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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St. Louis Life
11:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

St. Louis' Arch On International 'Watch List' Of At-Risk Monuments

(via Flickr/digitizedchaos)

St. Louis' identifying landmark, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (aka The Gateway Arch), has been included on the World Monuments Fund's 2014 Watch List for at-risk monuments.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

President Obama Makes Statement, Answers Questions

President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on October 8, 2013.
(Screen capture/WhiteHouse.gov video)

Updated 2:21 p.m. This live event has concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held a press conference today focused on the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling. 

NPR's Live Blog The Two-Way has a full round-up and context for the press conference, which lasted over an hour. 

The live event has now ended, so we've removed the live video we provided here. 

Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Video: St. Louis' Pokey LaFarge Shows Midwestern Pride In 'A Prairie Home Companion' Performance

Pokey Lafarge and his band perform on A Prairie Home Companion on Oct. 5, 2013.
(Screen capture/A Prairie Home Companion video)

Miss Pokey LaFarge on A Prairie Home Companion this weekend? Here's a video slice of the band's performance of "Central Time" on the show.

"Being from St. Louis, Mo., being from the Midwest, we realize we're supposed to be humble...'Yeah, I'm from the Midwest,'" LaFarge told the crowd. "But I go around the world and say, 'Yeah, I'm from the Midwest!'"

Want more Pokey? Check out our past coverage of the band.

St. Louis Symphony
12:15 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Gershwin & Adams

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, Oct. 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:

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St. Louis Life
8:48 am
Fri October 4, 2013

St. Louis' Forest Park Named Among '10 Great Public Spaces' For 2013

The Grand Basin and Art Hill in Forest Park in St. Louis. The park is one of the areas to benefit from a federal grant for recreational trails.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Forest Park in St. Louis has been designated one of the Ten Great Public Spaces for 2013 by a national non-for-profit educational group.

The American Planning Association announced the list Friday - the nine other places on it are:

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St. Louis Symphony
9:19 am
Fri September 27, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Harlin, Beethoven, Strauss

The view from the stage at Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(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, Sept. 28.

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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Meth
1:32 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mapped: How Many Meth Incidents Has Your Missouri County Reported This Year?

Credit (Missouri State Highway Patrol website)

Updated 1:51 p.m. 

It's no secret that Missouri has problems with methamphetamine. However, the problems are hardly spread equally across the state.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has compiled a map showing the number of reported meth incidents in each Missouri county through June 2013. (You can also see what they mean by "incidents," exactly).

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Business
10:35 am
Tue September 24, 2013

St. Louis Boeing Facility Affected As S. Korea Rejects Warplane Purchase Project

The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle.
(Boeing File Photo)

Last updated 4:51 p.m. with additional information. 

South Korea says it has rejected Boeing Co.'s bid to build and supply 60 new fighter jets - even though it was the sole contender in the bidding process.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Tuesday that South Korea has decided to delay naming a winning bidder for the 8.3 trillion won ($7.7 billion) weapons purchase project.

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Sports
4:14 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Watch: Busch Stadium Shifts From Football Back To Baseball

Grounds crews convert Busch Stadium's field back into baseball shape.
(screen capture/St. Louis Cardinals Video)

Busch Stadium has hosted "football" before - but not of the American variety. That changed on Saturday, when Southern Illinois University - Carbondale faced Southeast Missouri State on an improvised gridiron in "baseball heaven."

Politics
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After Unconventional Election, Illinois' Davis Going For Second Term In Congress

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Sept. 23. Davis has announced he's running for re-election.
(Sean Powers/WILL)

Reporting from WILL's Sean Powers and WGLT's Charles Schlenker.

Congressman Rodney Davis has announced that he’s running for re-election next year. The Taylorville Republican kicked off a campaign tour Monday across the 13th Congressional District, with his first stop in Urbana. 

See the bounds of the 13th via Govtrack:

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