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.

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The two remaining inmates who escaped last month from the White County Jail are back in custody.

Illinois State Police say they arrested 24-year-old Zachery Shock of McLeansboro late Friday night in Gallatin County.

Federal funds are now available to improve security at schools.

Books on Baseball

July 6 is the 85th anniversary of the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a Chicago man thought of the idea as a way to help revive a struggling sport.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Jefferson County man is accused of killing his brother.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 36-year-old Matthew Sloan of rural Mt. Vernon on Wednesday.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

The manager of a Mt. Vernon thrift store has been arrested for stealing from his business.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says 57-year-old William "Bill" Norton faces a warrant charging him with felony theft. He manages the Mt. Vernon Christian Outreach & Resale Shop.

A southern Illinois man is charged with falsely making a threat to blow up a Military Recruiting Center.

Region Still Recovering from Storms This Week

Jun 29, 2018
National Weather Service

There are still thousands of Ameren Illinois customers without electricity.

In southern Illinois, Williamson and Franklin Counties are reporting the most outages.

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With excessive heat headed to the region this weekend, cooling centers are opening up around the region.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's Office is offering a 500-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Deputies say Wayne Synek is wanted for unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and two counts of obstructing justice.


SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has announced he is battling cancer.

In a blog post Wednesday, Montemagno said he had curtailed his public schedule recently to deal with significant back and hip pain, initially thought to be cysts.


A group of people promoting free access for Americans to the island nation of Cuba is coming through southern Illinois.

The IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale Wednesday evening.

The Jackson County Health Department is preparing to be open five days a week again.

Because of the prolonged Illinois budget stalemate, the facility closed on Fridays in December 2015.


A former Saluki has broken the American hammer throw record for the third time in under a month.

DeAnna Price reclaimed the mark to win the USATF Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.

SIU Salukis

A man labeled as a hero for protecting his students during a May school shooting in Noblesville, Indiana will serve as grand marshal for Homecoming 2018 at SIU-Carbondale.

Jason Seaman was shot once through the abdomen, once in the hip and once in the forearm when he intervened in the incident on May 25th at Noblesville West Middle School.


Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

Williamson County authorities say they don't believe humans were involved in the decapitation of a lamb.

Sheriff Bennie Vick says deputies were called to a farm in rural Thompsonville on Tuesday.

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting a roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus vaccinations - or HPV.

HPV is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer, but medical experts say many people are unaware of its impact.

Carbondale Police

One of two additional men wanted in connection to a shooting incident in Carbondale early Sunday morning is in custody.

Carbondale Police say 21-year-old Rahsaan Graham, Jr. of Murphysboro was arrested Wednesday in Murphysboro.

The White House has issued an executive order that purports to end the separation of children from their parents at the border.

U.S. Rep. Bost Says Separating Families at Border is Not New

Jun 19, 2018

A southern Illinois congressman says the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the border is not new policy.

The Murphysboro republican says the Obama administration policy also carried out the practice.

The SIU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting later this week to talk about placing the system's president on leave and appointing an acting president.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Hall on the SIU-Edwardsville campus.

Carbondale Police

No injuries were reported after gunfire early Sunday morning in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

The Marion Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for attempting to pass a forged check at a local convenience store.

With heat index readings expected to soar into triple digits this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us more than 600 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

Southeast Missouri State University's Board of Regents approved a contract extension for President Carlos Vargas.

The new three-year rolling contract runs through June 30th, 2021. The package does not include a salary increase or additional compensation.


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Director of Development Hillary Esser about a new campaign called Kimball's Habitat to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.


The City of Vienna suddenly finds itself without a grocery store.

Mayor Jon Simmons says Sam's IGA closed a few days ago without notice.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Ameren Illinois is trying to help people in the area beat the heat this summer.

The utility Thursday donated 50 window air conditioners to the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council office in Murphysboro.


Congressman Mike Bost voted this week for a series of House bills intended to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

SIU Salukis

Saluki athletics revealed its 2018 Hall of Fame Class Wednesday.

The seven-member class is being called one of the most illustrious in school history.