Maria Altman

Reporter

Maria is a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio, specializing in business and economic issues. Previously, she was a newscaster during All Things Considered and has been with the station since 2004. Maria's stories have been featured nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, as well as on Marketplace.

Maria has won numerous awards, including from the Illinois Associated Press, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Missouri State Teachers Association.

She came to St. Louis from Dallas, where she worked at KERA. Maria has also worked at WUIS in Springfield, and WSIU in Carbondale, Ill. She received her M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois-Springfield and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa.

In her spare time she serves as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Maria lives in St. Louis with her husband and two kids.

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Northside Regeneration
4:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

McKee Announces Progress In North St. Louis But No Plans For Streets And Sidewalks

Developer Paul McKee outlines his plans for an urgent care hospital at 25th Street and Maiden Lane on Wednesday. He estimates the project will cost between $12-$15 million and will be financed privately.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

Developer Paul McKee unveiled plans Wednesday for an urgent care facility on the north side of St. Louis, but questions at the press event turned to the lack of infrastructure projects in McKee's massive, 1,500 acre redevelopment area.

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Economy & Innovation
4:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Department of Defense Mapping Agency Announces Six Possible Sites For New Facility

Creating maps and models of military targets, such as this model of Osama bin Ladin's complex in Pakistan, is part of what the NGA does.
Credit Natl GEOINT Agency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released the location of six sites under consideration for its new facility in the St. Louis region. 

The agency employs about 3,000 people at its current location at 3200 South 2nd St. and Arsenal Street in St. Louis.

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Library fines
12:39 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Overdue Books? Pay Your Fine With Food

Library clerk John Copithorne accepting food in exchange for fine forgiveness at the Schlafly Branch. He said some library users hold off on paying fines until July.
Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Public Library has renewed a popular program for forgiving overdue book fines.

All through July, adult card holders with late fines can pay with food. Every can or box brought in will knock a dollar off of their fines up to $25. The food goes to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The St. Louis Public Library started Food For Fines in 2008. The library's communications coordinator John Koniak said they’ve been amazed at the reaction.

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Northside Regeneration
12:22 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Work Begins And Project To Be Announced Within Northside Regeneration

Demolition and environmental cleanup began this week at N. 13th Street and N. Tucker Boulevard for a new food market.
Credit (provided by Northside Regeneration)

A new urgent care hospital is planned within the Northside Regeneration project in north St. Louis.

Developer Paul McKee will announce plans Wednesday for the first big project within the 1,500-acre footprint of the redevelopment zone. Mayor Francis Slay, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and state Rep. Penny Hubbard are expected to attend.

Although nothing official has been released, people close to the project say the facility will likely be about 16,000 square feet.

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Crowdfunding
10:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis

Don Schroeder is a regular at Steve's Hot Dogs and recently gave to the restaurant's crowd-funding effort for a second location in Tower Grove East.
Credit (Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

With items on the menu like the Storm Trooper Dog, the Al Hra-BRAT-ski and the Crazy Cajun Creole dog, it's clear that Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill considers its fare more than hot dogs.

"I could eat the entire menu," regular Don Schroeder laughed.

He hesitated before ordering but finally chose the Bacon, Bacon Jamaican, a smoked hot dog covered with cheese, peppers and sweet chipotle sauce. 

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Renewable Energy
4:08 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates

Solar panels on top of the Dickmann Building on South Grand Avenue in St. Louis.
Credit : Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment and several solar panel companies have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Public Service Commission in an effort to keep the state’s solar rebate program alive.

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Economy & Innovation
3:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

St. Louis’ Job Growth Slow Compared To Other Cities

Credit (provided by the St. Louis Federal Reserve)

The St. Louis area's job growth has lagged far behind other Midwestern cities and the national average since 2010, but things could be turning around.

The metropolitan area saw 1.8 percent growth in the number of jobs from 2010 to 2013. By contrast, Kansas City had double the growth with 3.5 percent; Chicago saw 4.5 percent, and the national average was even higher at 4.7 percent.

Federal Reserve economist Charles Gascon said St. Louis’ number — about 22,000 jobs over the three years — is a reflection of a near freeze in job growth here in 2011 and 2012.

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KWS St. Louis
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

European Big Ag Company Chooses St. Louis

Credit Courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

KWS, a German agricultural company, is opening a research center at BRDG Park in the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus.

The company, which specializes in plant breeding, has 4,800 employees in 70 countries. The new facility will be its first molecular plant research space in North America, hiring 25 positions in the first year and another 75 in following years.

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EPA Carbon Rules
8:02 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Cutting Carbon Emissions: Creating Or Killing Jobs?

Credit (Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Environment Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on carbon emissions released earlier this month are sparking debate on whether the rule changes will create jobs or kill jobs.

The new rules seek to reduce American’s carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. States have until June 30, 2016 to draft plans for how to reduce their average emissions.

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Innovation Centers
4:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Cambridge Innovation Center Is Starting Bigger (And Sooner) In St. Louis

CIC St. Louis will not just be housed in the @4240 building in Cortex. It's also taking over management and operations of the Center for Emerging Technologies at 4041 Forest Park Ave.
Credit (Courtesy Cortex)

The expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center to St. Louis is taking on bigger dimensions than originally planned.

CIC is well known for providing space and services to startups in the Boston area. It's attracted hundreds of startups and established tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook since its founding by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

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