Chris McDaniel

Reporter

Chris McDaniel started at St. Louis Public Radio as a political reporter, predominantly covering the race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin. Before coming to St. Louis, Chris worked at NPR stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Missouri, and his work has been broadcast on NPR’s national newscasts. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism and political science. He is also the winner of the 2011 PAX East Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Chris enjoys dogs, anything by Cormac McCarthy, and listeners like you.

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Death Penalty
1:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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Politically Speaking
11:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Politically Speaking: Missouri Chamber Chief Mehan Upbeat On Transportation Tax Prospects

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the Politically Speaking podcast.

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Primary Election 2014
10:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Video: St. Louis County Executive Candidates Talk About Themselves — And The Issues

The race for St. Louis County executive just may be the marquee in the August primary. We've extensively covered the candidates and the issues, but to listen to the candidates in their own words, click on the questions below.

What’s your strongest achievement while in office?

How would you improve the St. Louis County parks system?

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Primary Election 2014
10:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar

The Democratic primary for St. Louis license collector pits incumbent Mavis Thompson against challenge Jeffrey Boyd.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

In August, two Democrats will meet in a relatively low-key primary to head an office that oversees between $50 million and $60 million each year. St. Louis' license collector is charged with collecting several taxes and issuing business licenses.

Two Democrats are vying for the office. The winner in the Aug. 5 primary will take on the Green Party candidate in November.

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Death Penalty
8:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

After Delays, Missouri Carries Out Sixth Execution This Year

Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

Late Wednesday, Missouri executed John Middleton, 54, after courts debated whether he was mentally competent as well as claims that he was actually innocent.

According to the Department of Corrections, the execution began at 6:58 p.m. and ended at 7:06 p.m.

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Politically Speaking
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis Building and Construction Trades secretary-treasurer Jeff Aboussie to the Politically Speaking podcast. 

 

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Primary Election 2014
9:18 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri

Credit (via Flickr/M Glasgow)

Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.

"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."

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Politically Speaking
11:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Politically Speaking: Hot August Primary And Hot (Or Not) Prospects For Nixon, McCaskill in 2016

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week the trio discusses the two hottest issues on the Aug. 5 ballot – the contest for St. Louis County executive and the proposed sales tax hike for transportation.

We also talk about an article in the nonpartisan National Journal that considers two major Missouri Democrats as potential presidential alternatives to Hillary Clinton.

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Death Penalty
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’

The Golden Padlock Award.
Credit (Courtesy of Investigative Reporters And Editors)

Missouri is one of several states that are buying their execution drugs in secret. This week, the issue is getting some national attention.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been recognized as one of the “most secretive publicly funded agencies or people in the United States.” He’s “won” the Golden Padlock Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. (He was also invited to accept the award in person, but declined).

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Death Penalty
6:31 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

The execution took place in spite of concerns over the state's secret drug supplier, as well as the state's likely  intimidation of a correctional officer that supported clemency for the inmate.

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