU KNOW: Michael Trapp

Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp has traveled the country, but ultimately he decided to make Columbia his home.

COMO YOU KNOW: Kip Kendrick

Kip Kendrick is the Missouri state representative for the 45th District, which includes Boone County. He was elected to his first term in office on Nov. 6, 2014, replacing previous Rep. Chris Kelly.

COMO YOU KNOW: Clyde Ruffin

The Rev. Clyde Ruffin, who announced Jan. 20 that he would run for the open First Ward City Council seat, is the senior pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church and a professor and chair of the MU Department of Theatre.


Mike Alden is the director of athletics at MU.


Third Ward Columbia Councilman Karl Skala began his civic involvement by establishing the Hominy Branch Neighborhood Association.

COMO YOU KNOW: Mary Hussman

Mary Hussman is a long-time activist in the Columbia community. Before she retired, she was recognized by both chambers of the Missouri legislature for her efforts.

COMO YOU KNOW: Norm Stewart

Norm Stewart is a former Missouri student athlete and a retired men's basketball coach.

COMO YOU KNOW: Elizabeth B. Miller

Elizabeth Miller is the International Communications Coordinator at MU International Programs. Once a school teacher, Miller enjoys the richness of different cultures and is inspired to help others to see the world.

COMO YOU KNOW: Shannon Welker

On May 9, 2013, Shannon Welker became the third head gymnastics coach in Mizzou history.

CoMo You Know: Greg Rhodenbaugh

Greg Rhodenbaugh is the Missouri swimming and diving team’s head coach.


Kim Presko is finishing her first year as principal of Battle High School. Presko said it is "special" to work for a school named after Muriel Williams Battle, a woman who hired her for a math teacher position in 1990.

COMO YOU KNOW: Louis P. 'Tony' Antimi

Antimi was the baseball player, coach and groundskeeper for which Antimi Sports Complex in Cosmopolitan Park is named.


Matt Akins is a videographer, local activist and creator of the organization Citizens for Justice, which focuses on recognizing and addressing misconduct in the local legal system.

CoMo You Know: Frank Haith

Frank Haith was the coach for the Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team from 2011 to 2014.

COMO YOU KNOW: Kim Anderson, Missouri men's basketball coach

Kim Anderson is the new head coach for the Missouri's men's basketball team. He played for Missouri from 1973-77 and is ranked among the school's top-20, all-time scorers.

COMO YOU KNOW: Tim Jamieson

Tim Jamieson is the head coach of the Missouri baseball team, entering his 20th season in 2014. That makes him the longest-tenured head coach at Missouri and only the second coach the program has had for the past 40 years.

COMO YOU KNOW: Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a representative for downtown Columbia, including MU, Stephens College and Columbia College. 

COMO YOU KNOW: Stephen Webber

Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, has been a state representative since 2008. When he was elected, he was the youngest member in the Missouri House of Representatives.