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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Economy & Innovation
1:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion

Missouri businesses are pushing for expanding Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Credit (Flick/Mark Coggins)

Missouri’s business community is getting more vocal in pushing the state’s legislators to expand Medicaid.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber held a panel Friday with business leaders who expressed frustration that the state is not capturing federal dollars to provide Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents.

This year, the state will pass up $2 billion dollars in federal funds.

After the panel discussion, St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan said that Jefferson City needs to get the message.

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Bioscience
3:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bioscience Boost: BioSTL Gets $2.5 Million Grant

Credit (Credit: Flickr/Sean McMenemy)

Monsanto is giving a $2.5 million grant to BioSTL, the non-profit organization that advocates for bioscience in St. Louis.

The announcement came Thursday during InvestMidwest, the venture capital conference that’s showcasing more than 40 innovative companies.

BioSTL’s mission includes growing the St. Louis area's economy through the bioscience industry.

President and CEO Donn Rubin said the grant will help the non-profit continue its work.

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Population census
1:31 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path

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The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.

Saint Louis University sociology professor Onésimo Sandoval studies demography and said the numbers didn't surprise him. The structure of cities across the U.S. is changing, Sandoval said.

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Fostering Entrepreneurship
1:04 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New Opportunities: Apprentice Program Enstitute Looks To St. Louis

Coming soon to St. Louis: Enstitute provides a chance for young people to apprentice in start-up companies.
Credit (Credit: Flickr/Sean MacEntee)

A New York-based apprentice program aimed at giving young adults experience within innovative companies is expanding to St. Louis.

Enstitute was founded in New York City by Kane Sarhan and Shaila Ittycheria in 2012. The goal was to help connect students who weren’t ready or interested in a traditional path to college get on-the-job experience with start-up companies and entrepreneurs. A second location was opened in Washington, D.C., in January.

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Economy & Innovation
4:33 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

2013 A Banner Year For STL Startups

(via Flickr/digitizedchaos)

St. Louis’ startup scene gained big momentum last year.

A new report by the St. Louis Regional Chamber finds area startups raised more than $380 million in equity investments. That was more than six times the amount raised in 2012.

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Renewable energy
9:46 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Loss Of Rebate Clouds Missouri's Solar Industry

Microgrid Solar installer prepare to put panels on an O'Fallon, Missouri home.
Stephanie Zimmerman, St. Louis Public Radio

Those in Missouri’s solar industry are losing their sunny outlook.

A combination of lower solar equipment costs, a federal tax incentive, and an attractive state-mandated rebate pushed sales through the roof in 2013. The solar industry reported an additional 1,700 jobs in the state.

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Economy & Innovation
11:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

St. Louis In Line With National Trends: Youth Employment Down Sharply Since 2000

Employment rates for young people have been falling since the turn of the millennium.
Credit (Credit: Flickr/Thomas Karl Gunnarsson)

If you’re in your late teens or early twenties, here’s some news you might already know: Employment rates for those age categories plummeted in the U.S. from 2000 to 2011.

A new report from the Brookings Institution looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas. The picture was stark for people in their late teens and early 20s.

16-19 year olds:

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JOBS Act
9:40 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Not Your Father’s Private Investment: BusyEvent Tests New Funding Opportunity

(Flickr/Andrew Magill)

Private investment is important for St. Louis’ burgeoning start-up scene.

Most entrepreneurs will tell you money for seed investment is accessible. The difficulty comes in getting to the next level of investment. Firms such as BusyEvent find second-round funding, amounts between $100,000 and $1 million, is much harder to find.

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Economy & Innovation
11:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Scott AFB To Shrink With Pentagon Budget Cuts

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. (via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Scott Air Force Base was not caught off guard by the smaller defense budget proposed earlier this week. On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel gave Congress his $496 billion dollar budget, which calls for cutting the military's size, reducing benefits for troops and scaling back spending on military equipment.

For the Air Force, the new budget means an 8 percent reduction in personnel across the board, a move Scott Air Force Base anticipated.

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What Is St. Louis
10:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

St. Louis In Photos: Then And Now

Photo illustration of two women crossing the street at 6th and Locust, on the right, in 1940 and on the left in 2014.
Credit Left photo: Brian Villa | for St. Louis Public Radio; right photo: Richard Moore | provided by the Missouri History Museum

Do you have an old family photo that you'd like to recreate? Try it and send the old and new results to us.

Have you wondered what an area looked like years ago? Maybe the spot was totally different, such as 4th and Market. Maybe it has been lovingly maintained, as in the DeMenil Mansion.

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