Leadership
Tim Eby

Tim Eby

General Manager

Tim Eby

Tim Eby has been the General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio since January 20, 2009.

During his tenure, Eby has led St. Louis Public Radio through a period of enormous growth. The station has moved into a state-of-the-art facility, completed a transformative merger with the non-profit, online news outlet the St. Louis Beacon, and significantly increased its broadcast and digital audience and fundraising revenue.

Prior to moving to St. Louis, Eby was the Radio Station Manager for WOSU Public Media at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 2004 - 2009. Eby was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and administration of WOSU's Radio services, including the development and implementation of new programming, budget, operations and staff.

Previously, Eby was Station Manager at WVPE Public Radio in South Bend, Indiana for more than 21 years. There, he was hired as the station's first full-time employee, and was instrumental in evolving WVPE from a student-run operation to one of the leading small market public radio stations in the country. Under Eby's leadership, WVPE won such prestigious awards as the Edward R. Murrow Award for news excellence and the Public Radio Development Award for outstanding growth in membership support.

Eby has been active in national and regional public broadcasting organizations for many years. He is a current member of the NPR Board of Directors, after serving a term from 2002-2008 including as Chair from 2004-2007. He has served as President of Public Radio in Mid-America (PRIMA), the country's largest public radio regional organization, and is currently on its board. He has served on task forces and panels sponsored by NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Station Resource Group and was formerly its Vice Chair.

He has also worked on behalf of numerous local arts, cultural, and non-profit groups. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Grand Center, Inc. and Heat-Up STL. Eby has a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Eby lives with his wife Kathi in the Central West End in the city of St. Louis.

Maureen Hughes

Maureen Hughes

Director, Finance & Administration

Maureen Hughes

Having been an avid listener for years, Maureen Hughes joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. A native “Hoosier” from South Bend, IN, she has made St. Louis her hometown and raised three children to young adulthood. Maureen brings too many years to mention of financial leadership in several different industries including health care, wholesale consumer goods, hospitality and presently, public media. Now a resident of the City, she is delighted that her commute to work is a short five miles to the arts and cultural center of midtown. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys volunteerism, singing in her church choir, and trying new recipes with friends.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and is a CPA and alumna of the accounting firm, PWC.

Shelley Kerley

Shelley Kerley

Development Director

Shelley Kerley

Shelley Kerley leads St. Louis Public Radio’s fundraising team to raise money from individuals and foundations. She firmly believes that public radio has the most interesting, generous and dedicated donors and loves meeting them and helping them support what they care most about at STLPR. Donors who share their stories about how STLPR touches their lives are constant inspiration. An avid gardener, traveler, hiker and camper, she lives in Illinois and finds an unending supply of new book recommendations from NPR and STLPR to feed her reading addiction. In her decades of fundraising work at STLPR, she’s directed numerous fundraising projects and actually enjoys getting to be on the air during the member campaigns. She holds a BA in music education (and stills sneaks in some time to play the violin and piano) from Western Illinois University as well as an MBA from the same institution.

Jess Luther

Jess Luther

Senior Operations Specialist

Jess Luther

Jess Luther is the senior operations specialist in the Office of the General Manager. She spent the first six years of her tenure at the station working in finance and administration. Jess’ efforts are now focused on internal and board communications along with talent and culture initiatives, all of which provide the distinct satisfaction of having used one’s college degree (hers is in English from Truman State University). A St. Louis-area native, by her early 20s Jess had lived in Bridgeton, Ferguson, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Bellefontaine Neighbors, and Maplewood. She has been proudly relinquishing 1% of her income for almost a decade as a resident of St. Louis City proper.

Shula Neuman

Shula Neuman

Executive Editor

Shula Neuman

Shula Neuman is the executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio. She came the station in late 2013 as a subject matter editor, after having worked as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C. Shula started her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Watertown Daily Times and made the switch to radio when she took a job as a reporter/evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio. After that, Shula reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station. 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.

Madalyn Painter

Madalyn Painter

Director of Marketing & Digital Media

Madalyn Painter

As the Director of Marketing & Digital Media for St. Louis Public Radio, Madalyn Painter works to move audiences to deeper levels of loyalty to our service to the community. She and her team provide targeted marketing, business intelligence, and visual design and support the station’s digital products and strategy.

Since joining KWMU in 2006, she has helped transform stlpublicradio.org into a regional news destination, with well over 500% growth in site visits.

Previously, she worked in communications and digital media for KETC/Channel 9 (Nine Network of Public Media). She started her career in marketing in 2000 as a copywriter and website designer. Her professional awards include four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Her master’s degree in social work, from Saint Louis University, instilled values of collaboration, listening, and evidence-based practice — all surprisingly applicable to marketing. She’s also a proud former English major, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and enjoys drawing and poetry.

She grew up in the forested Ozark mountains and still dreams about moss-covered boulders, cold Bull Creek, and the sound of spring peeper frogs. In the city, she delights in gardens — her own and any others into which she can wander.

Kathy Parks

Kathy Parks

Corporate Accounts Manager

Kathy Parks

Kathy Parks has been the Corporate Accounts Sales Manager since December, 2014, managing the underwriting team of four Account Executives under the leadership of Market Enginuity. Market Enginuity proudly represents public radio and television stations in 18 markets, including St. Louis, building relationships and sponsorship support from businesses and non-profits to support the mission of public media.

Kathy is an experienced media sales professional with expertise in radio, television and print in the St. Louis market. She was the General Sales Manager for Radio One/St. Louis; Director of Sales Strategy and Business Development, Director of Sales, and Account Executive for Charter Media/St. Louis (now Spectrum); and held positions with Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, KLOU-FM, KTVI Channel 2, and KDNL Channel 30.

She began her media career as a media buyer, then director, at two St. Louis ad agencies. Kathy has been a huge fan of St. Louis Public radio for many years, and feels she’s now working in her dream job. Her leisure activities include gardening, cooking, traveling to Costa Rica, and enjoying time with her children and five grandchildren.

Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III

Director of Radio Programming and Operations

Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III, is a thirty-eight year veteran of radio programming and operations management. He returned to St. Louis Public Radio in September 2007 after seven years at WUSF (89.7 FM) in Tampa, Florida where he served as the station's Program Director. Prior to his work in Tampa, Robert worked at St. Louis Public Radio and WMFE, WBJW (now WOMX) and WUCF, all in Orlando, Florida. He is very passionate about public radio and the role St. Louis Public Radio plays in the greater St. Louis region. Robert is excited to serve as host and executive producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, along with commentator Tim Munro with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

While originally starting his college career at the University of Central Florida as a music major, oboe performance, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. He proudly serves on the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council and UMSL’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee.

Robert is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues fan, loves music, food, travel, and is an avid runner.

News
Shula Neuman

Shula Neuman

Executive Editor

Shula Neuman

Shula Neuman is the executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio. She came the station in late 2013 as a subject matter editor, after having worked as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C. Shula started her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Watertown Daily Times and made the switch to radio when she took a job as a reporter/evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio. After that, Shula reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station. 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.

