Jess Jiang

NPR Reporting Fellow

Jess Jiang has spent the last three years producing NPR’s Planet Money. She recently worked on the team’s T-shirt project, where she followed the start of the manufacturing process. She went to Mississippi to see how modern-day cotton is harvested and farmed. And also went to Indonesia to find out why the cotton is sent halfway around the world to be spun.

Jess got her start in public radio at Studio 360. She graduated from Yale College in 2008, majoring in economics and environmental studies.


Tech jobs in St. Louis
12:20 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Says STEM Jobs In St. Louis Are Hard To Fill

Credit Flickr user omervk

A recent Brookings Institution report looks at millions of job openings across the country to see how hard it is to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in a hundred metro areas. The answer: hard.

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Grain To Bottle
2:50 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bud Vs. Microbrew: How Beer Is Made (In GIFs!)

Compare the brewing process at Anheuser-Busch and Perennial Artisan Ales
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

Watch how manufacturing beer at Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis brewery (making 15 million barrels a year) looks different from Perennial Artisan Ales's microbrewery in south city.

STL 150
10:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th

The view of the crowd from the stage of the Pageant and Masque held in Forest Park from May 28-31, 1914. The production brought to life the story of the founding of St. Louis 150 years earlier.
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis

Forest Park is expecting to have just under 50,000 visitors this July 4th weekend for Fair St. Louis. Officials and St. Louisans have been worried about crowds, parking and congestion. But 100 years ago, the park saw much bigger crowds for the city's 150th birthday celebration. Perhaps the planners of Fair St. Louis can learn a lot from the Pageant and Masque St.

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On a coal barge
10:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Collateral Impact Of The EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule: Barge Companies Are Already Adapting

Train cars of coal at ACL's St. Louis coal terminal will be dumped out and put on Louisiana-bound barges.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Historically, the nation's barges have transported much of the nation's coal. In fact, barges are second only behind rail for moving the nation's primary energy source to the power plants that use it.  But in June, the EPA put out a new rule to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. The rule's impact on power plants is direct. But what about the impact on the barge industry?  

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Transportation Tax
5:32 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

MoDOT Releases List Of Hundreds Of Transportation Projects That A Proposed Sales Tax Hike Can Fund

Voters will decide August 5th whether they will fund $5 billion in transportation projects with a 0.75 percent sales tax increase.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

If voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase this August, the St. Louis area will get bus rapid transit, a light rail stop, a better port and an expanded I-270, among other things. 

That's according to a list the Missouri Department of Transportation released Friday of $5-billion dollars worth of projects that would be funded by the tax increase. 

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Jane Turner
9:10 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

A Year After Decision In Student Transfer Case, Mother Who Started It All Reflects

Jane Turner, mother of two, led the suit against the Clayton School District in 2007.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

A  year ago today, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that students who live in unaccredited school districts should be able to transfer to better schools, with their home districts having to foot the bill. The decision opened the door for about 2,000 kids in the north county districts of Normandy and Riverview Gardens to transfer to nearby schools. 

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14 charged
6:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton with Bradley Hart (Illinois inspector general for health care and family services) and Stephen Swofford (Illinois attorney general's office).
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

The Department of Justice is charging 14 people with Medicaid fraud in Illinois.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, said over the past few years, dozens of people have fleeced a Medicaid program that pays personal assistants to help disabled or sick Medicaid recipients live at home. The intention is to save the state money by keeping people in their homes and out of costly institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes.

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Antibiotic Resistance
10:16 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

A Freezer At Washington University May Hold The Key To Developing New Antibiotics

Patient Hazel Watson with her infectious disease doctor, Erik Dubberke. The bacteria Watson has is resistant against all but one antibiotic.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Super bugs — those bacterial diseases that are resistant to antibiotics — are growing, according to a recent World Health Organization report. Not only are the bugs getting stronger, the report explains, but pharmaceutical companies are also not developing enough new antibiotics to replace the ones that become ineffective. As a result, patients are suffering as the arsenal of antibiotics to fight infections dwindles.

Hazel Watson is one of those people.

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For the Sake of All
5:42 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Will The 'For The Sake Of All' Research Stay In The Ivory Towers?

Dr. Jason Purnell describes results from the "For the Sake of All" study Friday.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

After 14 months of preparation, the "For the Sake of All" authors released their final report Friday at the Missouri History Museum. Hundreds of St. Louis community members attended the presentation. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University showed how poverty, race, and education can impact health and life expectancy for African Americans in the region. 

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VA Hospital
5:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Sen. Blunt Proposes Adding Options For Where Veterans Can Seek Care

The VA Hospital in St. Louis.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., calls it "outrageous" that the the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn't answered questions about quality and timeliness of mental health care in the VA St. Louis Health Care System. The senator met with hospital officials in St. Louis Wednesday, after allegations from the former chief of psychiatry, Dr. Jose Mathews, that mental health doctors weren't seeing enough patients and veterans were waiting a month or more to see a psychiatrist. 

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