Alex Heuer

Talk Show Producer

Alex Heuer joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2012 and is a producer of St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape.  Alex grew up in the St. Louis area.  He began his public radio career as a student reporter at Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois and spent nearly five years as a reporter and producer at Iowa Public Radio.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University.  He has won local and national awards for reporting and producing and his stories have been featured nationally on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Alex enjoys running, hiking, sailing, craft beer, locally-owned restaurants, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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STL250 Cake Auction
1:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

You Can Buy An STL250 Birthday Cake -- Here's How

The fiberglass cake at the Shrine of St. Joseph is one of the stl250 sculptures up for auction.
Credit (Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

Approximately 250 fiberglass cakes are scattered throughout the St. Louis region. They’re placed at notable locations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

Sixty-seven of the cakes are part of an online auction that opened Monday and lasts through the end of the year. More may be added to the auction because each host location gets to choose what happens to their cake.

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Cityscape
11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

70 Years Ago: The World Premiere Of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’

"Meet Me in St. Louis" movie poster
Credit (Used with Permission / Missouri History Museum)

On Nov. 22, 1944, a throng of St. Louis theatergoers packed Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue for the world premiere of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 

Although filmed elsewhere, the musical told the story of the Smith family as it struggled with the prospect of leaving St. Louis for New York in advance of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Seventy years later, the film endures. Critic Roger Ebert once praised it as “one of the most artful, moving, and exquisitely designed musicals in film history.”

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St. Louis on the Air
2:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

A Discussion About Missouri’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Credit File photo

Early voting. Teacher Tenure. Sex Crime Trial Rules. Gubernatorial Budgetary Power.

Those are some of the topics before Missouri voters on Nov. 4.

“St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio reporters Marshall Griffin and Tim Lloyd about the proposed constitutional amendments.

Here’s a recap of Amendments 2, 3 and 6.

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Cake Mystery
3:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

After Legal Dispute, Busch Stadium Birthday Cake Won't Return

The front view of the STL250 cake that was at Busch Stadium and removed in mid-August.
Credit (Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

Although the St. Louis Cardinals have returned to Busch Stadium for a playoff run, one thing is still missing: The fiberglass cake that was originally placed at the stadium celebrating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

And, there’s no longer a question of whether the cake will return before the end of year. It will not be available to the public in any capacity.

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Cityscape
1:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Steve Potter Reflects On The Closing Of St. Louis’ Oldest Gay Bar

Clementine's in Soulard.
Credit (Google Street Image)

Clementine’s, in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood, opened in 1978. It is the oldest gay bar in the area.

On Monday, the owners will pour their last drink, and Clementine’s will shut its doors.

The Vital Voice documented how people are reacting to the news.

We have one reflection to add.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Missouri Education Commissioner Talks About Normandy, Common Core, Michael Brown, More

Chris Nicastro talks before the Missouri House Budget Committee in January 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

For the last five years, Chris Nicastro has served as commissioner of Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She announced her retirement earlier this month and will step down at the end of the year.

Her tenure was marked by controversial decisions regarding school districts in north St. Louis County, including the Normandy School District, now known as the Normandy Schools Collaborative.  

St. Louis Public Radio education reporter Dale Singer spoke with Nicastro earlier this week and we aired a portion of that conversation on “St. Louis on the Air.” 

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The West Wing
4:34 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

‘West Wing’ Star Martin Sheen Looks Back 15 Years Later

Martin Sheen
Credit via St. Louis Speakers Series

On Sept. 22, 1999, a drama about life in the West Wing of the White House debuted on NBC.

In advance of his appearance in St. Louis in October, actor Martin Sheen, who played President Josiah (Jed) Bartlet, reflected on the legacy of The West Wing and its effect on him.

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

St. Louis Artists Respond To Ferguson With Chalk

The #ChalkedUnarmed team creates its artwork on the sidewalks outside of St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

A group of artists are using chalk to inspire conversations about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

#ChalkedUnarmed draws chalk outlines of people on public sidewalks or plazas. The artist then adds the name of an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer, with the date and location of his death.

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STL250 Cake
2:59 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cardinals Take The Cake — Why?

The front-view of the STL250 cake which until, Tuesday, resided outside of Busch Stadium.
(Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

You’ve likely seen at least one by now — fiberglass cakes scattered throughout the St. Louis region. They’re placed at notable places to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

There are 251 of the 4-foot sculptures. We’ve created a map that allows you to see the cake closest to you; and we profiled one woman who’s visited every cake.

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Cityscape
12:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis?

People rock out during one of Lunch Beat St. Louis' monthly events.
Credit (Courtesy: Matt Menietti)

On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.

Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.

“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.

Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.

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