Chris McDaniel


Chris McDaniel started at St. Louis Public Radio as a political reporter, predominantly covering the race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin. Before coming to St. Louis, Chris worked at NPR stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Missouri, and his work has been broadcast on NPR’s national newscasts. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism and political science. He is also the winner of the 2011 PAX East Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Chris enjoys dogs, anything by Cormac McCarthy, and listeners like you.


Board of Aldermen
4:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

North City Site For NGA Faces Opposition From Residents

Credit (courtesy NGA)

St. Louis is working to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its thousands of jobs in the city -- but the residents in the area of the proposed new site aren't quite as eager.

Of the four sites the agency is considering, only one -- the north St. Louis site -- is within the city limits. The city initially suggested the former Pruitt-Igoe site, but it did not meet the agency’s acreage requirement.

The three other location are: the former Chrysler plant in Fenton; the MetLife/Sigma facility in Mehlville; and land near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.

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Politically Speaking
9:47 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Politically Speaking: Sen. Schaefer On Budgets, Ferguson Unrest & AG Run

Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week’s edition of Politically Speaking uses the magical power of radio to speak with Sen. Kurt Schaefer from his office in Jefferson City. 

The Columbia Republican chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which makes him one of the most influential figures in the budget-crafting process. He’s also chairing a special committee looking into Gov. Jay Nixon’s performance during the unrest in Ferguson.

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Bond Bill
4:31 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Property Tax Hike Unlikely To Face City Voters In Next Few Months

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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen declined to pass a bill Friday that would have put a property tax increase before the voters. As a result, it is unlikely the proposal will make it to the voters on the April ballot.

The $200 million bond proposal would pay for building and road repairs, as well as vehicle and equipment upgrades for fire and police departments.

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Death Penalty
10:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Missouri Used Midazolam In Its Most Recent Execution

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Missouri used a considerable amount of sedatives on the last inmate it executed before it injected its lethal drug, records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio show. Chemical logs show the state used the controversial drug midazolam for the first time since its use was revealed months ago.

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Death Penalty
4:05 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Missouri Supreme Court Halts Execution Scheduled For Next Week

Credit (Missouri Department of Corrections)

On Thursday, The Missouri Supreme Court withdrew an execution warrant and granted a stay for a man who was scheduled to be put to death next week. The court would give no indication why it had done so.

Marcellus Williams was scheduled to be executed Jan. 28 for the 1998 robbery and murder of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in her University City home.

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Politically Speaking
1:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Politically Speaking: Councilman Page On Electoral Comeback, Ferguson And Smoldering Landfills

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcomed St. Louis County Councilman Sam Page to Politically Speaking. 

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City Hall
1:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Slay's Chief Of Staff To Step Down After 13 Years To Become Consultant

St. Louis City Hall
Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

(Will be updated.)

After holding the position for more than a decade, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff will step down early next month.

Jeff Rainford took the position in 2001, making him the longest-serving chief of staff in the history of the city, according to the mayor's office.

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Politically Speaking
10:10 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Politically Speaking: Alderwoman Ingrassia On City Politics, The Rams And Police

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew welcomes St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, a Democrat who represents the city’s 6th Ward on the Board of Aldermen. 

Before she ran for the seat, Ingrassia was active in securing grants for the ward, which takes in nine neighborhoods, such as Fox Park and Lafayette Square, in the city’s central and southern corridors. She easily defeated Damon Jones and Michelle Witthaus in a 2013 Democratic primary for the seat – which was tantamount to election.

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Grand Jury
11:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announces that the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson on any of five counts that were presented to it.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6 with NAACP's request for an investigation.)

A grand juror is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in an effort to speak out on what happened in the Darren Wilson case. Under typical circumstances, grand jurors are prohibited by law from discussing cases they were involved in.

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Politically Speaking
12:04 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Politically Speaking: New Year, New Challenges For Missouri Legislature, St. Louis County

This week, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies use the  Politically Speaking podcast have decided to look into their crystal balls to discuss what’s ahead for Missouri politics in 2015.  

It’s a time of transition for both the Missouri General Assembly and St. Louis County government. The legislature comes back into session on Wednesday with some new members, and an even stronger Republican majority, while a new county executive has taken over in the state’s largest county.

On the show, we talked about:

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