Theo was the lead statehouse reporter for KMOX/1120 AM, the CBS Radio owned-and-operated station in St. Louis, from January 2009 to May 2011. While at KMOX, he broke news, covered Missouri’s legislature, and turned spot stories on tight deadlines for drive-time newscasts with 250,000 listeners. He also edited University of Missouri students’ stories for KMOX.


For a full list of stories, visit my Missouri Digital News page.

Photo courtesy KMOX/1120 AM

AUDIO: House, Senate pass late-term abortion ban (May 12, 2011) — To stop what they called ‘barbaric murder,’ Missouri Republicans send a late-term abortion ban to the governor’s desk.

AUDIO: House sends ban on fake cocaine, fake pot, to Nixon (May 10, 2011) — A year after banning so-called ‘fake pot,’ Missouri lawmakers pass another drug ban onto Gov. Jay Nixon.

AUDIO: Local control needs Senate compromise, union approval (May 5, 2011) — Missouri’s Senate majority leader says a deal is in the works to give St. Louis control of its own police, something it hasn’t had since the Civil War.

AUDIO: Lt. Gov. Kinder’s travel reimbursements face scrutiny (April 28, 2011) — Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder faces scrutiny from the Republican auditor’s office after paying the state back for travel and hotel stays.

AUDIO: Republicans splinter on congressional redistricting (April 14, 2011) — Missouri’s legislature has fractured, as the Republican supermajority squabbles over redrawing the state’s congressional districts.

AUDIO: Opponents of St. Louis police control file suit(March 24, 2011) — Opponents of giving St. Louis control of its police for the first time since the Civil War have filed suit, saying the ballot language will mislead voters.

AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Nixon spends $400,000 on flights, bills others (Feb. 18, 2011) — Documents obtained by KMOX reveal Gov. Jay Nixon has billed other state agencies $400,000 for his flights on taxpayer-financed airplanes.

AUDIO: Senate committee approves ‘right-to-work’ bill (Feb. 15, 2011) — Legislation to prohibit forcing Missouri workers to pay union service fees — what supporters call ‘right to work’ — gets approval from a Senate committee.

AUDIO: Nixon, Schweich deliver blows to supporters of income tax repeal (Feb. 10, 2011) — Gov. Jay Nixon says he’s against repealing Missouri’s income tax and raising its sales tax, the same day that Missouri’s Republican auditor said he couldn’t predict the plan’s cost to the state.

AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Stranded lawmakers play poker in Capitol as blizzard rages (Feb. 2, 2011) — Missouri lawmakers trapped as a blizzard raged outside the Capitol passed the time playing poker and sleeping with emergency relief blankets. Read the newspaper story.

AUDIO: State penalizes workers who stay home during storm (Feb. 1, 2011) — Missouri Highway Patrol leaders pleaded with people to stay off the roads, but state workers were penalized vacation time or pay if they stayed home.

The University of Missouri campus.

AUDIO: Koster silent as GOP urges him to join health care suit (Jan. 25, 2011) — As Republicans in the House and Senate call on Attorney General Chris Koster to join the lawsuit against federal health care, KMOX asked Koster to respond.

AUDIO: Nixon proposes slashing higher education funding, reaction mixed (Jan. 19, 2011) — Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed slashing 7 percent of funding for Missouri’s public colleges and universities to pay for the state’s growing Medicaid obligations.

AUDIO: House’s top Democrat joins GOP criticism of Nixon’s travel transparency (Jan. 18, 2011) — With members of his own party joining Republicans criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon over his travel expenses, KMOX asked Nixon to respond.

AUDIO: Ford pledges $400 million to Missouri plant (Jan. 18, 2011) — Ford Motor Co. says it’s bringing a new vehicle to its Kansas City-area plant, months after lawmakers worked overtime to woo Ford with tax breaks.

AUDIO: Nixon avoids questions after abandoning $600 million trade trip (Dec. 7, 2010) — Missouri’s governor refused to answer questions about his abandoned trip to Taiwan, which was supposed to bring the state $600 million.

AUDIO: Votes to slash Missouri’s historic buildings tax breaks fail (Nov. 16, 2010) — Two votes to slash tax breaks for fixing up old buildings, which Gov. Jay Nixon supports, failed after the objections of St. Louis leaders.

AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Company that caused federal raid back earning taxpayer money (Sept. 30, 2010) — A father-and-son combination of companies is back working for the state, even after one of them got busted for using illegal workers.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan

AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Exclusive interview with U.S. Senate candidate Carnahan (Sept. 10, 2010) — I had a one-on-one interview with Robin Carnahan, the Democratic hopeful for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, about the economy, negative campaigning, trailing in the polls, and automated “robo” calls.

AUDIO: Missouri evokes E. coli memories with dead Capitol lawn (Sept. 9, 2010) — First it was E. coli at Lake of the Ozarks, now the state won’t answer questions on what killed the Capitol lawn.

AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Bridge repairs can’t keep up with deterioration (Sept. 7, 2010) — A nationwide study says Missouri has some of the worst bridges in the country, as the state spends hundreds of millions of dollars to fix them.

AUDIO: Missouri casino finalists trimmed to four (Sept. 7, 2010) — In the race for Missouri’s up-for-grabs casino license, it’s St. Louis 2, Kansas City 1.