St. Louis reporter is AP Staffer of the Year

Christopher Leonard, a St. Louis-based reporter for The Associated Press, was named the AP’s Fred Moen Kansas-Missouri Staffer of the Year in December.
Leonard, 32, was honored at the annual meeting of AP’s Missouri and Kansas publishers in Kansas City.
Leonard joined the AP in 2005 as a business writer. In 2007 he helped lead AP’s reporting on stories including the Michael Devlin kidnapping case, legal fallout from the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse and controversy over the deletion of emails within Gov. Matt Blunt’s office.

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2 Comments on “St. Louis reporter is AP Staffer of the Year”

  1. Chuck DeJohn Says:

    I read your article, “Even as layoffs persist, some good jobs go begging.” You state, “It’s become especially hard to find accountants, health care workers, software sales representatives, actuaries, data analysts, physical therapists and electrical engineers, labor analysts say.”

    As an unemployed electrical engineer, I can stated the job market is the worst I have ever seen. According to the US Labor Department, the unemployment rate for electrical engineers is 8.4%. While there might be a job here and there, the job market for EE’s is bad.

  2. Judi Smith Says:

    I would like Christopher Leonard to receive this email please forward this to him I have no other address to send him this email to. I just read his brillant article in the “Macomb Daily” newspaper in Warren, Michigan. The article is entitled “SOME GOOD JOBS STILL GO BEGGING”. I know from personal experience that employers are most likely getting over run with resumes of all types and most are not qualified for the jobs that they appear to be seeking just as you stated in your article. But the real reason this is happening is because in order to get unemployment benefit payments (extentions) the job seeker must search for at least 6 jobs with in a 2 week period and prove this by writing it down and mailing the forms to the unemployment office. Since in way too many states there just are no jobs, resumes are sent to any and every one because the job seeker is forced to do this even with knowing there is no shot of getting hired. Keep up the good work Christopher!

    Sincerely, Judi Smith
    11726 Frazho Rd. Warren. Michigan 48089
    (586) 756-0873

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