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.

Pages

Pujols out with broken arm
1:14 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Pujols out 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Albert Pujolsmakes an unassisted play at first base against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 19, 2011. Pujols was injured in the sixth inning making a play at first base.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Cardinals fans got some bad news today. Star first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan today, one day after Pujols was injured in a game against Kansas City at Busch Stadium. Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning. He was fielding a throw that was off-target and Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with his glove hand as Pujols was pulled toward home. The Cards' three-time MVP went down to the ground in pain.

Read more
Cool Down St. Louis Gets Financial Help
4:53 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Cool Down St. Louis nets financial assistance

Cool Down St. Louis board chairwoman Melanie DiLeo and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley watch a Vatterott instructor work on an air conditioner unit today.
(photo by Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

The organization that provides air conditioners to seniors and the disabled in St. Louis during summer months says it’s getting some financial help.

Cool Down St. Louis accepted $12,500 today from Hardee’s, Vatterott Educational Centers and the financial services company, Citi. Cool Down board chairwoman Melanie DiLeo says with another hot summer expected, they’ll need more help to prevent heat-related deaths in the region.

Read more
Morning News Round-up
9:48 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Busch Stadium, the home playing field of the St. Louis Cardinals.The Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will team up for an interleague series to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

Read more
MSD
4:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

MSD hearings to begin on rate increase

Brett Berthold, the manager of the MSD Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in north St. Louis, gives reporters a tour of the facility Friday.
(Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

Hearings will begin in about a week on a $276 million rate increase request for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. MSD says the rate hike is needed to comply with stricter regulatory requirements and to reduce wastewater overflows into area creeks and streams.

Read more
Lambert tornado repairs
5:07 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Lambert could take up to a year to finish tornado repairs

Workers survey damaged windows at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 23, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Lambert Airport officials say it could take up to a year to repair all of the damage inflicted by the Good Friday tornado. The twister blew out windows and tore part of the roof off of the C Concourse. The concourse has been closed off since the night of the tornado, with gates and waiting areas moved to the D Concourse, which had been closed previously.

Read more
Veterans survey
4:47 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Veterans give Cochran VA hospital good marks

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill speaks to the media on Friday, May 27. To her left is veteran George Newell.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new survey released today finds that most area veterans are happy with the care and service they get from local VA medical facilities.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) initiated the survey following problems at the John Cochran VA center last summer. At a press conference at the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis, McCaskill said most of the 185 veterans surveyed had positive things to say about the local VA hospitals but there’s room for improvement.

Read more
Roy Blunt/Joplin tornado
5:10 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Blunt wants federal government to pay for more of Joplin's damage

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) wants the federal government to pay 100 percent of the cleanup costs from the Joplin tornado.

The federal government typically covers 75 percent of the costs of responding to disasters, with state and local governments picking up the rest. But Blunt says he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to pick up more than that in Joplin’s case.

Read more
Severe Weather in St. Louis
4:12 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Storms cause damage, power outages in St. Louis area

Damage sustained from today's storm at an office near Maryville University in St. Louis.
(Courtesy Nick Sargent)

Updated 4:30 p.m. May 23:

Severe weather hit the St. Louis area once again this season. Severe winds, hail and large amounts of rain all contributed to today's storm.

So far, this is what we know:

Read more
Air Quality
9:11 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Air quality season begins in St. Louis

(Missouri Department of Natural Resources photo)

It's getting warmer in St. Louis and that means the issue of the region's air quality returns to the forefront.

Historically, the area has had pretty poor ozone levels. (Ozone is the main ingredient of urban smog that can be a significant health hazard, particularly for children with asthma.) Susannah Fuchs with the American Lung Association says the region’s air quality has gotten better but it still needs work.

Read more
Russ Carnahan / Election 2012
4:47 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Carnahan still unsure which political office he'll pursue next

Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis speaking to reporters today at a "Made in America" forum in St. Louis. Carnahan said he's still undecided about his Election 2012 plans.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan says he still has not decided what political office he’ll pursue next year.

The St. Louis Democrat’s 3rd Congressional District will be eliminated based on redistricting maps approved by Missouri lawmakers. Today Carnahan was asked by reporters if 2nd District congressman Todd Akin’s announcement this week that he’ll run for the Senate makes his decision easier.

Read more

Pages