Hi, I am Larissa Gao

I am a storyteller, multimedia journalist, web designer and strategic communicator

I am a senior student, pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. My major is Convergence Journalism -Multimedia Production.

In the course of learning at Mizzou, I have gained hands-on reporting and producing experience by working as a multimedia journalist for KBIA-FM (NPR-affiliated media organization), Missouri Business AlertKOMU (NBC-affiliated television station), and the Columbia Missourian.

I also worked as a public relations intern and video editor at Essential Stories Project, an international not-for-profit media production team. Currently, I work in the innovation team, Pass the Mic, in Gannett to collect news articles to support source audits and help the Gannett team analyze findings. I also participate in prototype development and testing and draft vetting/moderation guidelines for the service.

I always have a great passion for storytelling and designing. Here are the projects I finished. I appreciate that you spend your time reading my website. I hope you enjoy reading, listening, and watching the stories I produced. Thank you!

Halloween Extravaganze

Paws 4 A Cause Inc held Howloween Trick & Treat Spooktacular to benefit Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue, a non-for-profit organization.

International Day of People with Disabilities

Masks help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they also hinder lip-reading and facial cues – all of which play a huge role in everyday conversation.


During the last weekend of October, Kimmswick’s city square usually bustles with tourists and vendors, making it a lively hub for commerce. But the cancellation of Kimmswick’s two major events – the Apple Butter Festival and Strawberry Festival – due to COVID-19 concerns has left this town on the brink of financial ruin.


Columbia Public Schools Planetarium held Soaring into STEM Expo to attract kids and teenagers interested in STEM.

#EndSARS protest in Nigeria

For most journalists, reporting costs time, energy and sleep. For Kofi Bartels, a radio journalist in Nigeria, reporting nearly cost him his life. Reporting on protests to end police brutality in Nigeria can be risky because the police brutality may become directed at the messenger. However, reporters like Kofi Bartels and Yemisi Adegoke continue their work because they know keeping the public informed helps them take ownership of their democracy.

Thrift Stores

More people in Columbia, Missouri, would go to thrift stores to shop. Workers in The Salvation Army Thrift Store talked about their opinions about the benefits thrift stores brought to the community.