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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Top-100
11:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On Chess: Sam Shankland Says Hello To The Fun Of Chess

The patented death stare of American Grandmaster Sam Shankland is being felt on the international stage.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

If you haven’t before, today is a great day to say hello to Sam Shankland – especially when you know just how close he almost came to saying goodbye.

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Coverage At A Glance
5:05 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

All Ferguson: Your Guide To The Facts And Issues

Michael Brown's Normandy High School graduation photo
Credit Provided by UPI

Since Aug. 9 when 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis Public Radio reports have been digging into many facets of what happened and the aftermath.

Below you will find all of our articles divided into topics. We also have been running a live blog that pulls in tweets and articles of interest.

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Staff Picks
10:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

15 Mini Reviews For The St. Louis International Film Festival

Credit website

Updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with new review.

The St. Louis International Film Festival is underway with enough options to ensure that almost everyone can find something of interest.

Some of us in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio checked out the list of offerings and asked to review films that caught our interest. As you check out our mini reviews, you should know that several of the movies we requested were not available and that some of us asked for more than time permitted. These are just a taste of what is available.

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Giants 5, Cardinals 4
8:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

NCLS Game 3: Cardinals' Come Back Foiled By Throwing Error

Credit Major League Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals dug themselves out of a four-run hole with key hits from Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk. Cardinals starter John Lackey gave up those four runs in the first, but after that he and a series of relievers held  the Giants scoreless until the 10th.

A lead-off walk in that inning -- the beginning of a rally as the Cardinals radio announcers noted -- was followed by a single. Then Gregor Blanco put down a bunt. Pitcher Randy Choate fielded the ball and air mailed it to right field. And that was the ballgame.

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Tchaikovsky
12:32 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra — 1812 Overture

Cristian Macelaru
Credit Provided by the St. Louis Symphony

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony's 2014-2015 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

TCHAIKOVSKY

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Markus Stenz
7:41 am
Sat October 4, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra — Brahms Requiem

Markus Stenz, conductor
Credit Provided by St. Louis Symphony

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony's 2014-2015 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

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Zoo, Kirkwood, Benton Park
9:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Free Concerts: The List Winds Down On Labor Day Weekend

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

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is coming to the end. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, still let us know, as we can get concert series on the list for next year.

Coming up: Fat Pocket at the Zoo on Friday, Salt of the Earth at the Kirkwood Farmers Market Saturday morning and Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes at Benton Park Sunday. But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:

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The Uncensored Band
12:55 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Free Concerts: From Bottoms Up Blues To Foggy Memory

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

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is starting to wind down. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, still let us know, as we can get concerts on the list for next year.

Coming up: The Bottoms Up Blues Gang at St. Peters on Friday, The Western Satellites at Eckert's on Saturday, The Uncensored Band at Ivory Perry Park on Sunday, The Foggy Memory Boys at Maplewood on Wednesday. But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:

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Billy Peek in Chesterfield
10:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Free Concerts: Pat Liston in Ferguson, Coco Soul at the Zoo

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 Pat Liston, Coco Soul and Billy Peek. But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:

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Portrait Photography
10:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Visually Appealing: Fabric Inspiration At the Foundry, Slavin At Slein

Obedience
Credit Provided by Foundry Arts Centre

A few months ago, I pulled two large boxes from the attic at my parents’ house. Each contained a wedding dress – one mine, one my sister’s. The problem: No one marked the boxes. Which was which?

With 50-50 odds, I slit open the box in hand – Eureka! But now that I had my 33-year-old dress, what should I do with it?

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