Scott Faughn


Scott Faughn is the publisher of The Missouri Times; president of the SEMO TIMES; and Host of This Week in Missouri Politics.

Faughn grew up in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. After college, he worked in Jefferson City, staffing state representatives Rod Jetton and Mark Richardson.

FaughnAt 22, Faughn became the youngest mayor in the history of Poplar Bluff, spearheading the effort to create four lanes on Highway 67 between Poplar Bluff and St. Louis.

He lives with his wife, Sarah Jane, and children, Millie and Gussie, on the same farm where he grew up.

Faughn is a member of the Missouri Sunshine Coalition, The National Association of Alternative Newsweeklies of America, St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Americans for Free Speech, Poplar Bluff Downtown Business Owners Association, Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson City Downtown Business Owners Association, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

Readers can contact Scott at scott@themissouritimes.com or on Twitter at @scottfaughn

Brian Robbins


Brian Robbins joins the Clayton Times as a reporter covering state, county, and municipal politics. Illinois political observers will recognize him from his previous position covering the Illinois statehouse for the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois.

Robbins holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Robbins comes to the Clayton Times with several years of experience reporting on a number of topics such as education, crime, and even entertainment including video games, comics, and movies. Brian also has a lot to share with Clayton as his passions are watching the St. Louis Blues, playing tennis, going to the gym, and has an uncanny resemblance to former Spider-Man — Andrew Garfield.

Readers can contact Brian at brian@claytontimes.com or on Twitter at @BrianRobbins9.

Ben Striker


Ben has been a reporter for the Clayton Times since October 2017. A St. Louis native, Ben graduated from the Southeast Missouri State University in May 2014 with a degree in journalism. He first worked as a journalist for the independent student newspaper, The Arrow, where he won an award from the Missouri College Media Association for feature writing. He interned at The Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, before becoming a full-time writer. Ben also spent time as a staff writer for the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Readers can contact Ben at ben@claytontimes.com or on Twitter at @BenLStriker.