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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Features
5:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

St. Louis Rapper Tef Poe Uses Talent To Create Conversation About Hometown

24 year old rapper Tef Poe is making his mark nationwide as a rapper and artist in the city of St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

If you don’t know who St. Louis rapper Tef Poe is, then there’s a good chance you haven’t been spending enough time in the digital world. Through his thoughts and lyrics he is trying to shape the way that people think about the politics and daily life of what occurs in the city from his perspective.

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Education
5:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

McKinley High Students Oppose NRA Proposals For Guns In Schools

Miguel Plancarte, founding president of the Gay Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy stands at right with his fellow students. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network held a press conference today in opposition to the NRA's proposed measures to combat gun violence in schools.
Credit Erin Wiliams

The Gay-Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy held a press conference today in opposition of 

the NRA's proposal to train and arm at least one staff member in every school in the U.S. Released today, the report from the NRA's newly-formed National School Shield Taskforce recommends weapons training programs for school resource officers and personnel, and for states to adopt a new law that will allow additional personnel to bear arms.

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Churches Fight Violence
4:23 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Churches Enter Fight To Curb Gun Violence

Reverend Robert Shaw, flanked by members of the Missouri Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Friday.
Credit (Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Local clergy, politicians and law enforcement joined together Friday to call for more action to curb gun violence in St. Louis. 

The Missouri Conference AME Church is spearheading the effort, which includes a call for universal background checks; a ban on what they call assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and federal investment in urban areas most affected by gun violence. Reverend Robert Shaw says it’s crucial for church leaders to take a stand on the issue.

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Cityscape
12:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Perspective On Black Men Seen In Exhibit At Missouri History Museum

Visitors to the "Question Bridge" exhibit observe the unscripted video dialogue between the subjects. The exhibit will be on view until April 20.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri History Museum

Every day it is a natural inclination for humans to have a question and seek an answer for it.

Some questions might come across as trivial and silly, and others may dig deeper into one’s life and purpose. And some may help to unify and unfurl decades of preconceived notions.

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Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Artist Manuel Hughes Reflects On His African American Experience In St. Louis

Hughes at the exhibit opening, March 8, 2013.
Erin Williams

If it’s a true statement that art imitates life, then Manuel Hughes is living proof of that.

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Economy
1:08 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Old North Grocery Co-Op In Need Of Volunteers For Store's Survival

The Old North Co-op carries a variety of food and dry goods from centrally located vendors. The grocery store is currently trying to figure out how to make their funds last.
Credit Erin Williams

After only two years of doing business in north St. Louis, the grocery store known as the Old North Grocery Co-Op may soon close down.

Store manager Jill Whitmann says re-vamping the co-op’s business model to rely primarily on volunteers will help shore up more funds before the end of May, when the budget will tighten.

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Features
4:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Still Resonates With Survivor Nearly 50 Years Later

Congress of Racial Equality and members of the All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. march in memory of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims. The banner, which says “No more Birminghams”, shows a picture of the aftermath of th

On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a 14-year old Carolyn McKinstry witnessed an event that would change her life forever – the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The incident killed Carolyn's four friends - and would become an recurring topic of conversation and lasting mark on America's history to this day.

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Cityscape
11:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Cherokee Street's Blank Space Commemorates One Year As Arts Incubator

Michael Franco, a guitarist and producer in the jazz and hip-hop instrumental duo Franco Hill, tests his levels before "Louder Than Words" begins.
Erin Williams

At the south end of Cherokee Street, tucked in the woven pattern of a record store, bakery, and the occasional Mexican restaurant sits a venue with a large open window and a stenciled sign that reads “Blank Space 2847 Cherokee.”

Peer through the large windows and you’ll see just that – a few chairs scattered around, a large wall of books and some boxes filled with vinyl.

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Education
4:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Students 'Cooking Up Change' For St. Louis Public Schools

Students scramble in the kitchen to finish their dishes for the competition. The task was to create a healthy lunch of one entree and two sides.
Erin Williams

Student chefs from Beaumont High School and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy competed today for a place in the national school cooking competition Cooking Up Change.

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Features
4:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Vicente Fox On Understanding Immigration And Winning The War On Drugs In Mexico

Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox will speak at Powell hall on March 12.
Credit Ariel Gutiérrez Vivanco/Wikimedia Commons

Vicente Fox was elected president of Mexico in 2000 and served for six years. His election was the first for the conservative National Action Party in 71 years, and helped spark talks with the United States on drugs and immigration. Before serving his country, he built up his business background and leadership skills as governor of  Guanajuato, where he built the country's economy to one of the largest in Mexico

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