Donna Korando

Arts & Culture, Voices Editor

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

She was part of the original staff of the St. Louis Beacon where she worked with features and commentary articles, combining her experience at the Post-Dispatch. Those areas remain her focus.

In addition to a journalism degree from SIUC, Donna earned a master of studies in law from Yale Law School. Her son and daughter took to heart her advice to go away to college and live far from St. Louis. Two cats rule the house.

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University City Loop
4:44 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis Walk Of Fame Adds McCarver, Benton, Falk

Bob Gibson, left, and Tim McCarver were part of the World Series winning 1964 Cardinals who were honored this May at Busch Stadium.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Adding to the 140 famous St. Louisans already installed on Delmar Blvd. in the Loop will be 19th-century U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, a champion of manifest destiny; former Cardinal and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver; as well as Lee Falk, who’s famous for his contributions to comics and theater.

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Jessica Hentoff
4:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Mideast Fighting Strands Members Of Circus Harmony In Israel

The St. Louis Arches perform at Circus Flora in 2010.
Credit Provided by Circus Flora

The fighting in the Mideast has extended the stay in Israel of a local acrobatic group that uses the circus to bring people together.

Nine kids and three adults from Circus Harmony were scheduled to return to St. Louis July 23, but the decision to halt flights between the U.S. and Israel left them scrambling to make new plans. Now the flying St. Louis Arches will be landing next Tuesday morning.

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Bob Kuban Band
10:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Free Concerts: Brian Owens Wraps Up The Grace Hills Series

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Brian Owens, the Funky Butt Brass Band and Bill Forness and One More Round, A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Or just check out what's coming this week:

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Variety
10:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Free Concerts: Farshid Etniko In U. City; Red Lehr At Eckerts

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Javier Mendoza and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Or just check out what's coming this week:

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Collinsville
9:49 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Visually Appealing: Catsup Bottle Festival Pours On The Americana

Credit Provided by Catsup Bottle Restoration Group

What’s coming up this weekend? There’s the Celebrate Again art show and sale at the Regional Arts Commission (July 11), La Traviata at Union Avenue Opera (July 11-19), the 2nd Annual LaBute New Theater Festival (July 11-Aug.

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Bring Chairs Or Blanket
9:48 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Free Concerts: Three Chances To See Miss Jubilee, Two For Adrianne Felton

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

Miss Jubilee is proving that she is a favorite of the neighborhood concert scene. Over the next seven days, she will be at Bluebird Park in Ellisville, Eckert's in Belleville and Music on Main in St. Charles.

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Berry, Philips, Arnold, Bouscaren
9:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio Announces Four New Journalists

Emanuele Berry
Credit Provided by Berry

St. Louis Public Radio is pleased to announce that four new voices are joining the journalistic team.

Starting today is Emanuele Berry, who is coming to St. Louis from East Lansing, Mich. Berry will be the second person to hold a fellowship that centers around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Her predecessor, Erin Williams, is now with WMUK , Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Politics, Crowdfunding, Cats
9:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Rundown: Bridgeton Landfill, Normandy School Stay In The News

Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.

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Fair St. Louis
9:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Free Concerts: Band Perry, Raitt, Fray And More In Forest Park

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

Fair St. Louis is the biggest of the free outdoor concerts this week, but check the list for other festivities in neighborhoods and at the Zoo. 

We recently added Ellisville and Eckerts to the list. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know. It should be outdoors, and we aren't including all the interesting music that can be found at the patios of your favorite drinking establishments.

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5-year Anniversary
10:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Citygarden, How Have You Grown? Photos Tell The Story

Even before Citygarden opened, the rabbits -- such as the one at left -- had discovered the park. No visitor ever got to see the hollyhocks because the bunnies ate them..
Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry

A birthday party will be held Wednesday for St. Louis' youngest urban treasure: Citygarden. In honor of its fifth birthday, the lunchtime concert featuring DJ Nune, will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Five years ago, a St. Louis Beacon article said:

"Build it and they will come? Most definitely.

"Citygarden, which opened today, was full of curious visitors ready to explore. Even skeptics came away with enthusiastic reviews.

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