Sarah Fenske named new ‘St. Louis on the Air’ host

by | Jun 27, 2019

Fenske will join St. Louis Public Radio after four years as the editor-in-chief of the Riverfront Times on July 15 and will take over as host in early August.
Sarah Fenske

Riverfront Times Editor-in-Chief Sarah Fenske is set to become the new permanent host of “St. Louis on the Air,” St. Louis Public Radio announced on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of David Kovaluk/St. Louis Public Radio)

After an intensive, nationwide search, St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU has selected Sarah Fenske to host “St. Louis on the Air,” the station’s signature talk show and podcast.

Fenske will serve as both a host and producer, engaging guests in thoughtful conversation about the news, arts and ideas shaping the region on St. Louis Public Radio, a service of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

“Sarah brings to St. Louis Public Radio a strong journalism background and deep knowledge of St. Louis – both its past and present,” General Manager Tim Eby said. “Her curiosity about a wide range of topics shines through on the air in a manner that is engaging and compelling.”

Originally from the Midwest, Fenske is an award-winning journalist with over two decades of experience in newsrooms across the country. She began her career as a reporter and went on to lead two news organizations, most recently serving as editor-in-chief of the Riverfront Times.

She has also made occasional live broadcast appearances as a panelist on The Nine Network of Public Media’s “Donnybrook” and on KMOX (1120 AM)’s “The Mark Reardon Show.”

Her work on “St. Louis on the Air” will continue the rich history of the show, soon to enter its 24th season, with regular segments including the “Legal Roundtable,” “Behind the Headlines” and “Sound Bites,” a partnership with Sauce Magazine.

“Sarah is a strong journalist who cares deeply about St. Louis and the journalism profession,” said Alex Heuer, executive producer of St. Louis on the Air . “She’s a great interviewer who asks important questions. I’m thrilled that she’s joining our team of producers that will continue to create a space where guests and listeners can share ideas and opinions with respect and honesty.”

Fenske will begin work at St. Louis Public Radio on July 15 and will begin hosting the program by early August.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the ‘St. Louis on the Air team,’” said Fenske. “I’m looking forward to working with the producers, meeting interesting guests and having some really stimulating conversations. I’ve had four great years with the Riverfront Times, but this was an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up.”

“St. Louis on the Air” is St. Louis’ talk show delivering in-depth, nuanced discussion about important local issues. Listen every weekday at noon or at 10 p.m. on 90.7 FM or anytime via podcast.

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