About RealTime/STL

You’re busy. Like us, you love St. Louis. And you want to know what’s going on: What are the big stories? What new restaurants are opening? What’s everyone talking about?

That’s where we come in. We curate, organize, prioritize and promote the news and information we think you’ll want and need — or that you’ve led us to through social media. It comes from publishers big and small and from our own news crew. We make it easy for you to find the best stuff, whether it comes from a major news organization or a local blogger or a tweet.

The “best stuff” could be a trending topic that bubbles up from a single tweet. It could be a social movement. Or it’s breaking news, community heroes, amazing pets, cool new eateries and must-see memes. It’s information posted by local schools, businesses or nonprofits. It’s about shining light on a neighborhood news nugget or highlighting a regional talker.

If big news breaks, we know how to get down to business. We have the experience and the judgment to share that story, too, with all the gravity and heft it requires. We intend to earn and keep your trust. Your information needs matter most to us. We care about doing the right thing.

Generally, we aim to be chatty, familiar, friendly, inviting and conversational. And we respect the content we deliver: When it’s serious, disastrous, heartbreaking, we take the tone it deserves. And when it’s appropriate, we’re willing to be a little irreverent. We may stray into cheekiness, but we never cross into cynicism and snark.

We aim to surprise, delight and inform you, with no muss, no fuss. If you don’t think it’s easy to find the information you need, we blew it. We help you know St. Louis. As it happens.

The Real Timers

Kurt Greenbaum

Kurt Greenbaum is RealTime/STL’s editorial director and a journalism veteran, putting in his time at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and as founding St. Louis regional editor for hyperlocal community news network Patch.com. He does not like Highway 40, no matter how hard MoDOT tries to call it Interstate 64. Find him at kurt.greenbaum@realtimestl.com and @kgreenbaum.

Erica Smith

Erica Smith is curator in chief for RealTime/STL, a breaking news enthusiast and our resident comma splice slayer. She’s worked in newsrooms in Indiana, Washington and Missouri, and was the first social media editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has a collection of tiaras, eats M&Ms in Roy G Biv order and is best known around the office for her laugh. Find her at erica.smith@realtimestl.com and @ericasmith.

Gabrielle Biondo

Gabrielle Biondo is senior editor of RealTime/STL. She loves all things news and has spent time in Idaho, Illinois and St. Louis covering news for television, radio and online. Prior to RealTime/STL, Gabrielle was an online editor and content manager for Patch.com in St. Louis. Gabrielle is a St. Louis native with more than a decade of news experience. She loves animals, sunshine, funny people and chocolate. I mean, she REALLY loves chocolate. She’s not a big fan of crabby people (or mean dogs that bite). You can contact her at gabrielle.biondo@realtimestl.com or @gabriellebiondo.

John Callahan

John Callahan is a co-founder and vice president of sales at RealTime/STL. He’s lived in STL for 40 of the last 50 years. John’s career focus has been on early stage technology and media companies including stints in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Boulder, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago and St. Louis including: voice processing in the ’80s, Internet infrastructure in the ’90s, and, in the 2000s, marketing services for leading brands, a pure play B2B media company, domain name investing, teaching snow skiing and various consulting gigs. John also teaches tennis, enjoys coaching and all things entrepreneurial. Find him at john.callahan@realtimestl.com.