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.


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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Special Election
9:40 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Democrat, Republican And Two Independents Vie In Special Election For 15th Ward Aldermanic Seat

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

When Mayor Francis Slay appointed his longtime political ally, Alderwoman Jennifer Florida, D-15th Ward, to take over from Sharon Carpenter as recorder of deeds in July, Florida stepped down from the aldermanic seat she’d long held. That triggered the special election to replace Florida scheduled for Tues., Oct. 7.

The opening had led to a crowded field of candidates.

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Politically Speaking
7:25 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Politically Speaking: Roorda On His Record, His Senate Race And Darren Wilson

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew continues its look at the so-called “Battle for JeffCo,” the expensive campaign for the 22nd District state Senate seat that's among the region's most competitive contests this fall.

After hosting Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland last week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum now welcome his opponent – state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart – to the podcast.

The November winner of the 22nd District contest will represent a big chunk of Jefferson County for the next four years.

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Tom Jackson
2:36 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Ferguson Chief's Attempt To Meet With Crowd Leads To Scuffle And Arrests

Ferguson police chief, Tom Jackson, at the microphone
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

During a tense Thursday night, demonstrators returned to the area outside the Ferguson police department  and held a quick march or two. Even though the verbal exchanges were intense, control was maintained – until the police chief tried to improve the situation. 

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Politically Speaking
9:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: Wieland On His Race Against Roorda — And His Contraception Lawsuit

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s mid-term election season is in full swing. And that means it’s time to interview the candidates in some of the state’s most competitive electoral contests. 

State Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to discuss his bid for the 22nd District state Senate seat. Wieland is running against state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, for the open Jefferson County-based seat.

(Roorda is slated to appear on next week’s episode of Politically Speaking.)

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Politically Speaking
11:11 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Peters Seeks To Bolster North St. Louis' Economic And Education Future

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week’s edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Joshua Peters to the show. 

Peters, D-St. Louis, grew up in north St. Louis and attended Beaumont High School. After graduating from Lincoln University, Peters spent several years as an aide for U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. He also worked for an undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Politically Speaking
5:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Dempsey Takes Stock Of Another Eventful Veto Session

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In what’s becoming something of a post-veto session tradition, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the impact of the General Assembly's annual event.

  The St. Charles Republican leads the 23-member Republican caucus in the Missouri Senate. And this past week, his chamber participated in votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of 10 standalone bills and 47 line-item vetoes of spending items in the current budget.

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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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Death Penalty
7:39 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Missouri Executes Earl Ringo, Eighth Inmate Of The Year

No state has carried out more executions than Missouri this year. Early this morning, Missouri carried out its eighth execution of 2014.

Earl Ringo was put to death for killing two people during a robbery that went bad in Columbia.

"Ringo was convicted of the murders of Dennis Poyser and Joanna Baysinger during the robbery of a restaurant in Columbia," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement denying clemency. "Both were shot to death brutally, without mercy. The evidence that was presented at trial left no doubt about Ringo’s guilt."

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Death Penalty
2:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Two Challenges Brought By Death Row Inmates

Credit (via Flickr/Stephen M. Scott)

(Updated at 2:50 p.m., Tues., Sept. 9.) 

Even as the state prepares for another execution at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, two separate cases charge that the state's lethal injection method amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

On Tuesday morning, a federal appeals court heard arguments in two lawsuits brought by inmates on death row against the Department of Corrections, alleging the state's execution methods violate the Eighth Amendment, the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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