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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at STLPR

This past year STLPR has been in the midst of a reckoning, after STLPR staff and supporters challenged us to better live up to our values and public service mission.
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David Kovaluk
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St. Louis Public Radio

Our community needs local journalism that listens as intently as it informs, that uplifts voices and builds a more engaged, empathetic, and empowered society. For audiences across our region, understanding starts with the news and programs they hear on St. Louis Public Radio.

To provide the best public service, we must reflect the communities we serve, with diverse staff at all levels and an inclusive organizational culture. This past year STLPR has been in the midst of a reckoning, after STLPR staff and supporters challenged us to better live up to our values and public service mission.

The center of our focus has been on manifesting an anti-racist ethos in our work culture, practices and policies. We joined the Public Media for All coalition and are taking action to hold ourselves accountable to that organizational commitment, guided by staff and board working groups and the University of Missouri-St. Louis office of diversity, equity & inclusion.

We are committed to practicing and supporting journalism that is anti-racist at its core. This means that we will tell stories about communities adversely affected by systemic racism from their perspectives. It means we will be more mindful of recognizing and calling out racism in ourselves and others. It means we won’t indulge in a misleading sense of balance by including perspectives that are patently disproven, false or biased. It also means that we will continue to expand whom we talk to for our stories and whom we consider our audience.

Transforming our organization is ongoing work and we are grateful for the continued efforts of our staff and board as they expect significant change. Please let us know if you have specific thoughts on this work and suggestions for improvement.