Jim Merkel


Jim Merkel grew up in Des Peres and Webster Groves and has been a journalist in the St. Louis area for three decades. His previous books for Reedy Press were Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch; and The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He lives in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife, Lorraine.


Check out places Jim Merkel visited during his 45-mile walk during the pandemic.

Jim Merkel talks about his book Walking South City, his journey through historic South St. Louis neighborhoods.

Join host, Scott Jagow as he talks to Jim Merkel, the author of Walking South City: A Journey through Historic St. Louis Neighborhoods, as he shares his experiences and encounters while walking through this vibrant community. Jim's exploration was inspired

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