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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Neighborhoods
10:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Free Concerts: Lafayette Square And Benton Park Get Started

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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First Friday
10:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Visually Appealing: Art & Air, Peat Eyez, Dogs, First Friday

Credit Provided by SLUMA

The first weekend in June always has a star on my calendar: Lafayette Square House Tour. But many others have noted the better-than-average chance for good weather that prompted the neighborhood to select that date. Add the tradition of galleries being open in the evening on the first Friday of the month and no one has an excuse to stay indoors (barring storms, that is).

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Ballot Issues Set
1:26 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget

Credit (via Flickr/jglazer75)

No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. As the Belleville News Democrat reported, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session.

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Peter Martin
12:33 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Free Concerts: Add The Zoo And Botanical Garden To The Musical Mix

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

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Free Concerts This Week Include Groovethang And A Johnny Cash tribute

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

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Groovethang, Javier Mendoza and more
10:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Free Concerts: St. Peters, Ferguson, St. Charles and History Museum

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

The free concert schedule is heating up. Here's a 2011 article about a Javier Mendoza release. Coming this week:

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Ethics, Secession, Brain Chips
10:50 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Rundown: Bygone Days, Big Data, Boomer Care

1904: A very different riverfront, looking from the Eads Bridge
Credit Oscar C. Kuehn / Missouri History Museum

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.

Modern farming

Many people want to share details of their lives on social media. But some farmers are wary of sharing detailed data about their fields with Monsanto and other agri-giants.

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Summer concerts
12:21 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Free concerts coming this week in Clayton, Ferguson and Forest Park

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

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Bruno David, Mad Art, 14th Street
5:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Arts Rundown: Laumeier, Kemper, PXSTL, CAM And More

Top: Robert Copeland. Right: Carolyn and John Ruff. Left: Helen Springer
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Got Mother’s Day plans? Maybe a backyard barbeque? Gardening? Enjoying the flowers at the Botanical Garden?

One St. Louis  Mother's Day weekend tradition is the Art Fair at Laumeier.

You don’t have to wait until Sunday to go out to the sculpture park, as the event starts Friday. In fact, if you are there Friday or Saturday, you might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift from among the 150 artists who have been selected for their work in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood.

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Instant access
8:45 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

St. Louis County Library Patrons Can Stream Movies, Music and More

Credit Screen shot

Starting May 5, the St. Louis County Library system will be the first in the area to offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, music and audio books.

All a person needs to access the system is a county library card, the PIN number he or she received a couple of years ago and an email address. The streaming is available through hoopla, and people can sign in through the library’s emedia site. (www.slcl.org/emedia)

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