Durrie Bouscaren

Durrie Bouscaren is a general assignment reporter, based in Des Moines. She covers breaking stories, economic news, and reports from the Statehouse during the legislative session. 

Bouscaren joined IPR in March of 2013 as a one-woman bureau in Cedar Rapids. Her passion for public radio began in high school, when she would listen to BBC World Service newscasts in the middle of the night. While attending Syracuse University, she reported and produced local news for member station WAER, and received a statewide Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for a report on Syracuse’s Southern Sudanese community. Bouscaren also covered Syracuse and small towns  throughout Central New York as a stringer for WRVO Public Media. Her work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, WBEZ's Front and Center and KQED's The California Report

Bouscaren's favorite public radio program is Planet Money.

NPR Story
6:23 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Black police officer after ambush: 'Doesn’t my life matter?'

Susannah Lohr | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:39 am

With more than a hundred homicides already this year, St. Louis is no stranger to gun violence. On July 14, a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant was ambushed while working a second, security job in the early hours of the morning. The officer survived thanks to a bulletproof vest, and four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting.  

We independently confirmed the identity of the officer with the St. Louis Police, but have granted him anonymity out of his concern for the safety of his family in order to hear his perspective on the situation.

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NPR Story
7:12 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Edwardsville filmmakers confront the pain of heroin addiction through crowd-sourced documentary

Co-directors Cory Byers (left) and Ashley Seering film additional footage in a nursing lab at SIU-Edwardsville. "The Heroin Project" premieres May 3.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:49 pm

Updated on July 21 to add information about the film's screening as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. The co-directors were guests on "St. Louis on the Air."

When Ashley Seering and Cory Byers started gathering stories about heroin addiction and deaths in southern Illinois, the Edwardsville-based filmmakers didn’t realize it would turn into a feature-length documentary.

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State News
5:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

As Illinois Implements Medical Marijuana Program, One Family Waits to Come Home

Adam, 37, Michaela, 3, and Kristy Frederick, 37, on a family hike in Colorado. The family moved to the state in 2013, in the hopes of treating Michaela's frequent seizures with an oil made from medical cannabis.

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 10:20 pm

 The state of Illinois has already missed a self-imposed deadline to license medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries by the end of 2014.

The law allows people suffering from one of about 40 conditions to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval. It passed the Illinois legislature more than a year ago, but with a Republican governor soon to take office, it’s unclear exactly when state regulators will issue permits to the future suppliers.

In the meantime, patients continue to wait.

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State News
5:50 am
Tue November 25, 2014

After Ferguson Decision; Grief, and a Call to Action

A mother and her son react to the grand jury decision, watched over livestream, at West Side Missionary Baptist Church in North St. Louis County.
Durrie Bouscaren St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:41 am

Audible groans murmured through the West Side Missionary Baptist Church as county prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced, via livestream, that no charges would be filed against Officer Darren Wilson.

Church leaders switched off the projector as Reverend Starsky Wilson stood to give a sermon, calling for dissent.   

“The question is whether our faith will produce anything as an alternative witness to the system that has both broken, busted and disgusted,” Wilson said.

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State News
5:13 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Landfill gas to heat Illinois homes

A landfill in East St. Louis will soon begin full operations of a facility that converts waste emissions into natural gas. The landfill operator will sell the gas they produce to Ameren Illinois, which can be used to heat homes. 

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State News
6:46 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Locked In: One Family's Story From Behind The Front Lines

BreaDora, Marcus, their sister and their mother, Irma, in their living room Sunday night.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 4:40 pm

When violence broke out in Ferguson late Sunday, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Stephanie Lecci and Durrie Bouscaren took refuge in a family’s home. Bouscaren asked them what life is like right now in the formerly quiet suburb.

We met the Moore family in the middle of the night, after running from tear gas and gunfire during Sunday night’s clash between police and protestors. Stranded miles away from our cars, we knocked on the door of a house with the lights still on. Irma Moore let us in.


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State News
4:11 am
Fri August 15, 2014

At The Arch, A National Moment Of Silence

Chloe Ward speaks to a crowd gathered for a National Moment of Silence in St. Louis.

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:49 am

Nearly a hundred cities across the country joined in a National Moment of Silence Thursday night to honor 18-year-old Michael Brown and protest police brutality.

In downtown St. Louis, hundreds gathered near the Gateway Arch. As red armbands were passed around, organizers said they represented the message that "we are all cut from the same cloth."

When organizer Chloe Ward took the megaphone, she said she’s afraid to raise a black son.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues

Brian Mathers calls his husband, Isidro, in Mexico from his living room in Sioux City, Iowa. Brian and Isidro have been separated for more than a year by immigration laws that did not recognize their marriage.
Durrie Bouscaren NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:13 pm

Now that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.

There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage.

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