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Featured Profile: Stacey Woelfel


Stacey Woelfel

Award-winning journalist Dr. Stacey Woelfel has a passion for telling stories.

Woelfel knows what makes an audience lean in closer to pay attention. He spent 28 years teaching Mizzou students how to do just that leading the newsroom at KOMU-TV. Now he teaches a new group of students the ins and outs of documentary storytelling, preparing them to thrill audiences on the big screen as the director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.

Woelfel has perfected teaching the Missouri Method, asking students to learn while doing, whether it be preparing news stories for tonight’s newscast or directing a documentary for a leading film festival. He wants students to focus on true stories, artfully told.

Woelfel is an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Payne ethics award winner. He serves as the president of the board for the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a former national chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association, serves on the board of the Kansas City Film Fest and enjoys watching dozens of documentaries each year as a screener for the True/False Film Fest.

Dr. Stacey Woelfel is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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