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Robert Duffy says goodbye to St. Louis Public Radio

Robert Duffy speaks with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about his career in journalism.
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Robert Duffy speaks with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about his career in journalism.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Robert Duffy said goodbye to St. Louis Public Radio. In conversation with host Don Marsh, he looked back on his years at the station, his founding of the St. Louis Beacon and his years reporting at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Duffy cites the many interns he has mentored as one of his greatest accomplishments, people who have ended up in positions with the Huffington Post, the New York Times, NPR and others. They all have been true to what Duffy considers the principal of journalism, “content, content, content.” He continued, “I feel like if I have a legacy, it is embodied in those men and women.”

“Content is, after all, why I do this and why most people do it,” Duffy said. “You don’t go into the business of journalism, which is, as far as I’m concerned, a branch of the humanities, you don’t go into it to diagram sentences. You go into it because you want to tell stories and you want to tell stories that have meaning to people.”

You can read through Duffy’s work here.

Listen to the interview here:

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.

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