Kimberly Springer | St. Louis Public Radio

Kimberly Springer

Engagement Producer

Kimberly Springer is overly-degreed with a master’s of information science from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Emory University in women’s and gender studies. After teaching at Williams College, Portland State University and King’s College London for a total of 12 years, she realized that she consistently had side projects in public and community radio.

She was associate producer and scriptwriter for the Peabody Award-winning series, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” She produced the WAMC Northeast Public Radio series, “The Good Fight: Activism at the Turn of the 21st Century,” which won an RTNDA Murrow Award for Best Regional Series in 2001. Kimberly returned to school in 2012 to learn the digital and archives/preservation skills that she brings to St. Louis Public Radio as Engagement Producer.

She’s mildly obsessed with London, having been an expat there for seven years. She's also prepared for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Susannah Lohr

St. Louis mayoral forums like this one have been packed. So, we know you have questions for St. Louis' next mayor.

What are they? 

Curious Louis wants to know what you want to know.

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Susannah Lohr

A big thanks to all of you who took the time to sample St. Louis' local music scene and submit your videos to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.

NPR Music's rules don't allow us to pick a contest "winner." But, with your input, we're able to select singers and bands people in the St. Louis area should know more about. Nationally, there were more than 6,000 entries. Nearly 50 of them were in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

The Trump administration's very public conflicts with government agencies continues on Twitter during the first week of Donald Trump's presidency.

This time around, in response to a gag order barring public-facing communications by several departments, Twitter users are creating spoof accounts and getting embroiled in the dissemination of facts. Here in St. Louis, a spoof Gateway Arch account popped up on Wednesday.

St. Louis Public Radio's social media and engagement producer breaks down how to determine whether or not an account is verified — plus a few more Twitter related questions. 

It's here! NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest for 2017 is now open for your entries. 

Submit a video of you, or your band, playing an original song behind a desk of your choosing. You could win a chance to play your own Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

It's been just over a year since we introduced Curious Louis — our reporting project where you ask the questions and we find the answers — to St. Louis.

Since then you've asked a lot of questions. But most importantly, we've answered a lot of questions, with your help. 

These stories appear in our top five stories periodically.

Some are assigned to classes for students.

Others appear on websites, such as Reddit.

The rest are inexplicably popular.

What do you want to know about St. Louis?

Maybe you've seen a local custom that is quirky, or a legend that is mysterious. Our question generator below is meant to get your creativity going by helping you think of things you're curious about in our region.

Watch the words roll by, or lock in one or both words to try different combinations. When you've thought of a question, fill in the form below to submit your question, and maybe one of our reporters can track down the answer.

 

Name

Jennifer Michelle Simeone

 

What your friends call you (on a good day)

Jenny!

 

Town you consider your hometown

I have no home town — I've moved 21 times all in California — but I do consider California "home" in the general sense.

 

Your role at STLPR

I'm the newsroom's Diversity Fellow, which is a fellowship designed to make the station's content and staff more inclusive.

We want politicians to focus on the issues, right? 

But it's pretty tricky to agree on what the issues are and a lot depends on who's doing the defining. 

St. Louis Public Radio wants to help you —  first time voters and keen political observers alike — understand the basics for our live debate with the Missouri Republican candidates for governor. And these are likely the same issues that will come up when the GOP candidate faces off against Chris Koster in November. 

Here's some background on the issues we expect our politics team, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum, to ask the candidates about at tonight's debate. 

 

What's your name?

David Cazares

Where do you consider your hometown to be? 

Two towns: Indianapolis and Miami. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and went to school around Indiana. But as much as I identify with my home state, for much of my adult life I have been rooted in South Florida, where I met my wife and my two daughters were born. I feel at home. I love the mix of cultures and languages there and consider it a part of the country that foretells coming changes to middle America. Indeed, I’ve seen and heard that happen, as whenever I fly back to Indiana, I hear Spanish at the airport there. A generation or two ago, that wasn’t the case.

What's your name?

Eli Chen 

Where do you consider your hometown to be? 

Hoffman, Estates, IL

What are you doing for us here at STLPR?

I'm the new environment and science reporter.

Care to share a piece of audio or story you're proud of? What's in store for our listeners and web readers?

A concerned Curious Louis community member, Dee, asked a great question about accountability:

 

Does Curious Louis need to get more sponsors so you can afford the resources needed to answer more of these questions?

Dee continues, "I really enjoy Curious Louis, but they seem to be struggling to keep up with the inquiries."

More resources? Who wouldn't turn down more resources? While more sustaining members to support our work is wonderful (donate here), sometimes our newsroom is just short on time.

 

 

Here's what we can do to keep you informed about the Curious Louis reporting process and what you can do to help it work better.

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NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest gives bands the chance to compete to play a concert at NPR’s headquarters, appear on the game show Ask Me Another, and tour across the country.

 

To bring that competition home, St. Louis Public Radio held our own Tiny Desk Contest. We collected submissions to the national contest and had you, our readers and listeners, vote on your favorite act. Voting is now closed, but you can still see all of the entries.

Mark Wallace, Alyssa Avery and Ian Lubar of Mt. Thelonious were great guests and played to a packed lobby, around our own version of a tiny desk, for close to an hour. Watch their performance below. and visit their website for more music and show dates.

Watching the videos for all of the St. Louis singers, songwriters, bands and musicians who submitted entries to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest 2016 was not heavy lifting.

Why would it be?

There were creative interpretations of what constitutes a "desk." But best of all, original songs across genres offered a feel for the wealth of local talent we have in our area.

Bring your questions and comments about our series, Homicide's Wake, to a live chat with reporters Durrie Bouscaren and Rachel Lippmann.

In 2015, 188 people were victims of homicide in St. Louis.