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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$1.5 million gift
9:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo

Louise Bradshaw
Credit Ray Meibaum | St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has received a $1.5 million gift from the Saigh Foundation that will, in essence, create an endowed chair for the Zoo’s education department.

That department is headed by Louise Bradshaw, who will become the first Fred Saigh Director of Education.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, she said this provides a lot of security for the zoo’s wide-ranging educational programs.

“We’re able to reach over 1.7 million guests with the Zoo’s conservation education messages,” she said.

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Around The Area
9:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2014

Credit file photos

Nothing quite signals that the weather is heating up than the beginning of free outdoor, neighborhood concert series throughout the St. Louis area.

Tonight, April 25, the Ferguson concerts kick off with Samba Bon. Tuesday, April 29, is the beginning of the Twilight Tuesdays series at the Missouri History Museum. The featured group there is FatPocket.

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Architecture and Music
11:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Arts Rundown: Vivian Maier In Photography And Film

Credit movie Facebook page

Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary opening Feb. 25 at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema, tells the story of a woman who worked as a nanny in New York and Chicago. She also took thousands of photographs that were never published and only discovered fairly recently.

Her story piqued the interest of the art world. The quality of her work has sustained it.

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Chess and BBQ
9:26 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Arts Rundown: Queen Is Leaving; New Art Coming In

Pam Hogg, Black dress with collar
Credit Courtesy of Pam Hogg

Let’s start with the assumption that this weekend will actually be the start of spring. It does not matter what the calendar says, that really was frost a few days ago.

And perhaps you have extra family around because of Easter or Passover. Here a couple of ideas to get everyone out of the house.

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Slein & 14th Street
9:56 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Arts Rundown: International Flare Provided by Wole Soyinka, Won Ju Lim And More

Wole Soyinka
Credit Wikipedia

An international flare can be found in St. Louis this week.

The Black Rep is presenting “The Trials of Brother Jero” as its last offering of the season. The show will run April 9-27 at the Emerson Performance Center at Harris-Stowe State University. For details and information go to the website www.theblackrep.org/.

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Visual Arts
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Arts Rundown: 'Intergalactic,' First Friday And More

Mical Trejo, Shana Merlin, Christopher Lee Gibson, Buzz Moran, Graham Reynolds -- Artwork by Tim Doyle
Credit Provided by the production

Ah, first Friday and galleries are open. There are lots of things to see, including Carmon Colangelo and others at Bruno David, Maurice Meredith at Portfolio, Gail Cassilly at the Bonsack and the formal opening of the Shearburn Gallery. The Vaughn Center is hosting the Faces Project, which showcases portraits of child victims of gun violence.

Hap Phillips and Nita Turnage’s work can be seen at SOHA Studio and Gallery; and the Creative Exchange Lab is putting up a show that examines the redevelopment of Old North St. Louis.

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Historic Preservation
4:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Millstadt Water Tower, Hotel Belleville Make Illinois Historic Endangered Structures List

The Tin Man style of the old Millstadt Water Tower used to be ubiquitous.
Credit Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois

Three southern Illinois structures are among those identified as endangered by Landmarks Illinois. This year’s list includes the Hamilton Primary School in Otterville (Jersey County); Hotel Belleville, which last was used as a retirement home by the Belleville diocese; and the Old Millstadt Water Tower.

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Variety
8:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Arts Rundown: Shinohara Kazuo at Kemper

Shinohara Kazuo, Interior, Repeating Crevice, Ota Ward, Tokyo, 1969-71. Photo by Taki Koji, c. 1971.
Credit Courtesy of Tokyo Institute of Technology

The Kemper Art Museum is hosting the very interesting “On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy.” The exhibit, which runs through April 20, includes photos, original drawings and sketches. It is the first U.S. museum exhibit on an architect who helped reinvent architecture in Japan.

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Fred Bronstein
11:09 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Symphony Chief Executive Going To Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins

Fred Bronstein
Credit Dan Dreyfus | St. Louis Symphony

Fred Bronstein, who has led the St. Louis Symphony since 2008, is leaving to head the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Henry Gerecke
9:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis

Credit Wm Morrow

When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.

The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.

But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.

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