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
7:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Politically Speaking: Republican Hanaway Discusses Why She Wants To Be Governor

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week their guest is Republican Catherine Hanaway, the former speaker of the Missouri House and former U.S. attorney for Missouri's eastern district. She's now running for governor in 2016.

On the show, Hanaway talks about her political past and her hoped-for future. Among other things she said:

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Death Penalty
10:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

How Missouri Got Ahold Of Its Backup Execution Drug

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

When Missouri's execution drug supplier backed out after facing a lawsuit, the state found another pharmacy willing to sell it pentobarbital. But if that proved impossible, Missouri also had another option: It could use its controversial backup drug, midazolam.

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Politically Speaking
9:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Politically Speaking: Treasurer Zweifel On Tax Credits, Military Matters And Political Futures

Credit 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.  

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Death Penalty
12:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source

Credit UPI/Mo.Dept. of Corrections

Wednesday's execution of Michael Taylor marked the state's fourth in as many months - a dramatic uptick from recent years.

The state put Taylor to death for abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in 1989. Gov. Jay Nixon called the crime "wanton" and "heinous" in a statement denying clemency and said the death penalty was the appropriate punishment.

Taylor was the first Missouri inmate to be executed with a drug made by the state's new (and secret) compounding pharmacy. The previous one bowed out after facing a lawsuit once its identity got out.

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Politically Speaking
4:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

U.S. Rep. Wagner On GOP Leadership Role, Sex Trafficking And 2016

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

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

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

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Death penalty
10:55 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate

Credit (via Flickr/steakpinball)

Federal judges have ruled that Wednesday's execution may proceed.

District Judge Beth Phillips denied Missouri inmate Michael Taylor's requests for stays of execution early Monday morning. Her ruling was appealed to a panel of 8th Circuit judges, who affirmed her decision.

Taylor asked for his execution to be delayed for three reasons.

1. Missouri changed its drug supplier at the last minute.

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Death Penalty
6:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier

via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.

On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.

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Arts & Culture
4:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Blunt Hopes To Honor 'Monuments Men'

Blunt speaks outside of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Of the roughly 350 men and women who preserved and protected art during World War II, 14 of them had ties to Missouri. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., toured the St. Louis Art Museum Wednesday to take a look at some of the pieces the so-called "monuments men" fought for.

The Republican has sponsored a bill to award the "monuments men" with the Congressional Gold Medal.

They're credited with protecting millions of cultural artifacts from the Nazis, and Blunt took a look at a couple of them during his tour.

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Politically Speaking
11:27 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: Missouri's Democratic House Leader Says Party's Voices Still Matter

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

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

This week, Chris McDaniel and Jo Mannies hosted state House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, a Democrat from St. Louis. Hummel, a union electrician, acknowledges that the 52 House Democrats have a tough task because they are outnumbered by more than 100 Republicans.

On the show, Hummel observed that:

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Death Penalty
4:30 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Missouri's recent executions have sparked controversy lately -- not just for the secrecy and the source of the execution drug but also for the state's speed in carrying them out.

The Department of Corrections has carried out three executions in as many months. In all those cases, the inmate still had appeals pending at the time the state executed him.

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