Linda Lockhart

Outreach Specialist

Outreach specialist Linda Lockhart has been telling stories for most of her life. A graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, she has worked at several newspapers around the Midwest, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as a reporter, copy editor, make-up editor, night city editor, wire editor, Metro Section editor and editorial writer. She served the St. Louis Beacon as analyst for the Public Insight Network, a product of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media that helps connect journalists with news sources. She continues using the PIN to help inform the news content of St. Louis Public Radio. She is a St. Louis native and lives in Kirkwood.

Michael Brown
9:02 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Kirkwood Shares Lessons Learned For Healing With Ferguson

Kirkwood City Hall.
Credit Paul Sableman

Michael Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., are still waiting to bury their son, who was shot and killed on Aug. 9, by a Ferguson police officer. For them, healing probably seems like something that’s still a long way off.

But for the people of Ferguson, where peaceful protests turned violent in the week since Brown’s death, steps toward healing should begin as soon as possible.

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Peaceful And Vocal
4:49 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Photo Essay: Ferguson Marchers Raise Hands, Demand Justice

A variety of people carried signs, most held hands up.
Credit Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

More than 500 people marched along West Florissant Avenue early Saturday afternoon. The racially diverse group included young and old, families, clergy members, all walking in solidarity past the burnt-out QuikTrip. The area around the convenience store that was destroyed by looters has become a focal point in the days following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Police cars from various jurisdictions followed the last of the marchers at the end, lights flashing. A St. Louis County police officer said this was to guard against other traffic running over the marchers.

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Ferguson
1:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

How Can We Move Forward? St. Louisans Speak Out About Ferguson

Erica Hampton, center, with shovel, brought her children and some friends to help clean around the QuikTrip that was destroyed Sunday night when rioting broke out in Ferguson. Soon, they were joined by others.
Credit /photo by Kathryn Banks

Emotions continue to run high as people throughout the greater St. Louis area try to process the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed young man.

Peaceful protests that followed the death of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of a Ferguson police officer on Saturday turned to violence on Sunday. And the chaos continued early Wednesday, when a St. Louis County officer shot and critically injured a man authorities say pointed a gun at officers near a protest site.

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Primary Election 2014
2:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Candidates Agree To Appear On 'St. Louis On The Air'

Before you step up to a voting machine in the Aug. 5 primary election, what do you need to know to help you decide who will get your vote to become your party's nominee for St. Louis County executive?
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

What issues are most important to you, ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election? What might prompt you to vote for a particular candidate?

"St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh is preparing to interview the candidates who are running for St. Louis County executive, in the contested races in the Democratic and Republican primaries, and we invite you to share questions you would like Marsh ask the them.

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Mother's Day
1:19 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Listen Closely To What She Says, Because Mom Usually Knows Best

Mother Frances Duggan, left, and daughter Eileen Duggan attend the 2008 alumni reunion for the St. Louis Institute of Music. Frances Duggan died in 2012.
Credit / Photo provided by Eileen Duggan

If you ever listened to you mother — really listened, you probably learned some very valuable lessons.

For Eileen Duggan, one of those lessons has served her well in her years as a piano teacher.

“She taught me the importance of establishing a studio policy, and treating the career as a business.” Duggan wrote, in response to questions through our Public Insight Network. Her mother, Frances Duggan, taught piano for 55 years. 

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Missouri Governor
11:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Remembrance: Election Night Surprise And A Colorful But Short Political Career

Joe Teasdale in his prime
Credit Missouri Archives

When young Joe Teasdale won the Missouri gubernatorial race against incumbent Christopher “Kit” Bond in 1976, few were more surprised than Teasdale himself. That fact became increasingly evident on that election night nearly 38 years ago, as a ballroom-full of supporters waited, and waited, and waited for their man to come down from his hotel suite above, and make his acceptance speech.

After learning of Teasdale's death Thursday at age 78, I had a flashback to a November night in 1976.

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Missouri
11:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Johnson's Shut-ins: Still A Park For All Seasons

The sign says: On Dec. 14, 2005, this granite boulder was torn from its resting place high atop Proffit Mountain during the Ameren upper reservoir breach. Approximately 1.3 billion gallons of water carried this rock 1 1/2 miles, dropping it here.
Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

The Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, Missouri’s original, natural water park, is ready for action. That’s what Steph Deidrick, a division information officer for the Missouri State Parks, wants people to know.

It’s been four years since Johnson’s Shut-ins reopened the park and campgrounds after the area was hit by a devastating flood, caused when AmerernUE’s Taum Sauk reservoir gave way.  The reservoir breach occurred on Dec. 14, 2005, sending approximately 1.3 billion gallons of water down the Proffit Mountain, flooding the park below.

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Festivals
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Metro St. Louisans Weigh In On Relocating Summer Events to Chesterfield

Credit (Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Bluesweek Festival and the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are on the move, and people throughout the metro area have been quick to share their reactions.

Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek left many regulars reeling after organizers announced that this year both will be held in Central Park and the Chesterfield amphitheater.

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Politics & Issues
10:01 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

St. Louisans Honor King By Informing, Serving Others

Dorothy Dempsey
Credit Provided by Mrs. Dempsey

Dorothy Dempsey turned her thoughts Sunday to Martin Luther King by attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver.

The local branch of this Catholic fraternal organization turns out each year to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated on April 4, 1968, when he was 39.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

St. Louis News: A Year In Review

(via Flickr / DanielSTL, year added by St. Louis Public Radio)

With just one more day left in the year, we took the opportunity to reflect on the top St. Louis news stories of 2013. St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh in a discussion about the top regional news of the year with education reporter Tim Lloyd, political reporters Chris McDaniel and Jo Mannies, and statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky of Illinois Public Radio.

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