Erin Williams

Fellowship Producer

Erin Williams has joined St Louis Public Radio as a Fellowship Producer, where she will be creating stories centered around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Erin Worked as an editorial aide and staff writer at The Washington Post, covering arts, culture, and entertainment for the Style section and was a reporter for the site The Root – DC. She also produced the Friday ‘NewsViews’ roundtable segment for WPFW-FM under the tutelage of veteran journalist Askia Muhammad. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Telecommunication and Film. During her undergraduate years, Erin interned at Alabama Public Radio, and spent part of the summer of 2008 as an congressional intern for Artur Davis.  

Erin enjoys traveling and road trips, live shows, exploring museums, and finding the best that every city she inhabits has to offer.

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Education
3:26 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

As New School Year Begins, St. Louis Officials Push For High Attendance

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, at podium, stands with Mayor Francis Slay as he speaks on the importance of regular school attendance.
Credit Erin Williams

In a press conference held at St. Louis City Hall today, Mayor Slay was joined by school and court officials to speak about the importance of regular school attendance before the first day on Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams says that while attendance has increased, it is estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 students don’t attend on the first day of school.  

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Immigration
3:31 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Organizing For Action Holds Ballwin, Wentzville Rallies In Support Of Immigration Reform

(via Department of Homeland Security website)

The Missouri branch of Organizing For Action, a nonprofit policy organization working to enact President Obama's agenda, held two rallies at the offices of U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Ann Wagner today in support of immigration reform.

The rallies are part of OFA’s “Action August” initiative, which is focused on raising attention around controversial issues while members are back in their district for recess.

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Features
3:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Surviving Tuskegee Airmen Meet In St. Louis For 42nd Annual Convention

This 1944 photo shows pilots of a U.S. Army Air Forces fighter squadron, credited with shooting down 8 of the 28 German planes destroyed in dog-fights over the new Allied beachheads south of Rome talking over the day's exploits at a U.S. base in the Mediterranean theater. The Tuskegee Airmen became known for flying during World War II and becoming the United States' first African American military pilots.
Credit National Archives

Several original Tuskegee Airmen are in St. Louis for the 42nd annual Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated convention being held through Saturday. The pilots and ground crew were known for being trained in Tuskegee, Ala. and flying during World War II. 

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Economy
4:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Stage Walkout In Demonstration For Better Wages

Protestors chanted and carried signs inside the McDonald's on South Broadway and urged employees to walk out with them.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis fast food workers were on the streets today for a second round of protests to raise wages and form a union.

Supporters carried signs and chanted both in and outside of McDonald’s on South Broadway and encouraged employees to walk out and join them in the strike. Reverend Martin Rafanan says that fast food workers and participants are more prepared on this second go around.

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Features
5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

St. Louis Record Company Goes Back To Basics With All Vinyl Format

The interior of Boxing Clever Records. The advertising agency Boxing Clever recently debuted the music label.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

Vinyl record to CD to mp3 to live streaming...and back? The evolution of music is one that has, pardon the pun, come full circle. At least that’s the case at Boxing Clever, a downtown St. Louis advertising agency whose new record label, Boxing Clever Records, deals only in vinyl.

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Mississippi River Bridge
3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge'

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuver the final steel girder into place on the Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial Bridge on July 26, 2013.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:43 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.

Three and a half years after the project began, the structural work is done on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuvered the 30,000-pound steel girder into place on Friday, officially connecting the $667 million bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the river.

Watch its last few movements:

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Features
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Finding Fresh Food Solutions Beyond The Food Deserts Of St. Louis

Despite offering fresh fruits and vegetables to customers, foot traffic is generally slow at the Old North Food Co-op.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the definition for the term "food desert" is  "urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food," meaning that, in a lower income community a grocery store is more than a mile away. Depending on where you live in St. Louis, it may seem that there's a grocery store on every corner.

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Other News
4:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Activists Gather Downtown For Peaceful Protest In Aftermath Of Trayvon Martin Verdict

Community organizer Zaki Baruti gathers with supporters on the steps of the Old Courthouse as part of a rally in opposition of the verdict from the Trayvon Martin case.
Erin Williams

Attendees were encouraged to turn their outrage into action today at a rally held downtown today to create awareness of injustice and racial profiling stemming from the not guilty verdict of the Trayvon Martin case. The verdict was handed down Saturday.

Jamala Rogers is co-chairwoman of the Coalition Against Police Crime and Repression and was one of many community leaders present today. She says that by channeling the community’s outrage into action, there can be fewer court cases and injustices that resemble those of Trayvon Martin.

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Economy
3:25 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Fathers' Support Center And SLATE Receive $2M In Grants To Fund Job Training Opportunities

Judge Jimmie Edwards speaks at today's press conference. Edwards created the youth-focused Innovative Concept Academy, which will benefit from a grant from the Department of Labor to create job training opportunities for criminal offenders.
Credit Erin Williams

 

Ex-criminal offenders in the St. Louis region will get assistance in finding jobs through two new grants from the Department of Labor.

The Fathers' Support Center received a $1.4 million grant, and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment is working with the Center to create more job training opportunities for former felons. The “Training to Work – Adult Reentry” grant will fund job training through Ranken Technical College.

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Cityscape
12:43 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

North City Farmers’ Market Starts Music Series To Attract More African American Shoppers

Fresh greens are available for purchase at the Market, as well as bread, sweets, and other items.
Erin Williams

The North City Farmers’ Market in St. Louis is in a neighborhood where the majority of its residents are African American.  It’s been a challenge, however, to attract more of them to the market every week.

Community organizers are attempting to change that. Their idea is to feature African American musicians with the hope that shoppers will follow.

Held on the 2700 block of North 14th Street every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the North City Farmers' Market will take place through October 12.     

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