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.


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.

Check out what's coming this week:

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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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Kevin Snipes, Fringe, Chamber Festivals
10:41 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Visually Appealing: First You Get Funded, RAC Fellowship Application Opens

Phooey, 2014, porcelain, glazes, underglazes, oxide wash, 15 x 7 x 7 inches
Credit Courtesy of Duane Reed Gallery

The very first thing that has to take place before a person can find a visually appealing show is for the artist to have the means to create.

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Javier Mendoza, Melvin Turnage
10:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Free Concerts: Coco Soul, Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes And More

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.

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St. Peters, Des Peres
9:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Free Concerts: Grace Hill And Gazebo Series Get Going

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.

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COCA, SLAM And Kodner
9:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Visually Appealing: Climb A Water Tower Or Learn Salsa

Compton Hill Water Tower
Credit Wikipedia

Some of the art in St. Louis is available all day every day but may not be open to explore, This Friday night, however, by the light of a full moon, you can climb the 198 steps to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower.

This is the youngest (built in 1898) of the city’s three historic and distinctive standpipe water towers. The others are the Corinthian column (1871) at 20th Street and Grand Avenue and the Bissell Water Tower (1885) at Bissell Street and Blair Avenue.

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Foot of Art Hill
8:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup

Part of the Flying Wallendas
Credit 2009 Circus Flora photo

The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill will play a more important role than provide the reflective image for fireworks photos. The Fair St. Louis organizers announced Wednesday that water skiing and wakeboarding will take place on the water, and Tino Wallenda will walk a wire above it, stretched more than the length of a football field.

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To Shakespeare & Company
9:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Dildine Is Leaving Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine
Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine, who has expanded the scope of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in the five years that he has been in charge of it, is leaving. He will become executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

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Opera Theatre Of St. Louis
10:02 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Reflection: 'Elixir' Is A Bubbly Bel Canto

Rene Barbera as Nemorino and Susannah Biller as Adina spar in the opening portion of "The Elixir of Love."
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

A few years – well, decades – ago, I happened across opera. On public television, I found America’s opera sweetheart, Beverly Sills, in “Daughter of the Regiment.” The performance was joyous, beautiful and fun. And the composer was Gaetano Donizetti.

Now Opera Theatre of St. Louis is presenting another Donizetti opera that is equally engaging: “The Elixir of Love.” And this one matches “Daughter” in actually fitting the oft-made promise of being a perfect first opera.

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