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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Schools officials in Salem are working with local police to investigate the possibility of a threat of school violence.

High school superintendent Brad Detering sent out a Facebook post Wednesday saying there is no information to substantiate the threat and there is no credible threat at this time.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Sixteen law enforcement agencies across southern Illinois trained Tuesday at John A. Logan College on a federal program called Stop the Bleed.

It's designed to train officers how to handle life-threatening situations where a tourniquet is needed, such as mass shootings, traffic crashes or drug overdoses. Each agency also received bleeding control kits.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Pulaski County man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to firing gunshots in Carbondale last year.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 25-year-old Devante Taylor of Olmstead was sentenced to eight years on the charge of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

The Jackson County Health Department has a new tool to fight the spread of HIV.

It now offers people at risk of the disease a pill called Truvada.

Carbondale Police are investigating after two people were shot on East Mill Street just before midnight Thursday.

Investigators say one of the victims - 35 year old Brandon Brooks of Carbondale - was killed, and another has been transferred to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.

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Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.

State Representative Terri Bryant says the activity around the former Murphysboro Youth Center is about to kick into high gear this week.

The Murphysboro republican says a group of employees will start moving in on Friday.

Two men accused of killing a Carbondale musician in 2016 will go to trial next month.

Ameren will conduct a planned power outage starting late Tuesday night in the Franklin County village of West City.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced a measure to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A new collaboration between a southern Illinois hospital and a St. Louis health system is designed to provide better care for newborns.

Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion and SSM Cardinal Glennon are using telemedicine to help treat babies in Heartland's neonatal ICU remotely from St. Louis.

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public's help.


Illinois celebrates its bicentennial in 2018.

Although football has not been around quite that long, the state's  long and successful history on the gridiron started as early as the 19th century.

WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has more in this special report.


The Daily Egyptian says SIU's Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics has opened two investigations related to the hirings of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law.

Officials at SIU-Carbondale say enrollment this spring corresponds with the numbers last fall.

The school says spring enrollment declined 8.81 percent, slightly improving on the 8.96 percent decline in fall 2017.

A Williamson County bar and grill has suddenly closed.

The Frenchman's Widow in Herrin shut its doors on Wednesday so preparations could begin to sell or lease the property. The establishment opened in May 2013.


An article in the Daily Egyptian says documents show Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law were hired for university jobs created for them that they never formally applied for and that were never advertised.

Montemagno's daughter, Melissa Germain, and her husband, Jeffrey, began working in newly created positions soon after the chancellor's hiring.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and his wife Tracy were among those on a chartered train that crashed into a garbage truck in West Virginia.

In a written statement, Bost said he and Tracy were not hurt on the train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia.

January 31 is Marion Mayor Bob Butler's last day in office.

The 90-year-old - who has served as the Williamson County's town mayor since 1963 - announced his decision to step down on December 1st. He is one of the longest serving mayors in U.S. history.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Jerry Kill is back at SIU.

The former Saluki head football coach was introduced Tuesday an ambassador and fundraiser for the athletic department.

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Collinsville republican U.S. Representative John Shimkus says he hopes the unpredictable president will focus on the policy issues at hand and deliver a more traditional speech.

SIU-Carbondale's Department of Public Safety has earned its first accreditation from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of Robbery and Aggravated Battery against a Carbondale man.

The Jackson County State's attorney says 35-year-old Joe Coleman, Jr. faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison on the Robbery charge and up to five years on the Aggravated Battery charge.

Tuesday's school shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky was the 11th this month.

A southern Illinois law enforcement officer is busy training schools, churches and private businesses how to deal with an active shooter situation.

The Carbondale Police Department says it's received three reports of counterfeit money from local businesses.

A Jackson County man is dead after succumbing to a poisonous gas in his home.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says a Grand Tower couple tried to clear a clogged drain Tuesday afternoon by mixing a commercial drain cleaner with bleach, a mixture that created a poisonous gas.

A person is in custody following a shooting in Gallatin County.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department says it received a dispatch from Saline County 911 Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 about a shooting on Buffalo Road, just south of Omaha.

The public is invited to attend a community conversation on the future of SIU-Carbondale.

Dwindling state funds and falling enrollments have led the university and the community at large to look for answers.

The Carbondale City Council is directing the town's tourism agency to narrow its focus.

Carbondale Tourism executive director Cinnamon Wheeles -Smith says her organization has been working to attract visitors to town for overnight stays. But, now she says the City Council is wanting it to just get people to town for the day, or hopefully for longer.