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.


3:40 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Female Referee To Officiate SEMO-Kansas Football Game

A female referee will officiate Southeast Missouri State University’s non-conference football game with the University of Kansas in September. Catherine "Cat" Conti will be the first woman to referee a game with a Big 12 Conference team.

The Big 12’s commissioner calls Conti “a darn good official” and she’ll have a chance to show her skills on September 6 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Southeast athletic director Mark Alnutt said Conti earned the opportunity to referee the game.

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Cape Girardeau
8:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Cape Girardeau Launches Neighborhood Development Initiative

A program that will bring leadership skills and a two-way flow of communication between Cape Girardeau neighborhoods and City Hall will launch later this year.

The Neighborhood Development Initiative will start with two pilot neighborhoods. One neighborhood is between Highway 74 and Hackberry Street, and Beaudean Lane and Ranney Street. The other is between Big Bend Road and Water Street, and East Cape Rock Drive and Second Street.

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Cairo Bank Murders
2:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cairo Residents To Erect Memorial For Bank Murder Victims

Martin David Wikimedia Commons

Citizens of Cairo are planning to establish a memorial for the victims of a botched bank robbery.

Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were both murdered in May. A surviving bank employee was seriously injured.

Monica Smith, the director of the Cairo Public Library, is planning to place two inscribed pink granite benches in a park near First National Bank in honor of the two women who were killed. She also hopes to plant a tree with a marker to honor the surviving bank employee.

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3:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Study: More Bike Trails, Boat Ramps Needed On Lower Mississippi River

The Mississippi River bridge at Cairo, Ill.
Knowledgeum Wikipedia.org

The lower Mississippi River has tourism and recreation potential, but it needs more boat ramps and bike trails, according to a new report by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Despite its cultural and historical significance, the report finds there has never been a large-scale effort to promote the Mississippi River as a tourism and recreational asset.

Army Corps of Engineers planner Marsha Raus said there is a demand for easier access to the river.

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Accounted For
7:57 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Accounted For: In Cape Girardeau, Good Attendance Falls On The Parents

Rhonda Dunham is the principal at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

Rhonda Dunham eases her way through the halls at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Back in the day she was a student at Franklin.

Now she is the principal.

It’s quiet as Dunham strolls through the new, two-year-old facility. Very quiet. Most of the students are in their classrooms, studying away. Dunham slides up next to a pair of students who are taking a test in the hallway to see check their progress.

“Fine,” they respond in hushed voices as Dunham encourages them to do their best.

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