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.


7:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Live Updates: Protests Continue With Action Near St. Louis City Hall

Protesters block traffic near St. Louis City Hall on Dec. 17.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

This is where you can find the latest updates from our newsroom and reliable community sources on developments related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson August 9. 

Live Updates (better version for mobile users):

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Arts & Culture
12:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - First Live Broadcast Of 2014-2015 Season

Guest soloist Yefim Bronfman.
Credit Dario Acosta

Welcome back! We begin our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2014-2015 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. 

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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Politics & Issues
5:11 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

President Obama Addresses Nation About Islamic State

President Barack Obama.
Credit ( video screen capture)

President Obama addressed the nation tonight on his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group ISIS, also known as ISIL or Islamic State.

As NPR reports, "President Obama said the United States plans to 'take out' the Islamic State "wherever they exist.'"

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Politics & Issues
10:24 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Live Updates: Election Day

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Welcome to our one-stop place for all Aug. 5 election updates. Follow along with us and share what you're seeing. 

Resources for you:

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Prescription Drugs
3:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious

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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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