St. Louis Public Radio Newsroom and On-Air Staff
State House Reporter
St. Louis on the Air Host
Jazz Unlimited Host
St. Louis Public Radio News Team Biographies
News Director 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
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. >> Back to top
Reporter Julie Bierach:
Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.
Bierach returned to St. Louis Public Radio in November 2010 after working in public relations at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She was previously the station’s science and technology reporter.
Bierach worked in Tucson, Arizona at Arizona Public Media where she was the host of the station’s weekly news magazine, Arizona Spotlight. While in Tucson, she reported on a variety of topics facing the desert southwest, including illegal immigration. Her reports have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Day to Day. >> Back to top
State House Reporter Marshall Griffin:
St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay at a few music stations in Mississippi. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Griffin was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the 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 of course, the 2000 presidential recount. More recently he enjoyed living in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. While there he worked a number of jobs, including reporting and anchoring for the local news/talk station, WWNC-AM, which back in the early 20th century aired bluegrass music and helped establish country & western as a radio format. Now he’s getting settled into Jefferson City and bringing St. Louis Public Radio listeners news of what their elected officials are doing. >> 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
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
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.
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.
Web Producer 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.
Fellowship Producer Erin Williams:
Erin Williams has joined St Louis Public Radio as a Fellowship Producer, where she will be creating stories centered around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Erin Worked as an editorial aide and staff writer at The Washington Post, covering arts, culture, and entertainment for the Style section and was a reporter for the site The Root – DC. She also produced the Friday ‘NewsViews’ roundtable segment for WPFW-FM under the tutelage of veteran journalist Askia Muhammad. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Telecommunication and Film. During her undergraduate years, Erin interned at Alabama Public Radio, and spent part of the summer of 2008 as an congressional intern for Artur Davis.
Erin enjoys traveling and road trips, live shows, exploring museums, and finding the best that every city she inhabits has to offer.
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. >> Back to top
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. >> Back to top
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
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.
Greg Munteanu is a weekend announcer 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.
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.