Shula Neuman

Editor

Shula Neuman has more than a decade of journalism experience as both a print and radio reporter.  Shula comes to St. Louis Public Radio after working as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C.  She also reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station and, before that, worked as a reporter and evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio.  Yes, this is Shula’s second stint with St. Louis Public Radio. She says she just can’t stay away from her hometown because she’s tired of rooting for the Cardinals in absentia.  Shula has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University; an Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a bachelor’s from Reed College in Portland, OR. She claims she has no intention of going back to school again.  Shula is an avid cyclist, canine enthusiast and compulsive baker (although she has yet to bake anything for dogs).

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The Rundown
10:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Imagination And Startups

The Victoria building stood at the corner of Eighth and Locust streets. It has since been demolished. This photograph was taken in 1940 when St. Louis had more than 800,000 residents.
Credit (Historic American Building Survey at the Library of Congress)

On Friday, Arch Grants announced the finalists for its 2014 Arch Grants Business Plan Competition. The field has been whittled down to 46 entrepreneurs. Twenty of those finalists will win $50,000 each along with business support services to help them launch amazing businesses. In exchange for winning, they have to locate, or relocate, to St. Louis for at least a year.

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The Rundown
8:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Ladies First. Sometimes.

It's not just April showers that bring flowers. Technology can do it, too.
Credit (Flickr/Moyan Brenn)

By the time this post is published, people across St. Louis are reveling from having watched the first Cardinals’ home game of the season and are gearing up for a fabulous season.

I’m hoping that is the case because this week's rundown on economy and innovation isn’t all sunshine and flowers. Actually there could be flowers, but you’ll have to wait to read about that.

First, let’s talk entrepreneurship. 

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The Rundown
9:44 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Answering Questions We've Long Pondered

Stripes are always in fashion for zebras
Credit (Flickr/Corey Leopold)

A confession: One of the things about science that I enjoy (and I’m not a scientist by training) is that it answers some really fun questions.

This week, St. Louis Public Radio came across not one, not two, but THREE articles that tackled some of science's most perplexing and fun conundrums.

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The Rundown
10:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Cost Of Living And Public Assistance

Metro is considering rate hikes for one-way MetroLink rides, as well as fare hikes on monthly passes.
Credit (Flickr/The_Bjbuttons)

Every week, I turn to my reporters and ask what they’ve been reading that’s related to their beats, but they just haven’t been able to get around on reporting themselves. I then turn around and share some of those articles with you and I usually attempt to find some thematic tie.

Usually, the thematic tie is arbitrary and, some would say, fanciful. Other times, the reporters hand me a bunch of articles and I think, “Did they talk with each other to plan this?” This week was one of those weeks.

The primary theme revolved around income and the public assistance. Sort of.

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The Rundown
9:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Building Cities And Taking Down Trolls

What does a giant rubber ducky have to do with economy and innovation? Read on to find out.
Credit (Credit: flickr/Hiroshi Nishino)

We all know that St. Louis is unique in many ways — our passion for baseball; our obsession with bricks; our Arch.

It turns out, the region is even unique when it comes to gentrification. Two area academics wrote about their research on St. Louis gentrification in nextSTL.com.  They say the preconception about gentrification is that upwardly mobile whites move into urban neighborhoods and push out the largely minority, low-income population that lived there originally.

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The Rundown
11:42 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Spring Fling

Spring is springing.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last week, people all over St. Louis – and all over the Midwest and East Coast, probably – celebrated the official start of spring. They celebrated because the winter has been unusually long and cold and, somehow, darker than usual. And they celebrated with a tinge of worry that the brutal winter could give way to an equally brutal, hot summer.

If that does happen, be prepared for a lot of talk about climate change. 

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Economy & Innovation
8:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Unemployment And Fun With Numbers

Credit (Credit: Flickr/Andreas Klinke Johannsen

As a journalist, I admit that I am guilty of loving the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics report about the unemployment rate. I love it because it’s a clear cut report with hard numbers that seem to tell a story we can all understand; a story that says “this number of people are officially unemployed. That’s down from last month, which means the economy is getting better.”  

Simple, right?

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The Rundown
9:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Business & Economy Rundown: Putting The 'Fun' in 'Fundraising'

AB InBev could be gearing up for a major acquisition.
Credit (via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

If you are a regular listener to our radio airwaves, you may have noticed that St. Louis Public Radio has been asking for your financial support  to help keep our station up and running.

There are a million reasons to become a member and if you enjoy reading this Rundown, then that is one of the reasons. If you haven’t yet contributed, I encourage you to do so.

That’s the end of my pitch to try to get you to contribute… so read on!

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Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
9:37 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Health & Science Rundown: When Forgetting Isn't A Temporary Problem

Seth Rogan spoke before .....
Credit (Courtesy C-SPAN)

There is, perhaps, a bit of irony that this week’s Health & Science Rundown begins with a video that has gone viral.

Get it? Viral? Science? Illness is caused by viruses and when they spread….OK.  You get it.

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Economy Rundown
9:43 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Economy Rundown: The Weather And What To Do About It

Weather so cold it freezes the baseball statues and hurts the economy.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

As I write this post, the temperature outside is barely tipping double digits; many of my colleagues are scratching their heads over the very inaccurate weather forecast that was supposed to blast us with six to 12 inches of snow; the rest are trying to figure out why their children’s school districts closed today.

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