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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 both public broadcasting and community organizations. He was just elected to serve a three-year term beginning in November 2018 as a member of the Board of Directors of National Public Radio.

He previously served on NPR Board from 2002 – 2008 and was its 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 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 a member of the PRIMA Board of Directors.

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 has been at St. Louis Public Radio since May, 1990. Prior to coming to St. Louis Public Radio, she was the Development Director at public radio station WUIS-FM in Springfield, Illinois. She holds a Masters Degree in business administration from Western Illinois University and is an accomplished violinist and pianist, earning a bachelors degree in music education from the same institution. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Public Radio Association of Development Officers and serves on the board of the Masterworks Chorale. With husband John and two boys, she also tries to find time to enjoy dinner with friends, camping and hiking, a little gardening and an occasional sail.

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.

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.

Madalyn Painter Talla

Madalyn Painter Talla

Director of Marketing & Digital Media

Madalyn Painter Talla 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.

Newsroom
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 EdgellHolly 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 Reporter

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

@StoriesByEli | echen@stlpublicradio.org

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

Race and Culture Fellow

@iamcdavis | cdavis@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Mary Delach Leonard

Mary Delach Leonard

Work/Life Reporter

@MaryDLeonard | mdelachleonard@stlpublicradio.org

Mary Delach Leonard Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who is partial to Cardinals and Siberian Huskies — and road trips to anywhere. She was a staff writer for the online St. Louis Beacon when it merged with St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. Her stories for SLPR have won two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Delach Leonard began her career at the Belleville News-Democrat. She was a features writer and editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has been recognized by Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her reporting on the impact of the mortgage crisis with a Spirit of Justice Award.

Ryan Delaney

Ryan Delaney

Education Reporter

@rpatrickdelaney | rdelaney@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Shahla Farzan

Shahla Farzan

Weekend Newscaster


@ShahlaFarzan | sfarzan@stlpublicradio.org

Shahla Farzan Shahla Farzan is a general assignment reporter and weekend newscaster 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.

Nancy Fowler

Nancy Fowler

Arts & Culture Reporter

@NancyFowlerSTL | nfowler@stlpublicradio.org

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

Rachel Lippmann

Rachel Lippmann

Justice Reporter

@rlippmann | rlippmann@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Ashley Lisenby

Ashley Lisenby

Race, Identity and Culture Reporter

@aadlisenby | alisenby@stlpublicradio.org

Ashley Lisenby Ashley Lisenby is the race, identity and culture reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. She came to KWMU from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where she was a general assignment reporter who mostly covered county municipal government issues. Before making the switch to radio, Ashley covered Illinois government for The Associated Press in Springfield, Illinois, and neighborhood goings-on at a weekly newspaper in a Chicago suburb. Ashley is a Chicago native (yes, the city not the suburbs). She has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Jo Mannies

Jo Mannies

Political Reporter

@jmannies | jmannies@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Kae M. Petrin

Kae M. Petrin

Digital Media Reporter

@kmaepetrin | kpetrin@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Political Reporter

@jrosenbaum | jrosenbaum@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Sarah Fentem

Sarah Fentem

Health Reporter

@Petit_Smudge | sfentem@stlpublicradio.org

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 Reporter

@JeremyDGoodwin | jgoodwin@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

Afternoon Newscaster

@Marissanne2011 | mlewisthompson@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Wayne Pratt

Wayne Pratt

Morning Newscaster

@wayneradio | wpratt@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Brent Jones

Brent Jones

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.

Carolina Hidalgo

Carolina Hidalgo

Photojournalist and Videographer

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.

Linda Lockhart

Linda Lockhart

Outreach Specialist

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

Lindsay Toler

Lindsay Toler

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. Reach out to Lindsay by email at ltoler@stlpublic radio, or send her a DM on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay.

Melody Walker

Melody Walker

Economic Development Reporter

@melodybird | mwalker@stlpublicradio.org

Melody Walker Long-time public radio listeners may remember hearing Melody Walker sign off from Paris in the 1980’s where she covered arts, politics, gastronomy, exiled dictators, and terrorist attacks for six years. She returned to WNYC (where she had her first job as a reporter while a student at Barnard College) and became producer of the Leonard Lopate Show and a newsroom reporter. Soon after Marketplace launched, Melody was tapped to run the business show’s New York Bureau. She continued to work for Marketplace as a freelancer in Chicago and contributed to WBEZ community coverage before another stint in Paris just in time to report on the Euro’s debut and the French reaction to the events of 9/11. After more than a decade ensconced in academic ivory towers as a public affairs and communications director, Melody is thrilled to be back in the newsroom as the economic development reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.

On-Air/Programming
Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III

St. Louis Symphony and Classical KWMU-3 Host

Robert B. Peterson III Robert B. Peterson III, is a thirty-plus 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, Peterson 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 be serving as host and executive producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony, along with commentator Adam Crane of the St. Louis Symphony.

While originally starting his college career 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 board of directors for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW) and St. Louis Transitional Hope House.

