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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Miltary spending and Boeing
5:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Defense Budget Excludes Boeing's F/A-18 Fighter Jets

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet.
(U.S. Navy/ by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen G. Hale II/Released)

Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter jet built in Hazelwood was left out of the Pentagon’s $496 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.

With no additional funding for the Super Hornet and Growler jets  the production lines are expected to shut down by the end of 2016, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Boeing official said in a statement that they were disappointed.

The company called the aircraft "the backbone of the Navy’s carrier air wings" and said it would work with Congress to add funding for the jets.

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Business
8:25 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Young Families Hurt More By Recession

Credit (via Flickr/MoneyPit)

Younger families are not recovering as quickly from the recession as their elders.

An analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that families headed by someone younger than 40 have recovered only about one-third of their pre-recession wealth.

Meanwhile older families have nearly regained their pre-crisis level of wealth.

So, why are those under 40 having a harder time recovering?

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Business
5:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

TechShop Looking For Members In St. Louis

artist rendering of TechShop at Boyle and Forest Park Avenues.
(courtesy Cortex)

TechShop, a do-it-yourself industrial workshop, based in seven cities made its pitch Thursday to expand into St. Louis.

More than 200 people attended the TechShop's presentation. The company provides industrial equipment and classes for amateur and professional inventors. It is hoping to open a location in Cortex, St. Louis’ technology district.

But in order to open its doors, TechShop needs 1,000 memberships. Company COO and Vice President of Business Development Dan Woods pushed that point at the presentation.

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Professional Sports
4:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Possibility For Pro Soccer In St. Louis Being Kicked Around

St. Louis hosted a friendly game of soccer between Argentina and Bosnia in November, 2013. The enthusiasm has helped bolster hopes for a pro team.
(Tim Lloyd)

The owners of two amateur soccer teams are joining forces to bring a United Soccer Leagues professional team to St. Louis.

Tony Glavin owner and coach of the St. Louis Lions and Andrew Haines, St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team owner, are hoping to establish pro team presence by 2015.

The partners created a website to gauge interest. Glavin calls the response "phenomenal."

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Business
5:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

St. Louis' Realty Market Follows National Trend: Home Sales Likely To Flatten In 2014

Housing prices have gone up, but home sales are expected to flatten this year.
(Flickr/Jessica Perdue)

Following a two-year recovery in the housing market, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist expects sales to level off.

"Right now there are two opposing forces; higher mortgage rate anticipation, which is always a negative, and more job creation, which is a positive." said Lawrence Yun, "So, I think it will be a more neutral year in terms of home sales."

Yun spoke to members of the St. Louis Association of Realtors Thursday morning. His key points for this market:

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Stl 250
11:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Happy 250th Birthday St. Louis! Let's Take A Walk Down Memory Lane (And A Quiz)

Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission Executive Director (L) and communications specialist Kelly McMahon examine some of the plastic birthday cakes made as part of the City of St. Louis' celebration of its 250th birthday.
Credit (UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

On the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the people and events St. Louis has contributed to the country and the world.  

Maria Altman created this sound-rich Valentine for St. Louis and we invite you to take a listen, and then read on! 

As you can imagine,  it was impossible to include everything and everyone in our radio story, so we included profiles of a few more St. Louisans who had a profound impact on our history.

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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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