Meg Cunningham is The Kansas City Beacon’s Missouri Statehouse reporter. Previously, she worked as a national politics reporter for ABC News in Washington, D.C., where she covered campaigns and elections. Meg is a Kansas City native and graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking and yoga.
What to know about buying recreational marijuana in Missouri
By: Meg Cunningham - November 22, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. On Nov. 8, Missourians voted “yes” on Amendment 3, which legalized recreational use of marijuana, meaning you’ll now be able to buy weed, like marijuana flower or edibles, in the coming months. Starting Dec. 8, the state will begin transitioning its medical marijuana licenses to recreational […]
How does election certification work in Missouri?
By: Meg Cunningham - November 8, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Missourians have been casting ballots for nearly two weeks, and election officials have been preparing for months, following intricate state laws associated with the election administration and certification process. So what does happen to the votes of Missourians once they leave their polling places? Secretary […]
Missouri law loomed over Kansas City’s work to design a climate plan
By: Meg Cunningham - September 16, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. The Kansas City Council in late August passed a climate plan intended to drive the city toward a more sustainable future, with goals of becoming “climate neutral” by 2040. Stakeholders from the community worked Kansas City’s 133-page Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan for two years, but it […]
How will the new federal gun law affect Missouri? It’s complicated
By: Meg Cunningham - July 5, 2022
This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. The federal gun safety bill passed with bipartisan congressional support in June was heralded as the first notable piece of federal gun legislation in nearly 30 years. Yet Missouri won’t feel its full impact — yet. Missouri will benefit from the millions of dollars in the Bipartisan […]
KC got the cup. What does that mean for Arrowhead Stadium?
By: Meg Cunningham - June 17, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Kansas City has reason to celebrate. After years of constructing a bid to host a portion of the 2026 World Cup, FIFA officials announced that the city will be one of 11 host cities in the United States. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium will be […]
Missouri ranks 7th in electric vehicle use, but access to charging remains a key barrier
By: Meg Cunningham and Connor Giffin - May 25, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Beto Lugo-Martinez is a grassroots activist who advocates for clean air. A big part of his work is fighting the expansion of “gas guzzling” vehicles and making sure that historically underserved communities receive infrastructure updates, partly to encourage driving an electric vehicle in Kansas City. […]
As Missouri’s opioid crisis rages, $458 million in settlement money arrives
By: Meg Cunningham - April 11, 2022
This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. In February, Missouri was awarded $458 million in a settlement from the nation’s top opioid producers. Now, as lawmakers and state departments prepare to receive and distribute those funds, advocates hope Missouri will use the money wisely to respond to an opioid crisis that has […]