Maria Altman

Maria Altman

Newscast, Business and Education Editor

Maria Altman

Maria Altman was named the editor of the newscast, business and education teams in January, 2018. She came to St. Louis Public Radio in 2004 as the local newscaster for All Things Considered and a general assignment reporter. In 2013 she became a business reporter covering economic development, the burgeoning startup community, biotech and Fortune 500 companies. Her work has been aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Marketplace and Here and Now. Prior to her time in St. Louis, Maria worked at KERA in Dallas as a newscaster and at WSIU in Carbondale, Ill. She received her graduate degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois-Springfield and her bachelors degree in journalism and history at the University of Iowa. Maria lives in St. Louis with her husband (whom she met at St. Louis Public Radio) and their two children. She is a proud native of Iowa and can happily name every celebrity or historical figure with even the slightest connection to the Hawkeye state.

David Cazares

David Cazares

Health, Science and Arts & Culture Editor

David Cazares

David Cazares supervises coverage of the arts, health and science for St. Louis Public Radio. Before coming to Missouri, he worked as an editor, arts reporter and podcast host for Minnesota Public Radio. He has also worked for newspapers in Florida, Kentucky and Indiana.

Holly Edgell

Holly Edgell

Race, Identity and Culture Editor

Holly Edgell

Holly Edgell is the Editor of a four-station collaborative coverage initiative on race, identity and culture. Based at St. Louis Public Radio, she leads a team of four reporters in St. Louis, Hartford, Kansas City and Portland,Ore. Holly comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to working as a television news producer in several cities, in 2010 she launched 12 St. Louis-area websites for Patch.com, the hyperlocal news initiative introduced by AOL. Also in St. Louis, she took on a wide range freelance reporting assignments for news organizations such as The National Catholic Reporter and the New York Daily News. In 2012, she was part of the leadership team that launched WCPO Insider (WCPO.com), the first local television news initiative to introduce an a la carte subscription model for exclusive, in-depth content that audiences could not find elsewhere. She later served as Director of Digital media for KSHB-TV in Kansas City and WEWS-TV in Cleveland. In addition to newsroom experience, Holly taught journalism at the University of Missouri and Florida A&M University. She was also a member of the first cohort of Google News Lab trainers. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in media management from Kent State University. Born in Belize, Holly loves travel, true crime and history podcasts and crossword puzzles.

Fred Ehrlich

Fred Ehrlich

Politics Editor

Fred Ehrlich

Fred Ehrlich was named politics editor at St. Louis Public Radio in January 2018. His editing experience includes long stints at the Belleville News-Democrat and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is a proud Badger having graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism and political science. Fred grew up in New Jersey as a huge Yankees fan but after 28 years in the St. Louis area he has adopted the Cardinals as his National League team. He fondly hopes for a rematch of the 1964 World Series in the Best Baseball Town in America.

Brian Heffernan

Brian Heffernan

Digital and Special Projects Editor

Brian Heffernan

Brian Heffernan is the digital editor and special projects editor at St. Louis Public Radio. Before coming to the newsroom in April 2018, Brian reported for a variety of publications including Al Jazeera America, St. Louis Magazine, Riverfront Times, San Francisco magazine and the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette newspapers in South Carolina. He also worked in St. Louis' burgeoning startup and tech industry as a project manager and quality assurance specialist. A St. Louis native, Brian received both his master's and bachelor's degrees of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. When he's not plunked down in front of a computer screen, Brian enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, cooking and playing the very adult, sophisticated game of wiffle ball.

Jonathan Ahl

Jonathan Ahl

Rolla Correspondent

Jonathan Ahl

Jonathan Ahl reports from the Rolla Bureau for St. Louis Public Radio. His duties also include covering central and southern Missouri for Harvest Public Media. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in November of 2018, Jonathan was the General Manager for Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois. He previously was the News Director at Iowa Public Radio and before that at WCBU in Peoria, Illinois. Jonathan has also held reporting positions in central Illinois for public radio stations.

Jonathan is originally from the Chicago area. He has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is an avid long distance runner, semi-professional saxophonist and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Eli Chen

Eli Chen

Science Reporter

Eli Chen

Eli Chen is the science and environment reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. She comes to St. Louis after covering the eroding Delaware coast, bat-friendly wind turbine technology, mouse love songs and various science stories for Delaware Public Media/WDDE-FM. Before that, she corralled robots and citizen scientists for the World Science Festival in New York City and spent a brief stint booking guests for Science Friday’s live events in 2013. Eli grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where a mixture of teen angst, a love for Ray Bradbury novels and the growing awareness about climate change propelled her to become the science storyteller she is today. When not working, Eli enjoys a solid bike ride, collects classic disco, watches standup comedy and is often found cuddling other people’s dogs. She has a bachelor’s in environmental sustainability and creative writing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has a master’s degree in journalism, with a focus on science reporting, from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Chad Davis

Chad Davis

General Assignment Reporter

Chad Davis

Chad Davis is a 2016 graduate of Truman State University where he studied Public Communication and English. At Truman State, Chad served as the executive producer of the on-campus news station, TMN Television. In 2017, Chad joins the St. Louis Public Radio team as the fourth Race and Culture Diversity Fellow. Chad is a native of St. Louis and is a huge hip- hop, r&b, and pop music fan. He also enjoys graphic design, pop culture, film, and comedy.

Ryan Delaney

Ryan Delaney

Education Reporter

Ryan Delaney

Ryan is a reporter on the education desk at St. Louis Public Radio, covering both higher education and the many school districts in the St. Louis region. He has previously reported for public radio stations WFYI in Indianapolis and WRVO in upstate New York. He began his journalism career working part time for WAER while attending Syracuse University. He's won multiple reporting awards for his work, which has aired on NPR, The Takeaway and WGBH's Innovation Hub. He grew up in Burlington, Vt.,and often spends time being in the woods hiking, camping, and skiing.

Jaclyn Driscoll

Jaclyn Driscoll

Statehouse & Politics Reporter

Jaclyn Driscoll

Jaclyn Driscoll is the Jefferson City statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. She joined the politics team in 2019 after spending two years at the Springfield, Illinois NPR affiliate. Jaclyn covered a variety of issues at the statehouse for all of Illinois' public radio stations, but focused primarily on public health and agriculture related policy. Before joining public radio, Jaclyn reported for a couple television stations in Illinois and Iowa as a general assignment reporter.

Jaclyn has an undergraduate degree in History with a middle and secondary education teaching endorsement from Monmouth College. She was the History Department Chair at Greenfield High School in Illinois, but after one year she decided to go back to school for a master's in journalism at DePaul University. Though she has a passion for education and hasn't ruled out teaching again in the future, Jaclyn enjoys the every day excitement that comes with political reporting.

She's a 6th generation descendant on her family farm back in Illinois, but is excited to plant some roots of her own in the Show-Me state. When she isn't busy working, Jaclyn can be found trying to entertain her twin boys who still think she's a cool mom (for now). She loves cheeseburgers, hiking, 2% milk, and binge listening to true crime podcasts.

