Media Coverage: August 2022

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

Featured stories:

Devin Banks, an assistant professor of psychological sciences and member of UMSL’s Addiction Science Team, talked to PBS NewsHour correspondent John Yang about the outsized impact drug overdose deaths are having on the Black community in St. Louis.

Chancellor Kristin Sobolik appeared as an in-studio guest with hosts Carol Daniel and Tom Ackerman during “Back to School Week” on “Total Information AM” on KMOX (1120 AM). Sobolik said during difficult times, it’s important for institutions to show their students the value in getting a degree.

The St. Louis Business Journal highlighted Dr. Keshia Elder just before she stepped into her new role as dean of the College of Optometry. She is the first Black female dean of optometry in the country.

Media coverage:

Jamie Brown, economics alumna
Medium: Women Of The C-Suite: Jamie Brown, Jane Nguyen and Jess Chambers Of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races On The Five Things You Need To Succeed As A Senior Executive

Susan Brownell, professor of anthropology
Sharon Herald: Tuesday Morning: Good riddance

Alasia Buchkopf, computer science student
Maryville Forum: Contest seeks to solve rural broadband expansion

Mike Carter, political science and philosophy alumnus
Lincoln News Now: Judge, TV personality Carter looks to overcome crowded field in District 10 race

Deborah Cohen, associate professor of history
Columbia Missourian: Missouri’s higher education institutions struggle to attract Latino students
KBIA: Missouri’s higher education institutions struggle to attract Latino students

Julie DeKinder, clinical professor of optometry
Women in Optometry: Women In The News – August

Keshia Elder, dean of the College of Optometry
Vision Monday: NOA Emphasizes Scholarship and Service at Annual Meeting

Max Gillman, professor of economics
KSDK: Groups in St. Louis react to student loan debt forgiveness rollout

Beth Goetz, former women’s soccer coach and assistant athletic director
Ball State News: Beth Goetz named Nike Executive of the Year

Tom Hoerr, scholar in residence in the College of Education
Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones: Chief Empathy Officer with Dr. Tom Hoerr

Stacy Gee Hollins, education alumna
St. Louis Business Journal: Most Influential Business Women 2022: Stacy Gee Hollins leads development of a new $3M innovation center

Andrew Kersten, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Cleveland Jewish News: Kersten to lead CSU’s College of Arts and Sciences

Laura Keys, criminology and criminal justice alumna
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: ‘We can do better’: New north St. Louis alderman looks to put her experience to work

David Kimball, professor of political science
Fox 4 Kansas City: Democrats have slim chance of winning Missouri US Senate seat, expert says
Fox 4 Kansas City: 4Star Politics: Missouri’s special session and one fewer candidate
KCUR: Missouri’s Gen Z candidates say ‘we’re not waiting,’ but will younger voters turn out for them?
KMOX Radio: Slim chance that Busch Valentine can beat Schmitt
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Voters will decide in November if Missouri needs a new state constitution

David Klinger, professor of criminology and criminal justice
The Crime Report: Anatomy of a ‘Split Second’ Police Shooting

Erica Koegler, assistant professor of social work
Missouri Independent: Advocates praise Missouri’s new child trafficking law as promising first step

Lori Lamb, education alumna
Daily Journal Online: Lamb joins NC as assistant superintendent

Dan Lauer, executive director of UMSL Accelerate
Silicon Prairie News: St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective opens applications for E3 Leadership Institute following successful first cohort
St. Louis Business Journal: Meet the 2022 Champions for Diversity & Inclusion Honorees

Kisha Lee, public policy administration alumna
Ladue News: Kisha Lee makes history as Ladue Schools Board of Education’s first Black president

Eric Majzoub, professor of physics
St. Louis Business Journal: St. Louis utilities, businesses eye development of hydrogen power facility

Anita Manion, an assistant professor of political science
Riverfront Times: What the Kansas Abortion Vote Means for Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Senate’s Conservative Caucus leaders say it’s no longer needed
St. Louis Public Radio: Independent candidate John Wood drops from U.S. Senate race in Missouri

Sandra Morton, education student
The St. Louis American: Sandra Morton named principal at Marian Middle
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Marian Middle School Welcomes Sandra Morton, MEd, MBA, as New Principal

Rachel Pickering, history alumna
WIBW: Three female nominees announced for Kansas Court of Appeals vacancy
WIBW: Gov. appoints first Hispanic female to Court of Appeals pending confirmation

Maggie Rapplean, business alumna
The Kiplinger Letter: Earn $500,000 in 2021? You May Still Have Time to Reduce 2021 Taxes

