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.


Harvest Public Media
3:56 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Asian Markets Could Help Stem Tide Of Asian Carp

Jeff Smith, operations manager for Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky., stands inside the processing plant’s flash freezer. The plant plans to take in an average of 12,000-15,000 pounds of Asian carp each day.
Jacob McCleland Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish.

Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out-compete native fish.

In China, carp is cheap and a common meal-time fixture. Now, a carp fishing industry is springing up along carp-infested U.S. waters and processors are exporting the U.S. problem fish to Chinese diners.

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Municipal Election
9:13 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Voters Reject Use Tax In Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau voters soundly rejected a use tax in Tuesday’s election. They also reelected mayor Harry Rediger and chose two new city councilmembers.

Voters in the cities of Cape Giradeau and Jackson, and in Cape Girardeau County, all rejected a use tax that would have applied to the purchase of items bought outside of Missouri but used within the state if the retailer does not charge a sales tax. It largely applies to internet purchases.

Harry Rediger cruised to re-election, beating challenger Walter White with 76% of votes cast.

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10:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Dangerous Poultry: So-Called “Chicken From Hell” Was One Tough Bird

An artist's impression of Anzu wyliei, which would have lived between 68 and 66 million years ago.
Mark Klinger Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Imagine a bird that is eleven feet long and five feet tall at the hip. Like many birds it has a small head, feathers and long spindly legs. But it also bore some resemblance to reptiles, like long arms tipped with sharp claws and a long bony tail. Weighing it at 500 pounds, this is one big chicken.

Meet Anzu wyliei, aka, “The Chicken from Hell.”

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10:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Frack Ban Fails In Johnson County, Ill.

Jacob McCleland KRCU

A contentious non-binding referendum to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Johnson County, Ill. failed at the ballot box Tuesday night. Fifty-eight percent voted NO to the proposition which would have asked the county board to pass an ordinance that would prohibit the controversial oil and gas extraction technique.

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8:27 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Johnson County To Vote On Fracking, But Debate Not Likely To End Soon

Kris Pirmann stands in his high tunnel near Tunnel Hill, Ill. Pirmann is one of the Johnson County residents who is trying to ban fracking within the county.
Jacob McCleland KRCU


Kris Pirmann walks through a high tunnel at his farm in rural Johnson County, Ill. as the wind whips at the plastic sheets that arc over his head. The air inside the structure is warm and humid and gives Pirmann a head start to the growing season.

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