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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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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Flu Season
9:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

St. Louis Flu Cases Down After New Year Surge

via Wikimedia Commons

After spiking in early January, cases of the flu appear to have subsided in the St. Louis area.

According to the St. Louis County Health Department, the 92 influenza-like illnesses recorded for the week ending Jan. 19 was 151 fewer than the first week of January. St. Louis City numbers for last week have yet to be released.

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Martin Luther King Day
6:51 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

St. Louis Remains A Stronghold For Dr. King's Dream

Marchers celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Grand Blvd. outside Powell Hall.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Thousands of St. Louis-area residents celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with ceremonies, music and marches over the three-day weekend.

Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis hosted readings on Monday of King's writings, sermons and speeches from the same pulpit where he once preached 50 years ago.

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Flu Deaths
7:25 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nine Deaths Linked To H1N1 Flu Virus

via Wikimedia Commons

Officials at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis say nine people have died from the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, over the past six weeks. Another 35 patients were sick enough to be treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, although, many were transported from outside the area.

Infectious Disease Physician Steven Lawrence says those who died ranged in age from their mid-20s to their mid-60s.

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Church Sex Abuse
4:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records

Archdiocese of St. Louis chancery.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated Jan. 13, 2014:

The legal back-and-forth over the release of the names to the plaintiff continues. The state Supreme Court today blocked the Archdiocese from having to comply with Dierker’s order until further notice.

Updated Jan. 10, 2014:

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Arctic Weather
7:52 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

St. Louis Officials Move To Help Homeless Survive Arctic Chill

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (center) urges homeless residents to seek shelter before sub-zero temperatures arrive.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis City officials are mobilizing to protect the city's homeless population as an arctic weather front is forecast to plunge the region into sub-zero temperatures late this weekend.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm could dump nearly a foot of snow on the St. Louis area by Sunday evening. The overnight low temperature on Sunday is forecast to reach -8 degrees with daytime highs on Monday peaking near -2 degrees.

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Holiday Air Travel Security
10:58 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

TSA Loosens Screening For More Lambert Airport Flyers

A TSA agent screens a passenger at one of Lambert Airport's PreCheck security lines.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The Transportation Security Administration is clearing more than a quarter of the nation's commercial passengers for expedited screening as it expands its PreCheck program. Nationwide, the number of airports participating in the program has expanded from about 40 last year to more than 100 today.

During a press conference at Lambert Airport Tuesday, Federal Security Director William Switzer said travelers can now find separate screening lines at all concourses.

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Holiday Travel
5:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Homebound Soldiers To Swell Pre-holiday Rush At Lambert Airport

Lambert – St. Louis International Airport
via Flickr/Michael R. Allen

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is preparing for a surge in visitors as the busy travel period surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day begins Friday.

Public Relations Manager Jeff Lea says the airport is expecting a 15 to 20 percent increase from normal passenger traffic at peak travel times over the next two weeks.

“The biggest travel day prior to Christmas for air travel is going to be Friday,” he said.

In addition, he adds that holiday travelers can expect to be flying with a significant number of men and women in uniform as well.

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CityArchRiver 2015
8:58 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Opinions Vary On Impact Of Arch Riverfront Construction

Traffic restrictions along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard. are in place during the Central Riverfront project.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon

Ed Lammering wore his top hat to a groundbreaking last month beside the Gateway Arch, but left his horse, Lukes, at the St. Louis Carriage Company’s stable on the other side of Busch Stadium.  He held a sign which read, “Where do we stand? – carriage drivers.”

The carriage company is among several businesses that have concerns about the impact of the $360 million CityArchRiver 2015 project. Work will include expanding the Arch grounds over Interstate 70, carving out a new central entrance for the underground museum and numerous other major improvements.

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