Veronique LaCapra

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  • Science reporter
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Station-Based


Caption: Twomarked treehoppers, Credit: Kasey Fowler-Finn, Saint Louis University

Good vibrations! These bugs do their sexting via plant stem (05:38)
From: Veronique LaCapra

Most insects communicate in a way that we can’t hear. A scientist at Saint Louis University is using a laser to eavesdrop on one insect’s “conversations” — about sex.
Caption: The FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Missouri Task Force 1, Credit: Missouri Task Force 1

Missouri World Trade Center responders still at risk for health problems (03:55)
From: Veronique LaCapra

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, more than 50,000 rescue and recovery workers converged at the World Trade Center. Among them were the 62 members of Missouri’s FEMA Urban ...
Caption: Trucks dump their loads of single-stream recycling on the "tip floor" at Resource Management's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Earth City, Mo., Credit: Véronique LaCapra

Does single-stream recycling really work? Yes! And no (03:33)
From: Veronique LaCapra

If you recycle at home, chances are you take advantage of a system called “single-stream” recycling: you mix all your bottles, newspapers, cans and containers together in a ...
Caption: This diagram shows how the new imaging technique works., Credit: Lihong Wang, Washington University

New Ultrafast Camera Could Help Turn Science Fiction Into Reality (03:34)
From: Veronique LaCapra

Researchers at Washington University have invented an imaging system that can take a hundred billion pictures in a second -- fast enough to record the fastest phenomena in ...
Caption: This image of Priscilla Baltimore is from a 1958 edition of the book: Life and labors of Rev. Jordan W. Early: One of the Pioneers of African Methodism in the West and South, by Sarah Jane Woodson Early, published by A.M.E. historian George A. Singleton., Credit: Courtesy of the Illinois State Archeological Survey

Archeologists Dig For Clues To Underground Railroad in Brooklyn, Ill. (03:37)
From: Veronique LaCapra

Brooklyn, Ill., is a small, predominantly African-American town, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. What little revenue the town brings in comes mostly from ...

About Me

Véronique LaCapra is the science reporter at St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 KWMU). She first caught the radio bug writing commentaries for NPR-affiliate WAMU in Washington, DC. After producing her first audio documentaries at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, she was hooked! Her career includes time spent as a doctoral researcher in the Brazilian Pantanal, a pesticide regulator for the Environmental Protection Agency in Arlington, VA, a freelance writer and volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa, and a freelance radio reporter for the Voice of America in Washington, DC. She received a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in environmental policy and biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. LaCapra grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and in her mother’s home town of Auxerre, France.

My Groups: KWMU
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Veronique is currently available for new projects, has a car, and is available to travel Internationally.


  • Producing: News
  • Field Recording
  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • audio production (radio features)

Available For

  • Field Recording
  • News Reporting
  • Documentary Production
  • Interviewing
  • Mentoring
  • Tape Syncs
  • Environmental Reporting
  • Voiceover
  • Sound Editing


  • Hard Disc/Flash Recorder
  • Pro Tools
  • Specialized Mics
  • Recording Studio
  • Adobe Audition

Languages I Speak

  • Portugese
  • English
  • French

Work Experience

Freelance radio reporter at NPR,  August 2010 - Present

Science, environment, and health reporter at St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 KWMU),  February 2010 - Present

Freelance radio reporter at Voice of America,  June 2007 - Present

Previously Aired On

St. Louis Public Radio, NPR, Voice of America


UC Santa Barbara, Ph.D. (ecosystem ecology), 2000

Cornell University, B.A. (biology, environmental policy), 1991


  • Regional Murrow Award, best use of sound, large market radio, 2015
  • Missouri Broadcasters Association - best news series, large market radio, 2015
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards, finalist, multiplatform-medium, 2013
  • PRX STEM Story Project award winner, 2013
  • Missouri Broadcasters Association, best radio feature, large market, 2012
  • Missouri Broadcasters Association, best radio feature, large market, 2011
  • St. Louis Riverfront Times, best reporter, TV/radio division, 2011
  • Science Literacy Project fellow, 2011

Additional Information

Affiliations:  Society of Environmental Journalists and AIR
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