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News Team
Margaret Wolf Freivogel
Susan Hegger
Donna Korando
Shula Neuman
Susan Hegger
Politics & Education Editor
Donna Korando
Arts & Culture, Voices Editor
Shula Neuman
Science & Health, Innovation Editor
Bill Raack
Maria Altman
Sally Altman
Dale Singer
Bill Raack
Audio Editor
Maria Altman
Innovation Reporter
Sally Altman
Manager of News Partnerships
Dale Singer
Education Reporter

 

Nancy Fowler
Marshall Griffin
Jason Rosenbaum
Brent Jones
Nancy Fowler
Arts & Culture Reporter
Marshall Griffin
Statehouse Reporter
Jason Rosenbaum
Innovation Reporter
Brent Jones
Visual Specialist
Véronique LaCapra
Rachel Lippmann
Linda Lockhart
Jo Mannies
Véronique LaCapra
Science Reporter
Rachel Lippmann
Justice Reporter
Linda Lockhart
Outreach Specialist
Jo Mannies
Political Reporter
Chris McDaniel
Joseph Leahy
Mary Delach Leonard
Tim Lloyd
Chris McDaniel
Political Reporter
Joseph Leahy
Afternoon Newscaster
Mary Delach Leonard
Work/Life Reporter
Tim Lloyd
Education Reporter
Kelsey Proud
Kelsey Proud
Engagement Editor
 
Hosts
Geri Mitchell
Greg Munteanu
Steve Potter
Gerry Rohde
Geri Mitchell
Morning Host
Greg Munteanu
Mid-Day Host

Steve Potter
Afternoon Host
Cityscape Host
Gerry Rohde
Evening Host
Don Marsh
Jim Altoff
Dennis Owsley
Jeff Franklin
Don Marsh
St. Louis on the Air Host
Jim Althoff
Alternate Host
Dennis Owsley
Jazz Unlimited Host

Jeff Franklin
Weekend Announcer

Charlie McDonald
Charlie McDonald
Weekend Announcer

St. Louis Public Radio News Team Biographies

Editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel:

Margaret Wolf Freivogel is the Editor of St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon. She was the founding editor of the St. Louis Beacon, a nonprofit news organization, from 2008 to 2013. A St. Louis native, Margie previously worked for 34 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a reporter, Washington correspondent and assistant managing editor. She has received numerous awards for reporting as well as a lifetime achievement award from the St. Louis Press Club and the Missouri Medal of Honor from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is a board member of the Investigative News Network and a past president of Journalism and Women Symposium. Margie graduated from Kirkwood High School and Stanford University. She is married to William H. Freivogel. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Margie enjoys rowing and is a fan of chamber music. >> Back to top

Politics & Education Editor Susan Hegger:

Susan Hegger comes to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon as the politics and issues editor, a position she has held at the Beacon since it started in 2008. Previously, she was at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 20 years. During that time, she was an editorial writer; the arts and entertainment editor; and finally the assistant managing editor for features overseeing the paper's entertainment, lifestyle and features sections. She also did stints as restaurant food critic and Washington reporter. Susan started her journalism career at The Riverfront Times, where she eventually became the editor. Susan graduated from Ursuline Academy and Washington University (in anthropology). Her passion is travel, and she is always planning her next adventure. Closer to home, she is also a dedicated runner, who can be found most days on the path in Forest Park. >> Back to top

Arts & Culture, Voices Editor Donna Korando:

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and the Beacon, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wisc., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk. She was part of the original staff of the St. Louis Beacon where she worked with features and commentary articles, combining her experience at the Post-Dispatch. Those areas remain her focus. In addition to a journalism degree from SIUC, Donna earned a master of studies in law from Yale Law School. Her son and daughter took to heart her advice to go away to college and live far from St. Louis. Her home is ruled by two cats. >> Back to top

Science & Health, Innovation Editor Shula Neuman:

Shula Neuman has more than a decade of journalism experience as both a print and radio reporter. Shula comes to St. Louis Public Radio after working as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C. She also reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station and, before that, worked as a reporter and evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio. Yes, this is Shula’s second stint with St. Louis Public Radio. She says she just can’t stay away from her hometown because she’s tired of rooting for the Cardinals in absentia. Shula has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University; an Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a bachelor’s from Reed College in Portland, OR. She claims she has no intention of going back to school again. Shula is an avid cyclist, canine enthusiast and compulsive baker (although she has yet to bake anything for dogs). >> Back to top

Audio Editor Bill Raack:

Raack has been in radio for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1983, he worked at commercial radio stations in Kansas and then Illinois. He moved to public radio in 1990, joining the staff of WILL-AM/FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as a host/reporter and then as news director in 1993. He returned to his hometown of St. Louis in 1995 as the local host of St. Louis Public Radio's Morning Edition program and also served as a reporter/producer until 1998, when he was named news director. Bill and his wife Kim are proud parents of two public-radio-listening children. >> Back to top

Innovation Reporter Maria Altman:

