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.


St. Louis Symphony
9:02 am
Sat September 21, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - First Live Broadcast Of 2013-14 Season

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Welcome back! We begin 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. 21.

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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11:31 am
Tue September 17, 2013

St. Louis Ranked Among Top Cities For Meaty Meals

A meaty serving of ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse in Midtown St. Louis.
(via Flickr/uberculture)

Meat eaters are flush with choices in St. Louis, we know.  But just how "meaty" is St. Louis among the top 100 most populous U.S. cities?

Real Estate blog Movoto has put together such a list and slots St. Louis among its Top 10.

We're solidly in the middle at number 5. The list used the following criteria:

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MO Statehouse
11:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Live Blog & Round-Up: Missouri Veto Session 2013

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

From gun control to a controversial tax cut, this year's veto session in the Missouri Legislature was one to watch.

We had a live blog during all of the developments, which you can read through still below our summaries. Here are a few things to take away:

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3:26 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Where St. Louis' Regional Members Of Congress Stand On Action In Syria

Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated 3:28 p.m. Sept. 16. May be updated further.

As the situation regarding a U.S. military action in Syria continues to change, members of congress from Missouri and Illinois have voiced where they stand on the issue. We have a running list of their opinions and updates for you below.

Current Local Vote Tally:

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City of St. Louis
1:55 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Two Former St. Louis Parks Officials Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Two former St. Louis Parks Division officials have pleaded guilty to embezzling over $400,000 from the Parks Division. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District  of Missouri says Joseph Vacca, former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks Division,  and Thomas Stritzel, former chief of the St. Louis Park Rangers pleaded guilty to the charges. According to the Attorney's office, it was through a system of false invoices that the two men acquired the money and used it for personal expenses including automobile leases, credit card payments and other items.

Child Abduction
11:59 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Amber Alert Issued, Then Canceled For Champaign, Ill. Incident

13-year-old Cleo Younce (victim, at left) and 21-year-old Nicholas Hurley (suspect).
(Champaign Police Department website)

Updated at 12:35 p.m. Friday:

The AMBER Alert for Cleo Younce has been canceled. She is safe and her alleged abductor in custody.

Our original story:

An Amber Alert has been issued for the region by Champaign, Ill. authorities. Here's all of the information we know so far as posted on the website of the Champaign Police Department:

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Saint Louis Zoo
2:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

That's Not A Worm: Endangered Ocellate Mountain Vipers Born At Saint Louis Zoo

A highly endangered 7 inch baby ocellate mountain viper snake slithers across a quarter while on display at the Saint Louis Zoo on September 3, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In a slight departure from the cute-beyond-debate baby animal post, today we bring you a look at a group of highly endangered baby snakes born at the Saint Louis Zoo. 

The Zoo says nine ocellate mountain vipers were born there on Aug. 16. The species is from northeastern Turkey.

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Bridgeton Landfill
3:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Mo. DNR: The Bridgeton Landfill Fire Is Moving And We Want More Temperature Monitors To Track It

A map from May 2013 outlining the then-location of the underground fire and buried nuclear waste at the landfill. The new temperature probes Mo. DNR is requesting are to be installed roughly along the edges of the landfill's narrow neck.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:40 p.m. to add Missouri Coalition for the Environment letter and comment from Republic Services.

The fire within the Bridgeton Landfill is still smoldering and now the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is ordering the company which operates the landfill to install additional temperature monitors to track the fire.

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Kids & Diversity
9:16 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis

(via Flickr/immeemz)

NPR has embarked on a project to compile a database that doesn't exist yet - a list of all of the accessible playgrounds in the United States. And they're looking for your help.

Playing on a playground seems like a common childhood activity where physical activity meets social interaction. But, for some children with disabilities, playing along with other kids on those playgrounds isn't easy, or even possible. 

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11:47 am
Mon August 26, 2013

St. Louis Named Among 'Best Cities For Cheapskates'

(via Flickr/

Kiplinger's says St. Louis is a great city for cheapskates - and insists we take that as a compliment.

The Gateway City ranks at number 9 on the Kiplinger compilation, and it's the biggest city in their top 10 (full list is below).

They say St. Louis' housing costs, at 27 percent below the national average, are what cemented our place on the list.

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