Shahla Farzan

Shahla Farzan

Reporter

Shahla Farzan

Shahla Farzan is a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. She comes most recently from KBBI Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, where she covered issues ranging from permafrost thaw to disputes over prayer in public meetings. A science nerd to the core, Shahla spent six years studying native bees, eventually earning her PhD in ecology from the University of California-Davis. She has also worked as an intern at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and a podcaster for BirdNote. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, combing flea markets for tchotchkes, and curling up with a good book.

Sarah Fentem

Sarah Fentem

Health Reporter

Sarah Fentem

Sarah Fentem reports on sickness and health as part of St. Louis Public Radio’s news team. She previously spent five years reporting for different NPR stations in Indiana, immersing herself deep, deep into an insurance policy beat from which she may never fully recover.

A longtime NPR listener, she grew up hearing WQUB in Quincy, Illinois, which is now owned by STLPR. She lives in South St. Louis, and in her spare time likes to watch old sitcoms, meticulously clean and organize her home and go on outdoor adventures with her fiancé Elliot. She has a cat, Lil Rock, and a dog, Ginger.

Jeremy Goodwin

Jeremy Goodwin

Arts & Culture Senior Reporter

Jeremy Goodwin

Jeremy D. Goodwin joined St. Louis Public Radio in spring of 2018 as a reporter covering arts & culture and co-host of the Cut & Paste podcast. He came to us from Boston and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where he covered the same beat as a full-time freelancer, contributing to The Boston Globe, WBUR 90.9 FM, The New York Times and NPR, plus lots of places that you probably haven’t heard of.

He’s also worked in publicity for the theater troupe Shakespeare & Company and Berkshire Museum. For a decade he joined some fellow Phish fans on the board of The Mockingbird Foundation, a charity that has raised over $1.5 million for music education causes and collectively written three books about the band. He’s also written an as-yet-unpublished novel about the physical power of language, haunted open mic nights with his experimental poetry and written and performed a comedic one-man-show that’s essentially a historical lecture about an event that never happened. He makes it a habit to take a major road trip of National Parks every couple of years.

Andrea Henderson

Andrea Henderson

Sharing America Reporter

Andrea Henderson

Andrea Henderson joined St. Louis Public Radio in March 2019, where she covers race, identity and culture as part of the public radio collaborative Sharing America. Andrea comes to St. Louis Public Radio from NPR, where she reported for the race and culture podcast Code Switch and produced pieces for All Things Considered. Andrea’s passion for storytelling began at a weekly newspaper in her hometown of Houston, Texas, where she covered a wide variety of stories including hurricanes, transportation and Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Her art appreciation allowed her to cover arts and culture for the Houston African-American business publication, Empower Magazine. She also covered the arts for Syracuse’s Post-Standard and The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

Andrea graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and earned her master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University. For three years, she served on the board of the Houston Alliance of Fashion and Beauty as the media chair, and she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. When the proud Houstonian is not chasing a story, she enjoys catching up on her shows, getting lost in museums and swimming in tropical waters.

Follow her journey through St. Louis via Twitter and Instagram at @drebjournalist.

Carolina Hidalgo

Carolina Hidalgo

Senior Photojournalist

Carolina Hidalgo

Carolina Hidalgo joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as the station’s first visual journalist. She now produces photographs, digital stories and occasional radio features with a focus on social justice issues. Previously, she worked as a staff photographer at the Naples Daily News and as a photo intern, online picture editor and video producer at the Tampa Bay Times. Carolina also volunteers as a mentor and educator with NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. She is a proud native of New York City and a member of Women Photograph and Diversity Photo. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Florida Society of News Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Senior 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.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Afternoon Newscaster

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson joined St. Louis Public Radio October 2017 as the afternoon newscaster and as a general assignment reporter. She previously spent time as a feature reporter at KRCU in Cape Girardeau, where she covered a wide variety of stories including historic floods, the Bootheel, education and homelessness. In May 2015, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Convergence Journalism. She's a proud Kansas City, Missouri native, where she grew up watching a ton of documentaries on PBS, which inspired her to tell stories. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching documentaries and anime. She may or may not have a problem.

Rachel Lippmann

Rachel Lippmann

Justice Correspondent

Rachel Lippmann

Rachel Lippmann covers courts, public safety and city politics for St. Louis Public Radio. (She jokingly refers to them as the “nothing ever happens beats.”) She joined the NPR affiliate in her hometown in 2008, after spending two years in Lansing covering the Michigan Capitol and various other state political shenanigans for NPR affiliates there. Though she’s a native St. Louisan, part of her heart definitely remains in the Mitten. (And no, she’s not going to tell you where she went to high school.)

Rachel has an undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism, and a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. When she’s not busy pursuing the latest scoop, you can find her mentoring her Big Brothers Big Sisters match, hitting the running and biking paths in south St. Louis, catching the latest sporting event on TV, playing with every dog she possibly can, or spending time with the great friends she’s met in more than nine years in this city.

Rachel’s on Twitter @rlippmann. Even with 240 characters, spellings are still phonetic.

Jo Mannies

Jo Mannies

Political Reporter

Jo Mannies

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for over 40 years, 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 paper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent 4 years in the D.C. bureau. She joined the Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 50s 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 IN,and was the daughter of a basketball coach. She is married and has two children, both lawyers. She’s a history/movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O'Donoghue

Politics Correspondent

Julie O'Donoghue

Kae M. Petrin

Kae M. Petrin

Digital Media Reporter

Kae M. Petrin

Kae M. Petrin joined St. Louis Public Radio as a Digital Reporter in 2017; they write multimedia and web-based stories, with a sprinkle of radio. Previously, they worked for St. Louis Magazine and freelanced around Missouri and Illinois. Kae has reported on real life cyborgs, shady landlords, premiere tattoo artists, and the complications of everyday life. In their free time, they bake, play roller derby, game, and ride motorcycles.

Wayne Pratt

Wayne Pratt

Morning Newscaster and Senior Correspondent

Wayne Pratt

Wayne Pratt is a veteran journalist who has made stops at radio stations, wire services and websites throughout North America. He comes to St. Louis Public Radio from Indianapolis, where he was Assistant Managing Editor at www.insideindianabusiness.com. Wayne also launched a local news operation at NPR member station WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana and spent time as a correspondent for a network of more than 800 stations. His career has included positions in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Ontario and Phoenix, Arizona. Wayne grew up near Ottawa, Ontario and moved to the United States in the mid-90s on a dare. Soon after, he met his wife and has been in the U.S. ever since.

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Politics Correspondent

Jason Rosenbaum

Since entering the 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 4 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, his work has appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and in the Riverfront Times' music section. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis City with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University.

Corinne Ruff

Corinne Ruff

Economic Development Reporter

Corinne Ruff

Corinne Ruff joined St. Louis Public Radio as the economic development reporter in April, 2019. She grew up among the cornfields in Northern Illinois and later earned degrees in Journalism and French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has since reported at the international, national and local level on business, education and social justice issues.

