Rachel Lippmann


Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.


Protests In Ferguson
9:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Just Who Were The Outside Agitators In Ferguson?

Clouds of tear gas hang over West Florissant Ave. on August 17, 2014, as police try to disperse a crowd they said had grown violent.
Credit (Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio)

It was after midnight on August 19 when Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson stepped to the microphone to give a nightly press briefing on the situation in Ferguson. And he was angry. 

"We are going to make this community whole, and we are going to do it together," he said. "I am not going to let the criminals who have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we are going to do to make it right." 

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Michael Brown
1:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Police Credit Hard Work For Third Straight Night Of Calm In Ferguson

Roses have been added to the memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive.
Credit Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday brought another night of calm to the streets of Ferguson.

One group that numbered about 100 at its peak marched up and down West Florissant Avenue, adding drumbeats to familiar protest chants. But many others just mingled on the sidewalk without any interference from police.

"It's very peaceful tonight," said Evelyn Wellington, who was among the watchers. "The police aren't bothering anybody, nobody's bothering the police, they're allowing us to rally. I love this."

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Police Shooting
4:29 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting

Screenshot of cell phone footage of the interaction between Powell and police seconds before he was shot.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with comments from Chief Sam Dotson, Jeff Roorda, and Ald. Dionne Flowers.

On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

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Michael Brown
2:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

On Fifth Night of Protests, Calm Settles Over Ferguson

Mo. State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson joins a march of youth and pastors to a looted QuikTrip in Ferguson on August 14, 2014.
Credit (Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio)

The sound of honking horns became a symbol Thursday night along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

It was the first night since Saturday -- the day Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer -- that traffic had been allowed to move freely along one of the main commercial strips in Ferguson. There was no line of police in riot gear and armored vehicles facing off against a crowd. The few officers spotted were in regular uniforms. The atmosphere felt more like a party than a protest.

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Michael Brown
3:10 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fuel In The Ferguson Fire: Racial Makeup Of Police Force Makes A Difference

Just three of Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson's officers are black, in a town whose population is two-thirds African-American.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio)

In the days of protests that have followed the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, one fact has been repeated over and over again: Of the 50 or so police officers on the Ferguson Police Department, just three are African-American.

That means a majority white police force patrols a community that, according to the 2012 census estimates, is two-thirds black. 

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Michael Brown
7:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

On Day Of Updates, Some Questions Are Answered, Others Are Not

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson takes questions from local and national media on August 13, 2014.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with details from Chief Belmar on Wednesday morning's officer-involved shooting.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said he supports the city's call for limiting protests over the shooting death of an unarmed teenager to daylight hours only. 

Protests outside the police station and near the site of the shooting have been daily occurrences since Saturday, when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. Some of the demonstrations have been broken up by police using tear gas and rubber bullets.

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Ferguson shooting
5:23 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Four Days On, Activists Look For Ways To Channel Frustration Over Michael Brown's Death

Juliette Jacobs, at left, watches as an unidentified protester gives her suggestion on how to calm the community and ease tensions.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Activists who work in north St. Louis County sought to use a fourth day of protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown to channel some of the lingering anger and frustration into productive conversations.

Brown was 18 and two days away from college when he was shot and killed by an as-yet unidentified Ferguson police officer on Saturday. A peaceful protest on Sunday spiraled into a night of violence and looting. And on Monday, police officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that had gathered at one of the businesses that had been looted.

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Michael Brown
1:43 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality Turns Into Night Of Violence

A memorial at the site where Michael Brown was shot on August 9th.
Credit Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 7 a.m. Monday The situation in Ferguson has settled down following a night of destruction. There is no more systematic looting, but small groups are still casing stores, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman. "When it happened, it happened very quickly." Around 300 officers were involved in the response as the violence spread quickly into nearby communities including Jennings and possibly Dellwood. It could turn out to be one of the most violent nights in recent St. Louis history. "I've been a policeman for 12 years, all with the St.

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FBI Director
9:07 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

In St. Louis Visit, FBI Chief Pledges To Help Local Chiefs

FBI director James Comey addresses the media after meeting with the heads of about a dozen local law enforcement agencies. Comey was in St. Louis to tour the agency's field office.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, was in St. Louis Wednesday as part of his planned tour of all 56 of the agency's field offices.

St. Louis was the 36th office to host Comey, who has been FBI director for 11 months. In addition to meeting with local agents, Comey said he uses the visits to "both learn about how it's going and to talk to my partners, especially to say what are we doing well here, what can we do differently; are there things I can take from this community and try to spread elsewhere."  

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis Region Could Offer Temporary Shelter, Care To Migrant Children From Central America

Mayor Francis Slay, joined by County Executive Charlie Dooley and a coalition of social service providers, announced plans to seek federal money to house migrant children from Central America.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the press conference, reactions.

St. Louis, St. Louis County and about a dozen social service agencies plan to seek federal money to provide temporary shelter and care to some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border of the United States.

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