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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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.