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Evie Hemphill

Evie Hemphill

“St. Louis on the Air” Producer

Evie Hemphill joined the St. Louis on the Air team in February 2018. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2005, she started her career as a reporter for the Westminster Window in Colorado. Several years later she went on to pursue graduate work in creative writing at the University of Wyoming and moved to St. Louis upon earning an MFA in the spring of 2010. She worked as writer and editor for Washington University Libraries until 2014 and then spent several more years in public relations for the University of Missouri–St. Louis before making the shift to St. Louis Public Radio.

When she’s not helping to produce the talk show, Evie can typically be found navigating the city sans car, volunteering for St. Louis BWorks or trying to get the majority of the dance steps correct as a member of the Thunder & Lightning Cloggers of Southern Illinois. She’s married to Joe, cat-mom to Dash and rather obsessive about doubt, certitude and the places where refuge and risk intersect.

  • Neighborhood parks and other green spaces and trails continue to be among the liveliest places in the region as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Great Rivers Greenway's Emma Klues and Tower Grove Park's Bill Reininger offered their insights on the increased interest in the outdoors, even as we head into winter.
  • The supply chain is an aspect of life many people take entirely for granted — except when local stores run out of, say, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and food staples. George Zsidisin, who directs the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Institute at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, joined "St. Louis on the Air" for a closer look at this complex system.
  • "Enough: Say Their Names..." is a 226-page, full-color compilation of images and words by several photographers, eight authors and a designer, all of whom donated their talents and time to the cause. Project ringleader Ronald Montgomery discussed the effort, and several contributors read poems that appear in the new volume on "St. Louis on the Air."
  • The St. Louis-based band dropped a new single Nov. 13 — the same day the group announced its forthcoming sophomore record, titled “Cattle In The Sky.” Frontman Jordan Slone and bassist/vocalist Jack McCoy joined "St. Louis on the Air" to talk about their musical evolution and share some tunes.
  • As a part-time clerk for St. Louis County Library, Maura Lydon felt like she was beginning to fulfill her calling over the past couple of years. Then, in August, the library system laid her off, along with 121 other part-time employees. The library administration cited reduced services and efforts to be “good stewards” of taxpayer funds as the basis for the staff cuts. But that reasoning doesn’t hold up in the opinions of some current and former employees.
  • Mid-November is arguably a bit early to start putting up holiday decorations. But it’s not at all too soon to make thoughtful plans to safely connect with relatives, particularly those who are more isolated this year, and spread some joy. “Start having those conversations now,” Marjorie Moore, executive director of the nonprofit organization VOYCE, told "St. Louis on the Air." She and Vanessa Woods of Vitality Ballet talked through some ideas with host Sarah Fenske.
  • Amy Hilgemann remembers the job she had in the early 1980s as among the most fulfilling work she ever did. At the time, she directed Crisis Intervention Services, a collaboration with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Officers were empowered to hand off certain situations to a dedicated group of six social workers, including Hilgemann, whom they could call on seven days a week. The program got some rave reviews. But when the initial funding stream ran out, it ended.
  • As legal challenges by the Trump campaign mount in the wake of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is deploying his office in an attempt to stop some votes from counting in Pennsylvania. "St. Louis on the Air" talks with Washington University's Ronald Levin about whether precedent is on Schmitt's side, and what might happen next.
  • At Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish food pantry in Ferguson, volunteers have seen a 25% client increase in recent months, with Blessed Teresa serving about 1,300 people in October alone. That’s in keeping with what food banks and other partners are observing throughout the area, according to Operation Food Search’s director of strategic services, Lucinda Perry. She’s seen about a 40% increase in food insecurity rates amid COVID-19 upheaval. The St. Louis community is stepping up to help, including local farms such as EarthDance.
  • The Refugee Integration Project spent 12 months documenting critical shifts and moments for refugees who resettled in St. Louis. The stories emerging from that research will be presented this week in a new puppet show called “We Came As Refugees: An American Story.” A collaboration with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the St. Louis Storytelling Project and the University of Missouri Extension, it's all in an effort to help increase awareness about refugees and challenges they face in the United States.
  • In September, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report supporting the phaseout of subminimum wage for people with disabilities. For St. Louisan Colleen Starkloff, co-founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, it’s about time. While she’s quick to acknowledge the good intentions of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act exception when it was first created, she’s convinced that phasing it out is critical to human dignity and inclusive employment practices. “There’s a way to do that, and sheltered workshops aren’t it,” she said.
  • In conversation with UMSL's Anita Manion and St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum, "St. Louis on the Air" digs into some of the biggest local and statewide races and issues voters weighed in on this fall — and what to make of the results. We also talk with U.S. Rep.-elect Cori Bush and with STLPR reporters Jonathan Ahl and Jaclyn Driscoll.