Eric D. Schmid

Investigative Journlaist in St. Louis, MO

A skilled multimedia journalist who excels under deadline pressure and delivers superior quality data- and document-driven and investigative reporting. Exhibits advanced skill managing competing daily responsibilities while developing long-term coverage about economics, the environment, and public policy. Applies strong editorial and ethical standards to produce thoughtful, innovative, and compelling reporting across multiple platforms.

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Professional Experience

Economic Development Reporter — St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis, MO

June 2022 - Present

Covers efforts from local businesses, governments, universities, and nonprofits to create more economic opportunity for the St. Louis Region’s population of 2.8 million

• Promoted after three years of outstanding performance in previous position

• Consistently meets strict publication expectations: 2 daily stories/week, 2 features/month

• Produces high performing digital articles reaching 200,000+ unique viewers a year

Metro East Reporter — St. Louis Public Radio, Belleville, IL

June 2019 - June 2022

Worked remotely producing articles about suburban Illinois communities adjacent to St. Louis

• Pioneered news coverage for 750,000 people who hadn’t been previously served, improving public accountability with multiple enterprise and investigative articles

• Among Report for America’s second cohort of corps members

Freelance Reporter — National Public Radio, Marketplace, Science Friday

April 2018 - Present

Produces original news content for programs that reach up to 46 million people a week

• Files sound-rich feature articles and those appearing on newscasts and digital platforms

• Has appeared on nationally syndicated talk shows “Here & Now” and “Science Friday” to discuss original investigative reporting

News Fellow — WSHU Public Radio, Stony Brook, NY

January 2018 - September 2018

Worked in Long Island News Bureau pitching, producing daily and enterprise stories for web and broadcast audiences across Connecticut and Long Island

• Supervised, edited and trained 5 news interns in reporting, script writing, and audio mixing

• Helped solidify WSHU’s coverage expansion to 200,000 people on Eastern Long Island

Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Intern — AccuWeather, State College, PA

June 2018 - August 2018

Pitched, produced, and edited news packages and digital-first videos for AccuWeather’s website, social media, and national T.V. broadcast network as one of 20 Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Interns placed at newsrooms nationwide

• Filled content gaps by working collaboratively within AccuWeather’s 10-person video team

• Produced video content topping 5 million views on company’s website and social media


LaunchCode - St. Louis, MO — September 2022 - June 2023

30-week full-stack development course in JavaScript, Angular, Java, and Spring Boot

Investigative Reporters and Editors - Columbia, MO — August 2022

Data Journalism Bootcamp

Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY — Class of 2018

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Business Management Minor

Technical Proficiencies

Programming Languages & Frameworks

• JavaScript

• Java

• HTML5 / CSS3

• React

• Svelte

• Spring Boot

Data & Analysis

• Excel




• PostgreSQL

File Management & Version Control


• Git & GitHub

Awards & Honors

2023 Region 5 Murrow Award & 2022 IRE Award Finalist

For original and revelatory watchdog journalism exposing a 25-year coverup of toxic groundwater contamination in Springfield, Missouri.

Keynote Speaker

2022 Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk Conference

2022 INBA Crystal Mic Awards

Investigative Report - 1st place

Use of Sound - 1st place

Best Reporter - 2nd place