Her written work has appeared in a variety of publications including: Retail Dive, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, C-U Citizen Access and The News-Gazette. Before moving to St. Louis to join the public radio family, she worked in Washington D.C. for more than three years. There, she founded the business podcast Conversational Commerce and co-hosted a weekly show on the public radio station WPFW about the intersection of higher education and social justice. When she’s not on the hunt for a good story, you can find her scoping out the local music scene and looking for good eats that don't involve whatever Provel “cheese” is.

Eric Schmid

Eric Schmid

Metro East Reporter

Eric Schmid

Eric Schmid covers the Metro East area in Illinois for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins the news team as its first Report for America corps member and is tasked with expanding KWMU’s coverage east from the Mississippi. Before joining St. Louis Public Radio, Eric held competitive internships at Fox News Channel, NPR-affiliate WSHU Public Radio and AccuWeather. As a news fellow at WSHU’s Long Island Bureau, he covered governments and environmental issues as well as other general assignments.

Eric grew up in Northern Colorado but attended Stony Brook University, in New York where he earned his degree in journalism in 2018. He is an expert skier, avid reader and lifelong musician—he plays saxophone and clarinet.

Lindsay Toler

Lindsay Toler

Senior Engagement Producer

Lindsay Toler

Lindsay Toler joined St. Louis Public Radio as digital engagement producer in January 2018. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lindsay first moved to the Show-Me State to study at the University of Missouri, where she received Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and sociology and a certificate in multicultural studies. Lindsay’s journalism career has taken her around the world. She reported on terrorism, fashion and politics for the Associated Press bureau in London. She covered gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for the Olympic News Service and wrote about life in Beijing for The Dallas Morning News. She also worked for The Seattle Times and a weekly community newspaper in Washington state. She then joined the Peace Corps as a health education volunteer in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe.

Lindsay moved to St. Louis in October 2011, just as the St. Louis Cardinals were going up against her hometown in the World Series — and she’s been a Cardinals fan ever since. She covered south St. Louis County for Patch.com, wrote the news blog for the Riverfront Times and worked as St. Louis Magazine’s first-ever online staff writer. As St. Louis Public Radio’s engagement specialist, Lindsay has her dream job: talking to public radio listeners about the news on social media. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys kickboxing, reading tarot cards, and going to movies by herself. She lives in Tower Grove South with her partner Mike and schnoodlehuahua Persie.

Programming
Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III

Director of Radio Programming and Operations

Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III, is a thirty-eight year veteran of radio programming and operations management. He returned to St. Louis Public Radio in September 2007 after seven years at WUSF (89.7 FM) in Tampa, Florida where he served as the station's Program Director. Prior to his work in Tampa, Robert worked at St. Louis Public Radio and WMFE, WBJW (now WOMX) and WUCF, all in Orlando, Florida. He is very passionate about public radio and the role St. Louis Public Radio plays in the greater St. Louis region. Robert is excited to serve as host and executive producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, along with commentator Tim Munro with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

While originally starting his college career at the University of Central Florida as a music major, oboe performance, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. He proudly serves on the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council and UMSL’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee.

Robert is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues fan, loves music, food, travel, and is an avid runner.

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown

Associate Producer, We Live Here

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown is a 2019 graduate of The University of Missouri where she studied Journalism and Social Justice. At Mizzou, Lauren was a host and producer at KBIA 91.3fm an NPR affiliate and an outreach team member for the Columbia Missourian. In 2019, Lauren joins the St. Louis Public Radio team as the Associate Producer for the We Live Here podcast. Lauren is a native of the Chicagoland area and is a huge fan of music hence her vinyl collection.

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Senior Producer, On-Demand and Content Partnerships

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.

Ashley Winters

Ashley Winters

We Live Here Co-host/Producer

Ashley Winters

Ashley is a former St. Louis Public Radio intern, a St. Louis native and has a history of producing excellent journalism on issues of race and class. She won the 2017 Excellence in Poverty Journalism Award from Arch City Defenders for her coverage of gentrification in the Old North neighborhood of St. Louis. And she’s nominated for the same award this year. On top of that she’s about to publish her first children’s book, Memories of a Bunny, about a little boy who doesn’t want to give up his stuffed animal.

Jia Lian Yang

Jia Lian Yang

We Live Here Co-host/Producer

Jia Lian YangJia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards

St. Louis Symphony Producer

Mary Edwards

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.

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske

St. Louis on the Air Host/Producer

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske joined St. Louis Public Radio as host of St. Louis on the Air in July 2019. Before that, she spent twenty years in newspapers, working as a reporter, columnist and editor in Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

She won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work in Phoenix exposing corruption at the local housing authority. She also won numerous awards for column writing, including multiple first place wins from the Arizona Press Club, the Association of Women in Journalism (the Clarion Awards) and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

From 2015 to July 2019, Sarah was editor in chief of St. Louis' alt-weekly, the Riverfront Times. She and her husband, John, are raising their two young daughters and ill-behaved border terrier in Lafayette Square.

Lara Hamdan

Lara Hamdan

St. Louis on the Air Producer

Lara Hamdan

Lara Hamdan joined St. Louis Public Radio as the news intern in 2017. A year later, she became a producer for St. Louis on the Air. A St. Louis native, Lara graduated with a degree in journalism from Webster University. She is a cat-mom to Sali and Sami, a lover of traveling, fluent in English and Arabic – and in eating falafel sandwiches and veggie burgers. She enjoys discovering new people and gems in the city throughout her work at St. Louis Public Radio.

Evie Hemphill

Evie Hemphill

St. Louis on the Air Producer

Evie Hemphill

Evie Hemphill joined the St. Louis on the Air team in February 2018. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2005, she started her career as a reporter for the Westminster Window in Colorado. Several years later she went on to pursue graduate work in creative writing at the University of Wyoming and moved to St. Louis upon earning an MFA in the spring of 2010. She worked as writer and editor for Washington University Libraries until 2014 and then spent several more years in public relations for the University of Missouri–St. Louis before making the shift to St. Louis Public Radio. When she’s not helping to produce the talk show, Evie can typically be found navigating the city sans car, volunteering for St. Louis BWorks or trying to get the majority of the dance steps correct as a member of the Thunder & Lightning Cloggers of Southern Illinois. She’s married to Joe, cat-mom to Dash and rather obsessive about doubt, certitude and the places where refuge and risk intersect.

Alex Heuer

Alex Heuer

St. Louis on the Air Executive Producer

Alex Heuer

Alex Heuer joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2012 and is the executive producer of St. Louis on the Air. Alex grew up in the St. Louis area. He began his public radio career as a student reporter at Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois and worked for a few years at Iowa Public Radio. Alex graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University with a degree in history and earned a teaching certificate in 6 - 12th grade social studies. In 2016, he earned a Master of Public Policy Administration with a focus in nonprofit organization management and leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has won local and national awards for reporting and producing and his stories have been featured nationally on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Emily Woodbury

Emily Woodbury

St. Louis on the Air Senior Producer

Emily Woodbury

Emily Woodbury joined the St. Louis on the Air team in July 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Iowa Public Radio as a producer for two daily, statewide talk programs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She got her start in news radio by working at her college radio station as a news director. Emily enjoys playing roller derby, working with dogs, and playing games – both video and tabletop.

