A-List Awards 2017: Sports & Media

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Journalist

Sarah Kendzior

Kendzior is a journalist living in Trump country, a Wash. U. Ph.D. focusing on authoritarian states who’s fluent in Russian. “The niche is pretty weird and unfortunate,” she jokes. Her unique perspective is in high demand by national news outlets, and she’s even been quoted by Hillary Clinton. Yet Kendzior plans to stay here in St. Louis—at least for now. “I’m not making long-term plans under the Trump administration,” she laughs. “I don’t think that’s a wise idea.” (Photo by Matt Marcinkowski)

Our Answer to Jason Heyward

Dexter Fowler

Fowler might not have JHey’s flashy arm and glove, but the new Cardinal centerfielder and leadoff man is quietly the better all-around hitter in terms of plate discipline, getting on base, and power—all for far less money. And, most important, Fowler chose to be here, not Chicago. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis Cardinals)

Podcast Series

The Millennium Mayor

How do you encapsulate the impact of Francis G. Slay’s 16 years as mayor? St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU–FM) did it by singling out six days of his 5,845 in office. By illuminating key moments, The Millennium Mayor tells a surprisingly complete history of our city under its longest-serving mayor.

Olympian

J’den Cox

After three NCAA wrestling championships and a sterling career record of 136 wins on the mat compared to just five losses, Cox had already been showing the country that Mizzou’s athletes are first class. But last August, when he came home from Rio de Janeiro with a bronze in freestyle wrestling, he showed the world. (Photo by Lance Tilford)

Broadcaster

Ayesha Khan

When plotting out her career, the D.C. native was picturing someplace warm and coastal, not the Midwest. But when she was offered a job at FOX2 (KTVI–TV), she couldn’t pass it up. “The Midwest embraced me more than I embraced it,” she admits. Khan has since covered everything from politics to the Blues and Cardinals. The coasts may one day call, but if and when she goes, Khan will take her newly acquired Midwestern work ethic with her. “Working in St. Louis has made me a much better reporter,” she says.

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