Susan Hegger

Politics and education editor

Susan Hegger comes to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon as the politics and issues editor, a position she has held at the Beacon since it started in 2008.

Previously, she was at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 20 years. During that time, she was an editorial writer; the arts and entertainment editor; and finally the assistant managing editor for features overseeing the paper's entertainment, lifestyle and features sections. She also did stints as restaurant food critic and Washington reporter.

Susan started her journalism career at The Riverfront Times, where she eventually became the editor.
Susan graduated from Ursuline Academy and Washington University (in anthropology). Her passion is travel, and she is always planning her next adventure. Closer to home, she is also a dedicated runner, who can be found most days on the path in Forest Park.

Ways to Connect

Images from St. Louis International Film Festival

This year St. Louis Public Radio is reviewing films from The St. Louis International Film Festival that relate to prominent issues facing our city.

In this installment, St. Louis Public Radio looks at films that offer a multitude of perspectives on race as it affects culture on a local, national and international scale: "Four Way Stop," "Goodbye Theresienstadt," "Finding Bosnia," "My Friend Victoria," "Korla!" and "Aram, Aram."

Images from St. Louis International Film Festival

This year St. Louis Public Radio is reviewing films from The St. Louis International Film Festival related to prominent issues facing our city.

Yesterday we reviewed films that dealt with crime and crime prevention. Today we’ll provide reviews of select movies that tackle different perspectives on quality of life issues.

It's a broad topic, so it's a big list: "T-Rex," "The Invitation," Good Ol' Boy," "Keeping Rosy," "Unlikely Heroes," "Frame by Frame," "Radical Grace," "Echo Lake," "24/7/365," "Bounce" and "I Can Quit Whenever I Want."

Here at St. Louis Public Radio we know our listeners rely on us for to provide context, quality storytelling, and deep dives into the characters behind today’s news. We’re applying this approach to bring you reviews from this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival organized by the issues facing St. Louis and the surrounding area.

Each day reviews will be organized by issue as explored in select films from the festival. These categories are not literal representations of how these topics manifest in St. Louis but maintain a broader look into the various perspectives we use to address these concerns.

Yard signs for Ferguson City Council candidates sit outside of a home on April 6.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Taxes? City waits

Northside Developer McKee leaves city property taxes unpaid

Maren Leonard | For St. Louis Public Radio

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Spring has sprung

Sweet on St. Louis: A peek inside Bissinger’s new chocolate factory on the riverfront

paper ballot voting places
File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

On Tuesday, voters across the region go to the polls for municipal elections. Overall, this spring, more than 900 candidates are running for local offices, including mayors and members of city councils and school boards. Voters will also decide on dozens of ballot proposals, including some to raise taxes.

File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Among this week's top stories: a preview of upcoming municipal elections, a look at the tangled web of prosecutors and judges in municipal courts and Lori Waxman's instant art reviews.

Security man Steve Wilkos, played by Matt Hill, holds back the Springer studio audience in New Line Theatre's "Jerry Springer: The Opera."
Jill Ritter Lindberg / New Line Theater

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

New beginnings

Why are the Kranzbergs building New Line Theatre its own performance space?

Ferguson protest 3/12/2015
Lawrence Bryant | St. Louis American

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What now?

Ferguson takes stock after a tumultuous week

One of the many plywood murals that appeared in Ferguson after the grand jury decision.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

A reckoning in Ferguson...

DOJ has limited power to force changes in area's municipal courts

Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Seven months after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, the U.S. Department of Justice today released two investigations - one that cleared Wilson and the other that accused Ferguson police and courts of violating constitutional rights.

voxefxtm | Flickr

St. Louis voters go to the polls today to select aldermanic candidates for the general election in April. For some of the candidates, who lack Republican or other party opposition, a win in the primary amounts to re-election.

For information about voting, or polling places, check the website of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon talks with reporters in St. Louis. Nixon was on the defensive Wednesday about not having National Guardsmen in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Continuing controversy over National Guard

Nixon on National Guard: 'Not the best path forward to get into a gunfight on the street'

Ferguson questions collage
Photos Provided And By Staff

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Where we live

Ferguson Six Months Later: Where Do We Stand?

Mo. Dept. of Corrections

Updated at 12:17 a.m., Wed., Feb. 11 -- Walter Storey's execution was carried out at 12:01 a.m. by lethal injection, according to a brief statement from the Missouri Department of Corrections.  His time of death is listed as 12:10 a.m.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

New chapters in education

St. Louis’ Education Startup Scene Gains Traction

Inside New Market Hardware in the Central West End.
Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

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Taking care of business

St. Louis Startup Efforts Draw National Attention

Steph James holds birdie as Jess Dugan works the camera and Vanessa Fabbre looks on.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Portraits of change

St. Louisans’ Photo Project Brings Older Transgender People Out Of The Shadows

Darren Wilson
Undated video grab

The New York Times is reporting that the Department of Justice is preparing a "legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson," in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The Times report did not say when the memo would be released, but it has been widely reported that Attorney General Eric Holder wanted a resolution to the case before his departure.

via White House video stream

Tuesday night, for the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama delivered his state of the union address to a GOP-controlled Congress. It was a speech in which Obama went back to Democratic basics -- what Obama called "middle-class economics" -- and ended with a sweeping call to a "better politics," one  "where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears."

A drawing of the new stadium on St. Louis' riverfront.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

If we build it...

Money? Pride? Both? Gauging The Value Of Professional Football In St. Louis

File photo

It's party time today in Springfield, Ill., when Republican businessman Bruce Rauner is sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois, ending 12 years of Democratic gubernatorial control.

Rauner, who has never held elective office before, handily defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in the election in November.

Today's inaugural address is Rauner's first major opportunity to set forth his agenda. He will also have a budget address in mid-February and a state of the state address later that should offer more details.

Stenger holds his daughter Madeline right before he's sworn into office.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Change at the top

Stenger Enters Office With Ambitious Push For Change — And Plenty of Skeptics

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Legislature kicks off today, with an even stronger Republican majority, thanks to the results of the November election. The 34-member state Senate now has 25 Republicans and nine Democrats while the House of Representatives has 117 Republicans, 45 Democrats and one vacancy.

Leading the House is incoming Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country. The Senate's leader is Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh and St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies on Dec. 18, 2014, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Looking back ...

As He Prepares To Step Down, Dooley Takes Stock Of Legacy

Climatron 2014
Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

So you have relatives in town, kids that need to get out and about or you just need to stretch your legs and decompress.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden has been a favorite with members of our staff. It is not open Christmas, but is Dec. 26-Jan. 3 – though not New Year’s Eve -- from 5:30-9:30. A recommendation: Get tickets in advance.

How many lights?

600,000 -- that's almost 100,000 more than last year

Worried about cold?

Wikipedia | skvidal

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week. This week, we try to stay mostly on the sunny side of the street.

A stroll down Memory Lane

Yacovelli's Restaurant Closing After 95 Years

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting.
Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

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Black, white and gray

For Some, Dooley's Comments On Race, Corruption Hit A Nerve

Protest organizer Juliette Iacovino shouts into a bullhorn.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

WASHINGTON -- Thousands took to the streets Saturday in cities across the country for a so-called “National Day of Resistance” to protest the decision of grand juries not to indict police officers for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

On the outskirts of Rosebud, Mo. 120414
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We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Ferguson: Protests, police and politics

Rosebud Residents Denounce Racist Displays Targeting NAACP March

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