Jeannette Cooperman

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Staff writer Jeannette Cooperman has interviewed murderers, artists, polo players, brain surgeons, and heroin addicts...and she's learned not to generalize. Her articles on social trends and injustices, interesting people, grisly crimes, and intense subcultures have won awards from the National Medical Writers Association, National Education Writers Association, National Mental Health Association, National Black Journalists Association, National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association, and Missouri School of Journalism; she was named Magazine Writer of the Year in the 2014 and 2012 Great Plains Journalism Awards. The author of five books, Cooperman holds a Ph.D. in American studies and has been published on Al Jazeera America and in O MagazineGlamourFamily CircleBark, and several anthologies and journalism textbooks. She and her husband, a historian, live with Louie, an overeager standard poodle, in a 1917 house in Waterloo, Ill.

Contact Jeannette by email at JCooperman@stlmag.comFor more from St. Louis Magazine, subscribe or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Take a tour of Ida and Justin Baisch's family- (and animal-) friendly farm and polo club in Wildwood. more

Jun 15, 2017 3:19 PM Home


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Making authentic art, says LaChance, is like “letting people step into your dreams.” more

Jun 15, 2017 3:11 PM Home


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Writer Jeannette Cooperman accompanies Reggi to a local standup competition, where he explains the strategy behind the set. more

Jun 15, 2017 8:27 AM Arts


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After leaving prison, three-time drug felon Stanley Andrisse went on to get an MBA, a Ph.D. in physiology, and a postdoc fellowship from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. more

Jun 15, 2017 8:15 AM News


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In a class sponsored by Webster Arts, refugees from all over the world rediscover their creative instincts and feed their souls. more

Jun 15, 2017 8:05 AM Visual Arts


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How Dr. Rosalie Truong is spinning a dream more

May 18, 2017 6:00 AM News


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Morgan holds gold and bronze medals from the Paralympic Games. Her advice? Just don't stop. more

May 18, 2017 6:00 AM Fitness


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Glass talks about Kafka’s foresight, opera’s renaissance, the political pendulum, and his lifelong dance between the margins and the mainstream. more

May 18, 2017 6:00 AM Performing Arts

Remember how much fun it used to be to go swimming? Now that pool’s your best exercise partner. more

May 18, 2017 6:00 AM Fitness

Washington University’s Commencement speaker talks about the importance of kindness, the uses of eavesdropping, and the joy of just not giving a damn more

May 8, 2017 9:00 AM Literary


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A travel agency that makes lavish promises needs five-star office space (on a hostel budget). more

Apr 20, 2017 12:31 PM Home


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Owner Matt Sellers never sees “just an old beat-up piano.” He sees past glories, and he visualizes the future: “how great I can make it sound; how beautiful I can make it look.” more

Apr 20, 2017 12:23 PM Home


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People were too busy dancing to hear the mastery behind those simple rock ’n’ roll lyrics. more

Apr 20, 2017 10:39 AM Music


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Whether in midair or encircled by a flaming hula hoop, Kelley keeps people on their toes. more

Apr 20, 2017 10:00 AM Arts


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The rich heritage of these three towns is a sampling of worldly culture that doesn’t require traveling abroad. more

Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM Travel

See glacier-carved canyons, summon ghosts in an old stagecoach stop, and more. more

Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM Outdoors


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Where to find peaceful sanctuaries in the region more

Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM , Travel

The heroine, Renata Radleigh, is an opera singer, and in this book, her shallow, maddening brother has again gotten himself into a mess. more

Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM Literary

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The book shatters one myth after another, mapping Woodrow Wilson’s arrogance and inability to compromise as it describes how he led the U.S. into the war—and with what consequences. more

Mar 16, 2017 11:08 AM Literary


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Shortly after the Chungs moved to Tower Grove South, a man was shot near their home during a carjacking. Instead of fear, the couple responded with a deeper sense of community to their new neighborhood. more

Mar 16, 2017 6:00 AM News

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