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In the aftermath of the Jason Stockley verdict, Thomas Jefferson School teacher Lisa Gilbert was preparing to discuss the unfolding events with her class when she heard St. Louis Public Radio's political reporter, Jason Rosenbaum, in his guest appearance on NPR's 1A.


She tweeted to 1A: 

Ways to Give This Holiday Season

Nov 29, 2017

Looking for some ways to give back this holiday season? Here are some creative ways you can support St. Louis Public Radio!

Clean out the garage
Your old car can help fuel public radio, even if it doesn't run. We will haul it away for you for free, and you will be able to write off the value of the car. Learn more about donating your car to benefit STLPR.

Fifteen Minutes in Air Control

Nov 3, 2017

From Geri Mitchell in the morning to Gerry Rhode at night, “Air Control,” a room situated on the third floor of St. Louis Public Radio’s studios at Grand Center, is staffed by hosts whose jobs are among the most important in the building, and in the midday, that post is filled by the familiar voice of Greg Munteanu.

Only in her second week, Marissanne Lewis-Thompson is the newest addition to St. Louis Public Radio's news team. Marissanne has been working in broadcasting since she graduated from Mizzou in 2015, coming most recently from KRCU in Cape Girardeau. She describes herself as an avid and active learner, ready to absorb all she can at St. Louis Public Radio. You can hear her on the radio weekdays, between 3:04 and 6:36 p.m.

We sat down with Marissanne to learn more about her position and what it's like to work for STLPR.

Ira Flatow Visits St. Louis

Oct 6, 2017

Public Radio personality Ira Flatow was recently in St. Louis for a short visit. On September 19 Flatow moderated a panel for the Washington University Assembly Series, around the topic of climate change.  Flatow discussed with climate scientists how studying past and present climate conditions can lead to the development of future strategies to protect the earth.

Beginning September 10, St. Louis Public Radio will bring you Flyover, a new series from MPR News. The program will be hosted by Kerri Miller, former host of Indivisible, and will include 12 weekly episodes airing Sundays from 3 to 4 pm. 

Meet Jennifer Brake, Development Officer

Sep 5, 2017

A public radio fanatic,  Jennifer Brake has cultivated a reputation for being one of the most enthusiastic voices at St. Louis Public Radio. She has been with the station for almost five years, and has quite the collection of selfies with NPR celebrities to show for it.

We sat down with Jennifer to learn more about her work, her love for public radio, and what it's like to work for STLPR.  

Don't miss MetroQuest!

Sep 5, 2017

We are counting down the days to Generations Listen's signature event: MetroQuest!

Each year hundreds of participants converge on a St. Louis neighborhood to compete in a combination scavenger hunt, pub crawl, and trivia contest. This year teams will gather on October 21 at Soulard Station to pick up their instructions and begin the hunt!

For more than two decades, Denice Hamilton has played a critical role in the growth of St. Louis Public Radio.

When she walked through the doors in 1995, St. Louis Public Radio was known as KWMU, and it was a classical music station. The STLPR offices were on the main University of Missouri-St. Louis campus and the development staff was just three people strong. 

Needless to say, a lot has changed. Denice sat down with us to talk about how she found her way to STLPR, and what has changed over her long tenure. 

Scott Moore - Creating a Legacy

Aug 2, 2017

Scott Moore is no average 36-year-old.

It’s not just that he served in the U.S. Army and was deployed for a one-year tour in Iraq. Or that he wrote a book to help himself and others with the PTSD he returned with (Me Vs PTSD available on Amazon). Or that he is totally changing careers next month when he goes back to school at St. Louis University to pursue a Masters in Social Work. It’s not any of those remarkable things.

In the 43 years she has been with St. Louis Public Radio, Mary Edwards has produced thousands of segments, including more than 3,000  dedicated to the arts, and over 154 broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony. In recognition of this incredible body of work, Mary was recently inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. 

To The Best of Our Knowledge visited St. Louis

Jun 1, 2017

St. Louis Public Radio fans have been listening to To the Best of Our Knowledge for more than a decade, and we were thrilled to welcome the cast and crew to the Sheldon Concert Hall for a live taping - only the second on-the-road performance they have ever done. 

A behind-the-scenes look at working at STLPR

May 31, 2017

The personalities of the staff at STLPR are often captured in the moments of levity that break up the day. Here's a quick look at some of those recent moments. 

Meet Linda Lockhart, Public Insight Network Guru!

Apr 27, 2017
Linda Lockhart
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Linda Lockhart has spent her journalism career asking people questions, researching topics, and digging deeper into issues. We sat down with her this month to learn more about how St. Louis Public Radio reporters find insight from “everyday people.”

So, you’re in charge of the Public Insight Network at STLPR. Can you explain what that means?

Members of Generation Listen braved the rain last night to join us for a happy hour and open house, where they had the chance to meet staff, tour the station, and take great pictures!

