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


3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bill Targets Missouri Companies That Hire Undocumented Workers

Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles
Credit Official state photo

Legislation introduced earlier this week would require businesses to certify their employees' resident status using the federal electronic verification system. Supporters of the bill hope it will discourage illegal immigration.

Read more
Learn English Early
6:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawful Permanent Residents Explore The Path To Citizenship

Flyers in different languages announcing the event.
Credit Emanuele Berry/St. Louis Public Radio

Tigrinya, Nepali, Somali, Arabic, Vietnamese: These are just some of the languages that clashed as translators relayed information about becoming a U.S. citizens to more than 100 lawful permanent residents. Many of those in attendance at the St. Louis International Institute event were refugees.

The information session covered requirements for becoming a citizen, the application process, classes available at the International Institute to help prepare for the citizenship interview, medical waiver information and success stories.

Read more
Priorities, Problems
12:18 pm
Tue December 9, 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.

Read more
Ferguson Protests
6:39 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Black Friday Protest Pauses Shopping At Several St. Louis Malls

Protesters at the St. Louis Galleria staged a four-and-a-half minute "die-in" on Nov. 28 to commemorate the four and a half hours that Michael Brown's body lay on the ground after he was shot.
Credit Emanuele Berry/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at midnight

Shoppers who wanted to find some deals at the St. Louis Galleria found themselves out of luck Friday, as the mall temporarily closed its doors following a peaceful protest over the grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

About 200 protesters marched, sang, and chanted for nearly two hours. Police stood back and allowed the protests to happen. There were no arrests reported. A large number of stores locked their doors during the demonstration.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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."

Read more