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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Show-Me Institute Gets New Pitchman in Former TV Anchor Rick Edlund

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The conservative think tank Show-Me Institute just got a new face and, boy, what an upgrade!

Don't get us wrong. That mug on Rex Sinquefield, the founder and financial backer of the Show-Me Institute, isn't bad in a distinguished sort of way. It's just that it's not as polished as Rick Edlund -- he of the perfect coiffed hair, polished teeth and captivating smile.

Edlund, as most longtime St. Louisans will recall, has served as a local TV anchor and reporter for much of the past two-and-a-half decades. According to his online bio, Edlund last worked as the anchor for KPLR Channel 11 in December 2008 -- prior to that station combining its news programming with KTVI.

Edlund tells the St. Louis Beacon that Brenda Talent, the wife of former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, recruited him to join Show-Me Institute as the organization's communications director. Brenda Talent now serves as executive director of the Show-Me Institute.

Left out of the Beacon story, however, is that Edlund and the Talents have close ties. In 2000 and 2001 Edlund took a break from journalism to serve as spokesman for the then U.S. Representative Jim Talent.

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