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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Business
3:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'STL Can't Survive on $7.35' Campaign Continues With Rally At Jimmy John's

Olivia Roffle speaks with a woman about unfair employee treatment practices.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and community supporters passed out flyers at Jimmy John’s in Soulard today in the continuing fight for better wages and the right to unionize as part of the STL Can’t Survive on 7.35 campaign.

The flyers were passed out in the parking lot of the restaurant around Noon and called for better managerial treatment and higher wages.

Olivia Roffle is a college student who works at another fast food restaurant. She says that if Jimmy John’s wants better service, then they need to create a welcoming environment.

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Features
1:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

"The Poetry of Me" Encourages Self-Exploration And Expression Through Verse

Erin Williams

The intimate crowd was invited to share their thoughts on race and personal identity through spoken word. Guests wrote their six-word stories on the subject using cards from Michele Norris’ The Race Card Project

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Business
4:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'STL Can't Survive On 7.35' Campaign Continues Rally For Change

Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church's Chicken, marched in solidarity with the campaign. She makes $8.50 an hour and says she doesn't receive additional pay for overtime.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and supporters donned ponchos and held signs today as they rallied for change in the Central West End as part of the STL Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign.

Protesters marched between Arby’s, McDonald’s, and Domino’s Pizza as they seek a pay increase for employees to $15 an hour and the right to unionize without backlash.

One of the protesters was Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church’s Chicken who makes $8.50 an hour. She didn’t tell her manager she wouldn’t be at work, but isn’t worried about the repercussions.

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Features
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Sharon Robinson On Breaking Barriers, Fighting For Justice, And Getting Her Father's Story Right

Sharon Robinson signed books and spoke to students as part of the "Breaking Barriers - In Sports, In Life" program. She was there to congratulate essay contest winner Jennifer Wayland.
Erin Williams

When Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball in 1947, he laid a framework of courage and social justice for all Americans that would continue to help shape the future of the country both on and off the field.

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Features
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Chess Star On The Rise: 12 Year Old Diamond Shakoor Climbs The Ranks Of The Game

Shakoor sets up a chess board while her father, Abdul, talks with a group of young women who have stayed after school to learn chess. The Shakoors have instructed students at Gateway Elementary over the course of the school year.
Erin Willams

At the age of seven, it’s safe to say that most kids want to be just like their parents – walk like them, act like them, work like them. For Diamond Shakoor, that meant being intrigued by her dad Abdul, who at the time was teaching older kids on how to play chess. “I asked him one day if I could play and he was like ‘Sure, if you stop getting in trouble in school.’ And so that’s how the journey started," she says. 

Teach her he did, and now, after playing in nearly 250 tournaments, she’s unstoppable.

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Features
3:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

"Allowing The Choir To Paint:" Artist Grace McCammond And The Boys And Girls Club Create A New Mural

A student uses a mock-up of the chess mural as a guide to trace on the building. The mural will be complete by the end of May.
Erin Williams

With signs in neon lights, fire hydrants that resemble anything but, and murals and metal sculptures abound, it’s a safe bet to say that The Grove neighborhood is one that thrives heavily on appearance. Much of its open and colorful aesthetic can be attributed to Grace McCammond, an artist who has been creating murals and adding color to fire hydrants and signal boxes in the neighborhood for the past nine years.

“If it holds still pretty much I’ll paint it,” she says.

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Features
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Controlling The Narrative: Chronicle Coffee Furthers Change In North St. Louis

Coffee, speciality drinks, pastries and more are served up daily at Chronicle Coffee. Here, a latte created by barista Kayra Tan, who has worked with the Northwest brand for about a year.
Erin Williams

The corner of Grand and Cook Avenue in North St. Louis is pretty ordinary –  there’s a church on the corner, a gas station across the street, a drugstore in the distance, and a public service building that takes up most of one right side. But if you turn right at the blowing flags that say “coffee shop, you’re  led to a spacious, glassed-in venue that serves lattes, pastries, and sandwiches.

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Business
5:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Roosevelt High Students Recognized By State Treasurer For Financial Literacy Course Completion

A Roosevelt High student shakes hands with state treasurer Clint Zweifel. The students were recognized today for their completion of the Regiona Bank Financial Scholars Program.
Erin Williams

Students at Roosevelt High School were recognized for their participation in the Regional Bank Financial Scholars program. The students completed a web course that taught the basics of money management, and received certificates in an assembly that included remarks made by State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.

Zweifel, who hails from North County, feels that the program helps to not only lay a financial foundation for the present, but also teaches the benefits of making good choices for the future:

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Features
5:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'The Muslim Guy' And Wash. U. Alum Arsalan Iftikhar On Marathon Bombings And Muslims In Daily Life

Iftikhar was in town to receive a Distinguished Young Law Alumni Award from Washington University. He received his Bachelors degree in 1999 and his Jurius Doctorate in 2003.
Credit Erin Williams

Since his days as a student in the classrooms of Washington University, Arsalan Iftikhar has made a career out of educating others on the myths and realities in the Muslim world.        

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Cityscape
5:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

New Movie 'Lake Windfall' Seeks To Entertain, Educate About Deaf Culture

The movie 'Lake Windfall' from Rustic Lantern Films centers on five friends who embark on a camping trip that turns disastrous. Of the five actors, three are deaf. Alexander Laferriere acts as Drew who is a CODA, or "child of deaf adults."
Courtes of Tony Nitko/Rustic Lantern Films

Local production company Rustic Lantern Films has recently released their debut movie called "Lake Windfall," about five friends on a camping trip that turns disastrous. 

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