Joseph Leahy

Reporter

Leahy anchors St. Louis Public Radio's weekday afternoon newscasts and produces news on local and regional issues. He previously produced and reported news for WERS 88.9 FM in Boston and is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe’s online news section, "Your Town." He holds a master's degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston.  

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Joseph grew up migrating almost annually with his family between two disparate homes: rural Missouri and sprawling Los Angeles. He attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Missouri to complete a bachelor's degree in English.

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Business
6:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

St. Louis Aldermen Stand Against 'Right To Work' Bills Proposed In Statehouse

City Hall Board of Aldermen chambers
St. Louis Public Radio Staff

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is taking a stand against so-called "right to work" legislation that's moving through the Missouri Legislature.

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Forest Park Funding
5:08 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Emerson Commits $5 Million To Forest Park

A view of Forest Park in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Emerson Electric is giving $5 million to help restore and maintain Forest Park.

The gift is the largest ever given by a publicly traded company to Forest Park Forever – the private non-profit that's partnered with the city to maintain the 1,371-acre park.

The money will help pay for new improvement projects and secure the park for future generations, said Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley Hoffarth.

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250th Anniversary Coverage
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Pard' My French: St. Louis' Peculiar Way Of Saying Local Street Names

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis is unusual among American cities in having so many streets and places with French names.  Over centuries, its residents have also adopted some unusual ways of pronouncing them.

While these interpretations could make many modern French speakers cringe, some echo the original dialect of the city when it was still a part of New France. In other words – maybe we shouldn’t feel so bad about how we pronounce “Chouteau” these days.

 

 

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Metro Fare Hikes
7:15 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Metro Seeks Public Input On Proposed Fare Hikes

St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

Metro is proposing to increase its bus and train fares this July, pending approval by the Board of Commissioners. The fare hikes are needed to offset rising operational costs, including fuel, vehicle parts and medical benefits for staff, said Communications Director Patti Beck.

"This fare increase will help financially support our existing Metro transit system and preserve plans for future service enhancements,” she said.

Metro is proposing three options in changing fares, to raise an additional $2.2 million. 

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Missouri Cow Count
7:42 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Missouri Reclaims Second Highest Beef Cow Count in US

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has retaken its position as the number two beef cow producer in the nation. The USDA’s annual inventory shows the state surpassed Nebraska with a 63,000-increase in cows from 2012 to 2013.

Dry weather across the country had a lot to do with Missouri reclaiming the spot which it held from 1983 to 2008, said University of Missouri agriculture economist Scott Brown.

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Business
6:46 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

County Assessor To Review Property Tax Exemptions Of Non-Profit Groups

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.
St. Louis County Assessor's Office

The St. Louis County Assessor’s Office will undertake a review of all tax-exempt properties in the county to confirm their owners still qualify for the tax break.

Exemptions have been granted to thousands of non-profit groups because their properties are used for charitable, religious or educational purposes, but some of them no longer qualify, said County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

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Mississippi River Bridge
5:50 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Missouri, Illinois Residents Celebrate New Bridge

Throngs of Illinois and Missouri residents brave a cold Saturday afternoon to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Joseph Leahy | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Thousands walked above the icy Mississippi River Saturday as governors, senators and U.S. representatives from Illinois and Missouri cut the ribbon on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The $230 million, cable-stayed structure is the culmination of a decades-long effort to relieve congestion on the nearby Poplar Street and Martin Luther King Bridges.

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By The Numbers
9:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Explore The New Mississippi River Bridge Graphic

Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

  • Construction began in April 2010.
  • The bridge cost came in at $670 million including land acquisition, utility relocation and construction
  • The total bridge span has 16.367 million pounds of structural steel and 12 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

Area residents will have a rare chance Saturday to see the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge up close before it officially opens to vehicle traffic on Sunday.

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Gateway Arch Redevelopment
11:48 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Arch Redevelopment Leaders Tout Progress, Downplay Delays

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Leaders of the multi-pronged plan to transform the Gateway Arch Grounds and surrounding streets downtown gave their fourth presentation in as many years Wednesday about the progress and challenges faced so far on the $380 million project.

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Trans Fat Ban
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Ready Or Not, Local Food Shops Brace For FDA's Trans Fats Purge

Trans fats help icing hold its shape on many supermarket cakes.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The Food and Drug Administration has a plan in the works that may affect your appetite. It wants to ban partially hydrogenated oils -- the major source of artificial trans fats in the U. S. food supply.

How will that impact St. Louis area bakeries, donut shops and grocery stores?

Like many mom-and-pop donut shops in St. Louis, the Donut Stop in Lemay fries with partially hydrogenated shortening – good for glaze retention, shelf life, and mouth feel.

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