Kelsey Proud

Digital Innovation 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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Very early this morning a "Blood Moon" Eclipse was visible in the St. Louis area. Did you stay up (or get up very early) to see it?

Our Brent Jones did, and shares some of his photos from the event here with you. 

This was a total eclipse — but what about the "blood" color? The Seattle Times explains:

Kristi Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

The construction of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge took several years to complete - but now you can watch it happen in just minutes.

The Missouri Department of Transportation posted these neat timelapse videos (see below) of the construction on its Facebook page Friday.

From two different angles, the videos show the creation of another link for the St. Louis region - even if it's not a bridge you travel much yet -- and the passing of the seasons. 

© Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi

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, April 5.

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:

SHOSTAKOVICH   Violin Concerto No. 1
SIBELIUS   Symphony No. 2

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, March 29.

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:

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, March 22.

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:

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, March 8.

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:

VERDI  Requiem

Which will feature the following artists:

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama made a statement on the situation in Ukraine.

Earlier today, NPR's The Two Way provided context of the current state of the unrest there.

Watch live video of the statement here:

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, March 1.

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:

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, Feb. 22.

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:

(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, Feb. 8.

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:

Via St. Louis Symphony | Dan Dreyfus

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, Feb. 1.

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:

BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 5
SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No. 5

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

Updated 12:20 p.m.

The St. Louis Theatre Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with their second-annual St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards.

Today on Cityscape, we're talking with two of the 15 members of the St. Louis Theatre Circle to discuss the nominations for the 2014 awards (Full list included below).

Award recipients will be announced on March 17 at COCA.

In studio we have:

Via St. Louis Symphony | Dan Dreyfus

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, Jan. 25.

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:

DEAN   Testament
DEAN   Viola Concerto
BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications

(This event has now concluded. See our story for a full recap)

Welcome to our live blog of tonight's State of the State address from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. 

We invite you to join in on the conversation below - what are your reactions to the governor's speech? How do they impact your life? Do you agree or disagree with him?

Nixon's speech will be followed by the Republican response, delivered by House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka.

Via St. Louis Symphony | Dan Dreyfus

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, Jan. 18.

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:

Our Tim Lloyd reports for Marketplace on how colleges and universities are using big data to reel in potential students.

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, Jan. 11.

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:

(Screen capture/WhiteHouse.gov video)

Updated 2:38 p.m. This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held a press conference this afternoon covering a variety of issues, including on the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Obama said about the rollout, "I'm in charge. We screwed it up." For a full recap, see NPR's live blog.

We broadcast the press conference live on our air at 1 p.m. CT. 

(via WNYC)

Let's admit it - we all wonder what our neighbors are earning. Or, if our assumptions about what we earn are true.

In a geographical "keeping up with the Joneses" our friends at WNYC have put together this handy map of median household incomes across the United States.

(via official MoDOT Mississippi River Bridge Facebook page)

Commuters, start your engines. The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open to traffic starting on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Commonly known by some as the 'Stan Span,' the bridge has been under construction since 2010. The name of the bridge was made official in July, and was a compromise between Missouri and Illinois lawmakers.

comedy_nose / Flickr

Updated 5:06 p.m. with statement from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the official news by way of a tweet Monday morning:

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, Dec. 7.

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:

BACH    Cantata Nos. 1-3 from Christmas Oratorio

(video capture/courtesy Randall Hyman)

Cold. Windy. Wet. Exhilarating?

St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer Randall Hyman recently got the opportunity to travel to the Norwegian Arctic on a Fulbright project documenting climate change.

During his trip, he got to do a little bit of, well, iceberg jumping:

(via Flickr/WarmSleepy)

Updated 5:00 p.m. with additional details.

St. Louis' Ikea store will open in Fall 2015 and will be the Swedish retailer's 40th store in the United States.

Here's an artist's rendering of the store, which is slated for the corner of Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues in the Cortex development.

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