Scott Swafford

Senior city editor


I've been a reporter and editor at Missouri community newspapers for 35 years and joined the Columbia Missourian in 2003. My emphasis at the Missourian is on local government and elections. You can reach me at or at 573-884-5366.

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Mr. Hirt,
The agreement approved by the City Council does set benchmarks for annual employment at the Aurora Organic Dairy over the next five years, as follows: Year 1, 80 jobs; Year 2, 100 jobs; Year 3, 110 jobs; Year 4, 120 jobs; Year 5, 130 jobs. The agreement states that $500,000 of …


Mr. Smith,
George's column was inadvertently added to our guest commentary section rather than the section for local columnists. I've made that fix. Thanks for calling it to our attention, and thanks for reading.
Scott Swafford, city editor


Mr. Hirt,
I'm a city editor here at the Missourian. The numbers you cite above are correct. There was, indeed, an uptick in the number of violent crimes in 2015 over 2014, but the rates of violent crime per capita in Columbia have remained relatively flat over the past decade. This Feb. …


Mr. Hirt. This is Scott Swafford, one of the city editors here at the Missourian. Here's a link to the article we published on the vigil for the Orlando victims.…