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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Mississippi River Bridge
3:43 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Mississippi River Bridge To Open In February

A look at the under-construction Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in September 2013.
(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.

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Education
3:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. Court Upholds Student Transfer Law In Kansas City Case Similar To St. Louis

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.

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St. Louis Cardinals
9:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

La Russa, Torre Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa
(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:

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St. Louis Symphony
5:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Bach Christmas Oratorio

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(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

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Science
11:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

This Is What It Feels Like To Be Dropped Off On An Iceberg Alone

St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer Randall Hyman prepares to jump onto an iceberg in the Barents Sea.
Credit (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:

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IKEA
8:41 am
Wed December 4, 2013

IKEA Bringing A Store (And Its Meatballs) To St. Louis City

(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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Politics
5:33 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Steve Webb Resigns After Accusations Of Stealing

State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North St. Louis County)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications/cropped by St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri state Rep. Steve Webb has resigned following charges of numerous campaign finance violations earlier last month.

The Florissant Democrat was charged with a felony count of stealing and seven misdemeanor counts of campaign finance violations.

The felony charge is for stealing and alleges that Webb solicited a $3,000 donation that was supposed to be used for a Legislative Black Caucus reception. The charges allege Webb put the money in his personal bank account.

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Arts & Culture
9:31 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Renowned Violinist Joshua Bell

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(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, Nov. 30.

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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Thanksgiving
5:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Five Great Thanksgiving Things To Make Your Turkey Day Awesome

(via Flickr/JD Hancock)

First of all - Happy Thanksgiving!

With all of the great Turkey Day stuff out there, we couldn't pick just one thing to share with all of you.

Here are a few fun, interesting, useful or otherwise-awesome things to make your day a little bit more enjoyable:

Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table's annual live call-in show, designed to bail you out of any last-minute kitchen emergencies and provide a backdrop as you and your family prepare for Thanksgiving.

St. Louis Public Radio will air Turkey Confidential on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Illinois Politics
12:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Enyart Formally Announces He'd Like To Continue His 'Mission' In Southern Illinois

Rep. Bill Enyart.
(via Enyart's campaign)

Will be updated.

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart officially announced Tuesday that he's running for re-election.

The announcement is a formality as Enyart already shared  his intentions back in May.

Enyart, 64, made two stops Tuesday to share the news, one in his home-base of Belleville, Ill. and another in Carbondale, Ill.  

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