Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Feature Reporter

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson joined the KRCU team in November 2015 as a feature reporter. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where she grew up watching a lot of documentaries on PBS, which inspired her to tell stories.

In May 2015, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Convergence Journalism. Marissanne comes to KRCU from KBIA, where she worked as a reporter, producer and supervising editor while covering stories on arts and culture, education and diversity. 

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There’s nothing like a good weekend at your grandparents house, especially if you come from a big family. But the bigger the family the more shenanigans there are to get into. That’s what it was like for Sikeston native Gary Howard as he tells his daughter Kate about the mischief he got into with his cousins at their grandparents home in Morehouse, Missouri.  


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Imagine hearing your earliest moments through the eyes of someone else. Like the day you were born, special moments you spent together, and where life’s endless turns have taken you now. Our next Dear Heartland entry comes from Maryellen Boswell and her grandson Shane Seyer in Cape Girardeau.


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Like most kids that hear stories about their parents wild childhood adventures they can seem a little over the top and hard to believe. And this story from Cape Girardeau Native Ramona Bailey and her daughter Peighton Robinson is no different. It’s a story about a fishing trip gone wrong--really wrong.



Jun 23, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re sharing your stories about life in Southeast Missouri with our new community project Dear Heartland. We’ll hear a story about a fishing trip gone way wrong at Capaha Park, weekend shenanigans at grandpa’s house in Morehouse, Mo., and a grandson’s life through the gentle eyes of his grandma. And later on in the show, we’ll also hear from Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas discuss the decision to increase the tuition at Southeast Missouri State University.


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James Ivers, a former slave enlisted as a Union Army soldier during the Civil War in Cape Girardeau. He died shortly after leaving behind his wife Harriet, a former slave, their children and his legacy. And now decades later the Cape Girardeau City Council voted to memorialize him by renaming the historic Common Pleas Courthouse Park to Ivers Square. Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson about the life of James Ivers.