Recent story documents a small-town reporter's struggle with a judge and attorney in a murder case involving a former St. Louis police officer

Recent story documents a small-town reporter's struggle with a judge and attorney in a murder case involving a former St. Louis police officer

Northeast Missouri reporter battles court for right to cover ex-cop's murder trial

 


These stories involve the legal issues surrounding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

These stories involve the legal issues surrounding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 


In November 2012, a small-town police officer show a man with a stun gun while the man's 3-year-old stepson died in a house fire. 

In November 2012, a small-town police officer show a man with a stun gun while the man's 3-year-old stepson died in a house fire. 


These piece include some entertainment coverage and recent stories about politics in St. Louis related to a major music festival proposal. 

These piece include some entertainment coverage and recent stories about politics in St. Louis related to a major music festival proposal. 


Attorneys general filed the main lawsuit against the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the federal court that Kris covered. 

Attorneys general filed the main lawsuit against the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the federal court that Kris covered. 


Pace (Fla.) High School Frank Lay (pictured on the right) was one of two school administrators forced to appear at a contempt of court hearing in a controversial legal battle over prayer in school. 

Pace (Fla.) High School Frank Lay (pictured on the right) was one of two school administrators forced to appear at a contempt of court hearing in a controversial legal battle over prayer in school. 


Bankruptcy and the housing crash forced a a controversial Escambia County, Fla. judge to make an early grab at his pension. Through a trick in the law he tried unsuccessfully to reclaim his position by running for the same seat in an upcoming election. The Florida Supreme Court eventually ruled he couldn't run. 

Bankruptcy and the housing crash forced a a controversial Escambia County, Fla. judge to make an early grab at his pension. Through a trick in the law he tried unsuccessfully to reclaim his position by running for the same seat in an upcoming election. The Florida Supreme Court eventually ruled he couldn't run. 

It's a big problem now, but anyone who lived in American's Northeast knew it was a problem almost a decade ago. Kris spent weeks in an ER watching people overdose on heroin. The piece garnered him a feature writing award.

It's a big problem now, but anyone who lived in American's Northeast knew it was a problem almost a decade ago. Kris spent weeks in an ER watching people overdose on heroin. The piece garnered him a feature writing award.


Take a journey through the history through Pensacola's one (and only) French themed, Star Trek/Schlitz beer bars. The Elbow Room's history is as colorful as its owners. 

Take a journey through the history through Pensacola's one (and only) French themed, Star Trek/Schlitz beer bars. The Elbow Room's history is as colorful as its owners. 


Concertgoers at a Pensacola, Fla. punk rock club witnessed a police chase that ended with a cop trying to shoot a 17-year-old boy with a stun gun from the window of his moving squad car. Seconds later he ran over the boy. Victor Steen's death trained focus on the relationship between the city's black community and police. 

Concertgoers at a Pensacola, Fla. punk rock club witnessed a police chase that ended with a cop trying to shoot a 17-year-old boy with a stun gun from the window of his moving squad car. Seconds later he ran over the boy. Victor Steen's death trained focus on the relationship between the city's black community and police. 


Next to California, the state of Florida suffered a huge economic blow during the mortgage crisis. This unique, award-winning series of stories highlighted the people who found themselves underwater with confusing loans handed to them through a system that most people didn't understand. As part of the project, Kris mapped a year's worth of foreclosures in the two-county coverage area to show the region's trouble spots. 

Next to California, the state of Florida suffered a huge economic blow during the mortgage crisis. This unique, award-winning series of stories highlighted the people who found themselves underwater with confusing loans handed to them through a system that most people didn't understand. As part of the project, Kris mapped a year's worth of foreclosures in the two-county coverage area to show the region's trouble spots. 


Kris covered one of the strangest and exciting murder cases in the already strange and exciting history of the Florida Panhandle. His work led to appearances on CBS News, ABC Nightline and CNN. 

Kris covered one of the strangest and exciting murder cases in the already strange and exciting history of the Florida Panhandle. His work led to appearances on CBS News, ABC Nightline and CNN. 


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it was unconstitutional for a Florida court to sentence Terrance Graham to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. The decision affected convicted rapist Joe Sullivan. These stories highlight complex appeals issues.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it was unconstitutional for a Florida court to sentence Terrance Graham to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. The decision affected convicted rapist Joe Sullivan. These stories highlight complex appeals issues.


In 2012, the director of a Northeast Missouri 911 center abruptly resigned from her post at a board meeting. We soon learned this was the part of a strange criminal story involving the cover-up of a shooting inside the 911 center and allegations that dispatchers were leaking police information to wanted criminals. Most of the work was done using FOIA. 

In 2012, the director of a Northeast Missouri 911 center abruptly resigned from her post at a board meeting. We soon learned this was the part of a strange criminal story involving the cover-up of a shooting inside the 911 center and allegations that dispatchers were leaking police information to wanted criminals. Most of the work was done using FOIA.