Durrie Bouscaren

Health and Science Reporter

Durrie Bouscaren is a general assignment reporter, based in Des Moines. She covers breaking stories, economic news, and reports from the Statehouse during the legislative session. 

Bouscaren joined IPR in March of 2013 as a one-woman bureau in Cedar Rapids. Her passion for public radio began in high school, when she would listen to BBC World Service newscasts in the middle of the night. While attending Syracuse University, she reported and produced local news for member station WAER, and received a statewide Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for a report on Syracuse’s Southern Sudanese community. Bouscaren also covered Syracuse and small towns  throughout Central New York as a stringer for WRVO Public Media. Her work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, WBEZ's Front and Center and KQED's The California Report

Bouscaren's favorite public radio program is Planet Money.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Census Estimates: Food Stamp Use, Teen Births Down

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases an annual survey of population characteristics for metro areas throughout the United States. Because sample sizes are limited, each data point included here will have a margin of error. You can peruse the data yourself here.

St. Louis is Getting Older, and Life is More Expensive

The median age in the St. Louis metro area is 38.6, just a touch older than the statewide median of 38.1. Missouri ranks 25th in the nation on that count, on par with Hawaii. 

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VA Town Hall
6:34 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Tensions High At VA Town Hall

Vietnam veteran, Chester Chunn, stands to speak at a veteran's town hall meeting in downtown St. Louis.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Exceptionally long wait times, missing records and doctors who failed to diagnose serious conditions were among the complaints aired at a veteran’s town hall meeting in St. Louis Friday.

Veterans Affairs officials in St. Louis have been required to hold two forums following federal investigations of hospitals and the mishandling of veteran’s benefit claims. While providing a public venue for people to speak about their experiences with the system, representatives were also on hand to answer individual questions about benefits and vocational rehabilitation.

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Public Health
6:17 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Respiratory Virus Confirmed by Hospital in St. Louis Area

Credit Dr. Farouk / Flickr Creative Commons

A relatively rare virus strain that can cause respiratory problems in children has been confirmed in St. Louis. It has sent dozens to pediatric intensive care units in Kansas City and Chicago.

Late last week, St. Louis Children’s Hospital ran in-house tests and confirmed Enterovirus-68, or EV-D68, in a small sample of three patients who had been admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit.

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Women's Health
3:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kiener Plaza Fountain Turns Teal For Ovarian Cancer Awareness

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness president Lisa Sienkiewicz stands next to the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis. The fountain was dyed teal in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. SLOCA members handed out flyers and information about ovarian cancer symptoms to passersby.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

To kick off National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, local organizers dyed the water in the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis teal -- the trademark color of the awareness campaign.

Sometimes called the ‘silent killer,’ ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognize before it’s in an advanced stage.

The rate of survival is low: 20,593 American women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. 14,346 women died, according to the Center for Disease Control. But treatments are most effective when the cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages.

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Ferguson
7:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Holder: Visit To Ferguson Influenced Decision To Launch Probe Of Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson.
Credit Office of U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his conversations with residents of Ferguson during his visit two weeks ago influenced his decision to investigate the city’s police department.

Holder says he heard directly from residents and listening sessions “about the deep mistrust that has taken hold between law enforcement officials and members of the community. ... People consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on Ferguson’s police force.”

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Better Together
7:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'Better Together' Seeks to Streamline Public Health Services

Credit Dr. Farouk / Flickr Creative Commons

Like many municipal services, the St. Louis City and County Departments of Health operate separately.

Although the city and county collaborate and serve many of the same purposes, the divide may make it more difficult for the agencies to help residents. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the group ‘Better Together,’ a project that is exploring whether or not St. Louis county and city should consider altering merging various services.

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New Madrid Fault
9:54 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

After Napa, Missourians Weigh Costs of Earthquake Insurance

National Seismic Hazard map of the continental United States, released in July of 2014. This view measures peak ground acceleration.
Credit United States Geological Survey

Last week, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Napa, Calif. ripped through a region where less than 6 percent of homeowners and renters have earthquake insurance.

Could the same thing happen along the New Madrid Fault in southeastern Missouri?

Statewide, about one-third of Missourians are insured against earthquakes. But those who live in the most earthquake-prone areas are much less likely to have coverage.

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Aging water systems
3:33 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Water Utilities Push For New Infrastructure, Rates Could Rise

An infrared photograph shows a water main leak in Webster Groves. Water utility companies photograph roads at night to determine which pipes may be in need of repair.
Credit courtesy of Missouri American

Water pipes in the St. Louis area are old … and getting older.

A report published Tuesday by a consortium of five St. Louis-area water utilities shows much of the area’s water system has outlived its expected lifetime:

  • Life expectancy for reservoirs and da

    ms ranges from 50 to 80 years. The average age of a St. Louis-area reservoir or dam is 80 years.

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Michael Brown
7:04 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

A Group Of Ferguson Protesters Releases List Of Demands, Calls For National ‘Walk Out’

Jeffery Hill (left) and Taurean Russell speak discuss protester demands for the investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

A coalition of Ferguson protesters met with reporters Friday to announce a list of demands related to the investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown and to call for college students to participate in a national “Walk Out” from classes on Monday.

The group says it doesn't yet have a name, but those involved include members of the Organization for Black Struggle and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. Meetings are held at Greater St. Mark’s Missionary Church near Ferguson.

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Mental Health
11:36 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

What’s Helpful To Know About Trauma After Upheaval In Ferguson

Regina Greer of the United Way Coaches volunteers at the new community resource drop-in center at the Dellwood Community Center on August 21.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

In the past two weeks, residents in Ferguson have seen familiar businesses broken into and looted, heard gunshots at night and had to drive through police checkpoints to enter their neighborhoods. Some say their trust of law enforcement has been deeply shaken since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson.

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