Media Coverage: February 2020

UMSL Media Coverage

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media.

Media Coverage highlights some of the top stories but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. Notice a clip we missed? Email us at

Feature Stories:

The St. Louis Business Journal, talked with St. Louis County Council chairwoman Lisa Clancy, social work alumna and former associate director of the Community Innovation and Action Center, about working for nonprofits and how she stays centered while she’s busy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured education alumnae Darryl Diggs and Howard Fields’ effort to support black educators with the founding of Black Males in Education. They recently hosted their first conference, the State of Black Educators Symposium, at UMSL.

St. Louis Public Radio interviewed Darwin Aquino, director of the University Orchestra, about conducting a unique concert, featuring music from popular video games.

Media Coverage:

Meagan Anderson, optometry student
Street Insider: Bringing eye care to Haiti

Matthew Austin, biology student
EcoWatch: Bumblebee extinction

Mindy Bier, Co-director of the Center for Character and Citizenship
St. Louis Public Radio: Benefits of a servant leadership education model

Susan Brownell, professor of anthropology
The Peninsula: Delivered keynote address at the “Digital Transformation of Sport Media” conference

Deitra Colquitt, education alumna
West End Word: Named co-principal of Pershing Elementary School

Rachelle Crowe, biology alumna
Alton Daily News: Selected to head Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee

Darryl Diggs, education alumnus
Jefferson City News-TribuneSt. Louis Post-Dispatch and USA Today: Formed support group for black educators

Howard Fields, education alumnus
Jefferson City News-TribuneSt. Louis Post-Dispatch and USA Today: Formed support group for black educators

Brittae Gray-Ross, liberal studies alumnus
St. Louis American: Salute to Young Leaders awardee

Shanee Haynes, communications alumna
KLPW: 13th Amendment documentary

Jennifer Hecker, biology alumna
Bonita Springs Florida Weekly and Fort Meyers Florida Weekly: Protecting Florida’s water and wildlife

Gail Lee Hintz, vocal accompanist
Phelps County Focus: Inducted into Rolla High School Hall of Fame

Tom Hoerr, scholar in residence
St. Louis Public Radio: Benefits of a servant leadership education model

Beth Huebner, professor of criminology and criminal justice
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Educating policy makers and the public on what drive incarceration rates
St. Louis Public Radio: Jail reform in St. Louis County

David Kimball, professor and graduate director of political science
Governing: Election alternatives

Ryan Krull, assistant teaching professor of communications
Riverfront Times: Life at the Blue Fountain Apartments

Aunyã McElroy, counseling alumna
St. Louis American: Salute to Young Leaders awardee

Natalie Murphy, associate teaching professor of nursing and interim associate dean for academic programs
St. Louis Public Radio: Nursing shortage causing problems in St. Louis

Kyle Lackey, education student
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Honored at Missouri History Museum exhibit

Martin Leifeld, former vice chancellor for advancement
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Awarded Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Louis Public Radio

Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, director of the Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity Program
Joplin Globe: Forgotten African relics

Stephen Littleton, business alumnus
Business Wire: Named VP of investor relations and corporate security at ExxonMobil

Jodi Oliver, education alumna
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hired as principal of Heritage Intermediate

Brian Owens, E. Desmond Lee Community Music Artist in Residence
Alive Magazine: Calls to action via music

Seemantini Pathak, assistant professor of business management
Innovation Map-Houston: Restructuring and hiring a CEO

Ben Poremba, philosophy alumnus
Hoodline: Best restaurants for new American food

Dave Robertson, chair of the Department of Political Science
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mark Mantovani entering race for St. Louis County executive

Marty Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor Emeritus
St. Louis Jewish Light: Serious discourse without rancor

Rick Rosenfeld, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Crime Report: Reforming prisons
KMOV: Cure Violence program
KMOV: Conviction rates for Circuit Attorney fall
Chicago Now: Race and violence statistics
St. Louis Public Radio: Bail reform

Katherine Ruocco, business alumna
Robinson Daily News: Appellate court election

Kristin Sobolik, interim chancellor
Columbia Daily Tribune: Leading the NextGen Precision Health Initiative
St. Louis Business Journal: Panelist at future of higher education discussion

Christopher Sullivan, director of health
St. Louis Public Radio: Mental health app

Terry Suhre, Director of Gallery 210
St. Louis Public Radio: Celebrating African American artists

Katie Vaughn, women’s basketball coach
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: UMSL women rally around basketball coach after fire destroys her family’s house

Other News:

Columbia Missourian: Nanotechnology Center part of NextGen initiative

Columbia Missourian: Governor names new members to University of Missouri System Board of Curators

Columbia Missourian: NextGen Initiative could mean $5 billion economic impact

Daily Journal: MAC student housing

Expansion Solutions Magazine: Building NGA workforce

Gladstone Dispatch: How to heal after heartbreak

KBIA: Bill to improve mental health resources statewide

KDSK: $700 million investment in Cortex

The Pitt News: Ranked-choice voting

St. Louis Business Journal: Launching the Center for Civic Research and Innovation

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency north campus

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: $700 million investment in Cortex

Fox 2 and St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sam Fiorello named as Cortex president and CEO

St. Louis Public Radio: Cortex driving regional economy

St. Louis Public Radio: Teach in 12 program

Washington Monthly: Colleges doing the most to get their students to vote


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