William Powell


William Powell is the senior editor of St. Louis Magazine, where he's written feature stories about a murderball player, a competitive eater, and Ferguson's best burger joint, among many other topics. In 2014, he won a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award from the national Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of the death penalty in Missouri. At the Great Plains Journalism Awards, he's won prizes for feature and news writing and been named Writer of the Year. He edits the news section of the magazine and contributes to Before coming to St. Louis, Powell was associate editor at Cincinnati Magazine. He's written one or more things for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Outside, and Esquire. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Powell lives in South City with his wife, Rachael, and their mischievous greyhound, Slider. He plays way too much volleyball and is annoyingly good at board games.

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As overdoses pile up, efforts for a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri continue to stall. Local leaders are stepping up. more

Jul 14, 2016 7:00 AM Health

The mechanics from Velofix meet you at your doorstep, so there's little preventing you from getting back on the road. more

Jul 14, 2016 6:00 AM News


Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

William Powell shares the top five dishes he will miss most after moving east for law school. more

Jul 14, 2016 6:00 AM Dining



A look at the state's current gubernatorial candidates more

Jul 14, 2016 6:00 AM Politics



The city has a new process for reviewing officer-involved shootings, but if police, prosecutors, protesters, and experts don’t agree on what justice even means, can it ever be served? It’s a problem of perspective. more

Jul 14, 2016 6:00 AM News

Brad Jackson sees the male mane as “something we earn as we age, an accomplishment that we as men can all share in, a rite of passage.” more

Jun 16, 2016 6:00 AM News


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Kolaches are quickly becoming trendy nationwide, so we decided to examine a few of the traditional Czech rolls produced locally. more

Jun 16, 2016 6:00 AM Dining 1 Comments

An underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill burns next to radioactive byproducts of the Manhattan Project in the adjacent West Lake Landfill. What will happen if the fire reaches the waste (which officials say is unlikely)? Nobody knows. more

Jun 16, 2016 6:00 AM News


Illustration by Todd Detwiler

Disc golf is traditional golf’s casual, nature-loving cousin. There’s no dress code, no greens fees. Discs are far cheaper than clubs. And instead of cutting down trees for a manicured fairway, disc golf courses often run right through the forest. more

Jun 16, 2016 6:00 AM Sports

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What does panhandling have to do with murder? We asked Downtown STL Inc. CEO Missy Kelley about her push for no-tolerance policing. more

May 27, 2016 12:34 PM News 2 Comments


Illustration by Todd Detwiler

This month, Chaifetz Arena hosts the Men’s U.S. Olympic Trials and the Women’s P&G Gymnastics Championships, meaning that you don’t need a plane ticket to Brazil to see these athletes in action. Here’s what to watch for. more

May 19, 2016 6:05 AM Sports


Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

To some, the stuffed centers are inspiring; to others, offensive. Two burger buffs state their case. more

May 19, 2016 6:00 AM , Dining 1 Comments

The math behind those memorable "dones" more

May 19, 2016 6:00 AM Dining

Many startups use Kickstarter to raise seed money, but Greater Than Games, a local tabletop gaming company founded in 2011 just as crowd-funding was taking off, helped pioneer a slightly different approach. more

May 19, 2016 6:00 AM News

Here's what's trending up and down in St. Louis. more

May 19, 2016 6:00 AM Politics


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Whether you prefer an old-school malt from Crown Candy Kitchen or a sci-fi creation from Ices Plain and Fancy, St. Louis has many exceptional places to get your frozen fix. more

Apr 15, 2016 6:00 AM Dining


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

There are fascinating stories behind some of the region's most popular restaurant items. more

Apr 14, 2016 6:30 AM Dining


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Created in St. Louis, the app takes a photo and mashes it up with another image (for instance, a Picasso), remixing them into an original piece of art. more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 AM News

Even without an MLS team, St. Louis is a soccer city. more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 AM Sports

Garden gnomes, bobbleheads, dress socks, replica jerseys and rings, fedoras... more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 AM Sports