We scored a quick interview (and selfie video shoot!) with January’s volunteer of the month, Kia Breaux — who, as the Midwest regional director of the Associated Press, is typically on the other side of the interview. Get to know Kia and how she makes Mizzou stronger: MAA Governing Board member Kia Breaux (BJ ’96) uses her journalism expertise to lead the MAA Communications Committee. She also serves on the Missouri School of Journalism’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team, the Missourian Publishing Association board and the Honors College Advisory Council.
Kia joined the Associated Press in 1997 after earning her Bachelor of Journalism. A resident of Kansas City, Mo., she is also the proud mother of her sons, John and Jaden.
Why did you choose to get involved with MAA? Kia: My experience at Mizzou has greatly enriched my life. I met lifelong friends and business associates during my time in Columbia. My degree has created opportunities for me and enabled me to have a successful career in the news industry. My involvement with MAA is my way of giving back. I want to help promote the university and all of the wonderful things happening on campus so that others may benefit from what Mizzou has to offer.
How has your involvement with MAA impacted you? Kia: My involvement has kept me connected to the university and has bolstered my sense of pride as an alum. I’ve met other alumni leaders and together we have worked to make Mizzou stronger.
If you could have lunch with one Mizzou alum, who would it be? Kia: Brad Pitt, of course! Although, I understand he’s two credits shy of receiving his degree. Close enough?
Favorite building on campus? Kia: Jesse Hall. I love the architecture.
Best Mizzou memory as a student? Kia: I have several great memories as a student. I remember meeting up with friends almost daily in what was then Brady Commons. It wa s the heartbeat of the campus and the meeting point for everything. We studied there, ate there and got information on upcoming events. I met so many new friends there.
Studying abroad to Mexico my sophomore year is another highlight of my Mizzou experience. I earned a minor in Spanish during my semester in Guadalajara and Cuernavaca. There, I stayed with host families and formed lasting bonds and friendships. I also met other exchange students from across the world. This is just one of many life-enriching opportunities Mizzou has to offer its students.
Learn how you can make Mizzou stronger through involvement opportunities with the Mizzou Alumni Association, like volunteering with a regional chapter or applying to serve on a committee.