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Metro East Coverage

Eric Schmid joined St. Louis Public Radio as its first dedicated Metro East Reporter in June of 2019 and is tasked with expanding STLPR's coverage east of the Mississippi River.  Schmid covers the region with a particular focus on demographics and the census, growth and development, and the changes recreational cannabis brings to the Metro East, Illinois and the greater St. Louis region. As a bureau reporter, Schmid covers the region from the newsroom of the Belleville News-Democrat. Questions or story ideas? Email

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Newspaper photo from "made in USA: East St. Louis" (Virginia Publishing), by Andrew Theising 300 pixels  2008
St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - Note from the author:

July 2, 2008, is the 91st anniversary of the East St. Louis race riot, the first and officially the deadliest of a series of devastating racial battles that swept through American cities in the World War I era.

Racial memory: Clear as black and white

Jun 27, 2008
Photo by Olivr Nurock

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - In the past four years, since I began work on my new book on the terrible 1917 East St. Louis race riot, my wife and I have told hundreds of people from the St. Louis area about the project, and have discovered a fact that is both remarkable and thoroughly understandable.

In general, white people, even those who have lived in this area for most or all of their lives, have never heard of the riot - a riot that arguably was the deadliest of the 20th century.