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Featured Profile: Randy Smith


Randy Smith

Seasoned journalist Randy Smith is in the business of helping students.

Before coming to MU in 2009, Smith enjoyed a 30-year career at The Kansas City Star. He started as a copy editor, rising to the positions of business editor, deputy managing editor and director of strategic development. While editor, Smith worked with award-winning newsroom teams that earned the profession’s top awards and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize.

Smith has worked tirelessly to enhance educational opportunities. Among other programs, he launched a study abroad experience for MU journalism students in South Africa. Throughout his career, he has been involved with helping promote young minority journalists. He played a key role in getting Knight Ridder to adopt the Rotating Internship Program, which placed more than 250 journalists.

Smith also founded Missouri Business Alert, the school’s first teaching platform for business journalism. Additionally, as former president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and a recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award, Smith played a major role in conceiving and raising the money for the Missouri School of Journalism’s SABEW endowed chair.

For his many accomplishments, Smith has received numerous awards including the President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement and the Faculty-Alumni Award, the Mizzou Alumni Association’s highest recognition.

Randy Smith is Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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