Kelsey Proud

Engagement Editor

Kelsey Proud is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned a Convergence (Multimedia) Journalism degree. She has worked at PBS Interactive in Washington, D.C., MSN UK News in London and is a social media enthusiast. Kelsey feels journalism is truly a public service and hopes her work enhances community and reaches those who need information most.  Though she's "from" Chicago, Kelsey has also lived in several different regions of the United States, including periods of time in North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico and Illinois. Her extended family has roots in Boone and Audrain counties in Missouri, too. She is a wannabe chef and globe trekker, former competitive golfer and band-ie (trumpet), and honorary Missourian.

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Prescription Drugs
3:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious

Credit (via Flickr/e-MagineArt.com)

Drugs, privacy, prison. Those three things are linked to the debate over prescription drug databases -- and Missouri is the only state in the U.S. without one.

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Marriage Equality
8:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Mayor Slay Marries Four Same-Sex Couples At City Hall

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Last updated 3:59 p.m.

Mayor Francis Slay issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples Wednesday night, in a direct challenge to Missouri's ban on such unions. 

"St. Louis is a city that doesn’t tolerate discrimination," Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement. "We are sending a message on what’s right, and I can’t think of anything more right than this."

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Death Penalty
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Nixon Named Among Most Secretive Officials In U.S. With ‘Award’

The Golden Padlock Award.
Credit (Courtesy of Investigative Reporters And Editors)

Missouri is one of several states that are buying their execution drugs in secret. This week, the issue is getting some national attention.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been recognized as one of the “most secretive publicly funded agencies or people in the United States.” He’s “won” the Golden Padlock Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. (He was also invited to accept the award in person, but declined).

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St. Louis Life
1:19 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Why You Stay In The St. Louis Area - A #WhyIStay Roundup

Credit (Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Over the past two weeks we asked you to share why you stay in the St. Louis region, and you certainly did.

The reasons were varied, but when put together, your submissions on Twitter and Instagram show a fascinating look at what keeps us here.

Below is a sampling of the reasons you shared with us when you told us #WhyIStay.

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Missouri Legislature
10:37 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Live Updates: The Last Days Of Missouri's Legislative Session

A look up at the interior dome of the Missouri Capitol.
Credit (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The final days of the Missouri Legislative Session are underway, with debate centered around big topics like tax cuts, guns, abortion and voting. Follow the latest updates here from our political team and major players.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:21 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Still Means So Much, 70 Years After Its Debut

Fans of the film "Meet Me In St. Louis" gathered for a sing-a-long and screening on May 2.
(Amanda Honigfort/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Judy Garland classic Meet Me In St. Louis had its world premiere in St. Louis on Nov. 22, 1944, but it still draws a crowd. On May 2, the Missouri History Museum hosted a Meet Me in St. Louis film screening and sing-a-long in conjunction with the film’s 70th anniversary and their 250 in 250 exhibit. 

Listen to what the film means to some of the fans attending the sing-a-long:

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St. Louis Symphony
1:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Tchaikovsky 5

The view from the stage at Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
Credit (via St. Louis Symphony/Dan Dreyfus)

We conclude our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. 

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

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St. Louis Symphony
2:16 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Carmina Burana

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
Credit (Alise O'Brien)

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. 

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

REICH   The Four Sections
ORFF   Carmina burana

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History
11:41 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Listen To Why You're Probably Pronouncing Sacagawea Wrong

A Sacagawea $1 coin.
Credit (U.S. Mint)

Look at this woman's face. If you recognize her, think about how you'd say her name, then read on:

Got it? 

Well, you might be wrong.

She's Sacagawea, the Native American woman best known for her role in the renowned westward expedition of Lewis & Clark, and for her likeness imprinted on that special edition piece of U.S. currency.

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History
9:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

10 Things To Know About Saint Louis, Himself, On His 800th Birthday

Statue of King Louis IX (also known as Saint Louis) on Art Hill in St. Louis' Forest Park.
Credit (photo illustration via Flickr user Tim Hamilton)

Friday is the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis' namesake, King Louis IX of France. You might be familiar with Louis' silhouette from the prominent sculpture on Art Hill in Forest Park. You know, this one:

Pretty epic image, right? But we thought we'd give you a few more facts about the man, king and later, saint.

1. Louis was born in 1214.

What else was going on in the world then? The Emperor Xuanzong of Jin China was in tremendous conflict with Genghis Khan.

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