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Robert Joiner

Robert Joiner has carved a niche in providing informed reporting about a range of medical issues.  He won a Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Award for the Beacon’s "Worlds Apart" series on health-care disparities. His journalism experience includes working at the St. Louis American and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he was a beat reporter, wire editor, editorial writer, columnist, and member of the Washington bureau.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 28, 2013 - To borrow a line from poet William Carlos Williams, so much of a social movement depends upon a bus…

Consider these examples:

1. Seamstress Rosa Parks was put off one on Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Ala., after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 28, 2012 - A soy-based meat substitute said to have the texture and taste of chicken is slowly making its way to the shelves of a handful of Whole Foods Market stores in northern California.

The University of Missouri at Columbia will take a big interest in the consumer reaction because the meatless product was developed by scientists there. The product comes from more than a decade of work by a team led by Fu-Hung Hsieh (pronounced “shay”), a professor of biological engineering and food science at the university’s College of Agriculture.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 27, 2009 - Gov. Jay Nixon struck a bipartisan tone in his first state-of-the-state address Tuesday night, promising to balance the budget, boost Missouri's sluggish economy, and make some investments in social programs that were part of his campaign promises.

In his speech, Nixon did single out some spending priorities. They included familiar themes from his campaign: early childhood education, job retraining programs and health coverage for the uninsured.

Publish Date: 2009-04-19 00:12:53
Author: Robert Joiner
Position: Beacon staff
Charter school supporters praise switch to allow charters to buy vacant school buildings

Most members of a panel discussion Saturday on improving urban education praised St. Louis public school officials for removing a deed restriction that had prevented the sale of vacant city school buildings to groups that wanted to open charter schools.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2010 - St. Louis did not make the cut this year for a planning grant to set up a Promise Neighborhood on the north side. The program is modeled after the highly praised Harlem Children's Zone project in New York. The initial funding, announced late this year, involved awarding planning grants to establish 20 Promise Neighborhoods. St. Louis' application ranked 27th in the competition, earning 95.3 points out of 100.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 19, 2010 -  -The largest percentage of Missourians with health insurance, either employer-provided or individually bought, lives in Republican Rep. Todd Akin's second congressional district in west St. Louis County.

No surprise there.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2010 - With plenty of trails for walking and jogging, biking and rollerblading, Forest Park stands out as one of the nation's largest urban green spaces for recreation. It's also safe and well-maintained, factors that explain why people find it an inviting, carefree place for putting their hearts and limbs through robust exercise.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 26, 2010 - Whether the event is a panel discussion on health reform or the opening of a community clinic, one familiar face in the audience or on the stage is likely to be Dr. James R. Kimmey.

A witty speaker with extensive knowledge on a range of health-care issues, Kimmey is the founding president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health. He previously was dean of the School of Public Health at St. Louis University and is also emeritus professor of health administration and policy at the school. He regards the work of the foundation as helping policymakers, health-care professionals and community groups to understand and address the issues affecting the health of Missourians.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 8, 2011 - A working mother and her asthmatic son have become the poster family for the benefits of transforming moldy, poorly insulated housing into energy efficient, healthy homes.

Vice President Joe Biden has cited the Baltimore family -- Lekquan Young and her 8-year-old son, DeWayne -- as beneficiaries of a new public-private movement to tackle home environmental problems, such as allergens, in one fell swoop instead of working on them one at a time.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 24, 2011 - The telephone call interrupted Brenda Huszar's heartbeat -- more bad news about her daughter. "Erica is in the hospital," a friend was saying on the other end of the line. "In Florida. And you need to come home right away."

Huszar, who lives in Webster Groves, soon learned that a drug dealer had dumped Erica in bushes near a hospital, where she was found the next day. She later went into a coma but eventually pulled through.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 22, 2008 - Gov.-elect Jay Nixon announced on Monday programs to create jobs, retrain laid-off workers and set up a task force to help Missouri get its share of the billions of dollars the automobile industry will spend in the future to build high-tech, fuel-efficient cars.