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High Fives: Dale Singer

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 30, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

  1. I think my very favorite thing that I remember since I joined the Beacon was the first election night, in November 2008, when we had that great show downstairs with KETC and had all kinds of people on to discuss the results. It showed a spirit and an imagination and a resourcefulness that I think has come to mark what the Beacon does every day.That said, my other favorites have been stories I have done that had a personal touch:

  2. The trip I took with my father-in-law to Washington, D.C., to view the WW II memorial and the video I made to document it
  3. The piece I wrote on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when I attended the ceremony but really was in NYC for the birth of my grandson, who was coming home after weeks of being in the premie ICU
  4. The stories I wrote about online college courses, which included my signing up for a couple of them and relating how they worked
  5. The piece I wrote about Tom Keefe, the departed SLU law dean, where I was able to weave in some of the difficulties I encountered verifying the facts.
Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition to practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters, who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and three grandchildren. Dale reported for St. Louis Public Radio from 2013 to 2016.