Chris McDaniel


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.


7:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Unveils Updated Expansion Plans

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Zoo showcased new plans for the 13 and a half acre expansion on the southern side of interstate 64.

The plans aren’t set in stone, and the zoo is still asking for public opinion.

But it outlines a framework of where the zoo could go in the next 20 years – adding exhibits, a hotel, an upscale restaurant.

Ed Uhlir is a consultant on the expansion project, and says moving parking and adding a way for visitors to cross the interstate has to be the first move.

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Solar Aircraft
5:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

St. Louis Selected As Midwest Stop For Solar-Powered Aircraft

via Solar Impulse

St. Louis will be a pit stop for the first solar-powered flight across America. It was announced Tuesday that Lambert Airport is one of five airports selected for Solar Impulse's cross-country flight.

"We are the city forever linked to Charles Lindbergh nearly 90 years ago," St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said. "This year we recognize that there are new milestones and advances to witness, and St. Louis will be part of that inspiring story."

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1:01 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

By The Numbers: Methodology

In the interest of complete transparency, we thought we would pull back the curtain and explain the methodology behind this project and the data.

We receive the data from the Missouri Ethics Commission. The MEC receives the data from lobbyists who report the expenses, and the data is sent to legislators and statewide officials before it's made public. The data is made public at the beginning of the month for two months prior -- so we get March's numbers on May 1st, and we'll get April's numbers on June 1st.

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4:59 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Arrest Record Of Ex-Democratic Director Expunged

Matthew Teter.
(via Missouri Democratic Party)

A judge has expunged the arrest record of a former executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

An order Friday by St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker says the arrest of Matthew Teter following a domestic incident was based on false information. The order also says there's no probable cause to believe he committed an offense and that no charges will be pursued.

Teter said he was forced out of his job at the Democratic Party in February 2012 after the arrest.

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Politically Speaking
4:48 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Politically Speaking: Budget Talks, Reed And Slay's Sparring, and Akin's 'Comeback'

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.

On this week's episode: The happenings in the Missouri legislature, Reed and Slay's renewed back-and-forth, the possibility of an #AkinComeback, and McCaskill's involvement in a South Carolina race.

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4:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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Mississippi River Flooding
5:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Up The Mississippi River, Alton, Quincy and Hannibal Deal With Flooding

Screenshot from the National Weather Service.

Just north of St. Louis, the city of Alton is bracing for the flooded Mississippi River to crest soon.

According to the National Weather Service, the river is expected to crest at about 30 feet on Tuesday -- nine feet above flood stage -- and remain near that level until Thursday.

Matt Asselmeier from Alton Mayor Tom Hoescht's office says they've filled more than 2,000 sand bags in preparation.

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Politically Speaking
12:53 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: DOR Resignation, Rallies In The Capitol and Slay's Inauguration

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public radio)

Jo Mannies is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the developments in the Department of Revenue "kerfuffle", we talk about the gun and Medicaid rallies in Jefferson City, and Slay's inaugural announcement.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Metro Transit Steps Up Security After Boston Attack

Metrolink tracks will undergo some grinding work over the next few months.
St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metro Transit is stepping up security after the recent terrorist attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 150 injured.

Richard Zott, Chief of Public Safety for Metro says the changes aren’t due to any specific threat.

“No, I just think it’s prudent," Zott said. "Anytime you have something like a major bombing in a city like that, I just think it’s a good idea to just increase your vigilance and your security procedures. I just like to err on the side of caution.”

He says he’s working with the city and county police departments.

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4:52 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Busch Stadium Will Host Its First NCAA Football Game

Head coaches Dale Lennon (left) and Tony Samuel (right).
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

For the first time ever, Busch Stadium will be host to an NCAA football game. The game will take place Sept. 21 with the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks playing the Salukis of Southern Illinois University.

Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals, says it’s great to showcase the venue, but is a lot of work.

"Having big concerts here, and other types of sports really stretches the limits of our staff and I want to thank them in advance," DeWitt said.

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