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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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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Sunset Hills Tornado
5:35 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Still up in the air: Sunset Hills, a year after the tornado

A bare foundation remains of a house on West Watson Rd. The house was destroyed by a tornado that hit Sunset Hills on New Year's Eve 2010.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

One year ago tomorrow a rare winter tornado tore through the St. Louis County suburb of Sunset Hills. Since then residents who could repair their homes have moved on, but as St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, those who lost everything are still battling city hall for the future of the neighborhood.

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Crime / St. Louis Police
6:12 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

St. Louis Police taking extra precautions following threats

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Spray painted threats against St. Louis Police have the department on alert in north city where an officer killed a man Tuesday.

Police shot the man in his car after he allegedly resisted arrest. Graffiti found later on the wall of a nearby restaurant said an officer would be next.

Police Chief Dan Isom says the department is taking extra precautions in the district where the shooting occurred.

Morning round-up
9:35 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County goes on holiday recess with approved budget

The St. Louis County Council has approved a 2012 budget after a contentious season of fiscal wrangling with County Executive Charlie Dooley. Early this fall Dooley's county budget estimates convinced him to propose drastic cuts. Dooley drew sharp criticism for his proposal to shut down 23 county parks and lay off almost 200 county employees.   

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Morning News Round-up
9:35 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Slay authorizes $64 million in bonds for St. Louis parks

Funding for St. Louis City parks will no longer be siphoned into other capital improvement projects, following a bill signing by Mayor Francis Slay Monday night.

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