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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Missouri Dept. of Transportation
1:15 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

MoDOT Highlights Major Projects For 2013

The Missouri Department of Transportation will soon begin what they’re calling “significant” improvements to state roads in the St. Louis metro area.

MoDOT’s St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the extensive improvements to the interstate system will help relieve some of the problem areas during morning and evening commutes.

The complete list of projects includes:

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Health / Flu
1:57 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

With Flu Strong And Early This Year, Be Prepared For Second Peak

via Wikimedia Commons

The flu season has started early across the US. Doctors have been treating a large number of cases at area hospitals since October. Pediatricians at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis are treating a high number of patients diagnosed with the flu.

St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach spoke with Dr. Ken Haller, a pediatrician at Cardinal Glennon. He says to be prepared for a second peak of flu cases.

Follow Julie Bierach on Twitter: @jbierach

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Winter storm
7:19 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Blustery Weather Hits Southern Ill., and Southeast Mo.

Snow blankets the grounds of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale campus on December 26th.
(Jennifer Fuller/WSIU)

A winter storm is hitting southern Illinois, leaving roads covered in snow and ice and prompting officials to urge residents to stay home if they can.

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A Good Year
6:36 am
Wed December 26, 2012

2012: A Good Year For University City Woman After Son Released From Prison

Lonzetta Taylor (R) watches as her son George Allen reads a statement on November 14 after being released from prison.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

To most of us, having a good year is quantified by getting a raise, a new job or perhaps the birth of a child. But not to a University City woman, who got what she's been wanting since the mid 1980's.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio's series "A Good Year," Julie Bierach spoke to Lonzetta Taylor, whose son's murder conviction was overturned after 30 years.

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Religion/Law
2:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

St. Louis Taxi Driver Claims Religious Discrimination In Suit Against City, Others

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

Updated to correct spelling of Patti Hageman's name

A St. Louis taxi driver has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, the City of St. Louis and Whelan Security.

Raja Naeem filed the lawsuit this morning following his Dec. 7 arrest at Lambert Airport.

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Features
2:44 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor

Clark Porter was 17 when he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for robbing a downtown post office at gunpoint. He spent 15 years in prison and today helps some of the toughest ex-offenders turn their lives around.
Courtesy of Washington Universtiy in St. Louis

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:34 pm

Every weekday, Clark Porter, a tall man with a sturdy build, walks into the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis to work with tough ex-offenders. On the outside, he wears a suit and tie. But on the inside, he has more in common with the former felons than most.

Back in 1986, a skinny 17-year-old Porter went on trial there as an adult for robbing a post office at gunpoint. His sentence: 35 years.

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Breast Cancer
2:31 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Wash U. Research Findings Could Be Good News To Some Breast Cancer Patients

The top image shows untreated breast cancer cells with HER2 mutations. The bottom image shows how much these cells shrink after treatment with neratinib, an anti-HER2 drug currently in clinical trials.
(via Washington University in St. Louis/Shyam Kavuri, Ph. D.)

The findings of new breast cancer research from Washington University could result in effective treatment for 4,000 additional patients in the United States each year. Scientists made the discovery after analyzing DNA sequencing data from 1,500 patients.

The research appears in the latest edition of Cancer Discovery.

So what does this research mean?

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Joplin
8:24 am
Mon December 3, 2012

FEMA Trailers In Joplin Nearly Empty

Credit (UPI/Rick Meyer)

The nearly 600 federal trailers that housed Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied.

Those who remain in the trailers will soon have to start paying rent in January.

The Joplin Globe reports many of those still in the trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have disabilities and are unable to work.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Three 'Vital' Bills McCaskill Says Are Being Ignored

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she's frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls "bipartisan" and "vitally important."

The Democratic Senator says she doesn't understand why members of the House won't take up legislation on:

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Illinois
8:16 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ill. Legislators Head To Springfield To Tackle Quinn Vetoes

Credit (via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois legislators are scheduled to go back to Springfield this week to tackle any bills the governor vetoed this year.

Of the major legislation the governor vetoed - one big issue that's had all sorts of trouble getting support is gambling expansion. The measure Governor Pat Quinn vetoed would allow for several new casinos in the state - including one in Chicago. But Quinn has said the bill is flawed - with, quote, "loopholes for mobsters" - but a sponsor of the measure says he's close to having enough votes to override the governor's opposition.

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