Jacob McCleland

Host/News Producer

Jacob spearheads KRCU’s local news effort. His reporting has been heard on NPR’ Morning Edition and All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, and Harvest Public Media. In addition to reporting, Jacob directs KRCU’s team of student reporters and producers.

Jacob graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000 with degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. He spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama where he worked on sustainable agriculture projects and hosted a weekly agriculture radio program.

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  Southeast Missouri residents are continuing to dig out of nearly a foot of snow that covered much of the region on Monday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation traveler information map shows that many roads are still considered “covered” or “partially covered” with snow. Interstate 55 is considered partially covered.

Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Snow continues to fall across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois this morning. The winter storm is expected to drop between 6 and 10 inches of snow on the area.

The southeast Missouri and southern Illinois areas are in a Winter Storm Warning that will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Anthony Cordesman is a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He visited Cape Girardeau on February 11, 2015 to speak at Southeast Missouri State University.

He dropped by the KRCU studios to talk to KRCU’s Jacob McCleland about the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS).

Some interview highlights:


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Some big changes could be coming to Cape Girardeau County’s courthouses.

The county commission approved a plan last month to renovate the courthouse in Jackson, demolish the county’s administrative building and build a parking garage near the courthouse. The same plan would move all court services from the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau to the court in Jackson.

Reporter Samantha Rinehart has been covering these changes for the Southeast Missourian newspaper and she spoke with KRCU’s Jacob McCleland.


  Leaders in Scott County are considering a consolidation of the county’s three 911 emergency call centers. The cities of Sikeston and Scott City each operate their own call center, and Scott County operates another in Benton.

Missouri’s 911 call centers are funded through a surcharge on landline telephones. As more customers snip the cord of their landline service, the revenue stream has dried up. Missouri does not have a tariff on wireless communication technology such as cell phones or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).