Notable Alumni

Arts, Entertainment & Literature 

  • Brad Pitt, actor and producer
  • Chris Cooper, actor
  • David Koechner, actor
  • Debbye Turner Bell, TV personality, Miss America 1990
  • George C. Scott, actor
  • Jon Hamm
    Jon Hamm, Actor
  • Greg Miller, IGN cast member, host of Up at Noon
  • James Lee Burke, Pulitzer-nominated author, two-time Edgar Award winner
  • Jann Carl, television personality, Entertainment Tonight
  • John Edward Williams, author and winner of the National Book Award
  • Jonathan Murray, co-creator of MTV’s The Real World
  • Kate Capshaw, actress
  • Linda Bell Blue, Entertainment Tonight executive producer
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, writer and TV producer
  • Marijane Meaker, novelist
  • Mort Walker, cartoonist
  • Neal Boyd, winner of America’s Got Talent 2008
  • Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight correspondent
  • Richard Matheson, screenwriter
  • Robert Loggia, actor
  • Sheryl Crow, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
  • Sally Ann Salsano, producer and creator of reality TV shows for MTV, including Jersey Shore
  • Tennessee Williams, playwright and American Theater Hall of Fame member
  • Tom Berenger, Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor
  • William Froug, TV writer and producer
  • William Least Heat-Moon, New York Times bestselling author

Business & Industry

  • Andy Bryant, chairman of Intel Corporation
  • Bill Morgan, co-founder, vice chairman and president of Kinder Morgan
  • Clyde Lear, co-founder of Learfield Sports
  • David Casey, co-founder of Garmin Ltd.
  • Peggy and Andrew CherngPeggy and Andrew Cherng
    Founders of Panda Express
  • David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands
  • Derry Brownfield, co-founder of Learfield Sports
  • Donald W. Reynolds, businessman and philanthropist 
  • Edward D. “Ted” Jones, managing partner of Edward Jones Investments
  • Harry Cornell, CEO of Leggett & Platt
  • James White, Interim CEO of Ocean Spray and formerly chairman, president and CEO of Jamba Juice
  • Jay Sarno, founder of Las Vegas hotels, Caesar’s Palace and Circus Circus
  • Larry Potterfield, founder of Midway USA
  • Matthew K. Rose, chairman, CEO and president of Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Paul Shumaker, co-founder of Garmin Ltd.
  • Pam Nicholson, president and CEO of Enterprise Holdings
  • Pam Patsley, executive chairman and former CEO of MoneyGram
  • Ralph Babb, CEO of Comerica
  • Rich Kinder, chairman of CEO of Kinder Morgan, former president of Enron 
  • Robert J. Trulaske, Sr., founder of True Manufacturing Company
  • Rodger Riney, founder of Scottrade
  • Rick Lyle, Super Bowl Champion (XXXVIII)
  • Sam Walton, founder of Walmart 
  • Stan Kroenke, owner of Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche; co-owner of LA Rams; majority shareholder in Arsenal FC

Government & Public Service

  • Charles Griffith Ross, White House Press Secretary for President Harry S. Truman
  • Claire McCaskill, U.S. Senator (2007-19)
  • Tim KaineTim Kaine
    Governor of Virginia (2006-10)
    U.S. Senator (2013-present)
  • Cleo Noel, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Sudan (1972-73)
  • Emily Newell Blair, suffragist and founder of the League of Women Voters
  • Guy B. Park, Missouri Governor (1933-37)
  • Hon. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lankan Member of Parliament
  • Ike Skelton, U.S. Congressman (1977-2011)
  • James T. Blair, Jr., Missouri Governor (1957-61)
  • Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor (2009-17)
  • John M. Dalton, Missouri Governor (1961-65)
  • Kenny Hulshof, U.S. Congressman (1997-2009)
  • Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman (2009-13) and Senator (2013-present)
  • Mel Carnahan, Missouri Governor (1993-2000)
  • Ted Kulongoski, Governor of Oregon (2003-11)
  • Paul Coverdell, U.S. Senator (1993-2000)
  • Roger Wilson, Missouri Governor (2000-2001)
  • Russ Carnahan, U.S. Congressman (2005-13)
  • Warren E. Hearnes, Missouri Governor (1965-73)


  • John AndersonJohn Anderson
    ESPN Sports Center anchor
  • Bob Sullivan, founding member of MSNBC
  • Chuck Roberts, CNN anchor
  • Elizabeth Vargas, television anchor and investigative reporter
  • Gerald Boyd, first African-American managing editor at the New York Times
  • Jim Lehrer, PBS News anchor
  • Jon Scott, Fox News Channel anchor
  • Ken Paulson, USA Today editor
  • Lisa Meyers, TV journalist, NBC investigative correspondent
  • Major Garrett, Fox News Channel national correspondent
  • Russ Mitchell, CBS Evening News weekend anchor


  • Linda GodwinLinda Godwin, NASA astronaut
  • Harlow Shapley, astronomer
  • James Fergason, inventor of the first practical uses of liquid crystals
  • Robert K. Dixon, White House scientist and Environment and Energy Policy Advisor, recipient of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work as part of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • William F. Baker, chief structural engineer of Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest man-made structure


  • Andy Russell, Super Bowl Champion (IX, X), NFL Pro-Bowler
  • Ben Askren, 2008 Olympian and professional mixed martial artist
  • Ben Plucknett, 1980 US Olympic team
  • Carl Edwards, NASCAR driver
  • Chase Daniel, Super Bowl XLIV champion
  • Christian Cantwell, World Champion shot putter, 2012 Olympian
  • David Freese, 2011 MLB NLCS MVP and World Series MVP
  • Derrick Peterson, Middle-distance runner, 2004 Olympian
  • Jackson Scholz, sprinter and two-time Olympic gold medalist (1920, 1924)
  • Jden CoxJ’Den Cox
    Wrestler and 2008 Olympic silver medalist
  • Jon Sundvold, NBA shooting guard
  • Kellen Winslow, NFL tight end and member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Michael Kim, ESPNEWS host
  • Larry Drew, assistant coach of 2016 NBA champions
  • Matt Winer, ESPN Sports Center host
  • Max Scherzer, MLB All-Star, Cy Young Award winner
  • Mike Shannon, MLB player, St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcaster
  • Nat Page, 1980 US Olympic team  
  • Natasha Kaiser-Brown, sprinter, Mizzou Track and Field coach, Olympian (1992, 1996), Olympic silver medalist (1992)
  • Norm Stewart, Mizzou men’s basketball coach (1967-99)
  • Phil Bradley, MLB All-Star
  • Roger Wehrli, 7-time Pro Bowler, member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football  Hall of Fame
  • Russ Washington, NFL Pro Bowler, All-Pro, San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
  • Sammie Henson, freestyle wrestler and 2000 Olympic silver medalist
  • Sonny Siebert, MLB All-Star
  • Steve Stipanovich, NBA center
  • Tyron Woodley, professional mixed martial artist, 2016 UFC Welterweight Champion