Emanuele Berry

Emanuele Berry is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University and has been working as a talk show producer at WKAR Public Radio in Lansing since January 2013. Emanuele interned at National Public Radio, where she worked at the Arts and Information Desk. Her work has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Email: eberry@stlpublicradio.org


Was It A Target?
11:32 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

ATF Searching For Answers In North County Church Arson

Michael Brown, Sr. (left) demonstrates 'hands up' while Rev. Carlton Lee speaks to the crowd at the St. Louis County Justice Center on Saturday, September 13. Michael Brown's mother, Leslie McSpadden, is center.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A fire that destroyed a church during Monday night’s chaos in Ferguson is being investigation by the 

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Burning a church is a federal offense. Investigators said that the fire at the Flood Christian Church was intentionally set.

The Flood Christian Church is just a mile outside of Ferguson. The Rev. Carlton Lee was in shock when he got the call Monday night telling him his church was on fire.

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Plywood and Pumpkin Pie
10:43 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

A Calm Thanksgiving Day In Ferguson

Michael Broadnax, Paris Billops and her son Cameron enjoy a holiday meal at Wellspring Church.
Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Many storefronts in Ferguson have been boarded up with plywood. Some are temporary fixes for windows broken during chaotic demonstrations, while other stores boarded up as a preventative measure.

“You know the plywood is kind of depressing,” said Ferguson Resident Leah Bailey.

On Thanksgiving, her family did something about the depressing boards -- painted murals. Bailey says she can’t imagine spending her Thanksgiving any other way.

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Tension Less In Shaw
5:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Violence Diminishes In Ferguson, As Law Enforcement Ramps Up

On South Florissant Road
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The second day of post-grand jury protest in Ferguson unfolded in a familiar pattern. It began peacefully and ended with broken windows, tear gas and instructions to disperse. Forty-five people were arrested, the majority for misdemeanor offenses.

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After No Indictment
5:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Peaceful Protests Slide Into Violence In Ferguson, Far Less Damage In Shaw

Tear gas was used in Ferguson.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Protesters and law enforcement officersmay have hoped for calm. But reaction to news of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown ended in arson, looting and tear gas.

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Process Not Set Up
5:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

St. Louis Immigration Advocates Praise Obama's Actions But Wonder What's Next

A pro immigration rally in Kirkwood in 2013 asked that families not be divided.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | file photo

As Rosa watched President Barack Obama spell out an executive order on immigration Thursday night, her feelings were mixed. Rosa, who is an undocumented immigrant in St. Louis, asked that we only use her first name.

She could qualify for temporary deportation relief under Obama’s executive action orders — she has a son who is a U.S. citizen. But even though she qualifies, she’s saddened that many fellow immigrants don’t.

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Carnival of Injustice
3:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Protesters March In Clayton 101 Days After The Death of Michael Brown

Protesters gathered in Clayton Monday — 101 days after the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9.
Credit Emanuele Berry//St. Louis Public Radio

It has been 101 days since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and protesters continue to call for justice.

About 50 protesters gathered Monday in Clayton for the “Carnival of Injustice,” a theatrical protest that organizer Elizabeth Vega hoped would engage people in activist satire and start a dialogue.

"You know the tension is palpable," Vega said. "This is the carnival of injustice, so if we don't laugh we'll cry."

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Fear And Hope
5:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Waiting For The Grand Jury: Ferguson, Police, Protesters Prepare

Christine LaPorta has lived in Ferguson for 21 years.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis region looks and feels as though it’s preparing for a big storm. When you drive down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, most of the store fronts are covered with plywood. Some nearby municipalities are even telling residents stock up on food, gas and supplies. All of this is in preparation for a possible storm of a different kind.

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Politics & Issues
10:10 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Activists Call for Black Friday Boycott

Coalition members address the crowd.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

A Michael Brown supporter is calling for residents in St. Louis and beyond to not shop on Black Friday. The boycott titled “No Justice, No Profit” is being organized by the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and religious leaders. The group is asking people to show their support for Michael Brown by not shopping for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, starting Thursday.

Coalition member Dacia Polk said she hopes the boycott shows the community’s power.

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Race Relations
6:37 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Black Fathers Discuss Having 'The Police Talk' With Their Children

Panel members included Pastor Carlton Lee of the National Action Network and Caption Ron Johnson of the Missouri highway patrol.
Credit Courtesy of The Ethics Project

Nine African-American fathers, each from different backgrounds, spoke Tuesday about their experiences with police harassment, their fears for their children and their hopes for a stronger community.

The Father-2-Father panel at Greater St. Mark Family Church in Dellwood included educators, businessmen, clergy leaders and law enforcement officials.

Ferguson resident and panelist Charles Henson, said he attended because a father to father, man to man conversation is needed.

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Who's In Charge ?
10:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

A New Form Of Leadership Takes Root In Ferguson

Protesters gather for a national March on Ferguson in August.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

As organizations and events around Ferguson have evolved after a Ferguson police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, the calls for action are starting to resemble a movement. But if the continued pressure for justice, systemic and social change is in fact a movement, who’s in charge? The short answer is everyone.

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