Publisher, The Missouri Times
Scott Faughn is the publisher of The Missouri Times and the publisher of the SEMO TIMES, a weekly newspaper in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Before beginning his publishing career Faughn was elected the youngest mayor in the history of Poplar Bluff, Mo., at the age of 22. While mayor, Faughn began and spearheaded the effort to create four lanes on Highway 67 between Poplar Bluff and St. Louis.
The Daily American Republic: “…at the age of 24, he is the father of highway 67.” Before being elected mayor, Faughn served on the staff of state representatives Rod Jetton and Mark Richardson. After leaving the public service life in Missouri, he was formally a registered lobbyist in the state of Arkansas.
He now lives in Stringtown, Mo., with his wife Sarah Jane, their daughter Millie and their dog Maybelle on the same farm where he grew up. Faughn is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, and Three Rivers College. His publications have interviewed senators, governors, several members of Congress and many music artists. In his spare time he grows grapes and is an aspiring vintner.
Faughn is a member of the Missouri Sunshine Coalition, The National Association of Alternative Newsweeklies of America, and The St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Americans for Free Speech, the Poplar Bluff Downtown Business Owners Association, The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson City Downtown Business Owners Association and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Readers can contact Scott by calling his personal cell phone at 573-429-5770, via email at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @scottfaughn.
Lead Reporter, The Missouri Times
Collin Reischman is a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He spent 18 months reporting on municipal government and school administrations in the St. Louis-area for Patch.com. He was Managing Editor of the student publication, The Montage, at St. Louis Community College at Meramec prior to working at the Webster University Journal at Webster University. Reischman was the Opinion section editor and senior columnist at The Journal before being named senior news writer in his final semester.
He has won awards from the Missouri College Media Association for Investigative Reporting, News Reporting, In-Depth Reporting and Column Writing. The Society of Professional Journalists also awarded him the National 1st place Mark of Excellence Award for Sports Reporting. Reischman studied history, political science and foreign affairs while studying in Vienna, Austria, for one term. He considers himself a political junkie and is thrilled to be working at The Missouri Times.
Readers can contact Collin by calling his personal cell phone at 314-775-4174, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @Collin_MOTimes.
The Newspaper’s Founding
The former Speaker of the Missouri House Rod Jetton was the co-founder of the publication. He not only brought a wealth of friendships, marketing experience, sales know how and public relations expertise to the endeavor, but he also has a strong business and management background he lent the organization before leaving the company in June 2013.
Long before he became Speaker, Rod developed the understanding and ability to organize and manage people. He learned discipline, hard work and key organizational skills through his time as a young officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Additionally, Rod served as a company commander in the Marines, which taught him how to manage personnel and resources under challenging circumstances.
His election as a state representative and meteoric rise to become the youngest Speaker in state history has been well documented in the statewide media. He is the last speaker to serve more than two years for quite some time, and the only one to serve more than one term since term limits were imposed.
One of the top issues Rod focused on while in the legislature was Missouri infrastructure. He supported initiatives to increase funding for building Missouri’s road, bridge, sewer and water improvements. He also was a key leader in the effort to streamline the process for bringing electric power, natural gas and internet broadband services to all Missouri citizens.
Rod also is an author of The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive a Political Crisis. He can be reached on twitter at @jedijetton.