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
7:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

A pilot for Earl’s Flying Service sprays chemicals on a field in southeastern Missouri.
Mike Lee

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans. Lee is the owner of Earl’s Flying Service, a crop dusting business in Steele, Mo., and he’s scouting some farm fields that his pilots will treat later in the day.

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Election 2014
11:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Smith, Swan, Schweich All Cruise To Victory

Rep. Jason Smith (MO-8) beat four challengers and will return to Congress for two more years.

There were few surprises in southeast Missouri following Tuesday’s midterm election, and Republicans were the big winners.

As expected, Congressman Jason Smith (R) beat four opponents to win reelection to Congress. Smith won with 66 percent of the vote.

Missouri auditor Tom Schweich (R) faced only token opposition in the only statewide race on the ballot. He won 74 percent of the vote.

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3:14 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Small Parties Could Have Big Influence In Illinois Elections

Third parties could attract just enough support to sway the outcome of two races in Illinois.

Democratic governor Pat Quinn is running neck-and-neck with Republican rival Bruce Rauner. Real Clear Politics considers the race a “toss up.”

Both of the major party candidates are pro-choice on the abortion issue, but the Libertarian candidate, Chad Grimm, is pro-life.

David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, said that could lead some socially conservative voters to Grimm.

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Harvest Public Media
1:59 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Mule Jumping: The County Fair Tradition You Didn’t Know You Loved

Competitor Becky Manees leads a mule at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo.
Jacob McCleland Harvest Public Media

Fair-goers pack the stands at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo., on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. They aren’t here for the blue ribbon pigs, the truck pull or the beauty contest. These people are here for the fair’s biggest attraction -- the jumping mules.

Mule jumping is a simple sport. A handler leads a mule into a chute. At the end, there’s a pole with a blanket draped over it. Mules must stop before jumping, and they have two chances to clear the pole or be eliminated. After each round, the judge raises the pole two inches.

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Health & Science
12:03 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mo. Mental Health Director Speaks About Cottonwood Privatization

Brittany Myers KRCU

The Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center in Cape Girardeau will stay open, but it will now be a private facility.

Cottonwood is a mental health facility for children will severe behavioral and emotional issues.

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