Jim Althoff

Jim Althoff

Alternate Host

Jim Althoff

Jim Althoff fills in for regular hosts 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.

Charlie McDonald

Charlie McDonald

Call Screener & Afternoon Host

Charlie McDonald

Charlie McDonald is your guide for afternoon listening Monday through Friday on 90.7 FM. He also assists with production work for St. Louis on the Air. He made his radio debut in Southeast New Mexico as an announcer. Over the years he worked for stations in Nebraska, Kansas, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Columbia, IL before settling in St. Louis. Charlie has been an announcer, producer, audio engineer and news-person for a variety of stations, and stays active with voice-overs and audio recording projects. He also has taught students with special needs ranging from Kindergarten to High School age. He earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from UMSL in 2012. Currently, Charlie is an adjunct teacher for UMSL teaching a course in digital sound, recording and production. Prior to joining our station 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.

Greg Munteanu

Greg Munteanu

Mid-Day Host

Greg Munteanu

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.

Dennis Owsley

Dennis Owsley

Jazz Unlimited Host

Dennis Owsley

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday 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, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

Mike Schrand

Mike Schrand

Morning Host

Mike Schrand

Mike Schrand began his radio career at St. Louis Public Radio as a live recording intern from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as Jazz ‘Till Dawn producer and host and weekend announcer, occasional engineer for Jazzstream With Walter Parker and Jazz Unlimited and Morning Edition engineer and producer. From 1992 to 1995, Schrand worked in the corporate world, but returned as a weekend announcer in 1995. In 1996, Schrand was hired as St. Louis Public Radio Traffic Director and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in 1998 and Program Director in 2001. In his spare time he writes, sings, and plays bass in the local roots quartet Salt Of The Earth, and enjoys down time with his family in St. Louis City.

Nick Acquisto

Nick Acquisto

Announcer/Host

Nick Acquisto

Nick Acquisto started at St. Louis Public Radio in May of 2019 as a weekend announcer. A St. Louis native, he served as Music Director at the St. Louis community radio station, KDHX for eight years and hosted and programmed the art-pop and new music show, The Space Parlour there for fifteen. The show often featured performances and interviews with local and national artists. He has a lifelong passion for public radio, music, current events and new media.

Nick has a degree in interactive digital media and a minor in audio production from Webster University. He and his wife, Emily, enjoy time with their three children, experiencing live music and travel.

Jeff Franklin

Jeff Franklin

Weekend Announcer

Jeff Franklin

Jeff Franklin is weekend morning announcer and weeknight back up announcer and has been with KWMU-90.7 since July 2013. Jeff also does voice over work for the Jazz Channel KWMU-2. Jeff started in public radio as a board operator/announcer at WUSF-89.7 Tampa Florida in 1999. He later hosted Jazz All Night four nights per week and hosted and produced “Jazz Focus” on Sunday Evenings.

Jeff attended Ball State University majoring in History and English and learned computer skills at ITT Tech. Jeff is an Army veteran and has travelled extensively through Europe, India, and Mexico. He moved to St Louis from Florida to be closer to family in 2013. Jeff enjoys voice over work, mobile DJing, Renn Faires, Science Fiction, wine festivals and all music especially Jazz.

Nick Garcia

Nick Garcia

Weekend Announcer

Nick Garcia

Nick Garcia is your weekend evening announcer on 90.7 FM. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri St. Louis, Nick launched an internet radio station devoted to St. Louis music in the summer of 2012, and soon came to St. Louis Public Radio to host a show celebrating and interviewing various music makers in the region. Nick’s love for public radio began while listening to Car Talk when driving to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he worked during college.

He also currently works with an agency based in Nashville where he manages social media accounts for Live Nation clubs and theaters across the United States.

Nick is a native of North St. Louis County and enjoys playing guitar, taking photographs, seeing live comedy, and taking time to unplug in nature. He’s also a strong believer that one of the day’s important decisions is which vinyl record to play while making breakfast - when he’s not listening to Morning Edition, of course.

Jade Harrell

Jade Harrell

Announcer/Host

Jade Harrell

Jade Harrell has been part of the programming team since October 2018 as an announcer on weeknights and weekends. Jade comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a TEDx Speaker, radio and television host and producer. Her passion for community and storytelling matured at iHeart Radio, where she was host and producer of legacy community affairs program, “Sunday Morning Live” for over 13 years. Thousands of person-to-person interviews and decades of committed work in radio, television and media production have afforded Jade the opportunity to positively impact the lives of people all over the world. She has the unique ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds, circumstances and environments. Her mission is to make a tangible, positive impact on the world and add value to the life of every person she encounters. She has become recognized for her passion, commitment to community, quality content, and authentic positive energy.

Jade is one of ten TedX Gateway Arch speakers (“Ripple Effect” 2017). She was recently named as one of St. Louis’ 50 Most Intriguing Women, Power 100 and Social Influencers (Delux Magazine). She's been awarded with the “What’s Right with the Region!” Award and Grace Hill Women’s Business Center’s “Wall of Fame”. Jade has been featured in the St. Louis Business Journal, Cortex “People”, the St. Louis American newspaper and on KSDK-Channel 5. She helped to launch several successful podcasts and served as co-host and producer of the #1 Health & Fitness podcast on Apple Podcasts, “The Model Health Show”.

Although her reach is global, she maintains positive impact locally. She is consistently hired as keynote speaker, emcee and facilitator for events and programs with non-profit organizations, educational institutions and private sector entities.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Jade graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration then entered the corporate arena as an executive in administration, marketing and PR. She worked with Coca-Cola Corporate Headquarters, UPS International PR and GE Capital Commercial Direct before becoming an independent consultant and producer.

Jade is constantly curious and loves to create. She is most happy when “in the lab”, in the kitchen, engaged in meaningful exchange, immersed in story or in adventures with her family.

Jade and husband Christopher are parents to five children and giant rescued dog, “Rocky”.

Follow her adventures via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @mrsjadeharrell

John Larson

John Larson

Operations Manager - Announcer

John Larson

I am an audiophile. I became interested in sound production as a boy while watching my grandfather build church organs from scratch and have been playing with sound ever since. I am a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota and have worked the entertainment industries of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently, Saint Louis. I’m a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I live on a small farm with my wife and kids and spend my free time fighting fires with our local volunteer fire department.

Dennis Bentley

Dennis Bentley

Support Systems Administrator

Dennis Bentley

From Cadiz, Kentucky, Dennis has been an avid radio-head since childhood. As a teenager, he used to hang out at a rural AM. station and used what he observed there to build a small, but fully functional radio station in his bedroom out of used and barely working electronics.

After completing an Associates in Applied Aerospace Science/Instructor of Technology Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist College, Dennis rose through the ranks of the United States Air Force. During his nine years of service, he taught electronics (starting at age 18) and communications and weather equipment, including radar, teletype, card punch, and crypto. He was stationed in Northern Japan for three years.

