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October 18, 2018

As a journalist and copywriter, I've drafted a lot of text. A LOT.

I've written about cleaning products, pets, higher education, dating apps, business systems, fashion, ride-sharing programs, soybeans, fan art, gender bias and more.

I've developed narratives around why c...

October 6, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 10, 2017

Photos by Kelly Glueck

It feels appropriate that I'm posting this particular story tonight. Just hours ago, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia confirmed that they would dismiss millions of s...

September 9, 2018

Print feature, Ladue News, May 17, 2018

The Ladue News regularly taps me to write features about all kinds of industries -- wellness, fashion, architecture and more. But until this summer, I'd never covered weddings for the magazine.

That changed with the publication's E...

August 20, 2018

After spending 2002-2007 leading Saint Louis University's internal communications efforts, leadership offered me the opportunity to move into marketing the school to prospective students. The university president had big goals for enrollment in the coming years, and th...

August 18, 2018

Digital feature, Riverfront Times, May 14, 2015

I've been writing for the Riverfront Times for many years now, and I'm blessed and grateful that they let me cover pretty much whatever I want at this point. They trust me to use my news judgement to look into stories that...

August 9, 2018

Print feature, Riverfront Times, November 15, 2017

Local editors know that I love exploring everything that St. Louis has to offer, so they frequently tap me to give readers the scoop on the city's best *everything* through lists and guides.

In 2017, I contributed heavil...

August 9, 2018

The Riverfront Times' music issue has been published in many forms, but the essence of the guide -- helping readers discover the amazing performers that have reignited the region's notoriety for music -- has remained steadfast year after year. 

The items below are...

July 23, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 11, 2016

Photos by Allison Babka

In 2016, I was laid off for the first time in my life. It was just as confusing, demoralizing and frightening as I'd heard it would be from others.

I'd been an editor at Gateway Media, assigning and writi...

July 23, 2018

Feature, Riverfront Times, February 5, 2018

Photo courtesy of Sarah Rodhouse

By Allison Babka

Two weeks ago, a gigantic pink sofa from the 1950s set St. Louis hearts aflutter.

Claude Denis, who owns the St. Louis Hills vintage store The Future Antiques (6514 Chippewa, 31...

July 18, 2018

Feature, Ladue News, February 24, 2017

By Allison Babka

Photos by Cheryl Waller

Surprisingly, it’s comforting vanilla -- not lemon -- that our nose first detects upon entering Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods. But everything else in St. Louis’ newest boutique culinary store is as...

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