The We Live Here podcast was designed to look deeply into St. Louis’ racial fault lines, and untangle a web of disparities once again brought to the fore following the 2014 death of Michael Brown. Since its debut in the spring of 2015, We Live Here has continued to evolve and grow, both in terms of its content, audience and impact. The bi-weekly, narrative-driven show is a co-production of St. Louis Public Radio and PRX.
Ashley Winters, Host
Ashley is a former St. Louis Public Radio intern, a St. Louis native and has a history of producing excellent journalism on issues of race and class. She won the 2017 Excellence in Poverty Journalism Award from Arch City Defenders for her coverage of gentrification in the Old North neighborhood of St. Louis. And she’s nominated for the same award this year. On top of that she’s about to publish her first children’s book, Memories of a Bunny, about a little boy who doesn’t want to give up his stuffed animal.
Jia Lian Yang, Host
Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Lauren Brown, Associate Producer
Lauren Brown is a 2019 graduate of The University of Missouri where she studied Journalism and Social Justice. At Mizzou, Lauren was a host and producer at KBIA 91.3fm an NPR affiliate and an outreach team member for the Columbia Missourian. In 2019, Lauren joins the St. Louis Public Radio team as the Associate Producer for the We Live Here podcast. Lauren is a native of the Chicagoland area and is a huge fan of music hence her vinyl collection.
Tim Lloyd, Senior Producer, On-Demand and Content Partnerships
Tim co-founded We Live Here in 2015 and has a decade’s worth of public radio experience. Since joining St. Louis Public Radio in 2012, he has won eight Edward R. Murrow awards in addition to multiple national awards from the Education Writers Association. Some of his favorite episodes include Suspended Futures, Burden of Proof, Jesus was Black and Revolution from Within.
Carolina Hidalgo, Senior Photojournalist
Carolina is St. Louis Public Radio’s first photojournalist and videographer. She previously covered daily life in Southwest Florida as a staff photographer for the Naples Daily News. She has also worked at the Tampa Bay Times as a photo intern, multimedia producer and online picture editor and at the New York Daily News, her hometown newspaper, as a freelance photographer. Hidalgo has been selected as a participant for the Eddie Adams Workshop, The Kalish visual editing workshop and The New York Times’ New York Portfolio Review. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Florida Society of News Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
David Kovaluk, Visual Communication Specialist
David Kovaluk is a visual artist living in St. Louis. He has a Bachelor's degree in photography from Webster University, and he currently works for St. Louis Public Radio as their creative everyman. His day-to-day responsibilities tend to be a mashup of graphic design, web design, photography and any other visual design challenge the station can throw at him. David is decidedly a cat person, loves a good DIY project, collects vintage cameras and lenses, and believes fluorite is the most beautiful mineral.
Brent Jones, Senior Data Visual Specialist
Brent is a journalist who works with data and design. He joined the St. Louis Beacon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. In the past five years, he has shot photos of the Pevely Dairy fire and flooding in Cairo, Ill.; compiled data on St. Louis' hottest days and whitest Christmases; edited a 30-minute video on music in Iraq; designed a 150+ page ebook; and produced audio from an improv show and more than 100 Beacon Roundtables. Brent lives in St. Louis, where he has completed a half- and full marathon and sings in a 16-member a capella madrigal ensemble.
Robert B. Peterson III, Director of Radio Programming and Operations
Robert is a thirty-plus year veteran of radio programming and operations management. He returned to St. Louis Public Radio in September 2007 after seven years at WUSF (89.7 FM) in Tampa, Florida where he served as the station's Program Director. Prior to his work in Tampa, Robert worked at St. Louis Public Radio and WMFE, WBJW (now WOMX) and WUCF, all in Orlando, Florida. He is very passionate about public radio and the role St. Louis Public Radio plays in the greater St. Louis region. Robert is excited to be serving as host and executive producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony, along with commentator Adam Crane of the St. Louis Symphony.
While originally starting his college career as a music major, oboe performance, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. He proudly serves on the board of directors for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW) and St. Louis Transitional Hope House.