After the Air Force, Dennis spent over 25 years in corporate IT.

Dennis’ passion for both quality journalism and the ‘magic’ of radio never waned. After moving to the St. Louis area in 2006, he permanently set his car radios to 90.7 and no other station. He began working as St. Louis Public Radio’s Support Systems Administrator in 2017.

Aaron Doerr

Aaron Doerr

Production Assistant

Aaron Doerr

Aaron’s first glimpse into the world of audio production came during his high school band practices in the 90’s when they recorded themselves for reference and, later, for early social media websites - think Myspace and Napster. But as the oldest child with access to the family video camera it was actually in the late 80’s when Aaron first began playing with video production experimenting with perspective illusions, stop and start techniques and sound effects in homemade videos with siblings and friends. The fun he had as a kid got serious in college when a Practicum in Radio class at UMSL introduced him to the professional world of radio and audio production - right here at 90.7 KWMU.

“It really is exciting” he says talking about the energy of live radio “...it’s like an airplane taking off. You feel all this energy here [in the studio] with all these people running around and figuring things out and you’ve just done mic checks and you’re monitoring air control for the handoff and then you hit the button and give a big [here Aaron raises his hand and with a flourish points forward with a loud whooshing noise]... it’s just fun.” In 2001 Aaron changed his academic focus from art to audio and earned an audio engineering degree from Webster University. Having returned to KWMU to for an internship requirement his graduating year he was hired as part time production assistant in 2004.

A typical shift of St. Louis On The Air sees Aaron, usually working alongside an intern (full circle moment) positioning microphones, cueing the start of the show, balancing audio levels, playing music breaks, airing call-ins, and fading in theme music. And there really are a lot of people in the room: there’s two or three producers monitoring show content, social media engagement, potential podcast excerpts. There’s a call screener too and when the room gets noisy Aaron puts on a (very nice pair of) headphones and zeros in.
Post production duties include editing the show and recording re-takes for the re-air if necessary, recording and uploading promos for the next day’s show, and separating the program into segments for the podcast.
Show inside jokes include yelling “Hit the dump!” when anyone on the air says something that could be construed as vulgar, and “Cue [song name]” when anyone on the air mentions something (even remotely) related to a famous song.

Aaron teaches guitar and bass guitar full time from his home studio in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood of south St. Louis city where he also hosts jam sessions for his adult students, live streams improvisational music over NASA tv on twitch, and maintains a growing collection of audio equipment. His wife Amy earned her PhD in Psychology from UMSL in 2010 and their dog Tallis has an adorable instagram account.

Daryl McQuinn

Daryl McQuinn

Director of Technology

Daryl McQuinn

Daryl McQuinn is a 35-year veteran of radio engineering, having worked at stations and radio groups in Texas, Illinois and Missouri (including, coincidentally, a couple of years in the 1990s at KMST-Rolla, now part of St. Louis Public Radio). Early in his career, Daryl realized that that radio was rapidly evolving from tape players and vinyl records to computers and hard drives and has since made it his mission to stay on top of the latest and greatest technology. With the help of his team, his goal at STLPR is to keep the state-of-the-art equipment and computers in top shape, so that the rest of the staff can do their jobs without frustration. He’s happiest when everything is working properly!

In his free time, Daryl enjoys listening to and playing music; he started learning the guitar when he was eight years old and played in bands throughout high school, college and beyond. He still likes to perform and is keeping his skills up by currently teaching himself the electric upright bass. When not working, playing music, attending concerts or mixing music that he records in his “laboratory,” Daryl likes to travel with his wife Liz; they have visited more than 40 countries as far-flung as Greenland, Bali and Antarctica. He also likes to edit their travel videos down to something someone would actually like to watch. They really like living in the St. Louis area and the city’s many cultural institutions, especially the Missouri Botanical Garden, which his father-in-law headed for many years. He also likes helping others with their audio projects, most recently volunteering with the International Institute to help them with their broadcasting initiatives.

A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Daryl graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College with an associate’s degree in radio and TV technology and then earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and music from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. As a student, he worked at the university’s public radio station, WSIE, in a variety of roles, from music librarian to on-air announcer. He is delighted to have come full circle back to public radio.

Spencer Reed

Spencer Reed

Traffic Director

Spencer Reed

Spencer Reed has been Overlord of Traffic for KWMU since 2004. By "traffic" we mean radio announcements and shows on our air, not the delays of automobiles on highways. He is our resident comic, making holiday parties merry with his prank gifts. A half-Brit military brat, he serves southern Illinois as a soccer referee. He is the father of twins.

Development
Shelley Kerley

Shelley Kerley

Development Director

Shelley Kerley

Shelley Kerley leads St. Louis Public Radio’s fundraising team to raise money from individuals and foundations. She firmly believes that public radio has the most interesting, generous and dedicated donors and loves meeting them and helping them support what they care most about at STLPR. Donors who share their stories about how STLPR touches their lives are constant inspiration. An avid gardener, traveler, hiker and camper, she lives in Illinois and finds an unending supply of new book recommendations from NPR and STLPR to feed her reading addiction. In her decades of fundraising work at STLPR, she’s directed numerous fundraising projects and actually enjoys getting to be on the air during the member campaigns. She holds a BA in music education (and stills sneaks in some time to play the violin and piano) from Western Illinois University as well as an MBA from the same institution.

Kathy Parks

Kathy Parks

Corporate Accounts Manager

Kathy Parks

Kathy Parks has been the Corporate Accounts Sales Manager since December, 2014, managing the underwriting team of four Account Executives under the leadership of Market Enginuity. Market Enginuity proudly represents public radio and television stations in 18 markets, including St. Louis, building relationships and sponsorship support from businesses and non-profits to support the mission of public media.

Kathy is an experienced media sales professional with expertise in radio, television and print in the St. Louis market. She was the General Sales Manager for Radio One/St. Louis; Director of Sales Strategy and Business Development, Director of Sales, and Account Executive for Charter Media/St. Louis (now Spectrum); and held positions with Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, KLOU-FM, KTVI Channel 2, and KDNL Channel 30.

She began her media career as a media buyer, then director, at two St. Louis ad agencies. Kathy has been a huge fan of St. Louis Public radio for many years, and feels she’s now working in her dream job. Her leisure activities include gardening, cooking, traveling to Costa Rica, and enjoying time with her children and five grandchildren.

Kameron Aaron

Kameron Aaron

Account Executive

Kameron Aaron

Kameron Aaron is a member of the Corporate Sponsorship team at St. Louis Public Radio. As an avid NPR listener for years, she is proud to help connect businesses and organizations with the listeners of St. Louis Public Radio. Her favorite programs are Science Friday, Marketplace, and St. Louis on The Air. Kameron holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Louisiana State University. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and most of all – spending time with her family.

Pax Baker

Pax Baker

Account Executive

Pax Baker

As a musician, some of her favorite programs are Cut & Paste, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra broadcast, and Classical 90.7 KWMU-3, just to name a few. Pax holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University. When she's not in the office, she's exploring what St. Louis has to offer with her fiancée and Vivian, the sassiest pup in the world.

