Brent Jones

Data Visual Specialist

Brent Jones is a journalist who works with data and design. He joined the St. Louis Beacon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. In the past five years, he has shot photos of the Pevely Dairy fire and flooding in Cairo, Ill.; compiled data on St. Louis' hottest days and whitest Christmases; edited a 30-minute video on music in Iraq; designed a 150+ page ebook; and produced audio from an improv show and more than 100 Beacon Roundtables. Jones lives in St. Louis, where he has completed a half- and full marathon and sings in a 16-member a capella madrigal ensemble.


Open through Jan. 3
9:27 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Garden Glow Gives A Great Reason For A Stroll At Night

Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

So you have relatives in town, kids that need to get out and about or you just need to stretch your legs and decompress.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden has been a favorite with members of our staff. It is not open Christmas, but is Dec. 26-Jan. 3 – though not New Year’s Eve -- from 5:30-9:30. A recommendation: Get tickets in advance.

How many lights?

600,000 -- that's almost 100,000 more than last year

Worried about cold?

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Happy Holidays
3:27 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

An STLPR Christmas Poetry Quiz

Santa's Arrival, an illustration for Clement Clarke Moore's poem.
Credit Public Domain

You hear them year-round but can you identify the people behind the microphone?

We’ve taken Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” most commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas," and had a different St. Louis Public Radio voice record each of the 14 verses.

Can you guess who they are in this multiple choice quiz?


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Protests, Arrests, Fires
4:17 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mapping What Happened After The Grand Jury Decision

Detail from one map view. To interact with the map, go to the link at left.
Credit Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

Our new map compiles information about the protests and violent unrest that erupted last week. The actions began Monday, Nov. 24, after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown to death.

In the following week, protests continued in Ferguson, Clayton, St. Louis and various other locales, including several shopping centers.

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One Shot Or Two
7:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Eight Things That Stuck Out To Us In The Pile Of Grand Jury Evidence

A photo of Wilson's car door. You can see where a bullet has entered near the handle, as well as some blood nearby.
Credit Grand jury evidence

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch released more than 5,000 pages of testimony, forensic evidence and investigative reports after announcing that there would be no indictment of officer Darren Wilson.

We've spent the past few days combing through the documents and found several things that raised our eyebrows.

1. In the initial investigative report, Wilson said he only shot once in the car. He told the grand jury it was twice.

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Grand Jury Evidence
10:15 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

All Ferguson: Your Guide To The Facts, Issues And Grand Jury Evidence

Look here for grand jury testimony released by St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch after the jurors decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson August 9. 

Map Of Results
1:25 am
Wed November 19, 2014

North St. Louis County Carried Stenger Across The Finish Line

Steve Stenger, Democrat, left, and Rick Stream, Republican, ran for St. Louis County executive.
Credit Photos courtesy of the candidates

If it weren’t for voters in north St. Louis County, Democrat Steve Stenger wouldn’t have won the tight Nov. 4 contest for county executive.

Stenger lost most of his home turf in south St. Louis County to Republican Rick Stream. 

Stenger carried north county strongly, but the percentage was far less than County Executive Charlie Dooley's performance in 201o. Even so, Stenger's north county showing -- despite opposition from north county Democrats -- proved crucial to victory.

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Playoff Payoff
10:11 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Receive A Lot Of Cardinals Tickets, Snacks From Lobbyists

Game 7 from the 2011 Cardinals World Series run.
Credit Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio.

Lobbyists have paid for more than $130,000 worth of Cardinals tickets and baseball snacks for Missouri lawmakers since 2007, according to our analysis of the data. Here are the top five post-season games they went to, as well as who has received the tickets, and who has paid for it.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Census Estimates: Food Stamp Use, Teen Births Down

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases an annual survey of population characteristics for metro areas throughout the United States. Because sample sizes are limited, each data point included here will have a margin of error. You can peruse the data yourself here.

St. Louis is Getting Older, and Life is More Expensive

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Death Penalty
3:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

When Missouri Has Injected Midazolam

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Missouri prison officials said under oath that they would not use midazolam in executions. But a St. Louis Public Radio investigation revealed last week that the state has used it in nine executions since 2013.

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Test Scores
12:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Five Takeaways From Schools' Annual Progress Reports

Sixth grader Max Jones follows a lesson plan at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens during the 2013-14 school year.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Read an analysis of the latest school report cards.

Normandy's annual performance score sank even lower than before, down to 7.1 percent of the possible points scored, lowest in the state.

State education officials have been working in the district for weeks, putting into place new techniques designed to improve academic achievement in the district, which was taken over by the state on July 1.

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