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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A former SIU Track and Field standout who jumped onto the world stage at last summer's Olympic Games is getting financial help in her training for upcoming competitions.

Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Clinicians are needed for a new intervention program targeting delinquent youth in southern Illinois.

The Functional Family Therapy team is being developed within the First Judicial Circuit.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for the suspect wanted for the armed robbery of the Kroger Fuel Station on Giant City Road.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau announced a new partnership Thursday to improve cardiothoracic care.

Southeast Health will collaborate with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A crash involving three motorcycles shut down a portion of Interstate 64 in southern Illinois Friday for over four hours.

A Carbondale house has been destroyed by fire.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says deputies, the county ambulance service and MPS Fire responded to the fire on Garden Lane in rural Carbondale just before Midnight on Thursday.

Social service agencies have been among the hardest hit by the ongoing Illinois budget impasse.

There is some optimism in Springfield that a budget compromise may be on the horizon to end the nearly 20-month stalemate.

Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised the Senate leadership in its bi-partisan approach to create a spending plan called the Grand Bargain.

During his budget address Wednesday, Rauner repeated his call for term limits, worker's compensation and pension reform and reining in state employee health insurance costs.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the need to pump more funding into K through 12 education.

The SIU-Carbondale Office of Information Technology is putting out an urgent notice to the campus community about an email scam.

Interim Chief Information Officer Scott Bridges says students, faculty and staff at SIU-C are receiving emails telling them their financial aid award letter is available by clicking on Saluki Net or their SIU email account.

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed a southern Illinois educator to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Rauner says Kevin Settle's 34 years' experience as a superintendent, assistant regional superintendent and teacher will bring important experience and regional perspective to the board.

New York Times

A professor at the SIU School of Law says he believes President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will fit in nicely with the other eight members on the nation's high court.

Assistant professor Ed Dawson says Neil Gorsuch has the sort of resume you'd expect for a nominee to the Supreme Court.

A fire has destroyed a Jackson County business.

The sheriff's office says deputies and MPS fire responded to Abbey Ridge Brewery and Tap Room just before 1 a.m.

The Illinois Policy Institute introduced a budget reform plan that it says balances the state budget and closes Illinois' projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without a tax increase.

Institute CEO John Tillman says raising taxes will not fix Illinois. He says the state must reform the way it spends the taxpayers' money.

Spring enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale mirrors the decline in fall enrollment, but school officials say that was expected.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says enrollment this spring is down 7.4 percent when compared to the spring semester of 2016. Fall enrollment declined 7.55 percent from the fall of 2015.

Mt. Vernon Police

An 18-year-old is charged in connection with a shooting death in Mt. Vernon.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says members of the United States Marshall's Service in Springfield took Lekedrieon Russell into custody on Monday. He is charged with First Degree Murder in the January 20th death of Deandray Jackson.


The head of the SIU-Carbondale campus is voicing his support for international students in light of President Trump's executive order.

In a written statement, interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says SIU-C enrolls 88 students from the seven countries listed in the president's executive order halting immigration and travel.

Daily Egyptian

Carbondale Police have released statistics from last weekend's Polar Bear event in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police, the SIU Department of Public Safety, and Illinois State Police say they issued a preliminary 91 citations. That's down from 116 citations last year at this event.

Reading Baseball first aired on WSIU Radio in May 2004.

Pete Peterson looks back at what's happened in baseball and in his own life since then with his 250th edition of Reading Baseball.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.


Tennis Courts
Saluki Athletics

SIU is eliminating its men's and women's tennis programs as part of cost-cutting measures in the athletic department. Scholarships are being reduced in men's swimming and diving.
Director of Athletics Tommy Bell said Thursday these measures will take effect July 1 and save his department approximately $660,000 dollars a year.


Two Saluki men's basketball players have been reinstated after a question about their eligibility.

Senior Leo Vincent and sophomore Sean Lloyd were held out of Tuesday's game at Wichita State as the athletic department conducted an administrative review.

Mt. Vernon Police

A man is in custody accused of trying to hijack a vehicle in Mt. Vernon.

Around 10:30 Tuesday night, Mt. Vernon Police responded to Taco Bell for an attempted carjacking.

Mt. Vernon Police

Two people have been arrested in connection with a murder in Jefferson County.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says the 17-year-old male is charged with armed robbery and mob action related to the homicide of Deandray Jackson.

SIU Office of Information Technology

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police is searching for a missing teenager.

Officers say 16-year-old Taylor Charles was last seen in the 1000 block of East Park Street on Tuesday morning at about 10:45.

Franklin County

Franklin County voters will get a chance to decide if they want a sales tax increase to build a new courthouse.

The county's Board of Commissioners approved placing a one percent sales tax increase on the April 4th ballot.

Carbondale Police

The Carbondale Police Department is offering residents a chance to learn more about what its officers do during the upcoming Citizens Police Academy.