Brad Palmer

All Things Considered Host, WSIU Radio News Producer

As a news producer and news anchor on All Things Considered, Brad provides the listeners with a recap of the day's top local and state news as well as breaking news at any given time.

During a day of news gathering, Brad will receive help from other professional staff members as well as a corps of student volunteers and paid staff members. He also assists the student-led sports department with editorial and content support.

Brad has also assisted with pledge support on both WSIU Radio and Television as well as content for WSIU-TV InFocus and play-by-play of SIU Saluki football and women's basketball.

He also produces a popular essay/commentary segment called Reading Baseball with retired Southern Illinois University Carbondale English Professor Richard "Pete" Peterson.

Ways to Connect

Images
NASA

The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

People
Pettett Funeral Home

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double homicide in rural Murphysboro.

Deputies say 65-year-old Burl Ritcheson, and his 65-year-old wife Brenda, were found dead inside their home just after midnight on Monday by an adult family member who lived with the couple.

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois has secured a substantial amount of FAA funding thanks to a local business.

The Williamson County facility and others like it are required to transport at least 10-thousand passengers each year to be eligible for a million dollars in federal funding.

People
Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

A mosquito sample from Union County tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Southern Seven Health Department reports the sample was collected July 17th.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says its continuing to investigate the death of a rural Murphysboro man.

People
Food & Water Watch

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in White County about an application for a hydraulic fracturing operation.

Kansas-based Woolsey Operating Company is seeking a permit to drill a mile-deep well in White County, near Enfield.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Bost is joined in his effort by House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan.

People
NPR

Pete Peterson has produced essays and commentaries for WSIU Radio for more than 13 years now.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete remembers legendary sportswriter Frank DeFord, who passed away recently after creating decades of material on NPR and other outlets.

Flyer
Facebook

The small town of Perryville, Missouri is in the totality path of the Total Solar Eclipse next month.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with the woman leading the planning activities about what promises to be a busy weekend starting on August 18.

Images
Facebook

The public is invited to the SIU Track and Field Complex Friday evening to honor a local family going through a difficult time.

Former Saluki quarterback Joel Sambursky, and his wife, former Saluki golfer Samantha Sambursky, had a child born 45 days early in April.

Illinois State Police say one person is dead following a traffic crash involving 3-semis on Interstate 57.

Troopers say at around 9 a.m. Thursday in the south bound lanes at Mile Post 82, say two of the semis were heading south approaching slowed traffic due to crews working on an overturned vehicle at Mile Post 79.

A pair of southern Illinois lawmakers says Democratic leaders need to send Governor Rauner the education funding formula measure he promises to veto.

Lawmakers approved a state budget more than a week ago, but that legislation requires enactment of a new school-funding plan.

Image
Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

SIU-Carbondale's new chancellor says he's ready to tackle the challenges faced by the University.

Carlos Montemagno will officially start his new job on August 15th. He met with the media Monday in Carbondale.

Four semis were involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 Thursday afternoon.

Illinois State Police say the four vehicles were traveling north in the right lane on I-57 north of milepost 43 in Williamson County.

Images
Justice for Pravin

A southern Illinois man has been indicted in the death of former SIU-Carbondale student Pravin Varughese.

The Carbondale Police Department says 22-year-old Gauge Bethune of Eldorado faces two counts of first-degree murder.

Images
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You may have heard the story recently about a Major League Baseball umpire saving a woman who apparently was about to jump off a bridge in Pittsburgh.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about the city's history of bridge jumpers and how this lifesaving move has a deeper meaning.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the co-author, with his son, Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates, and the editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

 

Images
Rep. Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

The state of Illinois has a budget. But, that's not the case for the state's K through 12 schools.

Mt. Vernon Schools Superintendent Aletta Lawrence says the spending plan can't appropriate money for schools unless a new funding formula also wins approval.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the body of one of the two people who drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River has been recovered.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says two people may have drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River.

SIU's President says now that Illinois has a budget, SIUC will no longer have to borrow from SIUE.

Images
Amanda Vinicky

The Illinois Capitol Building was on lockdown for about two hours Thursday afternoon as authorities investigated a "hazmat situation."

Capitol Police Sgt. Mike Moore says authorities were called because of the presence of an unknown substance.

Illinois' two-year budget impasse is over.

The Illinois House Thursday afternoon overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto ... giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase. From the Statehouse, Brian Mackey reports.

A Herrin man is in custody after a deadly shooting.

Police say they responded to a Herrin residence shortly before 1 p.m. Friday after a report of a shooting.

House lawmakers are taking a big step towards ending the budget impasse.

The House voted 90 to 25 for an amendment containing a full year budget. Speaker Mike Madigan says it's a good sign...but notes there are still details to hammer out and a vote on the actual bill must still be taken.

Carbondale Police are investigating a fatal stabbing.

Officers say they responded to the 300 block of Crestview Lane in the eastern part of town around 6:20 Thursday evening.

Ameren Illinois says because of a new state law its customers are saving on their electric bill.

The Future Energy Jobs Act went into effect on June 1st and is expected to reduce Ameren Illinois residential customers' future bills by an average of $1.69 per month over 10 years.

Images
The Rucker Archive

The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how the First World War affected America's pastime.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, co-author, with his son Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.
 

Pages