Eric Schmid covers the Metro East area in Illinois for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins the news team as its first Report for America corps member and is tasked with expanding KWMU's coverage east from the Mississippi. Before joining St. Louis Public Radio, Eric held competitive internships at Fox News Channel, NPR-affiliate WSHU Public Radio and AccuWeather. As a news fellow at WSHU's Long Island Bureau, he covered governments and environmental issues as well as other general assignments. Eric grew up in Northern Colorado but attended Stony Brook University, in New York where he earned his degree in journalism in 2018. He is an expert skier, avid reader and lifelong musician-he plays saxophone and clarinet.
In the U.S., tornadoes cause more annual fatalities than hurricanes and earthquakes combined. Yet there isn't a national standard mandating that large warehouses include storm shelters for workers.
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is preparing to take the world stage yet again at the Tokyo Olympics. She dominated at the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro and looks to be even better this time around.