Gen Listen is a group of more than 3,500 people who love public radio and work together to bring the best of St. Louis Public Radio to young people across the region. 

Nearly 400 people gathered last night at The Four Seasons- St. Louis to celebrate the work of St. Louis Public Radio and the generosity of our supporters, and to hear from NPR's Sam Sanders.  

Sam, who covered the 2016 election cycle, talked about the importance of journalistic ethics in a time of never-ending new cycles, the excitement and exhaustion of being on the trail, and his new project with the working title "Sam's New Thing" which will launch this summer. 

Get to know Rachel Lippmann, STLPR Reporter

Mar 29, 2017


In the time she has been at St. Louis Public Radio, Rachel Lippmann has covered everything from state and local elections, to crime and homelessness, to fairs and festivals. 

Her longtime colleague Maria Altman says,  "Rachel likely has the fastest thumbs of any St. Louis reporter. When she covers a Board of Aldermen meeting, her stream of tweets is pretty amazing. She's told me it's how she takes notes."

20 Year Member Club celebration!

Mar 22, 2017

Dedication to a cause can be measured in a variety of ways, but there is no denying that the St. Louis Public Radio members who joined us on Sunday for the 20 Year Club celebration rank among our most loyal.

These members have consistently supported STLPR for at least two decades. They have seen us through changes in format, watched us move into a new home, and funded the equipment upgrades that allow us to reach you wherever you might be.

We are grateful for these donors and look forward to welcoming you to their ranks in the years to come.

From reporting on the bee populations in urban areas to the commercial trapping of freshwater turtles in Missouri, Eli Chen has spent the last nine months teaching us about the scientific and environmental issues that affect our region and our lives. She was kind enough to spend some time with us this month so that we could learn more about her and her incredibly interesting work.

For the first 100 days of the new administration we invite you to join St. Louis Public Radio and public radio stations around the country for a live weeknight call-in radio talk show designed to bring Americans together for a national conversation in a time of transition.

Airing Monday through Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm, each night will welcome a different host and a different theme. The common thread is a focus on  bringing listeners across every divide together to weigh in and participate in lively, candid, and inclusive conversations.

If you have 3 hours to spare, we need your help!

Jan 30, 2017




If you were one of the many listeners to the NPR Politics Podcast during the 2016 election cycle, you will recognize Sam Sanders’ familiar “hey y’all” as the opening salvo to an informative and engaging conversation about the politics of the day.

What you may not know is that Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master's degree in public policy with a focus on media and politics, which is exactly what we have invited him to discuss with us at this year’s annual dinner, Talk Toast Taste.


A Night of Laughs with STLPR

Jan 30, 2017


Join St. Louis Public Radio and Mosby Building Arts on Thursday, February 16 for Generation Laughing STL, a celebration of the next generation of St. Louis' best new comedians!

The evening will feature Ella Fritts (“Street Person”), Jeremy Hellwig (“Sorry Please Continue”), Justin Luke (“Picnic Time”), Amy Milton (“Fatal Bus Accident”), Stryker Spurlock (“Contraceptive Comedy”), and will be hosted by Zack Stovall (“Fancy Things” and “Sketchpad Comedy”).

January is a busy month for St. Louis Public Radio's Major Gifts Department, and they'll need your help to kick off preparations for this year's Annual Dinner and 20 Year Club event!

If you can spare a few hours on the afternoons of Thursday, January 12 or Friday, January 13, we will be folding letters, stuffing envelopes, and mailing invitations from 2:00-5:00PM.

Our members continue to be more and more engaged with St. Louis Public Radio. To give you a better look behind-the-scenes at the station, we're giving you a peek into the top stories at STLPR over the last month. This will give you insights into not only what the station is covering month-to-month, but to see what our community - and people keeping up with our community from afar - are most interested in. 

Our members continue to be more and more engaged with St. Louis Public Radio. To give you a better look behind-the-scenes at the station, we're giving you a peek into the top stories at STLPR over the last month. This will give you insights into not only what the station is covering month-to-month, but to see what our community - and people keeping up with our community from afar - are most interested in. 

Meet Your Engagement Producer, Kimberly Springer

Nov 30, 2016

St. Louis Public Radio has always strived to reach you where you are. You've listened to STLPR for over 40 years , you've read our work on, and even more recently, you've streamed our service in real-time.

The media landscape has changed to include social media. What were once simple web-based tools to communicate with friends, STLPR, and many other news outlets, has made efforts to engage in a way that reaches you effectively where you are throughout your day.

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Our Fall 2016 Member Campaign concluded on Friday, October 21, as we surpassed our goal and raised $334,000 from 2,488 donors.

Wewelcomed 1,026 new members which is an amazing 41% of all donors, with 80% of those choosing to be sustaining members. 

New Volunteer Opportunity: Front Desk Concierge

Oct 31, 2016

Are you good with people? Do you like making introductions? Are you looking for activities during the day that will keep you engaged and busy? St. Louis Public Radio has a brand new volunteer opportunity that might be just for you.