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.


5:57 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Born and Raised: Julian Kussman

Julian Kussman
(via St. Louis Public Radio video by Erin Williams)

Julian Kussman moved to Saint Louis as a baby and was raised in Jefferson County and O’Fallon. Julian grew up identifying with his Native American heritage,and participated in powwows and other events through the American Indian Center. Now at age 30, he lives in Tower Grove with his wife and cat and works as a graphic designer. In a recorded interview, Julian talked with Erin Williams about keeping his culture and heritage alive despite a seemingly dwindling population.

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5:51 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Born And Raised: Phil Betts

Phil Betts, 37, says he has made a "conscious decision to stay in the Midwest.
(via YouTube video by Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

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A Good Year 2012
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Stating - And Sharing - St. Louis Pride

The city - and citizens - of St. Louis has good reason to wave its flags high this year.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As we close the curtain on 2012, St. Louis Public Radio is examining the ideas and people that had a good year. Among those are the marketing efforts generated to proclaim to the world that the city of St. Louis officially "does not suck."

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5:11 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters Heads To The Barber Shop To Recruit Volunteers

Tapers Barber Shop owner William Humphrey is opening his doors to sign up potential Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers.
Credit Erin Williams

On a search to recruit more African American male mentors to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, the organization is heading to the barber shops to find potential “bigs.”

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

St. Louis Scores A Checkmate For International Students

Inside the Chess Club and Scholastic Center on Maryland Avenue. Chess boards are linked to a computer system that is reflected on television screens, allowing for games to be watched and tracked in real time.
Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio

Young people from across the world are turning St. Louis into the premiere international location for chess. This academic year marks the first that Webster and Lindenwood Universities are spearheading new competitive programs and offering scholarships to students from around the world. Those are among the moves in recent years that has allowed the city to emerge as one of the best and brightest hubs for the complex board game’s talent.

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4:50 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Jewish-Muslim Day of Service Returns For Second Year

Roberta Gutwein, JCRC Council At-Large member, with Dalia Abu-zeid at the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry as part of last year's Jewish-Muslim Day of Service.
Courtesy Jewish Community Relations Council

Traditionally, December 25 is a day off to rest and relax. But members of the Jewish and Muslim communities in St. Louis are giving their time off to others in an interfaith day of service.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Discussing The 'Delmar Divide': A Line Of Stark Racial And Economic Division In St. Louis

This map, using 2010 census data, gives a birds-eye view of race in St. Louis. Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.
(via Flickr/Eric Fischer)

The “Delmar Divide” refers to Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis.  It is a street which runs east/west and to a large extent separates the racial make-up of the city.  In a sample of households north and south of Delmar, residents south of Delmar Boulevard are 73% white, while residents north of Delmar are 98% African American, as the BBC pointed out in, “Crossing a St. Louis street that divides communities,” last year.

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12:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

St. Louisan Terry Baker Mulligan’s New Memoir Recounts Experience Of Growing Up In Harlem

Terry Baker Mulligan in front of 369 Edgecombe in Harlem, the building where she was born and lived until age 12
(Provided By: Terry Baker Mulligan)

When born and bred New Yorker Terry Baker Mulligan moved to Saint Louis in the early seventies, she was met with pre-conceived notions about her hometown.

She says her new friends and colleagues thought New Yorkers were rude and the city was filled with trouble and uneasiness.

After leaving her teaching job in 1974 to raise her growing family, she began a 35 year journey to preserve her life and focus on the goodness of the place she once called home and still holds dear.

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5:25 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Area Minority High School Students 'Explore Accounting' At PricewaterhouseCoopers

The students pose for a group photo after the conclusion of their session.
Credit Courtesy of Diversity Awareness Partnership

26 students from area high schools got a taste of the corporate world, when they participated in a half-day session focused on their career future in the field of finance.  Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers partnered with nonprofit Diversity Awareness Partnership to create and present “Explore Accounting,” a program focused on introducing students of color to the industry.

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3:05 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Joel King Revisits "Real Life" In Return Of His St. Louis-Based Play

The cast of the play "Real Life," written by Joel P.E. King.
King Yella

Playwright Joel P.E. King knows a thing or two about real life.

He was born in Washington Park, Illinois as the seventh of eleven children, and watched as his community transformed from one that thrived on family and fellowship to a place of crime and fear.

The negative experiences he was aware of both as a child and an adult served as an inspiration for his aptly – titled play "Real Life."

The coming of age story centers around a young man who is conflicted between becoming a negative product of his environment versus the future that awaits him if he were to leave.

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