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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Newsmakers program focuses on City Manager Edwards and his role in local government

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The upcoming Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV will introduce Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards to viewers. Show host Judy Stiles visits with Edwards to discuss his early days he spent in Joplin. Edwards graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Missouri Southern State University before receiving his master’s in public administration from Missouri State University in Springfield.

Stiles also talks with him about his first months at City after joining them on March 16, 2020, which is about the same time the coronavirus pandemic was declared. As he worked with Joplin Health Department and City leadership to address COVID-19 matters, Edwards also focused on moving Joplin forward. To gain perspective, he visits with different business owners, community leaders and citizens to discuss areas that the City has excelled in as well as those needing improvements.

Edwards has also launched a “Listening Tour” survey to gather input from everyone willing to complete five questions. “I’m asking people to dream a little about their community,” he said. “What do they like, what does the City do well, what can we improve on, and most of all, what do they see for Joplin in the next 5, 10 or 15 years.”

Citizens can participate in this survey by going to or scanning this QR code with their smart phone. Survey cards are also available at the Joplin Recycling Center, the Joplin Public Library and Joplin City Hall.

To learn more about Edwards and his first few months in Joplin, watch this Newsmakers program scheduled to air on KGCS-TV at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. starting Sunday August 16 and running daily through Thursday, August 20. It is also posted on the station’s YouTube site, KGCS Missouri Southern at

Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. Programming may be seen over the air on channel 21 and on regional cable television systems.

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