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.

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Week In Review
1:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Rundown: Portraits Of Change In St. Louis' Diverse Communities

Steph James holds birdie as Jess Dugan works the camera and Vanessa Fabbre looks on.
Credit 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

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Michael Brown
4:37 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Justice Department Will Clear Wilson Of Civil Rights Charges, Say News Reports

Darren Wilson
Credit 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.

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State Of The Union Address
8:19 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama Calls For Middle Class To Share In Returning Prosperity

President Barack Obama
Credit 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."

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Week In Review
12:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The Rundown: Should We Build A New Stadium?

Credit 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

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Illinois Politics
11:32 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Rauner, Illinois' 42nd Governor, Promises 'Business As Usual Is Over'

Bruce and Diane Rauner.
Credit 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.

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Week In Review
1:33 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

The Rundown: Stenger, Grand Jury Process Still Subjects Of Controversy

Steve Stenger holds his daughter Madeline right before he's sworn into office as St. Louis County executive.
Credit 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

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Legislative Preview
11:04 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Missouri Legislature Opens, Faces Tough Issues Of Ferguson, Student Transfers

The Missouri Capitol.
Credit 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.

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Week In Review
1:57 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Rundown: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley on 'St. Louis on the Air' on Dec. 18.
Credit 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

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Open through Jan. 3
9:27 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Garden Glow Gives A Great Reason For A Stroll At Night

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?

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Week In Review
12:05 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The Rundown: A Stroll Down St. Louis' Memory Lane

The Rockettes, a precision dance company known for their Radio City Christmas Spectacular performances, got their start as the Missouri Rockets in St. Louis in 1925.
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

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