Jeff Bewley

Jeff Bewley

Major Gifts Manager

Jeff Bewley

Jeff Bewley has been St. Louis Public Radio’s major gifts manager since January 2010. He has been involved with major gift fundraising for over 23 years, working for a number of organizations in St. Louis: St. Louis University, the St. Louis Zoo, and St. Louis Science Center. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with an emphasis in non-profit management. He received his undergraduate degree in Art History from Webster University.

Maria Bradford

Maria Bradford

Associate Development Director, Major Gifts

Maria Bradford

Maria is an experienced fundraiser who has worked with the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Black Repertory Company and Grand Center, Inc. among others. Her great satisfaction in life has been to help people find creative ways to support the causes they care about. Before joining the staff at St. Louis Public Radio she worked at the St. Louis Community Foundation to help nonprofit organizations access funding opportunities. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds master’s degrees in business administration and arts administration from Southern Methodist University.

Jennifer Brake

Jennifer Brake

Development Officer

Jennifer Brake

A public radio fanatic, Jennifer Brake has cultivated a reputation for being one of the most enthusiastic voices at St. Louis Public Radio. She has been with the station since 2012, and has quite the collection of selfies with NPR celebrities to show for it.

She thinks of her job as a fundraiser as an opportunity to find people who share a love for public radio and show them how they can leverage their resources to support the work we do and demonstrate to them the impact of their investment.

She serves as the station liaison for the Generation Listen Leadership Council, a 26 member board comprised of young professionals who plan and orchestrate activities that connect the work of STLPR to younger communities.

She continues to be starstruck by being able to work in a building filled with people are genuinely dedicated to doing honest, important journalism and considers it a privilege to be able to play a role in that.

Sophie Broz

Sophie Broz

Special Events Coordinator

Sophie Broz

Sophie has been a KWMU listener for as long as she can remember. She fondly reminisces about listening to Car Talk every weekend growing up and becoming obsessed with Fresh Air and 1A in college.

Sophie joined St. Louis Public Radio as an intern in January 2018 and transitioned to a full time position that April. She loves that her role as Special Events Coordinator gives her the opportunity to play a role in the relationship between St. Louis Public Radio and the community we serve.

In her free time Sophie enjoys travelling, gardening, and practicing yoga.

Geoffrey Burton

Geoffrey Burton

Account Executive

Geoffrey Burton

Lisa Custalow

Lisa Custalow

Development Coordinator

Lisa Custalow

When Lisa Custalow was little, she dreamed of having her own radio advice show on pet issues. Think Car Talk, but for cats and dogs. A dream undoubtedly spurred by the hours spent listening to NPR with her family. As an adult, Lisa prefers to work behind the scenes as development coordinator at St. Louis Public Radio. She is excited to be part of an organization that is doing so much to connect the community, whether that be through news coverage, personal stories, or other programming.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, as well as cuddling with her cats while listening to podcasts. She also enjoys needleworking, scouring local thrift shops, and attempting to play piano and ukulele.

Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis

Special Events Director

Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a long-time listener and NPR groupie. She brings twenty years of experience in event and program management along with a strong commitment to St. Louis and the region to her role as Special Event Director.

Leslie joins us from the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Prior to that she worked for Destination St. Louis and Clipper Cruise Line. She is an active leader and member of several local nonprofit organizations. She earned her B.A. from University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A. from Washington University’s Nonprofit Management Program.

Leslie loves exploring the many gems that St. Louis has to offer, working through her never-ending list of restaurants to try, traveling, keeping up with the latest movies and recovering from the frenzy of events curled up on the couch with a good book.

Denice Hamilton

Denice Hamilton

Membership Manager

Denice Hamilton

Denice Hamilton has been at St. Louis Public Radio since February, 1995. After graduating from O’Fallon Technical School of Business, she worked as an Executive Secretary at several Fortune-500 Companies, including Emerson Electric and Ralston Purina Company. In 1994, she landed a job at the Crawford Broadcasting Company where she worked as Traffic Director for both KSTL and KJSL. It was there that she developed her passion for radio. While on her way to work, she discovered public radio, which moved her to apply and accept the position of membership assistant at St. Louis Public Radio. Public radio further fueled her passion, and she was promoted from Membership Assistant to Membership Manager in 1998 and later from Membership Manager to Associate Development Director in 2016. She enjoys walking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Ciera Jessup

Ciera Jessup

Development Associate

Ciera Jessup

Kiriana Mack-Hansen

Kiriana Mack-Hansen

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Kiriana Mack-Hansen

Kiriana Mack-Hansen is a lifetime NPR devotee who joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2019. She manages communications with STLPR’s Cornerstone Society members and works to bring these donors into a closer relationship with the station. The urgent and essential mission of public media is what inspired Kiriana to join it, and she is especially inspired by those individuals who make that mission possible. She considers it a privilege to work directly with some of the station’s most dedicated and engaged supporters.

Kiriana grew up in Nashville and attended University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Art History, English Literature, and Italian. She comes to St. Louis from Springfield, MO, where she spent four years (that’s 24 pledge drives!) in Membership at Ozarks Public Broadcasting. Prior to her career in public media, she worked in curatorial departments at non-profit art institutions in Pittsburgh, London, and Springfield.

When she’s not at work, Kiri enjoys traveling, working on her creative writing, seeking out the latest art exhibitions, and looking for the best places to do yoga around St. Louis. She obsessively collects vintage paperbacks, is an admitted dessert snob, and loves a good Old Fashioned.

Zeke McHallind

Zeke McHallind

Development Coordinator

Zeke McHallind

Zeke was born and raised in North County, recently moved to University City, and they are in love. They moved to U City for its proximity to Forest Park – the jewel of our city. There are many beautiful cities within our country to make a home, but St. Louis has always been Zeke’s. A musician, Zeke thinks our music and arts scene is a step ahead of most surrounding areas, with a focus on promoting local and emerging talent. From the inclusivity of The Grove, the timeless beauty of Forest Park, to our very own 90.7 St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louisan’s have a lot to be proud of.

At St. Louis Public Radio, Zeke works with the membership team to raise funds and assist with event planning for the station. Both of these activities are extremely fulfilling and exciting. They love that they get to speak daily to our members and work closely with volunteers. Events are opportunities for Zeke to share in the love of public radio and familiarize themself with listeners.

The station’s ongoing success is important to Zeke because St. Louis Public Radio is a staple in our community. It is a source that thousands depend on for reliable information – including Zeke and their family. They grew up, like many young people, listening to NPR in the backseat of their mom’s van on the way to school. Their mother was a teacher and taught Zeke that Public Radio is an unbiased source of news and information. Zeke admits that at age 7, they might not have soaked that message in entirely, but as they grew in years, they started questioning the world for themself. In St. Louis Public Radio, they and their mother, like thousands of supporting members, found reliability and a deep understanding of the community.

