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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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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Veterans Day
7:58 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

St. Louis Honors Veterans

Dennis Charest, executive vice commander of the American Legion's 11th and 12th district of Missouri, speaks at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy

Salutes fired in downtown St. Louis this morning at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in honor of the sacrifices made by U.S. armed service members for their country. Parades, ceremonies and speeches in the St. Louis area over the three-day weekend marked the 95th anniversary of the end of WWI, known previously as Armistice Day.

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Education
8:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Panel Talks Accreditation Process Overhaul, School Transfers

Cast a Line Flickr

Many state officials have been receptive to a fresh proposal to overhaul the state’s school accreditation system, but the plan would take years to implement and won’t help the districts facing bankruptcy over student transfer and tuition costs.

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Immigration
5:51 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally

Norma Andrade became a U.S. citizen last week after living in the United States for 19 years.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)

The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House. 

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Affordable Care Act
5:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. 1, including users being unable to create accounts and load web pages.

Blunt cautions residents not to consider the website as a measure of whether or not the President's signature health care plan is working.

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Drought
4:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Stuck in the middle: total drought area shrinks as Missouri gets worse

(via National Drought Mitigation Center)

Extreme drought conditions in Missouri have worsened even though nationwide the total area affected by this year’s severe dry weather has decreased slightly. That’s according to this week’s report from the US Drought Monitor.

The portion of the country facing any level of drought decreased a point to about 63 percent. Meanwhile, about 93 percent of Missouri is in an extreme to exceptional drought.

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Beyond November
5:40 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Eight's a crowd: which Dem will make the Mo. Lt. Gov. race?

All eight candidates in the Democratic primary for Mo. Lt. Governor, listed top to bottom, left to right: Judy Baker, Bill Haas, Fred Kratky, Sarah Lampe, Susan Montee, Becky Plattner, Jackie Townes McGee, Dennis Weisenburger.
(Campaign Photos/Provided)

Missouri’s Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is by far the most crowded race in the state this election cycle. The eight candidates running represent a range of experience from across the state.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, splitting the ballot eight ways means a winner could emerge with less than 20 percent of the vote.

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FEMA Funding
5:50 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bridgeton still waiting on 'Good Friday Tornado' funding

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder listens to public input about Missouri’s response to the 2011 ‘Good Friday Tornado’ at an interim committee hearing Aug. 1, 2012.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking the State Emergency Management Agency to explain why the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton has not received $500,000 in FEMA funds to help it recover from the 2011 Good Friday tornado.

Kinder chairs an interim legislative committee on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, which agreed today to give SEMA 48 hours to respond.  

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Business
1:49 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Wells Fargo Advisors: 400 new jobs coming to St. Louis

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (center) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (right) joined Wells Fargo Advisors president and CEO Danny Ludeman at the company's headquarters in downtown St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Financial services firm Wells Fargo Advisors is investing $33 million to expand its operations in the St. Louis area. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined the company’s president and CEO Danny Ludeman Friday for the announcement at the company’s downtown headquarters.

Ludeman says the plan will create 400 local jobs.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 27, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Good morning. Here are your starting headlines today:

Valley Park mayor resigns

The embattled mayor of Valley Park has resigned. Nathan Grellner stepped down as the top official in the St. Louis County town on Thursday, submitting a written letter of resignation. Grellner has been under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, for missing nearly every meeting since February, and for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a neighboring town in June.

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