Altman came to St. Louis Public Radio from Dallas where she hosted All Things Considered and reported north Texas news at KERA. Altman also spent several years in Illinois: first in Chicago where she interned at WBEZ; then as the Morning Edition host at WSIU in Carbondale; and finally in Springfield, where she earned her graduate degree and covered the legislature for Illinois Public Radio. A native Iowan, Altman earned her bachelors degree in journalism at the University of Iowa. She remains a devoted Hawkeye. In her free time, Altman likes hiking, swing dancing, and searching for the perfect diner.
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Manager of News Partnerships Sally Altman:

Sally was the health, science and innovation editor at the St. Louis Beacon. Prior to her work at the Beacon, Sally worked in the health care field for more 30 years. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, physicians, insurance companies and nonprofit educational organizations. Her work has included strategic analysis and planning, legislative analysis, health network design and contract negotiations for health care services and fees. Sally has a Master in Public Health degree from The University of Michigan. She is married to Richard Weiss and has three grown daughters who have moved to the mountains or to warmer climes. Sally and Dick visit them as often as possible. >> Back to top

Arts & Culture Reporter Nancy Fowler:

Nancy Fowler is a veteran journalist with 28 years of experience in print, online and broadcast media. Her passions include the arts, social justice and the intersection of the two. She has been known to employ unconventional methods to get the story -- or the job. During college, she pursued her first professional position by hollowing out a hardback book and filling it with a resume audiotape that opened with the "Mission Impossible" theme. It instructed the news director to track down and hire this diamond in the rough, and ended with a warning that it would self-destruct. He accepted the mission. Throughout her career and today, the polishing continues as the field of journalism reinvents itself.
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State House Reporter Marshall Griffin:

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey. >> Back to top

Data Visual Specialist Brent Jones:

Brent Jones is a journalist who works with data and design. He joined the St. Louis Beacon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. In the past five years, he has shot photos of the Pevely Dairy fire and flooding in Cairo, Ill.; compiled data on St. Louis' hottest days and whitest Christmases; edited a 30-minute video on music in Iraq; designed a 150+ page ebook; and produced audio from an improv show and more than 100 Beacon Roundtables. Jones lives in St. Louis, where he has completed a half- and full marathon and sings in a 16-member a capella madrigal ensemble. >> Back to top

Science Reporter Véronique LaCapra:

Véronique LaCapra first caught the radio bug while writing commentaries for NPR affiliate WAMU in Washington, D.C. After producing her first audio pieces at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in N.C., she was hooked! She has done ecological research in the Brazilian Pantanal; regulated pesticides for the Environmental Protection Agency in Arlington, Va.; been a freelance writer and volunteer in South Africa; and contributed radio features to the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in environmental policy and biology from Cornell. LaCapra grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and in her mother’s home town of Auxerre, France. >> Back to top

Justice Reporter Rachel Lippmann:

Lippmann returns to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball. >> Back to top

Outreach Specialist Linda Lockhart:

Outreach specialist Linda Lockhart has been telling stories for most of her life. A graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, she has worked at several newspapers around the Midwest, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as a reporter, copy editor, make-up editor, night city editor, wire editor, Metro Section editor, and editorial writer. She served the St. Louis Beacon as analyst for the Public Insight Network, which is a product of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media that helps connect journalists with news sources. She is a St. Louis native and lives in Kirkwood. >> Back to top

Political Reporter Jo Mannies:

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
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Political Reporter 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. >> Back to top

Afternoon Newscaster Joseph Leahy:

Leahy anchors St. Louis Public Radio's weekday afternoon newscasts and produces news on local and regional issues. He previously produced and reported news for WERS 88.9 FM in Boston and is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe’s online news section, "Your Town." He holds a master's degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston. Born in Kansas City, Mo., Joseph grew up migrating almost annually with his family between two disparate homes: rural Missouri and sprawling Los Angeles. He attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Missouri to complete a bachelor's degree in English. >> Back to top

Work/Life Reporter Mary Delach Leonard:

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by such organizations as the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat (in Illinois) after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals. >> Back to top

Education Reporter Tim Lloyd:

Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues. His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, Marketplace, KCUR, KPR, IPR, NET, WFIU. In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature. >> Back to top

Engagement Editor Kelsey Proud:

Kelsey Proud is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned a Convergence (Multimedia) Journalism degree. She has worked at PBS Interactive in Washington, D.C., MSN UK News in London and is a social media enthusiast. Kelsey feels journalism is truly a public service and hopes her work enhances community and reaches those who need information most. Though she's "from" Chicago, Kelsey has also lived in several different regions of the United States, including periods of time in North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico and Illinois. Her extended family has roots in Boone and Audrain counties in Missouri, too. She is a wannabe chef and globe trekker, former competitive golfer and band-ie (trumpet), and honorary Missourian. >> Back to top

Innovation Reporter Jason Rosenbaum:

Since entering the enticing world of professional journalism in the mid-2000s, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon. Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Rosenbaum's work appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and in the Riverfront Times' music section. He most recently served on staff at the St. Louis Beacon as a politics reporter. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis City with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University. >> Back to top

Education Reporter Dale Singer:

Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and a grandson, Jonah, who is the cutest child in the world. >> Back to top

 

Hosts:

