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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New Year's Eve Tornadoes
1:47 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

FEMA to survey damage from New Year's Eve tornadoes

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon walks with resident Anthony Tumminia during a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Mo. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sunset Hills sustained damage to about 25 homes in a storm Dec. 31, 2010. Tumminia'a home was completely destroyed.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Beginning Tuesday, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will survey damage from the New Year's Eve tornadoes that demolished homes and businesses across the state.

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Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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News Round-up
1:55 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve News Round-Up

A discarded Happy New Year hat in New York in 2008. (Via Flickr/adamsofen)

Happy New Year's Eve! We hope you have a great end of 2010 and beginning of 2011! Here are a few news stories buzzing around the St. Louis Area today. 

  • Anheuser-Busch will renew its sponsorship with Major League Baseball. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis-based brewer and MLB came to an agreement on Thursday to also drop the litigation stemming from the contract dispute. Anheuser-Busch sued the league last month for allegedly breaching a sponsorship contract after MLB reportedly wanted more money and said the deal was non-binding and it could use other beer sponsors. The deal designates Budweiser as official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and is worth an estimated $10 million.
  • Smoking bans go into effect Sunday in both St. Louis city and St. Louis County. County residents voted last year to approve the ban. The City's Board of Aldermen passed a ban that was contingent on the county's vote. Both health departments will be in charge of enforcement. The county is not expecting enforcement to be a problem. In the county individuals who don't abide by the ban can be fined $50  while business owners could be fined $100 for the first offense and more for subsequent offenses.
  • The newly approved city budget in East St. Louis calls for laying off 34 municipal employees, including 16 police officers. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the East St. Louis City Council unanimously voted Thursday to accept the nearly $62 million budget. Besides laying off the 16 police officers, the new budget also calls for a delay in calling some firefighters back to work, plus laying off four public works employees, one jailer and one full- and one part-time telecommunicator.

MoDOT
12:21 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

MoDOT contest educates Missourians about driving sober

The Missouri Department of Transportation is launching a contest to educate Missourians about the dangers and consequences of driving while intoxicated. The contest, "Drive Clear in the New Year" will run from Jan. 3-7, 2011.


Someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 1.7 hours in Missouri. According to MoDOT, a total of 281 people were killed and 1,141 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2009.

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Morning round-up
9:48 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Morning headlines: Low tax revenue from Mo casinos, Mo to again recruit young people, new Il law on concealing a death, Busch's Grove Market to close

Missouri schools could face a $24 million funding shortfall because tax revenues from casinos are falling. (Flickr Creative Commons Brad Lucid)
Flickr Creative Commons Brad Lucid

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St. Louis Symphony
12:53 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Kevin McBeth appointed director of IN UNISON Chorus

The St. Louis Symphony has appointed Kevin McBeth director of the IN UNISON chorus. (St. Louis Symphony)

The St. Louis Symphony has appointed Kevin McBeth, director of music at the Manchester United Methodist Church, as the new director of the IN UNISON chorus. The IN UNISON chorus members attend more than 30 churches in the St. Louis African American community.


Fred Bronstein, president and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony says McBeth will continue to bring the chorus's music to a wider audience.

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Transportation
11:22 am
Wed December 29, 2010

MoDOT seeking suggestions on state rail plan

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

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking Missourians to take an online survey about the state rail plan. Through the survey, MoDOT is seeking information about rail services, challenges, opportunities, costs and benefits from the public's point of view.



"It's always a challenge to pay for all the transportation services and improvements Missourians tell us they want, so how the state invests our rail transportation dollars says a lot about our priorities and has a major impact on the state's economy. " - MoDot Director Kevin Keith.

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Morning round-up
8:55 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Morning headlines: Coleman text messages, Mo tatoos, Il Budget

A new Missouri proposal triples the fees for tattoo artists in the state. Officials says the fee increase is needed to finance its oversight of the growing industry. (Flickr Creative Commons, madaboutasia)

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Morning headlines: Paraquad founder Max Starkloff dies, East St. Louis Police reject offer, Coleman lawyers seek to prevent expert testimony

Max Starkloff, founder and president of Paraquad Inc. died at his St. Louis home Monday. He was 73. (Flickr Creative Commons, mosaferroads)

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