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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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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Politics & Issues
8:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Illinois Bill Takes Aim At 'Knockout' Game

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A state representative in the Metro East wants to stiffen the punishment for random assaults often referred to as the 'knockout' game. The so-called 'game' involves punching an unsuspecting person in the head with the goal of rendering them unconscious.

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NCAA Championships
6:39 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

NCAA Taps St. Louis To Host Eight Championships

The NCAA's Division I Westling Championships will be held Mar. 19-21, 2015 at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis
(via flickr/.bobby)

The NCAA is bringing eight sports championships to the St. Louis area over the next five years. The collegiate athletic association announced a package of playoffs Wednesday that St. Louis will host between 2015 and 2018.

The St. Louis Sports Commission prepared the city’s successful bids. Vice President of Events Chris Roseman says NCAA athletes will be competing at numerous venues across the metro area.

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Business
2:23 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

$900,000 Grant Going To Minority Business Enterprises In St. Louis Region

Minority Business Development Agency national director David Hinson.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Department of Commerce is giving nearly $1 million to promote minority business enterprises, or MBEs, in the St. Louis region.

The $900,000 grant announced Tuesday will establish a business center to provide minority entrepreneurs and business owners with contract and financing opportunities, bonding services and executive training.

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Business
6:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Union Opposes Police HQ Contractor With Criminal Past

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 protest outside the future headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
John R Kahrhoff IBEW Local 1

A local union is protesting a sub-contractor working on St. Louis’ new police headquarters.  Local 1 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers opposes Thomas Ruzicka who has been convicted of embezzling more than $100,000 from former employees.

The union's business manager Frank Jacobs says Ruzicka is a license holder for R E Contracting that is handling about $1.2 million worth of electrical work for the downtown building. 

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East St. Louis
8:40 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

East St. Louis Pays Down Decades-Old Bonds

A survey released by Creighton University shows continued economic growth for the near future, though no real expectation for increased employment. (via Flickr/ Rob Lee)
Flickr/Rob Lee

East St. Louis has paid off more than $20 million in bonds it’s owed Illinois for nearly two decades.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the $21.4 million it borrowed 19 years ago helped bail out the city in a time of crisis, but paying them off has been a financial burden ever since.

“This is a huge deal,” he said. “What it does is send a message that East St. Louis has handled its responsibilities to the state of Illinois and we have never defaulted on our loan from the state of Illinois in terms of refinancing the bonds.”

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Central Riverfront Project
6:47 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Arch Riverfront Redevelopment Begins

City officials and developers shovel soil in a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at the Riverfront Overlook Stage between the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.
Joseph Leahy St. Louis Public Radio

An effort to improve safety and access between the Gateway Arch and the riverfront has begun. City leaders and developers kicked off construction Thursday afternoon on the second phase of redeveloping the Arch grounds.

The $33-million project, centered along Leonor K. Sullivan Bvld., will elevate the corridor by nearly three feet to reduce flooding as well as add bike paths, walkways, better lighting and landscaping.

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Animal Welfare
3:55 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Hundreds Of Animals Seized From Franklin County Home, Again

One of the animals rescued from a St. Clair, Mo. home on Tuesday.
Missouri Humane Society

The Humane Society of Missouri seized more than 250 domestic and farm animals from a property in Franklin County Tuesday for "deplorable" living conditions. In 2010, the organization removed 158 animals from the same property for being mistreated.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Director Mike Perkins says the rescued animals included 192 rabbits, as well as goats, cats, chickens, dogs and one duck.

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