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. 

Courtesy of Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham is the city attorney for Cape Girardeau. But not too long ago, he spent his spare time trekking the globe as an eclipse chaser. It’s a journey that started nearly 40 years ago in 1979 as a student at the University of Missouri. He didn’t get a chance to see the eclipse, but it didn’t stop him from spending countless hours and years tracking others down. Although his days of chasing eclipses are somewhat behind him, come Monday Cunningham won’t have to go too far to see another one.

Interview Highlights


21 hours ago

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, Eric Cunningham, the City Attorney for Cape Girardeau, joins us to talk about his experience as an eclipse chaser. We’ll hear about the very first time he saw an eclipse in Bolivia, why planning is key, and the time he took his family along on one of his adventures. Then we’ll learn about what exactly is happening to the moon during the moments leading up to the eclipse.



Aug 11, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, after years without one, Missouri finally has a prescription drug monitoring program. But some say it might not do what’s needed. Then six months ago, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties only had one insurance provider.


Aug 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about Missouri’s new statewide prescription drug monitoring program with State Rep. Holly Rehder. We’ll hear about her thoughts on Gov. Eric Greitens decision to issue an executive order to create the program. Her personal connection to substance abuse and Missouri’s prescription drug monitoring program compares to other states. We’ll also talk about the stigma of drug abuse and how southeast Missouri falls into the conversation of prescription drug use.


Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Last month, Gov. Eric Greitens issued an executive order to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program-or PDMP. Missouri is the last state to establish one, but it’s not for a lack of trying. For years State Rep. Holly Rehder pushed for legislation to create one, but her attempts fell short. Rehder says while there is still room to improve the program, it’s a necessary step in the right direction. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Rehder about it.