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Mark Pearce

Mark Pearce

The son of a longtime UCM educator, Mark Pearce’s UCM roots ran deep long before he came here to work professionally. He retired in June 2014 as KMOS-TV’s coordinator for corporate and community support after dedicating more than 26 years of service to his alma mater. Pearce built and maintained relationships with business clients and individual public broadcasting supporters for both KMOS-TV and the university’s former public radio station KTBG-FM 90.9 The Bridge.

Individual gifts and underwriting for UCM’s public broadcasting stations increased 16-fold as the result of his efforts. He built a strong rapport with viewers who tuned into 76 television pledge drives and numerous radio membership drives in support of public broadcasting at UCM. Over the years, Pearce served as an advocate in support of UCM’s public radio and television stations, and advised station management on the nuances of support in Washington, D.C., and in Jefferson City. When KMOS-TV expanded its coverage area in 2002-2003, he worked to create an awareness among local cable systems to help ensure the station’s programming was being shared with as many cable subscribers as possible. In addition to his work in Broadcasting Services, Pearce also served as an adjunct professor, sharing his knowledge with many communication students.

Having a strong interest in writing, Pearce also organized several local poetry festivals, which were not only videotaped and shared on KMOS-TV, but also introduced community residents to two state Poets Laureate. Pearce is actively involved in the community, and is a longtime member of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, having served as club president, and membership coordinator and district governor. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCM, and attended elementary school and high school at the former lab schools on campus.