Joplin, MO (SNS) – Concerns about air quality in the Joplin region are discussed with Joplin Health Department Director Dan Pekarek during  the upcoming “Newsmakers” interview program.

The interview focuses on efforts by the Four States Clean Air Alliance to develop an action plan regarding air quality. Concerns include the region potentially being out of compliance with ozone level regulations.

The program will air next week on KGCS at the following times:

Sunday, Jan. 18 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 19 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21 – 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, on KOAM-TV and can be seen on YouTube at

“Newsmakers” is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.  Programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems.