Joseph Leahy

Newscaster, Morning Edition

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Joseph Leahy produces and anchors local newscasts weekdays during Morning Edition. He began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio in 2011. The following year, he moved to Delaware to help launch the state’s first NPR station, WDDE, as an afternoon newscaster and host. Leahy returned to Missouri in 2013 to anchor St. Louis Public Radio’s local newscasts during All Things Considered and produce news on local and regional issues, including the aftermath of Michael Brown’s fatal police shooting in Ferguson.

Leahy has a master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. He grew up migrating almost annually with his parents and four siblings between rural Missouri and the suburbs of Los Angeles. 

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More street changes are in the works for downtown Austin as construction ramps up on the Capitol Complex Master Plan. On Wednesday, the Austin Transportation Department converted 17th and 18th streets between San Jacinto and Trinity into two-way streets.

Austin City Limits is produced at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin.
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Austin City Limits is in the middle of taping shows for its 45th season, which will begin airing on PBS stations across the country in October.

The eclectic mix of musicians invited each year to perform for the public television series prompted KUT listener Dana Harada to ask our ATXplained project:

How are musicians selected to record an ACL Live taping? Do they get paid?

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Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission has approved using milled steel rods as replacement parts on 12 of the city’s iconic moontowers. 

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Every weekday, hundreds of thousands of commuters flood Austin-area roads and highways with more traffic than they’re designed to handle. Some commutes are worse than others, depending on the time and where a driver is heading.

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On Monday, Julie Brown heard a voice beckoning her to get a piece of pie.

She listened, stopping at The Frisco on Burnet Road and ordering a piece of coconut pie – just like her parents did when they first met decades ago.

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Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are suing radio show host Alex Jones for defamation.

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Ben Hamill was confused. Down the street from his house in Brentwood, a building was going up, and he and his wife couldn’t quite place what it was. It looked like an apartment or a condo, as far as they could tell, with floor-to-ceiling windows, some cubist-looking eaves and all the trappings of a typical condo. Then they put up a sign: STORAGE.

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"We will leave no stone unturned," interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said today in response to three package explosions in Austin over the past 10 days. 

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Federal regulators are calling for stricter requirements to fly hot air balloons after a crash near Lockhart last year that killed all 16 people aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released findings and recommendations of its investigation into the July 30 accident in which a balloon operated by the Heart of Texas Balloon Ride company struck high-voltage power lines about 30 miles south of Austin.