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Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the merger between St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon.

Collectively known as St. Louis Public Radio, the alliance of the two organizations was a bold move that increased the capacity for more journalists to tell more local and regional news stories.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 1, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

  1. Early on, the monthly Beacon and Eggs gatherings took Beacon staffers to such places as Old North St. Louis and Cherokee Street. From Collinsville to St. Charles on the outer edges of the metro StL, and to Maplewood, University City and Ferguson, in between. Each session offered great learning opportunities for all: introducing the Beacon to new audiences, and hearing about new developments or concerns from the people at each locale.

St. Louis Public Radio Leaders Share Merger Insights

Jul 22, 2014
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Seven months ago, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio officially merged. What’s happened? And what’s next? St. Louis Public Radio general manager, Tim Eby, and news editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel joined host Don Marsh to talk about where the organization is today.  

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Yesterday, St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon became one. We’ve kept you up to date throughout the merger process. But now that the merger is complete, we wanted to take the opportunity to answer your questions.

Director and General Manager Tim Eby, formerly general manager of St. Louis Public Radio, and Editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel, founder of the Beacon, responded to your queries and commented about their vision for the merged organization.

Why merge?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2013 (Note: The Beacon site was compromised and we are working to transfer all stories to the St. Louis Public Radio site. That means we had to remove all the links to the Beacon site.) - St. Louis Magazine once dubbed us “earnest and wonky”:

“The Beacon, which is so smart and serious, reading it feels like the intellectual equivalent of flossing.”

We took that as a compliment. After all, daily flossing is not a bad thing.

Welcome To St. Louis Public Radio And The Beacon

Dec 9, 2013
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Monday, St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon merged. This milestone marks the end of more than a year of effort. But in a sense, we've just broken ground for the news organization we intend to build.

Its foundation is constructed from solid principles. We believe that facts matter. We believe that fairness matters. We believe that if we pay attention to facts and fairness, then our work will matter to you and the future of our region.

Moving day for the Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio

Dec 6, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2013 - Dear Beaconites -

I write this week with great appreciation for your support of the Beacon as it has been and with great anticipation of what we are to become.

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During the University of Missouri Board of Curators' two-day meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the board unanimously approved the merger of the non-profit news organizations St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon, which is expected to be completed next month.

Leadership at both organizations has been planning the merger for more than a year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s license is held by the University of Missouri Curators, and the merger required the board’s approval.

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Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon

Today officials are set to break ground on the Central Riverfront phase of the CityArchRiver project, which brings $23 million worth of improvements to Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and which should be done by October 2015. Among the most visible improvements: Elevating the road out of the Mississippi River floodplain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2013 - Dear Beaconites --

After more than a year of planning together, St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon are in the final stages of moving toward a merger. Approval could come as soon as November. That's when the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the governing body for the radio station, expects to take up the matter.

Editor's weekly: St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon in the news

Jul 16, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 16, 2013 - St. Louisans have known since last October that St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon are exploring a merger. Now, it's nice to see the idea get national attention.

Editor's Weekly: Why didn't you cover this?

Jun 7, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 7, 2013 - Dear Beaconites --

As the Beacon grows, so do people's expectations of us. This is good. We hold ourselves to the highest journalistic standards, and we're glad you expect no less.

But inevitably, we make choices that disappoint some people. Why didn't you cover this, they ask? Why did you miss that angle? This week, complaints arose on several fronts.

Erin Williams

The intimate crowd was invited to share their thoughts on race and personal identity through spoken word. Guests wrote their six-word stories on the subject using cards from Michele Norris’ The Race Card Project

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 3, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

  1. The number one thing that has made these five years zoom has no links and can’t be quantified. It’s a feeling -- of teamwork, collegiality and even family -- that has existed at the Beacon since the beginning. And that feeling of family extended to the reality of family in having my daughter join us as a photo intern. Our first summer was Rachel’s first summer home from college. The job she thought she had lined up changed at the last minute. Her loss; our gain. Even after that summer she has given us her time and talent - when her time permits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 2, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

High Fives: Johnny Buse

May 1, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 1, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

  1. The BeyondNovember coverage was awesome. Being able to read a Beacon article on the primaries, while my tweetdeck had #BeyondNovember popping up all over the place and Jason Rosenbaum's voice was lilting in over the radio: synthesis! Or the singularity. Not sure which.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

1. Experiencing firsthand the resilience and graciousness of residents of the Missouri Bootheel under the most trying of circumstances: While covering the aftermath of the 2011 flooding, these incredible Missourians -- who had all lost their homes -- not only trusted me to tell their stories, but some even cooked for me. On a blustery fall afternoon, Milus and Wanda Wallace treated me to delicious beef stew, pulled pork sandwiches and banana pudding, served from the back of pickup trucks parked in a barn they were rebuilding on their farm. And 73-year-old “Miss Aretha” Robinson, displaced from Pinhook, Mo., made lunch for me: fried AND baked chicken because she didn’t know which I’d prefer. (I liked them both.) People are amazing.

