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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Business
9:35 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

St. Louis Looks To Land TechShop

TechShop CEO Mark Hatch says St. Louis has the right elements for the maker's shop company.
Credit (Bart Nagel)

Have an idea but no tools to develop it?

There may soon be a place in St. Louis where entrepreneurs and hobbyists can turn their plans into reality.

TechShop, a company already in seven U.S. cities, provides space, industrial equipment and classes for both amateur and professional inventors.

CEO Mark Hatch said St. Louis has the right elements for the company, including a robust start-up scene.

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Other News
12:28 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Cold Weather Is Straining Heat-Up St. Louis

A city worker clears the sidewalks in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday. President Obama has declared all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis a federal disaster area following this week's winter storm.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Winter is taking its toll on Heat-Up St. Louis.

The charity said this week it has helped 19,398 people with their heating bills so far this season; a 29 percent increase over last year at this time.

Pam Walker, director of the St. Louis Department of Health, is asking residents and businesses to donate to Heat Up.

"We are anticipating that as many as 55,000 people are going to need help this heating season," Walker said, "and Heat-Up St. Louis is in need of resources."

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Business
8:07 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Ag Secretary Vilsack Meets With St. Louis Leaders

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with business and community leaders and elected officials Thursday about agriculture exports.
Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in St. Louis Thursday to meet with business executives, local elected officials and community leaders regarding agriculture exports.

After the meeting, Vilsack told reporters that the discussion centered around President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, including rebuilding aging infrastructure and immigration reform.

The secretary said St. Louis business leaders told him that immigration reform is needed to help attract researchers, scientists and laborers from other countries. 

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Sports business
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Can St. Louis Score A Major League Soccer Team?

The St. Louligans, a soccer fan group, formed in 2010 to support AC St. Louis. The group continued to support amateur teams after the demise of the professional AC team.
(courtesy St. Louligans)

It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday and soccer fans fill the Amsterdam Tavern in south city, a bar known for opening before most people wake up on the weekend.

On this day three English Premier League matches are showing on mounted TVs, but the big attraction is Arsenal vs. Fulham. Nearly everyone has a beer in hand.

When Arsenal scores the bar erupts in cheers.

"Arsenal is pretty popular in this area," explains Mitch Morice, co-founder of the soccer supporter group the St. Louligans.

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Business
5:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Monsanto Shareholders' Meeting: Protests Outside, No To Anti-GMO Resolutions Inside

About 30 protesters stood outside Monsanto's headquarters during the annual shareholders' meeting.
Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

Ten protesters were arrested outside Monsanto’s headquarters during its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday. The arrests happened shortly after the shareholders failed to pass two resolutions that would have changed Monsanto's policies on its Genetically Modified Organism products.

Adam Eidinger, one of the protesters, is also a Monsanto shareholder.

He proposed one of the resolutions. It asked that Monsanto work with the Federal Drug Administration to label genetically modified food.

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Business
4:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Monsanto Meeting To Draw Protests Over GMOs

Outside Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Monsanto is no stranger to battling the controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs.  Some of that controversy will come to Monsanto’s doorstep Tuesday afternoon during the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Several groups have promised to protest outside the meeting, where two resolutions dealing with GMOs are likely to be introduced.

One resolution asks that the company work with the federal government to develop GMO labeling on food.

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Politics & Issues
4:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

St. Louis Chosen As 'Strong City'

(Via Flickr/Mandalit)

St. Louis is one of seven cities that the Obama administration chose in the second wave of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative.

As a result the city will get a full-time federal employee who will work out of Mayor Francis Slay’s office for at least a year.

A team of federal employees and fellows also will provide technical assistance and inter-agency support.

The goal is to push economic development forward in struggling cities.

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Business
4:58 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Ameren To Build Solar Energy Center

Artist's rendering of Ameren's planned solar energy center in O'Fallon.
(Courtesy of Ameren Missouri)

Ameren is planning to add solar power to its energy portfolio.

The utility announced Monday it will begin construction of a solar energy center in O’Fallon, Mo., this spring. Ameren says the 20-acre site will be the largest investor-owned solar plant in the state.

Officials estimate it will produce 5.7 megawatts, or enough to power 650 homes a year.

CEO and President Warner Baxter acknowledges that’s just a tiny slice of the power generated by Ameren, which serves 1.2 million customers.

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Danforth Plant Science Center
5:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Danforth Plant Science Center Growing With New Researchers

(Courtesy of the Danforth Plant Science Center)

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced Friday it has hired four new lead researchers.

Each of the new hires will have a team of at least another 10 scientists working for them, which means the research center could soon add an additional 40 new positions.

Danforth president Jim Carrington says the new scientists will focus on new technologies such as robotics, as well as bolstering the center’s existing research.  

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Church Sex Abuse
4:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records

Archdiocese of St. Louis chancery.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated Jan. 13, 2014:

The legal back-and-forth over the release of the names to the plaintiff continues. The state Supreme Court today blocked the Archdiocese from having to comply with Dierker’s order until further notice.

Updated Jan. 10, 2014:

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