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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Cortex
9:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Federal TIGER Grant Funds New MetroLink Station

The new MetroLink station will be located between Boyle Ave. and Sarah St in St. Louis' Cortex innovation district.
Credit Courtesy of Citizens for Modern Transit

Metro Transit has secured most of the funding it needs to build a new MetroLink station in the Cortex innovation district.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is granting $10.3 million from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program.

“This is the lion’s share of the funding,” said Metro Transit President and CEO John Nations. The federal grant covers nearly all of the project’s nearly $13 million cost.

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Politics & Issues
6:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

$40 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police

Black Lawyers for Justice president and attorney Malik Shabazz speaks outside the U.S. District Courthouse in St. Louis on Thursday.
Credit Joseph Leahy

(Updated at 12:40 p.m. Friday, August 29)

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Police Chief Thomas Jackson have issued a joint statement in response to the lawsuit filed Thursday:

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Deadly City Confrontation
5:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tensions Flare Again, But Police Maintain Peace In Ferguson Overnight

A demonstator lunges at a riot police line in Ferguson Tues. after getting pepper sprayed.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

After more than a week of nightly violence in Ferguson, increased restraint by protestors and police paid off Tuesday night. Though police arrested 47 people and peppered sprayed one man, the night’s demonstrations ended without the use of tear gas, rubber bullets or gunfire.

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Ferguson
6:18 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Church Services Offer Ferguson A Place To Reflect

Pastor Willis Johnson welcomes late comers to a service at Wellspring Church on S. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson on Sunday.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

At Wellspring Church on South Florissant Road, about 100 parishioners prayed and sang for the first time since riots and looting erupted over the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The aftermath of Brown's death was on the forefront of everyone's mind.

“There are those who feel like tearing something up and tearing something down,” said Pastor Willis Johnson who commended those who have taken to the streets to demand justice for Brown.

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World War I Centenary
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Century-Old War Leaves Lasting Impact On St. Louis German Identity

Celebrating the end of WWI, a company of the 138th Infantry marches on 12th Street (now Tucker Boulevard), May 9th, 1919.
Missouri History Museum

World War I collared the spread of German culture and language across the globe. Though far from the front lines, St. Louis’s vibrant German community was no exception. 

A hundred years ago, the growth of the city had largely been driven by thousands of Germanic immigrants who built and controlled large swaths of government, industry, education, and religion. The Great War tested and ultimately transformed that influence in many ways that linger today.

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Primary Election 2014
11:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Well-Financed Transportation Tax Loses Big At The Polls

Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missourians decisively rejected a sales tax increase earmarked for transportation projects, making for a striking defeat for a well-financed campaign from proponents and a victory for an ideologically diverse opposition coalition. 

The tax – commonly known as “Amendment 7” or the “transportation tax” – would have raised Missouri’s sales tax by 0.75 percent for 10 years. It would have also barred Missouri's policymakers from instituting tolls or raising the state’s gas tax during that same time period.

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University City Loop
4:44 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis Walk Of Fame Adds McCarver, Benton, Falk

Bob Gibson, left, and Tim McCarver were part of the World Series winning 1964 Cardinals who were honored this May at Busch Stadium.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Adding to the 140 famous St. Louisans already installed on Delmar Blvd. in the Loop will be 19th-century U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, a champion of manifest destiny; former Cardinal and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver; as well as Lee Falk, who’s famous for his contributions to comics and theater.

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Animal Welfare
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Louis Health Department Tightens Reins On Carriage Horse Companies

A horse pulls a carriage on Market Street downtown.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis’ Health Department Director Pam Walker issued new guidelines Tuesday regulating the treatment of horses used to pull carriages for Brookdale Farms and St. Louis Carriage Co., the two businesses that offer rides in the city.

The guidelines forbid horses from working when the heat index reaches 100 degrees, and limits horses from working more than eight hours a day, and five days per week. They also set standards for stable ventilation, and cleanliness.

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Veterans Affairs
7:15 am
Tue July 15, 2014

American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care

Navy veteran Mike LeBlanc discusses health care with Verna Jones, director of the American Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The American Legion is looking for St. Louis-area veterans who need help getting medical services from the VA Health Care System.

The Legion has sent members from its “System Worth Saving Task Force” in Washington, D.C., to relay concerns directly from St. Louis-area veterans.

The three-person task force is meeting with the director of the local VA system today to bring up problems raised by veterans at a town hall-style meeting that it hosted Monday night, said Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division in Washington.

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State Exercise
8:53 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Show-Me State is designating the jumping jack as its official exercise in honor of the U.S. Army's second highest-ranked general.

Gen. John Pershing, who was from Laclede, Missouri, is credited with inventing the exercise while training cadets at West Point before WWI.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 669 bill Thursday, which was sponsored by State Rep. Pat Conway of St. Joseph.

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