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Best Reporter (TV/Radio Division) St. Louis 2011 - Véronique LaCapra

Decent journalists report the news. Outstanding journalists live the news, relentlessly pursuing every relevant angle. Véronique LaCapra belongs, undoubtedly, in the latter category. St. Louis Public Radio scored a serious coup by hiring LaCapra, a seasoned reporter who happens to have a PhD in ecosystem ecology (and a BA in environmental policy and biology). Not surprisingly, LaCapra's focus is on science stories, and her intellectual curiosity and topnotch reporting allow "science stories" to encompass everything from scoops about groundbreaking breast-cancer research to the plight of endangered wolf pups to the problems caused by growing up in a food desert. This is one journalist who never fails to land the perfect interview and ask the most important questions, and her reports unfold not as ho-hum news items, but rather as mini-documentaries. LaCapra's academic pursuits, career moves and volunteerism have taken her all over the world, from the Brazilian Pantanal to her mother's hometown of Auxerre, France. We are lucky that she now calls St. Louis her home.

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Dear Best Of,

Thank you for reminding me of why I love St. Louis. While NPR is an obvious go-to for news, I encourage you to check out 88.7- yeah, that's right, the jazz station. The fumbling, mumbling news reporter leaves you on the edge of your seat to see whether he'll make it through the next sentence. He is so awesomely bad at reading the news that it makes you wonder if he's making it up on the spot. I don't want to take away from Veronique's accomplishment, but surely this man deserves some acknowledgment.

Anne-Marie Hlasny
Anne-Marie Hlasny

I am very proud of Véronique for her achievements; she is quite talented and motivated.She always tries to do the best she can. I know, I am her mother! I am glad people appreciate her.


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