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David L. Burton

David L. Burton
MU Extension in Greene County
2400 S Scenic Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-881-8909
Fax: 417-823-4818

Counties served: Barry, Barton, Christian, Dade, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, Wright

Areas of work

Works in community development, serving as county program director in Greene County. Alssists the media, individuals and communities in gaining a better understanding of local issues and manages the Southwest Region News Service, which serves media outlets throughout the area. The Southwest Region News Service is a weekly educational news service for University of Missouri Extension in southwest Missouri. This content is also posted and available online.

Weekly articles making up Southwest Region News Service are delivered electronically to hundreds of subscribers, extension council members and media outlets throughout southwest Missouri.

Professional background

Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Drury University, 1988; Masters in communication from Drury University, 2001.

Relevant past employment: Five years as managing editor of the weekly newspaper in Willard, Mo. (1989 - 1993); three years in alumni and development work at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.; and six years as public relations specialist in the communication and marketing department at Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., Springfield, Mo. (1995 - 2001).

Memberships: Ozark Press Association, Missouri Press Association, Public Relations Society of America, Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, Country Schools Association of America and Friends of Greene County Extension.

Publications: Literally, thousands of newspaper and magazines articles. He also writes two weekly columns in the Springfield News-Leader: Ask a Master Gardener and Agriculture in the Ozarks as well as a weekly column in the Republic Monitor entitled "Live and Learn." Books written by David and available through are linked to his professional page listed blow.

Honors: 2014UMEA Program of the Year for Friends of Greene County Extension; 2013 Technology Award from the Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Professionals; Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award from MU Extension, 2013; MU Extension “Rookie of the Year” Award, 2003; "Team of the Year" from University of Missouri Extension Association, 2004; "Innovator Award," from UMEA, 2004; "AgriMissouri Media Award," (bronze-2004) from Missouri Department of Agriculture; eight different journalism awards from the Missouri Press Association (1989—1993); and. “Outstanding Instructor Award,” TRIO/Upward Bound program, 2008. Has been president of the SPJ Chapter since 2005 and during that time the local chapter has been named one of the top three small professional chapters in the nation four times, including being named the “Outstanding Chapter in the Nation” for 2007-2008.

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