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

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

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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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Elections
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.
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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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Podcast
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.

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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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Death Penalty
2:56 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Video: The Death Penalty In Missouri From All Sides

The use of the death penalty is on the rise in Missouri. I looked at the numbers recently, and the state has carried out more executions in the past five months than it has in the preceding eight years.

The Nine Network's Stay Tuned devoted a full hour to the topic: the death penalty's implementation, struggles, and of course, the secrecy surrounding its use.

The show delved into the issue from all sides:

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St. Louis County Executive
3:50 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Politically Speaking: Stenger Makes His Case For A Change In St. Louis County

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. On this show, our guest is St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton who is challenging County Executive Charlie Dooley in this summer’s primary.

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During his appearance, Stenger:

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Death Penalty
12:14 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year

At 12:01 Wednesday morning, Missouri executed inmate Jeffrey Ferguson, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.

Ferguson was put to death for the brutal murder and rape of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl. The crime occurred in 1989, and the victim’s father, Jim Hall, said the punishment was long overdue.

“It’s been 25 years of pins and needles," Hall said. "Every time the appeal went up, you waited to find out what happened. That’s exactly where we’ve been. But last month, he had an [execution] date and felt some of the fear that my daughter felt.”

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Death Penalty
9:17 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What We Know (And Don't Know) About Missouri's Upcoming Execution

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On Wednesday, Missouri is scheduled to carry out another execution. Although it will be the state's fifth execution in as many months, there are still numerous unknowns. Here's what we know and don't know about the upcoming execution.

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive Dooley Makes His Case For Re-Election

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

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

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Open Government
8:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

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Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

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

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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