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 southern Illinois lawmaker is trying to lower costs on downstate truck drivers.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie says she has successfully passed legislation out of a House committee to increase truck hall weights for farmers.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A group of regional leaders is voicing its concern about the SIU Board of Trustees consideration of a fund shift between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry organized the gathering Wednesday at the Civic Center.

Illinois' two U.S. Senators are demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide detailed information regarding its recent decision to shutter two public housing facilities in Thebes.


Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated Tom Britton to SIU's Board of Trustees.

Britton began his life-long relationship with SIU as a student before entering the administration.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Herrin Hospital Friday unveiled the final phase of its nearly three-year long expansion project.

Chief of Surgery Dr. Don Arnold says the 23.7 million dollar project will mean good things for the hospital and its patients.

In his blog, SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno discusses the impact of a proposed reallocation of funds between his campus and SIU-Edwardsville.

The plan would shift five million dollars from Carbondale to Edwardsville at the start of the new fiscal year.

A constituency group at SIU-Carbondale is fighting back against a proposal to change the allocation of state funding between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

The executive council of the SIU-C Faculty Senate has sent a letter to the SIU Board of Trustees urging members to deny a plan that would give SIU-Edwardsville an additional five-million dollars for Fiscal Year 2019.


An important deadline is coming up next week for Walker's Bluff.

The facility is seeking a gaming license from the state for an on-site casino as part of its proposed resort-expansion, but the $175 million privately-funded project will not proceed without the license -which can't be granted until the required legislation is passed.


In response to storm damage from Tuesday's severe weather, officials in Williamson County have issued a disaster declaration.

This action activates the county's emergency operations plan.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois' child abuse rates are the highest in the southern third of the state.

To kick off April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Union County, child advocacy groups and local leaders gathered Tuesday to recognize the event.

Severe Weather Potential for Tuesday

Apr 2, 2018

There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms across much of the region Tuesday.

During a Facebook live session, National Weather Service meteorologist Pat Spoden in Paducah says the main threat will be damaging winds.

Reading Baseball: The Stratton Story

Mar 30, 2018

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us why he thinks a baseball film from nearly 70 years ago should've been included on Illinois' bicentennial list of all-time great movies.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported armed robbery near Johnston City.


The SIU School of Law welcomed a man who helped prosecute mass atrocities involving ethnic cleansing campaigns.

Adam Weber delivered the Hiram Lesar Distinguished Lecture Tuesday in Carbondale.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County man is accused of murder.


Two years to the day of the fatal shooting, a southeast Missouri man is found guilty of killing a Carbondale musician in 2016.

The Jackson County State's Attorney Tuesday says 23-year-old Travis Tyler from Cape Girardeau was found guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Over three thousand people visited the site of what will be a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Perryville, Missouri.

They came Sunday for an event called Mark of Remembrance, in which visitors could write messages to loved ones on the concrete support wall.

Consortium for Educational Change

Schools in 15 southern Illinois counties can participate in a program to help students deal with stress outside the classroom.

The Consortium for Educational Change and the Partnership for Resilience received a 50-thousand dollar grant to support a program to limit the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES.

The Chester Bridge was reduced to one lane Thursday for a unique reason.

Suntimesnews reports a 10-foot wide restriction was in place so a film crew could work on a documentary for HBO.

Missouri State Bears

Missouri State has a new men's basketball coach, who grew up in Saluki country.

The school introduced 33-year-old Dana Ford Thursday.

Carbondale Police

On Wednesday, March 21 around 12:00 p.m., officers with the City of Carbondale Police Department located Mariyiah Turner and Ciara Stidhum in Carbondale.

They were accompanied by a third female juvenile who was also listed as a runaway. The three girls were found safe and healthy. All were returned to the custody of their parents.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Work on a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall continues in Perryville, Missouri.

This weekend, the public has a chance to make its mark in history on the concrete supporting wall before its entombed behind the granite wall.

A Cairo man is sentenced in federal court for his role in the attempted 2014 armed robbery of the First National Bank in Cairo and for other related crimes.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

A man wanted for murder in southwest Indiana was arrested over the weekend in southern Illinois.

Union County officials say 35-year-old Jacob Louis Wilson is in custody on a Gibson County, Indiana warrant charging him with one count of murder.

Two men were shot late Sunday night and early Monday morning in two separate incidents in Carbondale.

Police say at around 11:25 p.m., they responded to the 1200 block of North Bridge Street after a report of shots fired. Officers learned that a white vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed prior to officers arriving.

A Marion County man pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud.

The U.S. attorney's office says 75-year-old Alfred Cross of Kinmundy will be sentenced on May 9th. Each of the bank fraud counts carries a sentence of up to thirty years in prison.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Schools aren't the only institutions concerned about mass shootings.

Many churches and businesses are offering employees and volunteers active shooter training.

The Vienna City Council recently hired two additional part time police officers to support the local schools.

AP file photo

The NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is underway. This is the favorite time of year for college hoops fans.

To commemorate Illinois' bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson gives us a history lesson into the state's most notable teams of all time.

Carbondale Police are searching for anyone involved in the burglary of a construction site.

Officers responded to the 2500 block of East Walnut Street at around 7:30 Thursday morning.