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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The 2nd annual Big Muddy Air Race is set for takeoff from the Southern Illinois Airport Saturday.

Leaders of the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau say the office will shut down at the end of June without a new agreement with the city.

The state's regional offices of education are preparing for streamlining as they wait for the governor to sign the bill authorizing the change.

Sierra Club

The Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club is trying to help people get prepared for fracking in southern Illinois.

You're probably aware of the on-field baseball rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a pretty good literary rivalry shaping up between fans of the two teams.  Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

In politics today, money talks - and the nonprofit group Every Child Matters says since kids aren't high-dollar campaign contributors, the presidential candidates aren't paying attention to their needs.

City of Carbondale

Illinois' Lt. Governor will be featured speaker at the annual Carbondale Memorial Day Service.

Legislation to streamline Illinois' Regional Offices of Education has been approved by the Illinois House.

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon says she'd like to see the Tamms Supermax Prison and the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro retooled and stay open.

John A. Logan College's incoming president got to meet the entire campus community and the general public Thursday during a special reception on the Carterville campus.

Carbondale Police

A suspect wanted in connection with a Carbondale shooting is under arrest.

Holiday Road Patrols

May 23, 2012

Motorists should expect to see beefed up police patrols on the roads over the Memorial Day weekend.

A group, lead by Lt. Governor Shelia Simon, that is studying ways to cut school district administration costs is getting closer to issuing its final report.

Pete Peterson just competed in the Pittsburgh Marathon for the second consecutive year.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete tells us how his home-town Pirates may not allow him to put away his running shoes anytime soon.   WSIU Radio's Reading Baseball is an original series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

Child care providers and thousands of families in southern Illinois are pleased lawmakers are working to take money from other parts of the state budget to avoid interruptions in child care.

A convicted serial killer serving 15 life prison terms has been sentenced in a western Kentucky cold case that didn't result in a killing.

US Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is out with a modified plan to consolidate hundreds of mail processing centers across the country.


Commencement exercises at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield will be held this weekend.

Illinois lawmakers are trying to shuffle money to keep child care services from shutting down across the state.

Parts of the region have had unusually sparse rainfall this spring, putting those areas in drought conditions.

The Illinois House is now considering a plan to consolidate some of Illinois' Regional Offices of Education.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is urging rural communities to apply for grants from a new public health program before the end of the week.

Authorities are investigating a fatal accident in western Jackson County.

It's Asthma Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging those affected to make sure they take steps to manage their condition.

Local government, education and business leaders say Illinois needs to reduce frivolous lawsuits to help spur economic growth.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability has voted to reject Governor Pat Quinn's proposed closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

A southwestern Illinois native is the new president of John A. Logan College.

The Southern Illinoisan

WSIU's Reading Baseball series debuted on May 26, 2004.  In this 150th edition, Pete Peterson tells us about how it started, his surprise it's lasted this long, and how his wife Anita brought the series to a new level.

A Johnson County woman is dead after a one-car crash in Union County.

A southern Illinois lawmaker says raising the cigarette tax to help the state's Medicaid program should be taken off the table.