Adam Allington

Reporter

Adam grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan.  He holds a BA in economics from Kalamazoo College.  Adam's radio career began in 2003 at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He went on to cut his teeth filing stories for Maine Public Radio. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in 2006, Adam was was an international journalism fellow at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany.  He has regularly filed features for various shows and networks including NPR, PRI, Marketplace and the BBC. He received a  Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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High-speed rail tested in Illinois
3:29 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail

Officials rode an Amtrak train at 110 mph in central Illinois Friday.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was on board Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November, paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac. 

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Politics
6:05 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Jason Kander Says Secretery Of State Can Do More For Missouri

Democratic Rep. Jason Kander on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 27, 2011.
Tim Bommel House Communications Office

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Jason Kander is rolling out his plan to make the office more helpful for Missouri entrepreneurs.

Kander is a State Representative from Jackson County.  If elected he says he would reform the Business Services Division to connect aspiring business owners with local non-profits and state programs designed to help entrepreneurs.

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Business
6:50 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Arlington Grove Development Providing Much-Needed Housing In North City

William Ittner's Arlington School today (built in 1898)
Courtesy McCormack Baron Salazar

A historic St. Louis School building has a new lease on life as a new development in north city’s 22nd Ward.

The Arlington School, designed by pioneering St. Louis Architect William Ittner was built in 1898.  The school was closed in 1994 and fell into extreme disrepair.  I filed a story for NPR in 2009 about ten of Ittner's schools, including Arlington, which were facing uncertain futures.

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Business
5:41 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Missouri: Leading Or Following On Job Creation?

MO Governor Jay Nixon operates a riveter at LMI Aerospace in St. Charles
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt) UPI

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Charles on Wednesday trying to burnish his credentials as chief steward of the state's economy.

It’s an election year, and so the question of who deserves credit or blame for the economy is up for debate.

Nixon toured LMI Aerospace Inc., a maker of airplane parts for the commercial, corporate and military jets.

LMI says it plans to add 100 jobs over the next five years.  A move Nixon says is part of a larger story about manufacturing growth in Missouri.

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St. Louis Police
4:25 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

St. Louis City Beginning Process Of Selecting New Police Chief

(L-R) Commissioner Tom Irwin, Mayor Slay, Chief Isom, Commissioner Erwin Switzer, and Commissioner Richard Gray
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners met for the first time since the retirement announcement of Police Chief Dan Isom.  Foremost on the boards’ agenda was establishing a process for vetting and interviewing potential candidates for chief.

Commissioner Richard Gray says the board plans to take a number of steps, similar to those taken when hiring a corporate CEO.  Including such things as a psychological examination to determine leadership skills, looking at old tax returns, and also engaging the public.

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Developing: Lewis Reed Announcement
6:14 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Reed Announces Entry To 2013 Mayoral Race

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed announces his run for mayor in the 2013 race on October 3, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:50 with comments from Mayor Slay.

The long-rumored Democratic rumble for mayor of St. Louis is on. 

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed officially threw his hat into the ring today in a press conference at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

This campaign is a "mission of change," Reed told his supporters, calling Slay an ineffective leader more interested in photo ops and managing the media than with bringing people together to solve the city's problems.

Lafayette Square, he said, was improved through cooperation. Ineffective leadership has stifled similar efforts citywide.

"We can accept those things that divide us, or we can work toward a common purpose to improve our communities," Reed said. "We can continue to develop reactionary policies, or we can bring the brightest minds together to develop long-term strategies to turn St. Louis into a world-class destination."

Here are some highlights from Reed's announcement:

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Isom to leave police department
12:08 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

St. Louis Police Chief Isom Leaves To Take Post At UMSL

Left to right, UMSL Chancellor Tom George, Criminology Dept Chair Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chief Dan Isom, and Mayor Francis Slay
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as chief by the end of the year.  Isom will join the faculty of the Department of Criminology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.


Isom, 45, took over as chief four years ago following the resignation of Joe Mokwa, who was linked to an illegal tow-lot scandal.


Speaking on UMSL’s campus, Isom said it was hard to move on after 24 years in the department, but the opportunity to teach at his alma mater was too good to ignore.

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Sports
5:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Cardinals Attendance Up in 2012, Hope For More Games In October

Busch Stadium, St. Louis
via Flickr/ brianandjaclyn

The St. Louis Cardinals start the final series of the regular season at home against the Reds Monday evening.

The Cardinals are on pace to draw just over 3,250,000 in home attendance this year, the sixth highest in all of baseball and the 14th time in the last 15 years the Redbirds have exceeded the lofty 3 million benchmark.

Joe Strohm is the Cardinals Vice President of ticket sales.  Considering St. Louis ranks 24th out of 30, in terms of media-market size, its yearly position near the top in terms of ticket sales is a testament to the devotion of fans.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin Defends 'Unladylike' Characterization, Regains Support From Top GOP

Republican Congressman Todd Akin.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin is dismissing the controversy over his use of the word “ladylike” to describe his opponent, Claire McCaskill.

Referring to the first debate between the two candidates Akin said that McCaskill wasn’t behaving as “ladylike” as she did in her first campaign for Senate in 2006.

McCaskill rebuked Akin’s choice of words during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying that she is once again "at a loss" to describe Todd Akin.

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Local Control
5:36 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Activist Groups Rally Against Local Control

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Proposition A, the state ballot measure to hand control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city has come under fire from local activists.

A coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP is urging Missouri voters not to vote for Prop A on the grounds that language establishing a citizen oversight board and open access to police records has been stricken from the bill.   

Montague Simmons is a spokesman for the group.  He says they support local control, but not at the expense of accountability.

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