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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Civil War sesquicentennial
12:06 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New book about Civil War focuses on St. Louis

A screen capture of the cover of Adam Arenson's new book, "The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War" (The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War Facebook page)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

And just in time comes historian Adam Arenson’s new book “The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War.”

While Arenson is a professor at the University of Texas El Paso, he spent a year in St. Louis doing research for his book.

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RCGA
4:19 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Fleming to resign from RCGA

President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association Dick Fleming. Fleming has announced that he will step down. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association will step down by the end of this year.

Dick Fleming made the announcement Thursday.

He will continue to lead the RCGA until the board chooses his successor.

Fleming says the St. Louis region works together much better than it did when he first joined the RCGA back in 1994.

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Crime Statistics
5:56 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

St. Louis police statistics say major crime reports down more than 9 percent

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The St. Louis Police Department released its crime statistics today for 2010.

And what did the statistics show?

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MLK Day of Service
5:05 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Day of Service events to be held Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaning on a lectern on March 26, 1964. Monday, Jan. 17 is a national holiday, one that some will be using as an opportunity to serve their communities. (Wikimedia Commons/Marion S. Trikosko)
Marion S. Trikosko Wikimedia Commons

For some, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day will be a day of service rather than a day off.

More than 400 volunteers are expected to take part in projects organized by AmeriCorps St. Louis and the City of St. Louis.

Brittany Ledbetter with AmeriCorps says they're hoping to foster volunteerism that will help the community long-term.

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Stop Repair Bills Complaints
5:25 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB

An extended auto warranty marketing company in St. Peters, Mo. has been given an "F" grade by the Better Business Bureau. (via Flickr/alisdair)

The Better Business Bureau received more than 200 complaints nationwide about an auto warranty marketer based in suburban St. Louis.

Stop Repair Bills of St. Peters also is getting an "F" grade from the Better Business Bureau.

The company markets auto repair plans, but Bill Smith, a trade practice investigator with the BBB, says customers are missing the fine print.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
3:28 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

NorthSide developer McKee releases "open letter" to St. Louis

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. McKee released an open letter today to the people of St. Louis about his NorthSide development project. (St. Louis Public Radio)
(St. Louis Public Radio)

NorthSide developer Paul McKee, Jr. has released "An Open Letter to the People of St. Louis" regarding the progress, process and questions surrounding the Northside Regeneration Initiative.

This comes with the announcement that McKee has gotten an additional $8 million in state tax credits for the $8 billion, that's billion with a "B," Northside project.

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Illinois Retirement
7:21 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Illinois deemed worst state for retirees by survey

This celebratory tiara was given to Dori Gates at her retirement party after working for 30+ years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. If Gates lived in Illinois, she'd be living in a state deemed "worst" for retirees. (Via Flickr/ stevendepolo)

The website "TopRetirements.com" mentioned 10 states that retirees should avoid based on fiscal health, taxation and climate.  Topping the list? Illinois. 


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Washington Park Dump Clean-Up
6:33 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Illinois EPA helping Metro East's Washington Park clean up illegal dumping site

A dumped and discarded tire in Athens, GA. The Illinois EPA will help Washington Park clean up an illegal dump that contains an estimated 100 tons of trash, including tires much like this one. (Patrick Denker/ via Flickr)

The Illinois EPA is helping the Metro East village of Washington Park clean up an illegal dumping site this week.

The area an estimated 100 tons of trash, and the clean-up is expected to take three to five days.

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Kit Bond
8:26 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Kit Bond retires: "Work together, play nice.”

Bond in his first term as Governor of Missouri from 1973-1977. His second term was 1981-1984. (Missouri State Archives).

Senator Kit Bond is retiring after more than four decades in public office.

Missourians first elected the Republican in 1970 as state auditor. Two years later Bond became the state’s youngest governor at the age of 33.

He spent two terms in the governor’s mansion, then went on to four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Maria Altman takes a look back on Senator Kit Bond’s long public service career.

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Amending the Arch
5:51 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Salazar, LaHood, McCaskill talk funding for Arch revamp

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) looks on as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explains plans for improving and expanding the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where the Gateway Arch sits, during a press conference across the Mississippi.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Transportation Secretary were in East St. Louis today to talk about improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

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