Steve Potter began his radio career at the NPR affiliate at Missouri State University, where he was the local news anchor for Morning Edition. After that he worked either as a news anchor or talk show host on several commercial stations before "coming home" to public radio at St. Louis Public Radio in 2001. Steve can be heard weekday afternoons on St. Louis Public Radio and hosts St. Louis Public Radio’s local arts program Cityscape on Fridays. He is also a program host on STL-TV.
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Gerry Rohde became radioactive in his hometown of Bremen, Germany, during the Reagan administration’s first year. After his move to St. Louis in 1983, Gerry resumed his radioactivity with St. Louis Public Radio in 1985 as a weekend jazz host. Since then, and following a news internship in 1987, he has hosted a variety of programs, including classical music. He began his current role as St. Louis Public Radio’s weeknight evening host in 1996. Gerry has spent so much time with the station that he is in the beginning stages of emitting public radio waves himself. >> Back to top

Don Marsh has extensive and broad media experience, with a career beginning in 1959. Starting as a managing editor for a small magazine in New Jersey, he went on to become a radio news writer in Germany; an Eastern European correspondent and bureau chief for the American Forces Network; news director at WJZ-TV in Baltimore; anchorman/political specialist reporter/producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis; a talk show host for KMOX radio; an anchorman for KDNL-TV; and a producer of training videos for law enforcement. He began as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in September 2005. His many professional awards include 12 Regional Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. >> Back to top

Jim Althoff fills in for Bob McCabe and Steve Potter when the need arises. Jim is a life-long radio guy. He's done jazz in San Francisco, classical music here in St. Louis and many years of talk radio in between--in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee and St. Louis. Married to Andee for almost 25 years, he is the proud father of two sons, Harry, a senior at Truman State University, and Daniel, a Parkway high school student. In between his gigs with St. Louis Public Radio and the classical station, Jim works as a substitute teacher in the Parkway district and does a little writing. He's long been a fan of public radio and is delighted to be associated with NPR, PRI and the other providers through St. Louis Public Radio.
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Geri Mitchell is a 20+ year radio veteran. She began her broadcast career at the age of 18 at 88.7 FM WSIE radio in Edwardsville Illinois. With three years of radio experience, she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mass communications. After employment at KETC as a producer, Geri longed to return to radio and in1992 she landed a job with KUSA radio where she worked as an announcer and board operator. She was later hired by KSD-AM as a board operator for CNN simulcast news programming. Geri later produced weekend programs at KMOX 1120 AM. She was soon promoted to senior producer for former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.’s “on the road” radio show, What’s Goin’ On, which aired on KSD-AM. In 2004, she produced and hosted Insight on St. Louis, a weekly talk program, which focused on the issues surrounding the metropolitan St. Louis area. Geri’s love for public radio has brought her to KWMU 90.7 as a morning host where she can be heard during such programs as Morning Edition and The Diane Rehm Show. She is an MBA graduate from the University of Phoenix and freelance writer and published editor. >> Back to top

Greg Munteanu is the mid-day host at Saint Louis Public Radio.  Greg obtained his degree in audio production from Webster University in Saint Louis, where he hosted a Grateful Dead themed show on The Galaxy, a student-run radio station.  A loyal listener for many years, he has been involved with Saint Louis Public Radio as an intern and volunteer since 2010; you may have heard his name mentioned on Saint Louis on the Air, where he has helped with production and served as board operator. Greg cooks, teaches guitar, gardens, and records lots of music when he is not at the station's helm.
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Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. Professionally, he holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His current show, Jazz Unlimited, is heard every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named "Best Jazz Radio Show" in St.
Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed "Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dennis is also a noted photographer. His one-man exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. His images have been published in music textbooks and on websites and several CD covers. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject to any group that wants him. Dennis is the author of the award-winning first book on St. Louis jazz history called City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006. >> Back to top

Jeff Franklin has 14 years in public radio at WUSF in Tamps, where he worked as an announcer, board operator and host of All Night Jazz and Jazz Focus. He studied History and English at Ball State in Muncie, is a U.S. Army veteran, and moved to St. Louis in 2013 to be closer to his two children who live and work in the area. He enjoys bicycling, Renaissance fairs, reading Science Fiction and relishing the bliss of all music, especially jazz. >> Back to top

Charlie McDonald made his radio debut in Southeast New Mexico as an announcer. Over the years he also worked for stations in Nebraska, Kansas, Cape Girardeau, MO., and Columbia, Illinois before settling in St. Louis. Locally, Charlie has been an announcer, producer, audio engineer and news-person for a variety of stations. He also stays active with the occasional voice-over or audio recording/editing project. In addition, he is a teacher of students with special needs ranging from Kindergarten through High School age. Charlie earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from UMSL in 2012. He is currently employed by Special School District of St. Louis and recently taught for a private school for Autism in St. Louis. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio as a weekend announcer, he worked for 11 years as a show host, audio engineer and producer for KFUO (Classic 99) FM and AM. Charlie’s lovely wife June tolerates his free-time activities (to a point!), which include playing guitar and keyboards, and dabbling with home recording. . >> Back to top