Editor's weekly: The Beacon celebrates its fifth birthday

Apr 26, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 26, 2013 - Dear Beaconites –

This month marks the Beacon's fifth birthday – a milestone that many startups never reach and some skeptics thought we'd never see.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Steven Peterson of Belleville is one of 4.2 million Americans who will find out in the next few weeks how much -- if any -- compensation they will receive from their lenders after a government-ordered review of questionable foreclosure processes.

Peterson isn’t expecting much, although his mortgage servicer – PNC Mortgage – was one of 13 companies that earlier this year reached a settlement with federal banking regulators from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Beacon blog: Connection is a human theme

Mar 22, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 22, 2013 - This week, the Beacon has been hosting open mics in four areas that have been getting help in identifying how arts can help them and that may get further aid through the Kresge Foundation.

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The St. Louis Beacon’s Washington Correspondent Rob Koenig was Don Marsh’s guest on “St.

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Don Marsh called upon the St.

Will Copeland, at left, with his brothers at age 3 and, at right, age 4.
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The last time transgender teen William Copeland wore a dress was to his aunt’s commitment ceremony. The 5-year-old caved to parental pressure but on his terms: no bow in the back and only for the vows, not the reception.

“Big mistake! Huge mistake!,” his mother Laurie Copeland winces. “Why did he need to wear a dress to a lesbian wedding? They wouldn’t have cared if he’d worn a tux.”

Despite any early missteps, if you could special-order a family for a transgender child, it would be the Copelands of Creve Coeur.

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The 113th U.S. Congress has been in session for 5 weeks.  Host Don Marsh checked in with the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington correspondent Rob Koenig to get an update on the activities of the Missouri and Illinois delegations.

A warm time lapse welcome from the St. Louis Beacon

Jun 18, 2012

Check out this handiwork by Brent Jones of The St. Louis Beacon, one of our new neighbors in Grand Center. It's a time lapse video, as they say, 1 year in 1.5 minutes, and shows our building from groundbreaking to how it is today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 10, 2012 - Here’s a nugget about former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa whose No. 10 will be retired Friday at Busch Stadium with all the pomp befitting the winningest manager in franchise history: He started his career with the Redbirds in the hole.

Welcome to the new Beacon

Feb 21, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 21, 2012 - “Just because you know the right way to do something doesn't always mean you get to do it that way." - My status update yesterday during the Beacon site’s launch

We knew we needed a new website a few weeks after we launched the Beacon in April 2008. First-class veteran reporters and a blog template were enough to get us out of the gate, but it quickly became clear that the site was going to impose a lot more on our capabilities than was reasonable. 

Beacon's bigger board

Sep 20, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 -The Beacon is pleased to welcome four new board members, each bringing unique perspectives to guide our growth. They are:

Linda Locke, principal of Reputare Consulting LLC and a national leader in corporate reputation management. She previously was a senior vice president for MasterCard, where she created and led the global corporate reputation practice.

Jerry Naunheim Jr. | For the St. Louis Beacon

Note: This story was originally published in the St. Louis Beacon in 2011.

The end came without fanfare for the familiar blue and white water tower that had stood watch over the old Chrysler plant in Fenton through good times and bad: The icon was felled on a hot Saturday afternoon — and then hauled away like so much unwanted scrap.

Chris Paplanus, 54, who worked for Chrysler for 26 years, read about the Aug. 6 demolition on a Facebook page where former plant workers stay in touch, share personal news and job tips — and plan reunion gatherings.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 26, 2011 - I was a lonesome kid. I grew up in Little Rock, Ark., in a neighborhood in transition, and there weren't many kids around to play with by the time I came along. My closest friends lived a mile away, and for a 10-year-old, even a 10-year-old with a three-speed English bicycle, a mile was a "fer piece," as Faulkner wrote in "Light in August."

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