Amanda Honigfort

Production Intern

Amanda graduated from Saint Louis University in May with a degree in Communication and an emphasis in Journalism and Media Studies, as well as minors in Marketing and Film Studies. 

She is a public media and film enthusiast, and has served as president and news director of SLU-TV, Saint Louis University's student-run television station. She has also been based in Washington D.C. interning for both Washington Week In Review with Gwen Ifill and TED Radio Hour. Born and raised in St. Louis, she grew up listening to the station constantly, grew to love it, and was thrilled to work with St. Louis on The Air and Cityscape.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

WWII B-17 Pilot: 'It Took All Of Us'

Col. Basil Hackleman flew 30 missions in B-17 bombers before training future pilots. He is the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine.
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During World War II, thousands of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers took to the skies daily. The planes were a crucial part of campaigns, from the bombing of Dresden to D-Day, and were flown by the likes of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Lt. Col. Basil Hackleman.

Hackleman, who now lives in Springfield, Mo., was the original pilot of the Nine-o-Nine, a celebrated B-17 that is said to have never lost a crew member or abort a mission because of mechanical failure. The plane was scrapped after the war.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

How Can Teachers Talk To Their Students About Ferguson?

A protester in Ferguson on Monday.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Images from Ferguson are everywhere.

It’s difficult to avoid news of Michael Brown’s death and the community response. And with students returning to school, educators are likely to encounter the topics in the classroom and seek guidance on how to discuss them. As discussed on St. Louis on the Air, different approaches are required for different age groups.

The Response in Early Childhood Classrooms

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St. Louis on the Air
2:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

In Light Of Ferguson, How Do We Talk About Racism, Marginalization And Disempowerment?

On Sunday night protesters gather near Red the BBQ Man restaurant to defy curfew on West Florissant Avenue after a day of demonstrations in Ferguson.
Credit Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

Amy Hunter and Reena Hajat want to help us communicate. They want to improve the dialogue between people of different races in the city.  

“I think [the unrest in Ferguson was] a long time coming,” said Hajat, executive director of the Diversity Awareness Partnership, which helps community organizations navigate difficult conversations about race, racism, marginalization and disempowerment. She said the city has not been communicating well about racial issues for decades.

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Cityscape
3:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Yoga, Beer Enthusiasts Come Together In St. Louis

Yoga Buzz STL is combining beer and yoga at St. Louis' craft breweries.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

Yoga is supposed to take place in a quiet, secluded studio with peaceful music, right? Maybe not in St. Louis. Lately, yoga groups have been meeting in breweries, on paddleboards and under the Gateway Arch.

Yoga Buzz STL introduces yogis to local craft beer and wine, and introduces beer and wine fans to yoga. It is an hour-long all-levels yoga class followed by a tasting at the brewery.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How Can St. Louis Improve Biking, Walking Access?

Credit Flickr/Jeremy Noble

With the clear, warm weather of summer, more St. Louisans of all ages are taking to the streets and the sidewalks on foot and by bike. The city has plans in the works to make walking, biking and running easier, from Complete Streets to separated bike lanes.

“I think overall we have great facilities in St. Louis and there has been a lot of improvement in the five years that I’ve lived here,” said Aaron Hipp, assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. His research evaluates how built communities affect the activity and health of those who use them.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dotson: Overall Crime Down, Hot-Spot Policing Working

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Like many cities around the country, St. Louis is dealing with the ongoing problem of urban crime. Just over half-way through the year, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says overall crime is down over 11 percent, and violent crime is down almost 6 percent. Overall crime in the city is down almost 50 percent since 2006.

“We have many fewer crimes now than we did just five years ago,” Dotson said Wednesday. With one noticeable exception.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio Leaders Share Merger Insights

Credit file photo

Seven months ago, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio officially merged. What’s happened? And what’s next? St. Louis Public Radio general manager, Tim Eby, and news editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel joined host Don Marsh to talk about where the organization is today.  

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St. Louis On The Air
5:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Harry Truman: The 'Senator From Pendergast' Got His Start With Missouri Political Machine

President Harry S. Truman
Credit Wikipedia Commons

On July 15, 1948, President Harry S. Truman received the Democratic nomination for president – hardly an upset as he was already president. He took his first oath of office on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Truman’s entrance to politics, however, hardly suggested a rise to the presidency. He grew up on a farm, worked as bank clerk and ran a men’s clothing business that failed. After that, politics looked like the only good career option.

At that point, political boss Tom Pendergast largely ran Kansas City politics.

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Cityscape
4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

"EVT" is one of the films included in the showcase
Credit Mike Rohlfing

Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.

Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way. 

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Cityscape
3:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants

Host Steve Potter and Qui Tran prepare for today's segment at Mai Lee.
Credit Ligaya Figueras

St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.

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