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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Cape Girardeau will field a team in the Prospect League starting in 2019.

Local officials made the announcement Friday at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex.

Baseball Hall of Fame

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced next week.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the person who some consider the most despised member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash early Thursday morning in Washington County.

Illinois State Police say 35-year-old Matthew McKinley of Coulterville died in the accident, while 40-year-old Michael Barfield, Jr. of Nashville suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to a regional hospital.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

A junior at Anna-Jonesboro High School is being recognized for his effort to help a motorist in distress.

The Union County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police presented Kyle McMahan a Life Saving Award Wednesday.

Nelson for Congress Facebook page

The man challenging incumbent 12th district congressman Mike Bost in the republican primary is working to get his message to voters.

Preston Nelson will hold a town hall meeting this weekend to discuss his campaign and answer questions.

SIU-Carbondale will add women's soccer to its athletics lineup beginning with the 2019 season.
SIU-C will immediately begin a search for a head coach to lead the program, which will compete as an independent during its first season before joining the Missouri Valley Conference as the league's ninth member in 2020.

The two democratic candidates hoping to unseat longtime republican Congressman John Shimkus are going before voters this weekend.

Carl Spoerer of Mahomet and Kevin Gaither of Charleston have agreed to participate in a candidate's forum.

There are several locations in Williamson County serving as warming centers during the extreme cold.

The region is recovering from its first winter storm of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest accumulation of snow and sleet - around four inches - occurred in eastern Pope and western Hardin counties of southern Illinois and just east of Paducah in western Kentucky.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday awarded a record two billion dollars to support thousands of homeless housing and service programs.

The state of Illinois will receive 109-million dollars to support over 400 homeless housing and service programs.

Winter Storm Warning for Parts of Region

Jan 10, 2018


Southeast Missouri State University is eliminating some jobs.

University President Carlos Vargas Tuesday announced the need to eliminate 35 to 40 vacant and currently filled staff positions over the next five months due to a nine percent reduction in state appropriations for FY18.

Carterville Police

A Carterville man is in custody after police found him with a semi-automatic weapon.

Carterville Police officers responded to 703 Laclede Avenue Sunday morning around 7 and found 23-year-old Gregory Martin wearing a green army helmet, a ballistic vest and armed with an AR-15 rifle.

National Weather Service

Much of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and southwest Indiana could see a mix of wintry precipitation this weekend.

Michael York is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Paducah says it looks like the bulk of the precipitation will hold off until late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

Union County Bicentennial Celebration Organization

A southern Illinois county will kick off its bicentennial celebration this weekend.

Pat Brumleve is president of the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society. He says the county actually has a longer history than the state of Illinois.

An effort to boost the economy of Cairo is moving forward as we start the New Year.

The Cairo Public Utility Company says the Rauner Family Foundation - a philanthropic vehicle for Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana - helped kickstart the project with a 100-thousand dollar donation.

Carbondale Police

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a teenage runaway.

Officers say 15-year-old Kierrah McDaniel-Kirksey was last seen at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale on December 27th at about 10:45 a.m.


Almost two months into his new business, the man who has taken over for Winston the Bagel Man says he is enjoying it.

Brad Preiss purchased the legendary snack stop from Winston Mezo on Halloween and opened up his own business, Winston's Bagels by B-RAD, in early November.

Baysinger Architects

What do the Coca-Cola building in Du Quoin, Kornthal Church in Jonesboro and the Riverlore Mansion in Cairo have in common?

They are three of the entries on Baysinger Architects' Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois. The Marion-based firm has been releasing a top 10 list for five years now.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating a man wanted in southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

Deputies say 39-year-old Colin Shane Underwood is wanted in Union County on charges of deceptive practice and in McCracken County, Kentucky for additional criminal charges.

As part of WSIU Radio's look back at some of the top stories of 2017, WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on the housing crisis in Cairo.


One of the candidates seeking the 115th district Illinois House seat officially announced her candidacy Thursday evening.

Tamiko "T.C." Mueller of Murphysboro is seeking the democratic nomination.

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery at Little Caesars on West Main Street.

Officers say they were called to the business just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

Drug Arrests in Energy

Dec 21, 2017

A traffic stop led to the drug arrest of two southern Illinois men in Williamson County.

A new report shows the statewide teacher shortage is felt most acutely in districts with lots of low-income students. But it's also hitting rural and wealthier districts.

Illinois property owners in 18 disaster declared counties may be eligible to claim an income tax credit due to flooding in 2017.

The Illinois Department of Revenue has released an Informational Bulletin on their website for individuals and businesses who wish to determine their eligibility for the newly enacted Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Christmas came a little early for college football coaches around the country.

SIU head coach Nick Hill announced his early signing class Wednesday.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A group of 5th graders at Cobden Elementary School in Union County is putting together a school newspaper. WSIU's Brad Palmer talked with teacher Kelly Flamm and the student journalists about their new endeavor.


A job and resource fair is scheduled for next month to help those being displaced by the demolition of two public housing complexes in Cairo.

While the sometimes heated discussion about an academic reorganization proposal continues at SIU-Carbondale, Southeast Missouri State University is moving ahead with its own restructuring plan.

The Cape Girardeau School's Board of Regents approved academic department restructurings Friday on a smaller scale.