Publisher, The Missouri Times
Scott Faughn is the publisher of The Missouri Times and the president 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 via email at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @scottfaughn.
Creative Director and Reporter, The Missouri Times
Rachael Herndon is the creative director and a reporter at The Missouri Times and also manages the special publication, Upon Adjournment. Rachael studied Communication and Art History at the University of Missouri – Columbia and has previously worked as a state, federal, and campaign staffer.
Readers can contact Rachael via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @herndonrachael.
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, Jetton 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, Jetton 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 Jetton 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.
Jetton 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.
Jetton left the publication in 2013.