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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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

St. Louis' 'Trash' Makes National Television Debut

Sam Coffey, Salvage King, is featured in the new, "Salvage City."
Credit Coolfire Originals

Like many cities in the Midwest, St. Louis' factory and warehousing industries have declined since their prominence in the early to mid-20th century.  Calling St. Louis a "Rust Belt bone yard," entrepreneurs from Cherokee Street in south St. Louis are featured in a new locally produced reality cable show, "Salvage City," where they turn so-called junk into a gold mine.

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Politics
4:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

U. City's Gabe Fleisher Continues To 'Wake Up To Politics'

Gabe Fleisher wears his 'Wake Up To Politics' custom-made shirt.
(Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

A lot has happened to 12-year-old Gabe Fleisher in the last year and a half. He’s garnered local and national press attention and recently got to meet one of his favorite historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

His teeth now sport a set of braces with red, white and blue anchors.

It's all part of a day in the life of Gabe Fleisher, political junkie.

In 2012, he was a regular blogger on the Beyond November website, a cooperative effort by St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Beacon and the Nine Network of Public Media to cover the elections.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Heart Health: When Should Medicine Be Prescribed To Lower Cholesterol?

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The FDA's proposed ban on trans fats and new heart disease prevention guidelines jointly released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have stirred up debate over best practices to improve heart health.

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Cityscape
1:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Objects With St. Louis Ties Featured In New ‘Smithsonian’s History of America’

St. Louis native Chuck Berry
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

A new book, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects tells the history of the country in a unique and fascinating way.  The book is filled with enlightening back stories and photographs.

Author and cultural anthropologist Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, said the project was a culmination of a broad effort.  “Not easily,” Kurin said about picking 101 objects out of the Smithsonian Institution’s 137 million objects.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Lost Art Of Letter Writing, Or, How You Texted Your Mom In 1863

The first page of a letter written by Alfred S. Hartwell in 1864.
Credit (Missouri History Museum)

In the age of emails, texts and tweets, we take a look back to a time when the handwritten letter was the primary way people communicated across long distances.

In his book To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing, author Simon Garfield examines the role of letters throughout history – a role that now must adapt to current technology.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

New Films Examine Role Of Public Defenders, St. Louis Ex-Con Turned Court Worker

Image from Gideon's Army, one of the films being screened during the 2013 St. Louis Internationl Film Festival
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

Two new documentary films showing at the St. Louis International Film Festival are taking on the perception and work of public defenders in the criminal justice system.

“I think the biggest public misconception about public defenders is that we don’t care and we are poor attorneys, poor meaning we don’t do a very good job and we don’t know how to try cases,” said Brandy Alexander, assistant public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Florida.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Effort To Make St. Louis Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020 Progressing

NathanReed Flickr

Earlier this year, St. Louis leaders launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.

According to Betsy Cohen, who is managing the project, the St. Louis community is making great strides.

The goal of the St. Louis Mosaic Ambassador Program is to make the area more welcoming to non-native people.

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Business
9:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Twitter’s Value In 140 Seconds With Its Co-Founder (And St. Louis Native) Jack Dorsey

Twitter co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey.
(Courtesy of Square)

With Twitter making its New York Stock Exchange debut today we're highlighting its co-founder's perspective on the company's value in true Twitter fashion.

Here, in 140 seconds, St. Louis native Jack Dorsey shares his thoughts about what makes his company worth $26 per share - and worth using for its millions of tweeters. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:56 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

NPR Host Michel Martin Is Coming To St. Louis, Wants To Talk About Education

Michel Martin, host of NPR's "Tell Me More"
Doby Photography / NPR

When Michel Martin, host of NPR’s Tell Me More, brings her show to St. Louis Public Radio’s home of UMSL at Grand Center on November 8, 2013, it should come as no surprise that education will be a topic.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. State law requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend in the process, listing which officials received benefits, such as free meals, professional sports tickets, trips and other gifts.

Lobbying Missouri, a new reporting partnership of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, provides an interactive way to follow the money.

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