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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City crime numbers
5:43 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crime rates continue to decline in St. Louis City

City of St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 5:43 p.m. to include comments from Chief Isom and correction in data.

There's more good news on crime today in the St. Louis area.

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Other News
4:40 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Governor Nixon hones in on jobs before state of the state address

Mo Gov. Jay Nixon outlines his Missouri Works initiative during a visit to Jost Chemical Co. in St. Louis.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is pushing his jobs creation strategy as the path to improving the state's economy this year.

Speaking at Jost Chemical Co. in St. Louis Friday, Nixon detailed his multi-pronged proposal which includes opening state export offices in Asia and South America and funding training for high-tech jobs.

"We'll work to make sure we attract next-generation automotive suppliers to Missouri," said Nixon.

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Business
5:12 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Congressman praises river port potential to Chinese delegation

China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan, listens to a US inland waterways briefing at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

An Illinois Congressman and US transportation officials are talking up a Granite City river port to a Chinese delegation exploring new trade routes to the American market.

Congressman Jerry Costello touted the access America's Central Port has to railroads and highways during a visit from China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan.

Costello said a harbor to be completed next year will give a strategic advantage in moving imports and exports.

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Other News
5:59 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

St. Louis County Police help patrol Dellwood

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St. Louis County Police are filling a law enforcement gap in Dellwood as efforts continue to disband the suburb's municipal police force. 

Dellwood's Mayor, Loretta Johnson, requested the county's help while eight of Dellwood's 16 police department positions remain vacant.

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Local Control / ACLU
5:16 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

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Catholic Church
3:34 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Pope names St. Louis native Cardinal

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a St. Louis-area native, has been elevated to Cardinal.
(via Flickr/photoactionusa)

Choosing the next Pope in Rome will be among a St. Louis native's new responsibilities when he is elevated to Cardinal next month.  New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, is among 22 new Cardinals being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dolan grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin and attended high school at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South. In the early 90s Dolan became vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

He said he is used to the color red.

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RED CROSS
6:06 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross national disaster warehouse prepares for severe weather

Mary Anderson (front) briefs city and county officials at the agency's national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis
Joseph Leahy

A year after one of the worst winters in decades, emergency officials say St. Louis is prepared for more severe weather. City and county officials were briefed Thursday on the American Red Cross's preparations at its national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis.

Mary Anderson, the Red Cross' regional director of disaster services says since last year's devastating tornados that struck Missouri, the Red Cross is making space in the 100,000 square-foot facility for more supplies.

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Schlafly Beer
11:40 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Schlafly company sells 60 percent of company to local investors

(via Flickr/nan palmero)

Updated 5:05 p.m. with more information, comment

Schlafly Beer's parent company, St. Louis Brewing Inc., is selling 60 percent of its ownership interest to the local investor group Sage Capital.

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Missouri Supreme Court / SNAP
12:15 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

SNAP leader vows to fight records disclosure

David Clohessy (left) speaking Tuesday in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy

The director of a sexual abuse support group is denying that he helped violate a gag order in a lawsuit against a Catholic priest in Kansas City.

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Smoking bans
6:27 am
Mon January 2, 2012

One year later: City and County smoking bans

Some business owners in St. Louis City and County say that exemptions to the smoking ban have hurt their bottom line more than the ban itself.
SLPRnews

In the year since St. Louis City and County banned smoking in most bars and restaurants, some business owners say that exemptions to the ban have hurt their bottom line more than the ban itself.

Marty Ginsburg, owners of the Sports Page Bar in Chesterfield, says bars where smoking is permitted have an unfair advantage.

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