Bill Raack

News Director

Raack has been in radio for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1983, he worked at commercial radio stations in Kansas and then Illinois. He moved to public radio in 1990, joining the staff of WILL-AM/FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as a host/reporter and then as news director in 1993. He returned to his hometown of St. Louis in 1995 as the local host of St. Louis Public Radio's Morning Edition program and also served as a reporter/producer until 1998, when he was named news director. Bill and his wife Kim are proud parents of two public-radio-listening children.

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Books And Votes
8:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reads to toddlers at Kirkwood Public Library on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Story hour at Kirkwood Public Library had a guest reader on Thursday. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stopped by as part of a tour spotlighting the early literacy initiative "Racing to Read."

Earlier this year, public libraries throughout Missouri were invited to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in federal funds set aside by the Secretary of State’s office to help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn to read.

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Consumer Protection
8:30 am
Wed June 18, 2014

McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams

Dr. Mehmet Oz testifies Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Credit (Courtesy of Sen. Claire McCaskill)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tuesday chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what she called a “crisis in consumer protection”: weight-loss diet scams.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of television’s “Dr. Oz Show”, was the hearing’s star witness. Other witnesses included Mary Koelbel Engle, associate director of the Division of Advertising Practices for the Federal Trade Commission, and Steven Mister, president and CEP of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

During the hearing McCaskill scolded Oz for claims that he’s made about weight-loss aids on his show.

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Catholic Church
1:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Remembers Little In Minnesota Abuse Scandal Deposition

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Last updated 4:23 p.m. with comment from the Archdiocese of St. Louis 

St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday

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St. Louis Schoools
12:17 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers'

AFT St. Louis President Mary Armstrong speaks at a rally in front of City Hall on Saturday.
Credit Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

On the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision Saturday, a small group rallied in front of City Hall to call on elected officials to improve St. Louis’ schools.

The students, parents, members of Metropolitan Congregations United and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis want schools turned into “community learning centers.” 

St. Louis Public Schools teachers’ union president Mary Armstrong says she would like these “centers” to focus more on learning and less on student testing.

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Edward R. Murrow Awards
11:34 am
Tue April 22, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd Honored; KMOX, KMOV, KSDK Also Win Awards

St. Louis Public Radio education reporter Tim Lloyd is the winner of three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Tuesday that St. Louis Public Radio's education reporter Tim Lloyd is the winner of three regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

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STLPR People
9:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Morning Newscaster Julie Bierach Says Goodbye

Julie Bierach is leaving St. Louis Public Radio to pursue a degree in nursing.
Credit (Bill Raack)

We're sad to say goodbye today to our morning newscaster, Julie Bierach.

Julie has decided to pursue a degree in nursing after a career in journalism and public relations. She delivered her last newscasts for St. Louis Public Radio this morning.

Julie has been the morning news voice on STLPR since November, 2010. Prior to that, Julie served as the station's science/technology reporter from July, 2007 until September, 2008.

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GM Senate Hearing
9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questions GM CEO Mary Barra during a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Credit (Sen. Claire McCaskill)

Members of a Senate panel Wednesday accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

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Quinn Budget Address
3:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address to the legislature on Wednesday.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Illinois residents would continue paying a 5-percent income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented Wednesday. 

Illinois' income tax rate is supposed to expire in January, midway through the fiscal year. But Quinn says that would cause "savage cuts" to schools and other critical state services. Instead, the governor wants to make the higher income tax rate permanent.

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Illinois State of the State Address
4:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield Wednesday.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.

Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.

Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.

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Illinois' Amazon Tax
12:46 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax'

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's law charging taxes on some Internet sales.
(via Flickr/steakpinball)

The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.

The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax." The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."

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