Mary Delach Leonard

Work/Life Reporter

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by such organizations as the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat (in Illinois) after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.


Martin Luther King Events
10:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Christ Church Cathedral Invites Public To Day-Long Community Reading Of MLK’s Words

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966
White House photo

As St. Louisans gather Monday to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Christ Church Cathedral is inviting the community to join a day-long reading of his speeches and letters from the ornate pulpit where he delivered a Lenten sermon 50 years ago.

This is the fifth year that Christ Church has held the community reading but the first time that participants will stand in the pulpit where King stood, said the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of the cathedral, who believes in the power of “everyone’s voices.”

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Children's Book Showcase
9:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Poetry's Magic Sparked St. Louis Author's Return To Writing

Credit Courtesy Susan Grigsby

Local children’s authors, who explore topics ranging from Thomas Jefferson to tattletales, will be on hand to discuss and sign their books at two sessions this month at the St. Louis Central Library.

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10:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Shovel On: Clearing Sidewalks Doesn't Increase Liability In 'Slip and Fall' Cases, Say Attorneys

An unshoveled walk does not protect against liability and could be a violation of local ordinances.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Despite a persistent myth that seems to surface every time it snows, homeowners don’t increase their liability in "slip and fall" cases because they cleared the snow and ice from their sidewalks, say local attorneys.

Snow and ice are considered a normal hazard of living -- and clearing off your sidewalk is the right thing to do, said Stephen Ringkamp of the Hullverson Law Firm.

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11:14 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Hazelwood Still Waiting For Emerald Automotive To Find The Millions It Needs To Build Van Plant

Gary Marble, sales and communications director for Emerald Automotive
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon

The year ended as it began for Hazelwood city leaders who in 2011 backed a British startup that plans to build energy-efficient delivery vans: They’re still waiting for Emerald Automotive to find about $160 million in private funds.

David Cox, Hazelwood’s economic director, said he remains optimistic that the project will eventually happen. Hazelwood has loaned Emerald $3 million, and the Missouri Technology Corporation kicked in another $2 million.

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8:27 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Many U.S. Families Still Recovering Lost Wealth, Say St. Louis Fed Researchers


U.S. households have come a long way in regaining wealth lost in the Great Recession, but the pace of recovery remains uneven largely due to the housing market, say researchers from the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

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Pinhook, Mo.
10:10 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Buyout Moving Ahead For Bootheel Village Destroyed After Corps Blew Levee In 2011

The homes of Pinhook, Mo., were destroyed in May 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a Mississippi River levee and unleashed a torrent of floodwater.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon

Residents of a tiny village in Missouri’s Bootheel hope this will be the last Christmas they spend waiting for a federal buyout of their homes that were destroyed in May 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee to alleviate flooding along the Mississippi River.

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11:32 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Saint Louis University Students Do The Cooking For Their Elderly Or Disabled Neighbors

Holly Faivre, president of Campus Kitchen at St. Louis University, leads a cooking shift of student volunteers in the kitchen of Reinert Hall.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon

Knock, knock. Knock, knock. Campus Kitchen!

With each knock on a door, St. Louis University students Shannon Leahy and Max Clifton were completing a chain of good deeds by dozens of volunteers with Campus Kitchen at St. Louis University. Every week, the students collect and organize, slice and dice, sauté, cook, bake and assemble donated fruits, vegetables, breads and meats into free nutritious meals for their elderly and disabled neighbors who live in high-rises just across Grand Boulevard.

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11:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Families Of Ailing Veterans Find Comfort And Joy Year Round At St. Louis Fisher House

Navy veteran Bradley Remmers and his mom Wanda Pierson who was staying at the Fisher House.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Wanda Pierson was 500 miles from home on a wintry December morning waiting to visit her son who was undergoing treatment in the spinal cord injury unit at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.

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Survivors: Film examines legacy of Cambodian genoc
11:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2008

Survivors: Film examines legacy of Cambodian genocide

Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv once asked her father to
describe the worst part of his life under the Khmer Rouge, the
nightmarish regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975-1979 and was
responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation,
disease or execution.

It was the silence, her father said.

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