Erica Hunzinger

Editor, Harvest Public Media

Erica Hunzinger is the editor of Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR.

Previously, Erica was the political/education/criminal justice editor at St. Louis Public Radio and spent 5 years on The Associated Press' Central Region editing desk. She also worked as an editor at The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, and a sports copy editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Born and bred in central Illinois, Erica branched out to the University of Missouri-Columbia for her journalism degree and earned an MA in Humanities (with an emphasis on poetry) from the University of Chicago.

She's a farmer's granddaughter, quite familiar with the smell of cow manure and processed soybeans, and tries to nurture flowers and plants in her spare time.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with McCulloch statement — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens cited new DNA evidence in postponing Tuesday’s scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams.

Greitens also will appoint a five-member board of inquiry that will include retired Missouri judges. That hasn’t happened since 1997, according to Greitens spokesman Parker Briden.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 with governor's office declining comment — A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project said new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

A day before Missouri’s new voter ID law takes effect, a coalition of civil rights groups and Democratic politicians warned Wednesday that the law could disenfranchise minority voters and older people.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, whose office oversees elections, scoffed at the concerns, arguing that “if you’re a registered voter, you’ll be able to vote.”

Updated at 4:15 p.m. with Kansas City Star receiving comment from Chambers — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf has his hands in a lot of important legislation this session, yet he’s still made time to criticize Republican Gov. Eric Greitens over his new nonprofit.

A New Missouri Inc., which isn’t beholden to campaign finance laws and doesn’t have to disclose its donors, is fighting back, publishing a digital ad this week that says the St. Joseph Republican is “siding with liberals” and “playing personal political games.”