Julie Bierach

Reporter/ Newscaster

Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.

Bierach returned to St. Louis Public Radio in November 2010 after working in public relations at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She was previously the station’s science and technology reporter.

Bierach worked in Tucson, Arizona at Arizona Public Media where she was the host of the station’s weekly news magazine, Arizona Spotlight. While in Tucson, she reported on a variety of topics facing the desert southwest, including illegal immigration. Her reports have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Day to Day.

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Weather
4:30 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather

The Gateway Arch is barely visible from Busch Stadium during a snowstorm on Jan. 5, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing

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Kirkwood High School
7:51 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Update: Authorities Give All-Clear At Kirkwood High School, Delayed Start

Credit (via Flickr/evmaiden)

Updated 1:56 p.m.

Kirkwood High School has posted a statement on their website regarding today's events. It reads:

Dr. Havener's Message About Tuesday's Event

KHS Parents/Guardians 

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Lethal Injection
4:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays

Joseph Paul Franklin.
(Missouri Department of Corrections)

Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:

Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. He was put to death after courts overturned Tuesday's stays of execution.

Yesterday, two federal judges issued stays of execution.

The judges took issue with how the state was getting its lethal injection drug from a secret source not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and questioned whether the inmate was mentally competent to be executed.

The state of Missouri, led by Attorney General Chris Koster, appealed quickly.

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Mother to Mother
4:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

St. Louis Loses Resource For Moms Struggling To Cope After Childbirth

Erin Shetler and her 11-month-old daughter Amy. Shetler suffered from a postpartum mood disorder following Amy's birth. The trained volunteers at Mother to Mother, who also dealt with emotional issues following childbirth, helped Shetler in her recovery.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Ask any mother about the happiest moment of their life and they will most likely tell you ‘the birth of their child.' But for some women, the moments that follow childbirth are not happy at all.

For 20 years, women struggling with a variety of emotional issues after childbirth could reach out to the St. Louis nonprofit organization Mother To Mother for free. But at the end of the year, the organization is closing because of financial troubles.

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How We Move
4:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Navigating The STL Region After Long-Awaited Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens

Credit (New Mississippi River Bridge Project Facebook page)

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River is slated to open early next year.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio's series of reports on the region's aging infrastructure called "How We Move," Julie Bierach spoke with Jerry Blair with the East-West Gateway Council about how the $667 million bridge will impact travel in the St. Louis region.

She began by asking him when they started planning for a new bridge.

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Economy
9:53 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown Affects St. Louis Workers and Attractions

A sign on the Gateway Arch entrance indicating that it is closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Credit (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

 Updated 3:35 p.m.

The government shutdown will affect thousands of federal employees in the St. Louis area. But most of them were expected to show up for work today.

Steve Hollis is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3354 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He says workers are being told just to sit and wait.

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KIPP St. Louis
6:34 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Fostering ‘Grit And Joy:’ KIPP Inspire Academy’s Strategies For Charter School Success

Outside KIPP Inspire Academy in St. Louis.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

In 2009, KIPP Inspire Academy opened its doors in St. Louis. Since then, the charter school has grown from a single class of 80 5th graders to a school of 330 students in grades 5th through 8th, many of them behind by two years in reading and math.

St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach recently spoke with KIPP's Executive Director Kelly Garrett about the school's education model that puts just as much emphasis on character as it does on reading and writing.
 

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St. Elizabeth Academy Closes
6:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Teachers Heartbroken As Century-Old St. Elizabeth Academy Prepares To Close

The entrance to St. Elizabeth Academy on Arsenal St. The 130-year-old all-girl Catholic high school will close in May 2013 because of low enrollment.
St. Elizabeth Academy

After 130 years, St. Elizabeth Academy, a private Catholic all-girls high school in St. Louis City will close this month.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports, dedicated long-time teachers are in tears, while some alumni are racing against the clock in their pursuit to continue the school’s legacy.

Don’t Step On the Seal

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Severe Weather
6:22 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Severe Weather Hits St. Louis Area

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/FEMA Photo Library)

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for St. Louis City and several Missouri counties, including Iron, Jefferson, Madison, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve and Washington. The Tornado Watch is in effect until 11 a.m.

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William L. Clay
10:10 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. House Votes To Name Part Of Poplar St. Bridge For Clay

The Missouri House has voted to name part of a bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis for former U.S. House member William L. Clay.
 
The designation would honor the Democratic congressman who represented St. Louis in the House for 16 terms. He was first elected in 1968.
 
The Missouri House bill would put Clay's name on the Missouri portion of the Poplar Street Bridge, which carries Interstates 55, 64 and 70 between downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois. Private donations would pay for signs with Clay's name.
 

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