Joseph Leahy

Producer, 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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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.