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 Union County man has been sentenced to prison after stealing liquor from an Anna retailer last May.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says 24-year-old Joey Ratajczak of Anna has been sentenced to 30 months in prison on one felony count of Retail Theft. The charge was elevated to a felony based on a prior conviction.


College and university presidents support Governor Pat Quinn's plan to offer more grants to low-income students.
Quinn on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting at the executive mansion with university and community college presidents including SIU President Glenn Poshard.

The governor is trying to shore up support for his State of the State pledge to increase funding for the Monetary Assistance Program, which awards grants to students whose parents earn on average no more than $35,000 a year.

 WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer reports the latest local and state news and weather.

Plans are being considered for a scaled-back version of a new Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Administrator Tom Hudgins says he will meet Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee with architects and contractors about how to revise the hospital's current plans in hopes of reducing the cost from 34-million dollars to around 20-million.  Hudgins says he expects to get the architects new drawings sometime next week. He says the hospital's board of directors will then reconvene later this month to go over the cost differentials.

A Marion man has been arrested for allegedly leaving a suspicious package at the entrance to the new Williamson County Jail and Sheriff's Office.

Carbondale Police are searching for two missing teenagers.

Officers say 16-year-old Paige Allen, and 15-year-old Donna Garcia, were last seen on Sunday at 9:05 p.m. at a residence in the 1000 block of East Park Street.   They left the residence on foot.

Allen is described as a white female, 5'05" tall, weighing 115 pounds, with dyed black hair and blue eyes.  Allen has several tattoos and piercings, and was last seen wearing a green long sleeve shirt and gray sweatpants.

How to deal with the growing cost of Medicaid was a major topic when Governor Pat Quinn's budget director visited southern Illinois.

Representatives from two major social services organizations in southern Illinois came together Friday to announce their plan to merge.

The Boards of Directors of the H Group and Southern Illinois Regional Social Services have agreed to unite their organizations. H Group CEO John Markley says the merger will not only mean both agencies can continue to provide the services their clients are accustomed to, but also allow them to expand services throughout the region.

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Richard "Pete" Peterson yearns for the warm, summer days as he looks back at the baseball greats who passed away in 2011 for this edition of Reading Baseball.

Governor Pat Quinn will give his State of the State address Wednesday and says the focus of his speech will be job creation.

The state of the state address usually sets the stage for which big legislative issues needed to be tackled each year. Governor Quinn says a big part of his message will be about putting people to work.

SIUC is trying to make amends for deleting some comments from its Facebook page in the hours after the Faculty Association strike.

School of Journalism director Bill Freivogel wrote a piece about the controversy in the Gateway Journalism Review. In it, he and other media legal experts talked about whether the university violated the First Amendment.

Three of the four scholars Freivogel interviewed said they thought the SIUC Facebook page is a public forum where the university cannot discriminate against a certain viewpoint.

Friday marks day two of the Faculty Association strike at SIU-C... and indications are it will extend into next week.

University spokesman Rod Sievers says no new talks are scheduled this weekend between the union and the administration bargaining teams.

Speech Communication associate professor Jonathan Gray is one of those on the picket line. He says the strikers understand the longer they're out, the more damage is done to the University. But he says they're prepared to stick it out as long as necessary.

Despite the Faculty Association strike, officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say daily operations are being disrupted as little as possible.

SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng 107 faculty art taking part in the strike. She says that's out of an instructional fore of 1,994 tenured/tenure track, non tenure track, and teaching assistants.

Classes met Thursday at Southern Illinois University Carbondale despite a strike by the Faculty Association.

In some cases students are showing up to classrooms without professors. In those instances, roll is taken by a university employee and the class is then dismissed.
Speech Communication graduate assistant Julie Kasenza is teaching her classes, but also supporting the strike.