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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Business
5:16 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Arch Grants: Round Two

Credit Flickr/jdnx

A local organization trying to build successful companies in St. Louis is now accepting applications for round two of its startup competition. During the first round, Arch Grants awarded fifteen lucky startups $50,000.

What's on TV?

Twenty-six-year-old Sergi Turabelidze started his company, Iveria, out of necessity. He’s from Georgia (the country), and when family came to visit, they just couldn’t find anything to watch on TV.

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Other News
12:11 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

MoDOT To Monitor Traffic At Malls On Black Friday

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say they will do what they can to alleviate traffic at major shopping malls on Black Friday.

Linda Wilson Horn with MoDOT says engineers will monitor traffic signals at malls located along state roads.

“From our transportation management center in Chesterfield we have remote computer communication with our traffic signals," said Wilson Horn. "If they see a situation they can try to provide a little more green time for certain movement to try to help a situation.

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I-64 Closure
11:58 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Another I-64 Closure Starts Tonight

Credit SLPR news

Weather permitting, all lanes and ramps on eastbound I-64 between Jefferson Avenue and the Poplar

Street Bridge will be closed starting at 8 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m. on Monday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says crews will be working on the section of the double deck structure just over I-55 and the depressed lanes of I-70 downtown.

Deanna Venker with MoDOT says they’re worried about the weather forecast for Sunday evening, which could affect the Monday evening rush.

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Blanchette Bridge
12:47 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

MoDOT: Motorists Returning To Blanchette Bridge

Three days after the closure of the westbound lanes of the I-70 Blanchette Bridge, officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say traffic continues to move smoothly.

However, they are concerned that motorists are falling back into old habits.

Linda Wilson Horn with MoDOT says they’ve seen a steady increase in drivers traveling I-70.

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Beyond November
12:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Early Observations Point To Strong Voter Turnout

A voting machine.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

Will be updated.

Early indications are that Missouri officials' prediction of a strong turnout for the election might be accurate.

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office is reporting there were long lines shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. today. The office is also receiving many phone calls from people checking their registration or verifying their polling places.

The Kappa House, a polling place in midtown St. Louis, had a steady stream of voters late this morning. 19-year-old Treniece Stockard was one of them. Among her concerns? Student loans.

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Hurricane Sandy
7:21 am
Tue October 30, 2012

St. Louis Region Sends Help To Sandy-Swept East Coast

Hurricane Sandy floods parts of Marblehead, Massachusetts, a coastal city just north of Boston.
(Flickr/The Birkes)

Updated 3:18 p.m. Oct. 31:

The Red Cross of the Greater St. Louis Region says it has increased its support staff headed to help with disaster assistance.

They say they have now brought their number of regional volunteers to 26 and response vehicles to five.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. to include the deployment of Missouri Task Force One's Red team to provide disaster assistance.

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Heroin
6:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

For the past year, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and community organizations have held nearly two dozen town hall meetings to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses continue to decline, but officials say they are seeing an uptick in some age groups.

Through September of this year there have been 45 heroin deaths in St. Louis County, that’s compared to 55 last year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach sat down with Chief Fitch to talk about their efforts to go after heroin suppliers.

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Meningitis Outbreak
12:15 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

St. Elizabeth's Hospital To Notify Patients Who Received Drug Linked To Meningitis

(UPI/Jeff Roberson/POOL)

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville says 26 patients received a dose of a drug produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control have linked cases of fungal meningitis from the use of contaminated steroids by the New England Compounding Company.

The patients received a dose of a cardioplegia solution produced by the pharmacy since May of this year.

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Blanchette Bridge
12:37 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

MoDOT to Close Eastbound Lanes of Blanchette Bridge This Weekend

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public suggestions about the state rail plan. (MoDot)

Beginning at 8 p.m. this evening, three eastbound lanes on the Blanchette Bridge will be closed.

The lanes will be re-opened by 5 a.m. on Sunday. At least two eastbound lanes will stay open to traffic throughout the weekend.

Linda Wilson Horn with the Missouri Department of Transportation says they do expect backups as motorists coming from St. Charles County try to get across the bridge.

“We are restriping the bridge to get ready for what will be a major impact starting two weekends from now," said Wilson Horn.

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Music
6:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

An Illinois Professor's Quest To Save Music Of Ecuador

Phillip Wilhelm poses with several handmade instruments played by the Kichwa people in Ecuador.
Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio

Since 2004, a music education professor at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. has been collecting and documenting the indigenous music of the native Kichwa people of the Ecuadorian rain forest. With globalization, much of Ecuador’s culture is changing rapidly and much of the indigenous music is in danger of being lost. Philip Wilhelm is on a mission to integrate the music back into the schools in Ecuador.

Wilhelm sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach to explain what is so unique about the music and why it should be saved.

Follow Julie Bierach on Twitter: @jbierach

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