Margaret Wolf Freivogel

Editor

Margaret Wolf Freivogel is the editor of St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon. She was the founding editor of the St. Louis Beacon, a nonprofit news organization, from 2008 to 2013. A St. Louis native, Margie previously worked for 34 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a reporter, Washington correspondent and assistant managing editor. She has received numerous awards for reporting as well as a lifetime achievement award from the St. Louis Press Club and the Missouri Medal of Honor from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is a board member of the Investigative News Network and a past president of Journalism and Women Symposium. Margie graduated from Kirkwood High School and Stanford University. She is married to William H. Freivogel. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Margie enjoys rowing and is a fan of chamber music.

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Commentary
8:42 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator

Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

State Rep. Rory Ellinger's colleagues paid tribute to him last week with quick passage and ceremonial signing of his bill to help breast-feeding mothers. The gesture more than the bill itself symbolizes Rory's legacy as a public servant.

Somehow, despite extreme polarization and a rightward turn in Missouri politics, one of Missouri's most liberal legislators has earned both respect and genuine affection from colleagues of all ideological stripes.

How did this happen?

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Commentary
10:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis History Is A Hit With Current Residents

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

News is usually, well, new. But some of our most interesting stories recently have focused on things that are old – really old.

This week, Alex Heuer reported that construction under the Poplar Street Bridge has unearthed remnants of one of St. Louis’ original French houses – something historians never expected to find. Shards of pottery are a clue that the city’s residents may have been more prosperous than previously thought.

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Commentaries
10:33 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Editor's Weekly: New Media, Old Diversity Challenges

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A welcome debate has unfolded recently over lack of diversity among digital news organizations – welcome because it raises important questions about whether media in the future will serve the public better than media did in the past.

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Commentary
10:04 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Special Attention To Routine School Attendance

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No matter how good schools are, you can’t learn if you’re not there. That simple truth — and its far-reaching implications — are the focus of Accounted For, a St. Louis Public Radio special project that began this week.

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Commentary
7:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Hearing Regional Discord In Debate Over Music Festivals

St. Louisan Big George Brock has performed at past Bluesweek festivals.
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Interesting how the debate over mega-music festivals downtown has revealed the St. Louis region’s fault lines.

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Commentary
10:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Reasons To Like -- Or At Least Tolerate -- Our Membership Drive

Some of the combined staff of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon
Credit Jess Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

OK, we know you hate it when you turn on the radio expecting to hear Morning Edition or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and instead you hear us asking for money. Again? Still?

So why do we do it? Here's the story.

Chapter One: The Reign of Commercial News

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Commentary
10:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Key Questions In The Debate Over Schools

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While St. Louisans celebrated our past this week, the news held hints of our future.  Most significant was a proposal from state education officials to revamp how they deal with troubled districts.

Long term, the proposal would allow state officials to intervene early and with a range of approaches. Short term, the state board took financial control of the Normandy schools – a move that caught district officials by surprise.

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Commentary
10:57 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Our New Rundowns Are Your New Shortcuts To Good Content

Rundown will highlight some items from the chaos of information available.
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In the digital world, finding information is easy. Open your email, Twitter or Facebook account, and it will find you. Search and you'll be flooded with content algorithmically judged important to your life – much of it sponsored by those who want to sell you something.

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Future Of News
9:34 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Defining Who We Are By What We Are Not

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What kind of news organization are you? That question has been on my mind recently as our newly merged newsroom finds its rhythm and as other news organizations rise and fall around us. It might be on your mind, too, as you face the daily challenge of sifting valuable information from a deluge of  chatter.

Until a few years ago, the answer was simple. A news organization was defined by its means of communication -- as a radio or television station, a newspaper or magazine.

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Death Penalty
10:45 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Reporting On Execution Procedures Missouri Wants To Keep Secret

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Chris McDaniel this week continued his string of significant reports on Missouri’s execution procedure. With painstaking work over several months, Chris and Veronique LaCapra have managed to develop a clear picture of a procedure that officials would rather keep secret. Among the key points they have reported:

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