Jason Rosenbaum

Innovation Reporter

Since entering the enticing world of professional journalism in the mid-2000s, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon. Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Rosenbaum's work appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and in the Riverfront Times' music section. He also served on staff at the St. Louis Beacon as a politics reporter. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis City with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University. Their son, Brandon Todd Rosenbaum, was born in February 2014.

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Ferguson
10:50 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson's Mayor Faces The Heat As Forum Dissects City's Divisions

An audience member shows Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III a rubber bullet wound that he says he received during unrest in the north St. Louis County city. A forum sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio became heated, with the biggest ire being directed at Knowles. NPR's Michel Martin is at center.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A forum Thursday evening peering into Ferguson’s longstanding tensions as well as the St. Louis region’s racial divisions became angry and heated, with most of a crowd’s ire directed at the town’s mayor.

Audience members expressed searing criticism of Ferguson’s governance and leadership, both of which have come under fire since one of the Ferguson's police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Ferguson
5:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Who's In Charge Here? For Ferguson And St. Louis County Police, Not Elected Officials

Members of the St. Louis County Police Department remain on the lot of the QuikTrip Gas station in Ferguson, Missouri on August 11, 2014.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer brought about an intense examination of the conduct, racial composition and “militarization” of local police departments.

But one topic that hasn’t been talked about that much is how elected representatives exert fairly little direct control over the region’s law enforcement agencies.

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Politically Speaking
4:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Politically Speaking: Councilwoman Erby Recounts Ferguson Turmoil, Council Battles

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week's episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby to the show.  

The University City Democrat recently won re-election to the council's 1st District, which encompasses 38 municipalities. Erby's district includes Ferguson, the scene of more than two weeks of turmoil, unrest and international media attention

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Ferguson
8:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

St. Louis County Council Approves Up To $1 Million To Help Ferguson Residents

Mike Jones, a policy adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, talks to the media on Tuesday about a $1 million allocation to help Ferguson residents.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council authorized up to $1 million to be spent to help Ferguson residents pay for expenses incurred during nearly two weeks of unrest.  

Without opposition, the council authorized the county to spend up to $1 million to help Ferguson residents who felt the impact of riots and looting. For more than two weeks, the city was under almost constant turmoil after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

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Ferguson
5:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Attorneys Ask Ferguson's Mayor To Commute Non-Violent Ordinance Offenses

St. Louis University law professor John Ammann is one of the four attorneys seeking amnesty for people who face municipal fines in Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A group of attorneys is asking Ferguson’s mayor to “wipe the slate clean” and grant clemency to certain people who broke the city ordinances, such as speeding or getting a parking ticket.  

Three law professors at Saint Louis University School of Law and the head of Arch City Defenders are asking Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III to provide the amnesty. Specially, the attorneys are asking Knowles to:

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Michael Brown Funeral
2:04 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

At Michael Brown's Funeral, Celebration Of His Life and Calls For Change

Michael Brown Sr., center, arrives at his son's funeral.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Michael Brown's funeral Monday combined remembrances of the young man and calls for justice.

"Michael Brown doesn't want to be remembered for a riot," the Rev. Al Sharpton said. "He wants to be remembered as the one who made America deal with how we police in the United States."

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On The Trail
7:54 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

An 11-Year-Old Provides Words Of Wisdom About Ferguson's Underlying Problems

University City resident Marquis Govan has been going to St. Louis County Council meetings for three months. He made a speech before the council last Tuesday about the turmoil in Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The turmoil in Ferguson drew the attention of some powerful people. Everybody from state legislators to the President of the United States spoke out about Michael Brown’s death and its aftermath.

While Marquis Govan doesn’t have a fancy title, the 11-year-old has some poignant ideas about the conflict. The University City resident has a ravenous interest in politics – and plenty to say about what’s going on in Ferguson.

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Politically Speaking
12:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Politically Speaking: Bob Onder On His Legislative Comeback

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed future state Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, to the Politically Speaking podcast. 

Onder, a doctor and an attorney, first burst on to the political scene in 2006 when he was elected to the Missouri House.

His tenure in the Missouri General Assembly was brief, because he left to make an unsuccessful bid in 2008 for the U.S. House in the (now defunct) Ninth Congressional District.

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Ferguson
11:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Ferguson's Struggles Attract Out-Of-Towners To Protest Without Violence

Jay Mattson stands outside Ferguson's Police Station with his parents Kevin and Vicky Mattson. The Athens, Ohio, family traveled to Ferguson to join the growing protest over Michael Brown's death.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On a sweltering Tuesday outside the Ferguson Police Station, a dedicated group of protestors blessed a late lunch of water, fruit and fried chicken to fuel their demonstration.

This is one of the central hubs where people have demonstrated after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. Most of the protestors have come from the St. Louis area. But on this day, they’re getting a little help from Kevin, Vicky and Jay Mattson. The Athens, Ohio, family made a detour from unrelated travels to get to Ferguson.

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Michael Brown
3:39 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

If Not For Head Wound, Brown Might Have Survived, Concludes Private Autopsy

Michael Baden, who performed a private autopsy on Michael Brown, answers questions from reporters at a church in Dellwood.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A private autopsy requested by Michael Brown’s family is providing some insight into how the 18-year-old died.

The examination found that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown six times, including twice in the head. It found that a shot to the top of the head was likely the one that proved to be fatal.

The autopsy also showed that the bullets hit Brown from the front. No gunpowder residue was found on Brown's body, which suggested Wilson didn’t shoot him at close range, although his clothes were not examined.

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