digital content editor/producer
Gene has been a reporter since he was part of his junior high school newspaper staff in Gladstone, Mo. After graduating from Oak Park High School in Kansas City, he attended the University of Missouri, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism.
Since college, Gene worked at TV stations in Charleston, W.V.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Lawrence, Kan.; before coming to Springfield in 1989. He was news director at KOLR-10 for two years before joining KY3, where he's been a newscast producer, assignment editor, and on-air reporter. Since April 1997, he's been an online reporter and editor.
Gene is active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he worked for three years in Kansas City as a professional district executive from 1986 - 1989. He's an Eagle, and was scoutmaster of a troop in Springfield for 13 years.
Gene now serves on the Board of Directors of the BSA's Ozark Trails Council. He also is coordinator of its Wood Badge leadership training courses, a Pathfinder District representative for Eagle Scout boards of review, and presiding chieftain of the Tribe of Lone Bear, the council's leadership program for older Scouts at Camp Arrowhead near Marshfield.
Gene has been married to Anita (Corbin) Hartley since 1979. She's a vocal music teacher at Wanda Gray Elementary School. They have two grown children, Cullen and Adrienne. They attend King's Way United Methodist Church in Springfield, and have a farm east of Osceola in St. Clair County.