She Grew Up With A View Of The Arch; Now She Has A Vision For The National Park Service


As a child, Nichole McHenry envisioned herself broadcasting the news, just like famed St. Louis anchor Robin Smith.

Although her dreams of becoming a reporter did not come to fruition, she found a different way to tell stories.

For the past 28 years, McHenry has been sharing the stories of national parks and other connected sites for the National Park Service. McHenry began working full time with the park service right after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

McHenry started her career in 1992, working as an interpreter and educator for the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. Her job would take her to six other sites, including the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site near Grant’s Farm, where she is currently working as regional program manager for relevancy, diversity and inclusion for the NPS. Check out the full story here.

By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio

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