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.


Special Election
9:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Murphy Wins 13th Ward Race To Replace Wessels

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Democrat Beth Murphy won Tuesday's special election by a relatively large margin, as least by percentage standards. Murphy ended up with 79 percent of the vote compared to Republican Conan Prendergast's 20 percent.

The total number of ballots cast yesterday? 442.

Original story:

Voters in St. Louis' 13th Ward will have a chance to pick their next alderman in Tuesday's special election.

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Politics & Issues
2:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Kelly Talks About Tax Cuts, Crime And Bonds

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast team – Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies – host state Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, currently the longest-serving member of the state House.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

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Death Penalty
5:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri Executes Sixth Inmate In Six Months

Credit California Department of Corrections

William Rousan, 57, was put to death this morning for killing a couple, Grace and Charles Lewis, at a southeast Missouri farm in 1993.

It was the state's sixth execution in six months -- a dramatic uptick from years past. According to our examination, Missouri will set a record next month when it carries out seven straight months of executions.

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Public Transportation
4:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Judge Orders Ride-Share 'Lyft' To Stop Service

Lyft's cars often have pink mustaches on them. The San Francisco-based company is facing pushback from the regional taxi commission.
Credit Courtesy of Lyft

(Updated at 4 p.m., Mon., April 21)

A St. Louis judge has told a new ride share service that it must halt its operation in the city and county.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Cab Commission sued "Lyft" last week for entering the region’s market without registering.

Lyft allows customers to summon drivers using an app on their cell phones. Once the ride is over, customers pay the driver through credit card information stored within the application.

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Property Tax Increase
10:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lewis Reed Asks St. Louis Residents For Comment On $200 Million Bond Issue

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis officials are considering a $200 million bond issue, paid for by a property tax increase. The bond would go toward various building and road repairs, as well as vehicle and equipment upgrades for the fire and police departments.

The proposal would have to be approved by the voters, and the Board of Aldermen has decided to hold town hall meetings for taxpayers to voice their opinion on where the money should be spent.

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Politically Speaking
5:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Silvey Discusses His Vision For Medicaid

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

After cruising on the Rhine in Germany for the past couple of weeks, Jo Mannies rejoins Jason Rosenbaum and Chris McDaniel for the podcast.

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Politically Speaking
3:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. LeVota Talks Medicaid And Democrats' Climb Out Of Legislative Hole

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week’s split show features insight from the Politically Speaking crew and a visit from a political figure from the western side of the state – state Sen. Paul LeVota.

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The first part of the show breaks down the latest developments in the state budgetary process and the advancement of a sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin fills in for the vacationing Jo Mannies.

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Politics & Issues
11:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Muni Election Results: Clayton Splits On Props; U City Firefighters In Campaign Controversy

Credit File photo

Clayton voters decided to split the difference when it came to four ballot propositions, passing two and rejecting two. Propositions A and C would have raised the sales tax, while Props B and D allowed the city to issue bonds for various projects.

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11:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Some of This Year's Low-Key Municipal Elections Will Have Big Consequences

"I voted" stickers might be something of a rarity on Election Day Tuesday if predictions for a low turnout hold.
Credit File photo

Municipal elections are when the public elects local leaders, school board members and approves tax and bond issues. They often have important races but rarely inspire great public turnout.

But this year several school board races are expected to be particularly consequential.

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11:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Politically Speaking: Midterms, Medicaid And Nullification

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. Jo is on vacation this week, so Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin joins us from Jefferson City for the show.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

On the show, we discuss whether or not the 2014 elections are a bust, get into Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and explain what's going on with this year's nullification bill.

On the show:

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