Jeff Williams

Associate Director for Radio

Jeff Williams is the Associate Director for Radio and Station Manager for WSIU Radio.  Jeff is a native of southern Illinois and has been in broadcasting for nearly 30 years.    After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he worked in radio and television news in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. before returning to WSIU Radio in 1997, as Morning Edition anchor/reporter.  Jeff became News Director in 2001 and assumed Station Manager duties in 2004.   WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  It  signed on the air in September 1958.  

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A group of 1,000 students from De Montfort University in Leicester, England is in New York City this week.   The group is on an educational mission of tolerance and social responsibility in the post-Brexit / post-U.S. Election era.     The mission and student demographics of DMU is similar to that of SIU Carbondale.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard  about the group’s trip to the Big Apple.

The student's visit will culminate on Friday with a rally in Central Park; embracing the importance of being global citizens.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Monday, December 26, 2016.

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The John Muir Project

A new study by the John Muir Project shows that fire does important ecological work in forests and it may be time to re-think our federal policy on logging and forest fire suppression.  Chad Hanson is a forest fire ecologist and author of the book – The Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires.  In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Hanson about the study’s findings and his work as a forest fire ecologist.

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Bestselling author Kate DiCamillo knows a thing or two about books for young readers.  The two-time Newbery Medalist has some recommendations for those buying books for kids this holiday season.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with DiCamillo about what she looks for in books for young readers.

Have you ever wondered what's inside toothpaste? Or nail polish? Or dry erase markers?    Well, MIT trained chemist and science Educator George Zaidan has.  Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff takes a closer look at the science behind everyday things.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Zaidan about the series that is featured on National Geographic's YouTube channel. 

You can watch this season's episodes of Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff here.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state new and the region's weather for Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news and weather for Monday, November 21, 2016

When author Carol Miller was a teenager she survived an airplane crash that took the life of her younger sister.  For 20-years she carried the guilt of having survived that trauma until a therapy know as EMDR brought her back to life.   

Miller's new memoir, Every Moment of A Fall, chronicles her journey.  She recently talked with WSIU's Jeff Williams about the book and her experience for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news and weather for Friday, November 18, 2016.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news and weather for Thursday, November 17, 2016.

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patriciacornwell.com

Fans of New York Times Best Selling Author Patricia Cornwell have, undoubtedly, been anxiously awaiting today’s (November 15, 2016)  release of her latest Kay Scarpetta novel, Chaos.    It’s been nearly three decades since Post Mortem launched the character that has become part of the forensic literary landscape.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Cornwell about her latest Scarpetta novel and what keeps her inspired after all of these years.

book cover for National Geographic Greatest Landscapes
National Geographic

National Geographic is out with its 2016 edition of Greatest Landscapes.   It features more than 250 unforgettable images from around the globe.

Veteran National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz  wrote the forward for this year’s book.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Steinmetz about the book and about what inspires him as a landscape photographer.

National Geographic Greatest Landscapes is in stores now.

American Cancer Society

November is both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.   According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

In the edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Anita Logsdon, a treatment suite nurse with Oncology Hematology Care; and Katie Brown, Vice President for Support and Survivorship Programs with LUNGevity, a lung-cancer research and advocacy group about the disease and its impact on society.

Chester Police Department

A Chester police officer was killed in the line of duty Friday.    Chester police say 22-year old James Brockmeyer died after his patrol car crashed while pursuing another vehicle.   Police say Officer Brockmeyer’s patrol car left the roadway and overturned just south of Union School Road in Randolph Count about 10:00 pm Friday.   Police say he was trapped in the wreckage as a result of the crash.  

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news for Friday, October 14, 2016.

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Pegasus

This week on WSIU's Listening Project we hear the story of Judy Courter.  Growing up in the late 50's and 60's she recalls the building of Interstate 57 in southern Illinois as well as talks about a personal tie to the construction of Rend Lake.

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Pegasus

Author Laura Benedict's latest "Bliss House" novel hits book stores Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016).   The Abandoned Heart is the third installment in the series and chronicles the beginning of Bliss House and the sordid tale of it's patriarch, Randolph Bliss.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Part 2 - The Abandoned Heart: Continued

Part 3 - Benedict on writing mystery novels

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news for Friday, October 7.

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This week on the Listening Project, our story gives us a glimpse of what it was like growing up in southern Illinois during the 1960's as viewed through the eyes of a child.

Mark Stirneman grew up in Christopher, but fondly remembers his visits to the big city of Benton.  Mark sat down with fellow southern Illinois native Jim Muir to recall those days.   Their story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library.  WSIU’s listening project chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through their stories.

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Saline Co. Sheriff's Office

A Harrisburg doctor accused of murdering his estranged wife is now charged with plotting to kidnap the Saline County State's Attorney.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

More Stories...

On growing up during the Great Depression:

Rose talks about growing up in Benton during the depression in the 1930's.

On how her father came to southern Illinois from Italy:

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The two candidates vying for southern Illinois' 115th district State House seat discussed a number of issues including state pension reform and higher education funding during a forum Thursday night in Carbondale.

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news for Friday, September 23, 2016.

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Today's story comes from Susan Stickel and Mary Eubanks.  Susan is the Director of the Benton Public Library and Mary is a former employee and longtime volunteer.  They recently took part in the Listening Project where they talked about some of the history of the library.  

Their story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library. 

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Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois with the story of 90-year old Jane Campbell-Brown.  Her family has been in the furniture business for nine generations.   She sat down with Jim Muir to talk about growing up in Benton.

Her story was recorded on May 21, 2016 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library. WSIU’s Listening Project chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through their stories.   

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Grand Central

Sandra Brown’s latest suspense novel, Sting, hit book stores this week.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with the New York Times best selling author about her new book and what keeps her inspired after more than 60-novels.

In the Author’s Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Radio and Southern Illinois University.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois through the  Listening Project.  Ours story is that of Gene Alexander - a beloved elementary school teacher and principal of more than 30 years in Benton.  Now, at age 81, he's known simply as "Mr. A" - the guy who paints maps of the United States on playgrounds across the region.
 

Gene Alexander's story was recorded as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

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