Chris Warner Reporter
A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..
Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.
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Residents in the USD 447 district, which includes Thayer and Cherryvale, have a more than $12 million dollar bond issue coming up. This one comes after a previous bond failed, the district needs a positive outcome. Originally built in 1938, Lincoln Central Elementary in Cherryvale has seen better days. While an addition was built in 1999 the current facility is in disrepair and district officials say has reac...More >>
A family from Goodman is mourning the loss of their furry family member, their pet cat. But he died, from a disease many don't recognize, called "Bobcat Fever." And the number of cases, is on the rise. It's name sounds almost exotic...Bobcat Fever... However, it's anything but exotic...More >>
The downtown Joplin alliance hosting it's first ever "volunteer orientation". That's because of the growing number of folks interested in helping downtown. For some, volunteering, helps more than just the downtown area. The Downtown Joplin Alliance has actually been around - since the late 80s, you may remember "Main Street Joplin" next to the old KOZJ offices at 4th and Main.More >>
The safe room at Columbia Elementary still sits - unused, as a safe room, it is however, functioning, as the school's gymnasium. The issues with the safe room go back as far as 2013, before it was even constructed. Following the May 22nd tornado, Joplin Schools used FEMA and SEMA money, coupled with funding from the Community Disaster Block Grant, or CDBG, to build safe rooms at it's campuses that were up to FEMA codes.More >>
A community comes together to support the family of a woman missing for nearly two months. A candlelight vigil was held at Joplin's Mercy Park to show support for the family of Sarah Burton. Sarah Burton was reported missing to the Joplin Police Department on July 20th, the last time her family had seen her, was July 16th...More >>
The Missouri Highway Patrol starting a five week course tonight in Joplin, that only occurs once every two years. For Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant John Lueckenhoff, of all the reasons for holding this educational course, there's one that sticks out.More >>
The City of Joplin moving forward with plans for the East Town area. The project started earlier this year with phase one working to identify key historic assets in the East Town neighborhood - which runs along Broadway, which is, more importantly known as Langston Hughes Boulevard. But city officials say they've been working longer than that.More >>
The shooting near 30th and McClelland and manhunt prompted some schools in the area to go into lockdown. The Joplin School District's Irving Elementary, Cecil Floyd Elementary and Early Childhood Center locked all exterior doors. Vatterott College on Illinois Avenue -- and some area businesses -- also went into lockdown. The school district lifted the lockdowns when police determined the suspect was no longer ...More >>