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2 St. Louis Science Reporters Share Takeaways From Mississippi River Trip

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryce Gray (at left) and St. Louis Public Radio's Eli Chen joined Thursday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

As journalists who frequently produce stories focused on the environment, St. Louis Public Radio’s Eli Chen and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bryce Gray are no strangers to the Mississippi River and its critical role in their city. Now they’ve traveled all 2,300-plus miles of it, following the Big Muddy from Minnesota to Louisiana and bringing home an even deeper understanding of the waterway.

Chen and Gray returned earlier this month from a weeklong Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources trip along the Lower Mississippi. The experience was part of a fellowship that also included exploration of the Upper Mississippi in 2018.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, the two reporters joined guest host Jim Kirchherr to discuss what they’ve learned along the journey – about flood and levee issues, ecosystems, wildlife and more.

Listen to the conversation:

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Evie was a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.