Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe

Harris Gerhard, left, of Webster Groves and Clem Igel of Ballwin. Gerhard, 92, was a flight engineer with the U.S. Army Air Force in ETO during WWII. Igel, 90, was a sergeant in the army who participated in D-Day.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that day, Allied forces began the push to end the European front of World War II by landing in Normandy, France. Thousands died that day. Those that survived are now in their 90s.

Two St. Louis area veterans, Clem Igel and Harris Gerhard, shared their stories on Thursday's St. Louis on the Air. The show also included George Despotis, who is collecting the oral histories of World War II veterans. Jefferson City veteran Richard Gibbler spoke with Marshall Griffin about his experiences.

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Ballot Measures
9:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the "right-to-farm" constitutional amendment in Jefferson City.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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Ballot Measures
11:07 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week

Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters of the proposed "right to farm" amendment to the Missouri constitution will begin stumping for the proposal around the state this week.

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Exit Interview
10:01 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate

Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, is leaving the Missouri General Assembly later this year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Northwest Missouri will have a new state senator next year, as Brad Lager prepares to leave office.

The Republican from Savannah can't run again because of term limits, but he says he's ready for the next chapter in his life -- which for now does not include politics. 

Lager sat down recently with St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin to talk about his time in office and about what he considers to be roadblocks toward making Missouri better. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Politically Speaking
10:33 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Smith Details Opposition To Transfer Bill

Rep. Clem Smith, D-Velda Village Hills
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, St. Louis Public Radio's state Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin joins Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to talk with state Rep. Clem Smith.

The Velda Village Hills Democrat represents a number of small municipalities in St. Louis County, including most of the cities within the embattled Normandy School District. 

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Education Alternatives
8:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

(Updated 10 a.m. Friday, May 16)

The Missouri House has passed the so-called student transfer fix, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon one day before the end of the 2014 legislative session.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited instead of the district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee student transfers.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, praised the bill late Thursday as "the most far-reaching education reform measure in decades."

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Criminal Code
5:16 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes 'Fix' To Criminal Code Demanded By Nixon

Mo. Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City.
Credit Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation containing the so-called "fixes" that Gov. Jay Nixon wants added to the criminal code revision.

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Student Transfers
4:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmakers Call On Nixon To Sign Student Transfer Fix; Would End Free Transportation

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. It includes a provision that would end free transportation for transfer students -- a provision that would make it harder for students from failing schools to actually attend other districts.

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Criminal Code
6:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law

  Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri's criminal code to become law without his signature.

Nixon says the 645-page bill contains drafting errors that could weaken both DWI laws and laws to combat methamphetamine production.

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Student Transfers
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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