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

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Sacred Conversations
7:34 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Congregations Make Conversations About Race A Priority

Congregation members brainstorm about race-related historical events.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Martin Luther King once said that "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o'clock on Sunday morning."

Rev. Dietra Wise Baker says it still is, which is why Baker and more than 100 people from churches across St. Louis gathered to talk about race on Sunday. The event was the first in a series of Sacred Conversation About Race.

“The church has work to do on itself as it tries to call moral and ethical standards to the community and point the finger ...” she said. “We have to be on the road before we can invite people along for the journey.”

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Protesters at Harris-Stowe
5:22 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

MLK Day Clash At Harris-Stowe Leads To Conversation

The Rev. Dr. William G. Gillespie Residence Hall and Student Center
Credit Harris-Stowe State University website

After a heated exchange on Martin Luther King Day between protesters supporting “reclaimMLK” and Harris-Stowe State University students, the university and protesters are working to turn confrontation into conversation. On Tuesday student representatives and administrators met with a Ferguson activist to start a dialogue and “hopefully move forward as a community.”

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New Programs
5:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

International Institute Opens Its Doors At The New Arsenal Location

The old sign is still up at what is now the International Institute.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Windows. That’s one of International Institute Director Anna Crosslin’s favorite parts of the International Institute of St. Louis’ new location. Its previous office building only had skylights on the second floor.

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Education
8:59 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

At First Of Its Kind Race Summit, Students Build Bridges

(From Left) Seckman Senior High School Kyle Edwards, Hazelwood East seniors Justin Mason and Teanna Bass pushed their tables together and created the winning idea for bridging racial divides in St. Louis.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

After spending their morning listening to presentations about race, more than 100 students from 14 high schools were asked to come up with ways to overcome the region's deep racial divides. 

The students, selected by school administrators as leaders, were supposed to present their ideas to the larger group. At the end of the summit, students were to vote for what they thought was the best solution.

As they began to work among their classmates, something unexpected happened. Groups of teenagers began hearing what students from another school were talking about.  

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MLK Celebration
4:50 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Marches, Volunteering and Lectures Planned To Honor Martin Luther King

Credit Marion S. Trikosko / Wikimedia Commons

A wide variety of St. Louis events are marking Martin Luther King Day. While many people will participate in marches (one starts at 11 a.m. at the Old Courthouse following a 9:30 a.m. program Jan. 19) and attend discussions, some will spend the day volunteering.

The slain civil rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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Strodtman, Jackson
10:13 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Youth In Old North Organize To Fix Parks

Anthony Kilbert joined the Youth Council of Old North in October.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Torn up nets, fading court lines, unkempt baseball fields, smashed slides, broken pavement, crumbling swing sets and a clogged sprinkler filled with trash and dead animals … these are just some of the problems facing a pair of parks in the Old North neighborhood of St. Louis. Problems area children are campaigning to fix. 

The Youth Council of Old North held a meeting Tuesday evening to campaign for the city to fix Strodtman and Jackson parks. The council, which is made up of young men from the neighborhood, was established this fall.

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Human rights
11:02 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Lawyer Picked To Head Archdiocese Peace And Justice Commission

Archbishop Robert Carlson announced he would revive the Human Rights Commission in August.
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has named a director for its re-established Peace and Justice Commission, also known as the human rights commission. Marie Kenyon will lead the group, which will address rights issues throughout the 11 counties that make up the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As director, Kenyon will build a commission that will address racial tensions, poverty and education access.

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Fair Housing
5:32 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Dispute Over IDs Creates Problem For People Seeking Occupancy Permit In Berkeley

Credit Berkeley website

The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council has filed a fair housing complaint against the city of Berkeley. The complaint stems from a dispute over the type of identification needed for occupancy permits in Berkley.

According to city ordinances, individuals can use U.S. or foreign issued IDs to apply for permits needed to live in Berkeley.

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Beyond Ferguson
5:20 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Newcomers Reflect On Their First Months In St. Louis

From left, Stephanie Lecci, Willis Ryder Arnold, Emanuele Berry, Durrie Bouscaren. Wayne Pratt was not available for this photo.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

This summer, the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio hired five people who had never lived in St. Louis. As 2014 draws to a close, we asked each to reflect on what they've discovered in their five months here.

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Priorities, Problems
12:16 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated with new interviews)

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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