Susan Hegger

Politics and Issues 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.

Contact her at heggers@umsl.edu.

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Politics & Issues
10:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Political Rundown: Countdown To The Midterms

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has been showing up in a lot of national press lately.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some pleasure to read.

Trial lawyers as superheroes

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Kansas City Area Shootings
11:05 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Overland Park Shooting Suspect Had History Of Anti-Semitism

Visitors leaving the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., as police investigate.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Johnson County District Attorney said Monday that Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as F. Glenn Miller, could be charged with murder as early as Tuesday. In addition to state charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Cross could also face federal hate crimes charges, but those will be taken to a grand jury. Authorities said that their investigation was focused on Cross and they were not seeking any other suspects.

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Education
11:17 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Education Rundown: College Bound, If You Can

The iconic columns at the University of Missouri-Columbia -- a fitting icon for a rundown on college education.

Every other week, we like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. This week, college seemed to be on the minds of a lot of reporters.

What if?

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Week In Perspective
11:08 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rundown: Accounting For Success In School

Roosevelt High School senior Caleb Branch says its not unusual for students to drop the clinic to say hello. "It’s like having a family inside a school," he says.
Credit 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.

Making the grade

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News Quiz
10:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Weekly News Quiz for April 11, 2014

Were you paying attention to St. Louis Public Radio this week?

Take our quiz below, then come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.

Politics & Issues
10:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Political Rundown: Money — And Lack Of It — In Elections

Credit (via Flickr/A Comment)

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some pleasure to read. This week, we look at just how green politics has become — and we're not talking environmentally aware.

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Municipal Elections
9:43 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Voters Prepare For Municipal Elections; School Board Races Are Key

April 8 is municipal election day.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

Tuesday is Election Day throughout the region, and voters will be asked to decide on local leaders, school board members and tax and bond issues.

While there are few high-profile races or issues on the ballot,  several school board races are expected to be particularly consequential.

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Politics & Issues
10:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Rundown: St. Louis Is A City With A Past

As St. Louis marks its 250th anniversary, it is celebrating all those who settled here.
Credit Erik Campos / Sheldon Art Galleries

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. This week, we've been thinking -- and reading -- a lot about the history of St. Liuis.

Happy Birthday, St. Louis

The 250th anniversary of St. Louis' founding couldn't be a better time to examine its history and heritage -- both before and after the French arrival.

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Politics & Issues
12:32 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Political Rundown: From Washington To Kabul, With A Stop In Jefferson City

We're used to seeing photos of American soldiers and leaders in Afghanistan, but images of individual Taliban fighters are rarer.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Defense

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some reading pleasure.

Parallel universes

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Education
10:51 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Education Rundown: Creationism, Coding And Classrooms That Are Imploding

Scott Spurgeon, the superintendent of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, is hoping to boost the district into the ranks of the accredited.
Credit (Kimberly Ney/Riverview Gardens School District)

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better.

Improve or implode?

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