Sharon Renken, former volleyball player
The Edwardsville Intelligencer: Williams ready to start season as FMCHS girls volleyball coach

Diane Rosenbaum, psychology alumna
Penn State: Grant to support Abington professor’s research on weight bias

Richard Rosenfeld, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice
ASIS International: Murders, Gun Violence Down Slightly in 2022
Bridge Detroit: Rise in violent crime plagues some Michigan metros this summer
Columbia Missourian: FBI crime reporting switch challenges Missouri law enforcement agencies
The Conservative Investor Daily: 7 Growth Stocks Looking Attractive Following A Correction
The Crime Report: Decline in Shootings, Murders Contradicts ‘Bad News Bias’: Experts
Insurance Business America: Revealed – America’s safest and most dangerous cities in 2022
Markets Insider: 7 Growth Stocks Looking Attractive Following a Correction
The New York Times: A Drop in Murders
The Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia is full of ‘violence interrupter’ initiatives. Can a new faith-based coalition move the needle?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis records 5 homicides in less than 24 hours, 13 in a week
Tribune News Services: St. Louis records 5 homicides in less than 24 hours, 13 in one week
WHYY: Philadelphia is full of ‘violence interrupter’ initiatives. Can a new faith-based coalition move the needle?

Lee Slocum, professor of criminology and criminal justice
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County plan will poach police from St. Louis city, union says

Shawn Stevenson, business and biology alumnus
On Purpose with Jay Shetty: Shawn Stevenson ON: How to Heal Your Gut & Eat Smarter to Improve Your Brain Health

Doug Swanson, coordinator for labor studies
The Labor Tribune: Survey seeks worker input on opioid recovery friendly workplaces

Kailey Utley, optometry alumna
DVIDS: Sharp focus helps Soldier, optometrist excel on and off the field
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sharp focus helps Soldier, Army optometrist excel on the field
U.S. Army: Madigan optometrist leads Team USA to fourth-place Military World Cup finish

Jason Vasser-Elong, assistant teaching professor in the Pierre Laclede Honors College
Sapiens: We All Love Roses

Mark Wahlmeier, optometry alumnus
Hays Post: Eye doctor from Colby takes over Krug’s practice in Hays

Linda Wells-Glover, teaching professor of social work
The St. Louis American: Passion for teaching and students drives Salute to Excellence in Education awardees

Sarah Willey, business alumna
Medium: A Milestone in my Journey to Becoming Dr. Willey

Other news:

ABC FOX Montana: Missoula County seeking survey participants to improve safety

Columbia Daily Tribune: MU program enters 10th year teaching teachers to teach math to elementary students

Construction Forum STL: Our Region Doesn’t Need Another Band-Aid. It Needs a Solution

EurekAlert!: MU math specialists boost knowledge, confidence among elementary school students, teachers

Feast Magazine: CC’s Vegan Spot will expand to North County with a grab-and-go location

KMOV: First-of-its-kind study on racial equity underway at the St. Louis County Justice Center

KTVI: Researchers begin study on racial equity at St. Louis County Jail
KTVI: Boeing to partner with Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center of St. Louis

Ladue News: St. Louis area universities collaborate to enhance quantum workforce with $3 million from National Science Foundation

NBC Montana: Missoula Co. invites residents to take public safety survey

Riverfront Times: Racial Inequities at St. Louis County Justice Center to Be Studied
Riverfront Times: North St. Louis Recovery Center To Stock Old Mailboxes With Narcan

The St. Louis American: Bayer fund backs college bound

St. Louis Business Journal: Our region doesn’t need another Band-Aid. It needs a solution
St. Louis Business Journal: Plant-based food company launches ghost kitchen with expanded menu
St. Louis Business Journal: $1.2B mixed-use project proposed downtown along Mississippi River
St. Louis Business Journal: Boeing makes $5M contribution for advanced manufacturing center in St. Louis

St. Louis Magazine: Where St. Louis kids can play, sing, create, and learn
St. Louis Magazine: Continuing education in St. Louis: Your guide to the classes, programs, and colleges that can help you learn something new
St. Louis Magazine: A guide to fall and winter arts in St. Louis
St. Louis Magazine: Documents: Contemporary lens-based art

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: College Bound Receives $50,000 Grant from Bayer Fund
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County jail will be the focus of a study on racial inequity
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis native Chris Redd wants a hometown crowd for his HBO Max special

St. Louis Public Radio: $300k grant aims to help St. Louis County solve racial inequities in its jail

The Washington Times: Cashless society steps closer to reality

West Newsmagazine: Students enjoy summer research with UMSL


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