Kameel Stanley

Kameel Stanley

We Live Here Reporter

kstanley@stlpublicradio.org

Kameel Stanley Kameel Stanley is a reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. She is also one of the producers of our We Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region. Before moving to St. Louis in summer 2015, Kameel worked for several years as a public safety and city hall beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. In between investigating racial disparities in policing and reporting on racial tensions in city government, she also wrote for Deal Divas, the newspaper's fashion blog. Kameel has roots in the midwest and, like any good Michigander, can point to her hometown using her hand. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is a pet-mom to a kooky Boston Terrier and loves yoga, shopping and books.

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

We Live Here Reporter

tlloyd@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Alona Sistrunk

Alona Sistrunk

We Live Here Producer

asistrunk@stlpublicradio.org

Alona Sistrunk Alona, a St. Louis native, joined We Live Here as associate producer in 2018. Previously, she worked at several public-interest law firms, most recently as a civil rights litigation specialist, and as a communications and development associate for the ACLU of Missouri (ACLU-MO). In 2017, she was elected to the ACLU-MO board of trustees. Alona is a proud graduate of Howard University and recipient of the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2018 Young Leader Award.

Alex Heuer

Alex Heuer

St. Louis on the Air Executive Producer

aheuer@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards

St. Louis Symphony Producer

medwards@stlpublicradio.org

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.

Evie Hemphill

Evie Hemphill

St. Louis on the Air Producer

ehemphill@stlpublicradio.org

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.

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.

Aaron Doerr

Aaron Doerr

Production Assistant

Aaron Doerr

Don Marsh

Don Marsh

St. Louis on the Air Host

Don Marsh As the host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air, Don brings discussions of significant topics Monday through Friday at noon. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named "Media Person of the Year" by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent is Coming of Age, a humorous look at aging; a memoir, Flash Frames; and How to Be Rude…Politely, a spoof of books on manners. He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spencer Reed

Spencer Reed

Traffic Director

Spencer ReedSpencer 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 has been at St. Louis Public Radio since May, 1990. Prior to coming to St. Louis Public Radio, she was the Development Director at public radio station WUIS-FM in Springfield, Illinois. She holds a Masters Degree in business administration from Western Illinois University and is an accomplished violinist and pianist, earning a bachelors degree in music education from the same institution. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Public Radio Association of Development Officers and serves on the board of the Masterworks Chorale. With husband John and two boys, she also tries to find time to enjoy dinner with friends, camping and hiking, a little gardening and an occasional sail.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Lindhorst

Katie Lindhorst

Development Coordinator

Katie Lindhorst Katie was born and raised in North County, recently moved to University City, and she’s in love. She 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 Katie’s. A musician, Katie 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, Katie 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. She loves that she gets to speak daily to our members and work closely with volunteers. Events are opportunities for Katie to share in the love of public radio and familiarize herself with listeners.

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

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

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.

Mary Bosnick

Mary Bosnick

Development Officer

Mary Bosnick

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 the newest 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.

Geoffrey Burton

Geoffrey Burton

Account Executive

Geoffrey Burton

Linda Reich

Linda Reich

Account Executive

Linda Reich

Martha Wegmann

Martha Wegmann

Account Executive

Martha Wegmann Martha Wegmann has been a salesperson with St. Louis Public Radio for 12 years. She engages entities who support the station, and in turn, receive recognition for doing so. When you're listening and you hear “SUPPORT FOR ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO COMES FROM,” followed by an organization’s name, that message is something that Martha and her colleagues in the sales department have sold to support the station’s programming.

She likes working at STLPR because her clients, many of whom she’s known since she started working here, are such great people. They’re more like friends. Working with them to craft messages that quickly communicate what’s important about their business gives Martha satisfaction.

She’s proud of her work at STLPR because it makes a difference in the community and at the station. When she meets people who are NPR listeners, they are enthusiastic about learning more about the station. Or, when she meets a fan at a cocktail party, their conversation naturally takes off.

Martha finds conversation and good quotes thought provoking. One of her most recent favorites comes from Mario Andretti who said, “If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.” Because she loves to learn, research and problem-solving are her strengths. Reading about a variety of topics is one of her favorite things to do. So is helping young readers.Through the St. Louis Literacy Project, Martha volunteers to read with first-graders in the Normandy School District. The students have taught her a lot over the last two years.

Martha has a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has two grown children, Jack and Phoebe; they went away to college in New York and Chicago, respectively, and chose to stay in those cities after graduation. Her son works in finance, and her daughter is headed for Australia in pursuit of her next adventure. The joy of raising them has been Martha’s real life’s work, and she is quite proud of the outcome. A late bloomer when it comes to culinary skills, she is now really into cooking and baking (and her co-workers think she makes a killer chocolate cake). Sharing time around the table with delicious food and drink is the primary way she relaxes with family and friends. Home and garden care are among her other hobbies. Martha lives in west St. Louis County.

Digital Media/Marketing
Madalyn Painter Talla

Madalyn Painter Talla

Director of Marketing & Digital Media

Madalyn Painter Talla 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 proof that English is a marketable major, with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She 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.

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. His 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.

David Kovaluk

David Kovaluk

Visual Comm 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.

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.

Marquetta Wise

Marquetta Wise

Senior Business Assistant

Marquetta Wise

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.