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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Politically Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Politically Speaking: St. Louis Treasurer Jones On Parking Meters, Veto Session And The Rodeo Clown

St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

Joining us on this week's show is St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones. Jones discusses parking meters in the 21st century, as well as the upcoming veto session. We also get into last month's rodeo clown incident, and Jones discusses the backlash she received for speaking out against it.

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Lobbying
2:42 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Missouri Lobbyists Batting $11,000 At Cardinals, Royals Games

Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Ah, the summer recess. A time for legislators to unwind, have a few cold ones, and get taken to baseball games by lobbyists.

Even though Missouri lawmakers won't return to Jefferson City until next week's veto session, lobbyists have continued to shower legislators with gifts through the dog days of summer. Lobbyists have spent about $100,000 on gifts since mid-May.

That brings the grand total for 2013 to $819,127.47.

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Politically Speaking
1:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Politically Speaking: Steve Tilley On His Time In The House, Becoming A Lobbyist And More

Steve Tilley on Politically Speaking.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Mo. Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of 'Deceptive Pricing Schemes,' Files Lawsuit

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 5:12 p.m. with comment from Walgreens.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is accusing Walgreens of engaging in false and deceptive pricing schemes, that he said amounts to stealing. In St. Louis Tuesday, Koster announced a lawsuit against the company.

Koster had investigators go to stores across the state, and said they found display tags were often inaccurate, and that membership rewards didn’t always deliver on the price reduction.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Senator McCaskill: 'Sexual Assault Reform In Military Before End Of Year'

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says one of her priorities when Congress reconvenes in September is to approve legislation reducing sexual assaults in the military.  While McCaskill explained accomplishing the task is a team effort, she said there is one primary disagreement with her fellow Democratic colleagues.          

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand from New York wants to take prosecuting decisions away from commanders while McCaskill, on the other hand, wants it to be handled through the chain of command, with more accountability.

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Politically Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More

Sen. Scott Sifton joins the Politically Speaking podcast.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Gov. Jay Nixon speaking out against HB 301 in St. Louis.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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Economy
4:37 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Express Scripts Set To Expand Following Millions In Tax Breaks

Current Express Scripts headquarters in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri approved $6.8 million in tax incentives Tuesday for St. Louis-based Express Scripts to expand.

The pharmaceutical benefits company is set to add 1,500 jobs, and plans to spend the next year constructing a 220,000 square foot building in North St. Louis County.

“Incentives are an option that are on the table for businesses," Express Scripts spokesperson Brian Henry said. "And we evaluate those as we consider our expansion. So for us, incentives are a way for us to drive the business and continue to drive what we do for business and clients.”

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Drugs
4:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Drug Operation In East St. Louis Nets 58 Charges

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

Officials have charged more than 50 individuals following a three-month long investigation into drug-dealing in East St. Louis.

The operation, called "Wild Wild East," was carried out by Illinois State Police. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said the defendants are at the middle tier in the drug trade, and were involved in dealing out heroin and cocaine.

58 charges ranged from delivery and armed violence to conspiracy. Kelly said the good news is that the arrests will have a serious impact on the area.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Republicans Step Up Attack On Income Tax Veto

Rep. Rick Stream (left) and Sen. Eric Schmitt (right) after Gov. Nixon's press conference.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Republicans are stepping up their attacks against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that he says would cut revenue to the state by more than $700 million. The Democratic Governor has been touring the state with that message, hoping to sway lawmakers to sustain his veto.

After several initial supporters of the bill dropped their backing, Republicans are beginning to push back more forcefully, with GOP members showing up to Nixon’s press conferences.

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