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
5:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Soldan High School Students Receive $22,000 In New Band Instruments From Fidelity Investments

The students receive their new instruments from the Fidelity representatives. Over $22,000 in new instruments were donated to the Soldan International Studies High School band program
Erin Williams

Young musicians at Soldan International Studies High School thought they were just performing for school visitors from Fidelity Investments today, but were surprised instead with brand new clarinets, saxophones, and flutes.

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Cityscape
3:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Being Gay And Muslim: Worldwide Film Festival Exploring African Issues Debuts In St. Louis

Image still from the documentary "I Am Gay and Muslim." It will screen Sunday at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
Credit Art.1

Six years ago, the annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival debuted in St. Louis.

The festival is back at the Missouri History Museum and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.  The three-day event features documentaries from filmmakers all over the world that are focused on social culture, sexual identity, mental disabilities, and more.

After showing in St. Louis, the films will travel to nine other venues across three continents.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

'Child Of The Civil Rights Movement' Author Paula Young Shelton Furthers Legacy Of African Americans

In 'Child of the Civil Rights Movement,' Shelton recalls witnessing history being made by activists and action members at her dining room table.
Random House

As the daughter of civil rights figure and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton found herself surrounded by many an activist during her childhood in Atlanta. Her fond recollections include spending time with her “Uncle Martin,” Martin Luther King Jr., and being carried on her father’s back during the Selma to Montgomery March as African Americans fought for equal voting rights. She captures and elaborates upon these moments in her children’s book, “Child Of The Civil Rights Movement.” She was in town recently with the Hands On Black History Museum to read her book to St.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Bank-On Save-Up Aims To Give Underprivileged Access To Financial Services

Bank-On Save-Up aims to teach individuals the basics of saving money and opening accounts.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Bank-On Save-Up is a new program aimed at giving individuals and families access to bank accounts. It is part of a nationwide initiative  aimed at helping underprivileged families build financial independence.

The project is being administered locally by a group called the St. Louis Unbanked Taskforce.

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Features
4:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

After 35 Years, First Black Female Boy Scout Master Gets Her Due

Scoutmaster Hall's sweater is donned with various badges representing her involvement with the Boy Scouts.
Erin Williams

35 years ago, Kathy Hall was a single mother of three in search of a male role model for her then 7 year-old son. She decided to enroll him in her neighborhood Boy Scout troop, under the Grand Towers district. When she found out that there were no parents whatsoever involved in the troop, she took it upon herself to carry the gauntlet, and became the den mother to about 15 young cub scouts.

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Cityscape
11:52 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Challenging Traditional Art: British Artist Jeremy Deller's Work On View At CAM

Artist Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller

When British conceptual artist Jeremy Deller chose to stage his first private exhibition back in 1993, he decided to go with a small, intimate setting he knew well: his bedroom.

“It wasn’t so full of people, but I didn’t want it to be full of people,” he says of Open Bedroom, which was by invitation only. “I was terrified that someone would put a cigarette end out on a table or a carpet or something.”

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Education
4:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Voices for Illinois Children Report Reveals State Aid For Public Schools Down Across The State

Superintendent Arthur Culver discusses the study's findings. The school district is facing a $17 million dollar deficit next year.
Erin Williams

State aid for public schools is down across the state of Illinois, according to a new study conducted by Voices for Illinois Children. The report, “Illinois Kids Count 2013: Moving Policy, Making Progress,” assessed early childhood and elementary education, healthcare, and funding for the state, and was presented today at a press conference at the Lessie Bates Davis Family Development Center in East St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Goals, Vision For New Teach For America St. Louis Director

Brittany Packnett is an alumna of Teach for America and, four months ago, started a new job as executive director of Teach For America – St. Louis.

Packnett was born and raised in St. Louis and returned to the city after spending five years in Washington D.C.  Beginning in 2007, her commitment to Teach for America brought her to Martin Luther King Elementary in Southeast D.C.  She later went to work for Congressman Lacy Clay and as director for TFA’s Government Affairs team.

"The reason why I came home is because this is my city - it's deeply personal," Packnett said.

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Features
4:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

As One Year Passes, MiddleTree Church Stays Committed To Breaking Racial Divides Through Faith

Signage directs attendees to Sunday services at MiddleTree Church, located in the Eddie Mae Binon Center near the corner of Union and Delmar Boulevards
Erin Williams

Three years ago, Pastor Brian Schmidgall moved from Wisconsin to St. Louis on a mission: to try to right the racial wrongs of St. Louis City through faith. He bought a home on the north side of Delmar Boulevard, and spent the next two years learning the folds of what the community needed in order to come together and move forward.

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Other News
4:58 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Observed With Roundtable Discussion On Black Gay Men

Feb. 7 marks the 13th year of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In support of the event community based nonprofit Williams and Associates will host a community roundtable discussion titled “Ending AIDS Among Black Gay Men.”  

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