Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.

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Politics
7:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

In effort to block executions in Mo., ACLU focuses on anesthesiologist

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The American Civil Liberties Union hopes to block two executions in Missouri this fall by seeking to disqualify the anesthesiologist used by the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Mittman is Executive Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He says the American Board of Anesthesiology has recently adopted the same standards used by the American Medical Association, meaning that they cannot participate in ending someone's life.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Crowd gathers at state Capitol to commemorate March on Washington

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Roughly 200 people braved the heat and humidity outside Missouri’s Capitol building today (Wednesday) to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Among those speaking at the event was former St. Louis lawmaker Jeanette Mott Oxford, who now heads the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.  She told the crowd she believes King’s vision for America went beyond racial equality:

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Dozens of new Mo. laws take effect Wednesday

Dozens of new state laws take effect in Missouri on Wednesday.  

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. House committee discusses social services department

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A Missouri House interim committee tasked with looking at how efficiently state government operates spent Monday scrutinizing the Department of Social Services.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:06 pm

While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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Education
8:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Mo. State Education Board Expands Oversight Of Failing Schools; Talks MAP Scores

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:40 pm

The Missouri State Board of Education voted Tuesday to increase oversight of the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Public Input Sought For Nominees To Hall Of Famous Missourians

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:57 pm

After a controversial inductee last year, Missouri residents are being given the chance this year to nominate two of the next three inductees for the Hall of Famous Missourians.

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says he made the decision to seek citizens' input, in part, to see if someone who's worthy of induction has been forgotten over time or overlooked.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

How The Flood Of 1993 Impacted And Changed North Jefferson City, Rhineland

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Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:13 am

It's been twenty years since the Great Flood of '93 swelled the Missouri River to record-high crests.  Since then, levees have been upgraded, flood preparations improved, and in a few places, communities bought out and relocated.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin visited some sites along the river in central Missouri and talked to people who battled the flood waters in 1993, and who still keep an eye on the river today:

Flooding damages north Jefferson City & triggers buyout of Cedar City

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Politics
9:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Special Mo. House Committee Wraps Up Hearings Into Dept. Of Revenue Scanning

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 6:52 pm

A special Missouri House committee appointed to look into why the Department of Revenue began scanning documents of driver's license and conceal-carry applicants has wrapped up its series of hearings this summer.

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Arts and Culture
3:43 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident

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Attendance figures appear to be on the rise as the 2013 Missouri State Fair heads into its final weekend. 

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Agriculture
8:08 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Blunt, Hartzler call for new farm bill

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt spoke to an assembly of politicians and fair-goers at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Two Republican members of Missouri's Congressional delegation were at the State Fair Thursday, calling on Congress to pass a new federal farm bill, instead of extending the farm bill passed in 2008 by another year.  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Congressmember Vicky Hartzler told Missouri Farm Bureau members and the media that the hold-up centers on how much money to spend on food stamps.  The GOP-led U.S. House voted to cut the food stamp program, now known as SNAP, by $20 billion.  The Democratic-controlled U.S.

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Politics
8:01 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians

Governor Nixon addresses politicians from across the state, at his annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:09 pm

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid

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A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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NPR Story
7:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 1:27 pm

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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