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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Michael Brown
2:47 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ferguson Police Chief Issues Video Apology To Michael Brown's Family — And Protesters

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, in the white shirt, prays with clergy leaders before Tuesday's Ferguson City Council meeting.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson issued on Thursday a wide-ranging apology to Michael Brown’s family — and to demonstrators who felt their constitutional right to protest was violated in the wake of Brown's death.

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Ferguson
4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Johnson Pleads For Peace After Ferguson Demonstrations Flare Up

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks Wednesday during a press conference. He told reporters five people were arrested in Ferguson last night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After protests in Ferguson flared up overnight, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says he’s ready to use the riot gear that became a staple of the August demonstrations over Michael Brown’s death.

But Johnson said he’s not willing to place automatically a larger police presence on West Florissant Avenue, adding that he’s monitoring the situation on a “day-by-day” basis.

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Ferguson
2:26 am
Wed September 24, 2014

After Tense Day In Ferguson, Protests Flare On West Florissant; Council Acts On Fines

Protesters return to West Florissant Avenue on Tuesday night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Police forcibly dispersed dozens of protesters in Ferguson early Wednesday morning after hours of  confrontation and the smashing of a window at the Beauty Town shop. Tensions had been running high since Tuesday morning when a memorial for Michael Brown burned down close to where he was killed.

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On The Trail
9:51 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Policymakers Eye Big Changes To Missouri's Municipal Courts

Meldon Moffitt says he had a bad experience paying a municipal fine in Jennings. Policymakers from across the political spectrum may change how cities administer their municipal courts.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson resident Meldon Moffitt is part of a hardy group of protesters known as the Lost Voices, mostly young people willing to sleep on the street to get justice for Michael Brown’s family.

Moffitt said he believes more than just Ferguson needs to change. He said, for example, he received a stiff fine in Jennings for driving on a suspended license, even though he said he had paperwork clearing up the matter.

It’s part of what of what Moffitt says is as an unfair system affecting African Americans like himself.

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Politically Speaking
9:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: Wieland On His Race Against Roorda — And His Contraception Lawsuit

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s mid-term election season is in full swing. And that means it’s time to interview the candidates in some of the state’s most competitive electoral contests. 

State Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to discuss his bid for the 22nd District state Senate seat. Wieland is running against state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, for the open Jefferson County-based seat.

(Roorda is slated to appear on next week’s episode of Politically Speaking.)

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Beyond Ferguson
12:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nixon Picks Maida Coleman To Lead New Agency Reaching Out To Minorities

Maida Coleman

After facing intense heat from some of his party’s African-American leaders, Gov. Jay Nixon is tapping a former St. Louis-area senator to serve as a liaison to the state’s poor and minority communities. 

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Michael Brown
11:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Anger Over Brown's Death Boils Over Into St. Louis County Council Meeting

Protests and chants came into the St. Louis County Council chambers Tuesday night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s been well over a month since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And for the most part, the St. Louis County Council was shielded from the unbridled anger over the 18-year-old’s death.

That reprieve ended on Tuesday.

The council’s chambers were packed with supporters of Brown and his family, with the vast majority of the crowd giving the county’s top executive and legislative officeholders a blazing array of criticism.

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Building Community
11:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ferguson Mayor Says He Overcame Obstacles To Become Mayor

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has taken a lot of criticism since the death of Michael Brown at the hands of one of his city's police officers.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles won his most recent election without opposition. It’s a fact that’s been used to illustrate the lack of popular participation in Ferguson’s city government. 

But Knowles himself said that fact is a little misleading. He told St. Louis Public Radio last week that he had to slog through several difficult campaigns to become mayor. His unopposed re-election earlier this year, he said, doesn't mean that he was able to walk into the job without working for it.

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Building Community
11:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Born To Run? In St. Louis County's Municipalities, Competition For Office Can Be Sparse

Pasadena Hills Mayor Geno Salvati won election to his office in 2013 without opposition. It's fairly common for mayors and city council members to get elected without opposition in St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

When Pasadena Hills Mayor Geno Salvati met with this reporter in April at the Ferguson Brewing Co., it was months before Ferguson became internationally known -- or turned into a hashtag.

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Politically Speaking
11:11 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Peters Seeks To Bolster North St. Louis' Economic And Education Future

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week’s edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Joshua Peters to the show. 

Peters, D-St. Louis, grew up in north St. Louis and attended Beaumont High School. After graduating from Lincoln University, Peters spent several years as an aide for U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. He also worked for an undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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