When Zeke’s not at the station, you can find them with headphones in, behind their drum kit, or poring over a mixing board. Music has been a part of their life since day one. Their parents were both music educators, so, as they always likes to say, “I didn’t stand a chance.” They did their time as a marching band “geek” and loved every minute of it. Later on, they started writing and performing in local groups. You’d have seen them most recently with St. Louis’s own Middle Class Fashion. Thier current passion is recording, mixing, and producing original music. In the future, they would love to record emerging area musicians in an effort to continue growing the St. Louis music community.

Linda Reich

Linda Reich

Account Executive

Linda Reich

Linda Reich has enjoyed working at St. Louis Public Radio since 2004 as a Corporate Accounts Representative. During this time, she has developed strong friendships and strategic partnerships with her clients…who value their brand alignment with NPR. In her free time, Linda enjoys (in random order)…yoga, tennis, travelling, music and family.

Marketing & Digital Media
Madalyn Painter

Madalyn Painter

Director of Marketing & Digital Media

Madalyn Painter

As the Director of Marketing & Digital Media for St. Louis Public Radio, Madalyn Painter works to move audiences to deeper levels of loyalty to our service to the community. She and her team provide targeted marketing, business intelligence, and visual design and support the station’s digital products and strategy.

Since joining KWMU in 2006, she has helped transform stlpublicradio.org into a regional news destination, with well over 500% growth in site visits.

Previously, she worked in communications and digital media for KETC/Channel 9 (Nine Network of Public Media). She started her career in marketing in 2000 as a copywriter and website designer. Her professional awards include four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Her master’s degree in social work, from Saint Louis University, instilled values of collaboration, listening, and evidence-based practice — all surprisingly applicable to marketing. She’s also a proud former English major, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and enjoys drawing and poetry.

She grew up in the forested Ozark mountains and still dreams about moss-covered boulders, cold Bull Creek, and the sound of spring peeper frogs. In the city, she delights in gardens — her own and any others into which she can wander.

David Kovaluk

David Kovaluk

Visual Communication Specialist

David Kovaluk

David Kovaluk is a visual artist living in St. Louis. He has a Bachelor's degree in photography from Webster University, and he currently works for St. Louis Public Radio as their creative everyman. His day-to-day responsibilities tend to be a mashup of graphic design, web design, photography and any other visual design challenge the station can throw at him. David is decidedly a cat person, loves a good DIY project, collects vintage cameras and lenses, and believes fluorite is the most beautiful mineral.

Alex Rice

Alex Rice

Digital Media Developer

Alex Rice

Alex Rice is a Digital Media Developer at St. Louis Public Radio. He studied Web Design and Web Development at Southwestern Illinois College and is responsible for making web updates, designing back-end systems, and building and maintaining digital technology at the station.

Alex landed a job at the station in 2019 after an extended internship and sees his future in building web solutions for non-profits. Outside of the station, Alex works a few hours a week as a Teacher's Assistant for Savvy Coders and is a foodie and sushi aficionado.

Harsha Sankula

Harsha Sankula

Audience Insights Developer

Harsha Sankula

Harsha Sankula is the Audience Insights Developer for St Louis Public Radio. He is responsible for developing a comprehensive, 360-degree view of St. Louis Public Radio's digital and radio audience. To do that, he works closely with team members in content, digital, and fundraising to develop and launch innovative tactics to deepen audience engagement, retention, and donor conversion. He loves the warm and friendly work environment of St Louis Public Radio and enjoys learning from various individuals who bring vast and diverse experiences to the table.

Harsha graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters in Information Technology Management. He thinks relocating to St. Louis was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. He lives near the office, which allows him to walk to work.

In his spare time, Harsha likes to watch movies, read novels, and play cricket. He also likes camping, trekking, and adventure sports. He credits his parents for his happiness and for inspiring him to be good, responsible, and to contribute to the well-being of society.

Brendan Williams

Brendan Williams

Digital Media Specialist

Brendan Williams

As the Digital Media Specialist, Brendan works with departments across the station in maintaining the digital presence of St. Louis Public Radio while also managing the station’s digital communications. Brendan comes to St. Louis Public Radio following an internship with The Nine Network of Public Media, working on the Emmy Award-winning American Graduate initiative. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University where he studied journalism, visual communication and Italian.

Finance & Administration
Maureen Hughes

Maureen Hughes

Director, Finance & Administration

Maureen Hughes

Having been an avid listener for years, Maureen Hughes joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. A native “Hoosier” from South Bend, IN, she has made St. Louis her hometown and raised three children to young adulthood. Maureen brings too many years to mention of financial leadership in several different industries including health care, wholesale consumer goods, hospitality and presently, public media. Now a resident of the City, she is delighted that her commute to work is a short five miles to the arts and cultural center of midtown. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys volunteerism, singing in her church choir, and trying new recipes with friends.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and is a CPA and alumna of the accounting firm, PWC.

Rachell Crayton

Rachell Crayton

Guest Relations Specialist

Rachell Crayton

Rachell Crayton joined St. Louis Public Radio as a Guest Relations Specialist in February 2019. When Rachell is not meeting and greeting guests, she is creating music and teaching others how to use their voice. Rachell is a vocal instructor with Accent Music. She previously worked as voice instructor with the School of Rock in Kirkwood, MO. Rachell is a songwriter with the Songs of Love Foundation where she writes personalized songs to uplift children and teens facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. In 2015, Rachell was one of the grand prize winners of the “Hilton Rock Star Competition” and this allowed her to attend the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. That same year Rachell’s original music was featured in an indie film titled “Cronies”. It was written and directed by Michael J. Larnell and the executive producer of the film was Spike Lee. “Cronies” was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and Netflix. In 2015, Rachell was named “Musician of the Year for St. Louis, MO” by RAW Natural Born Artists. In 2016, Rachell started to work as a session singer. From 2016-2018, Rachell completed nearly 150 projects with producers, disk jockeys and composers around the world. In 2019, Rachell was one of the recipients of the “Get to Know Me Scholarship” for 2019. Rachell is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Lindenwood University.

Melody Freeman

Melody Freeman

Financial Analyst

Melody Freeman

Melody Freeman is the financial accountant/analyst for St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR). She has the honor of processing donations from members, paying the bills that keep the station running, and assisting our finance and administration director with the proper stewardship of STLPR assets.

She enjoys what she does because her work helps to ensure that we continue to inform, educate,and entertain the audience that chooses STLPR over myriad choices available. Being able to work for an organization that she admires feels like having her cake and eating it too.

Melody lives in University City because she can get almost anywhere she wants to go in 20 minutes or less, there is no shortage of trees and parks, and her neighbors say hello. She is inspired by the resilience of people who have endured horrific circumstances and has more heroes than she can name.

A frequent community volunteer, Melody often prepares taxes for those in need. Her free time is spent enjoying time with her family, reading a good book, or listening to music playlists prepared by her husband. Both of her sons enjoy sports, particularly playing baseball. She has visited almost every youth sports park in the Metro St. Louis area and quite a few in other states.The easiest way to describe her family’s relationship with baseball is to Google, “If You Give a Boy a Baseball.” It pretty much sums up her life as a baseball mom.

Marquetta Wise

Marquetta Wise

Senior Business Assistant

Marquetta Wise