Jacob McCleland

Host/Producer

Jake is a 2000 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. As Host Producer, McCleland coordinates all of KRCU's local programming; he works with hosts, producers, and audio engineers to enhance the quality of in-studio productions. Additionally, McCleland works with station staff and community volunteers to develop new ideas for programming on KRCU. He also records and produces feature stories that are heard locally during Morning Edition and All Thing Considered.

McCleland recently completed three years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he worked with slash-and-burn farmers on methods to enhance crop production and prevent deforestation. He also hosted and produced a program on Panamanian radio called Allá en el campo which featured interviews and feature stories about sustainable agriculture techniques for rural farmers.

“Radio is a particularly powerful medium in rural Central America,” McCleland says. “There’s no electricity and thus no TV. Newspapers don’t circulate to the more isolated villages. However, even the poorest household has a battery-powered radio.”

Originally from Cobden, Ill., McCleland enjoys cooking and playing music (both rather poorly). He also likes wandering around in the wilderness.

Harvest Public Media
9:38 am
Wed July 9, 2014

My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground

Though he grew up without designs on farm life, Elisha Pullen has embraced rural living on his farm near Bell City, Mo.
Credit Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media

As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.

“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

Recently processed Asian carp hang in racks at the Two Rivers Fisheries processing plant in Wickliffe, Ky. The fishing industry hopes demand from China can both create a market for, and help rid U.S. rivers of, the invasive species.
Credit Jacob McCleland for 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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Community
8:14 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

Chris Hrabik sits behind the wheel of his 1997 Subaru Impreza. The steering wheel is detachable. "The cool thing is when the wheel’s off, I can break my wheelchair down and put it in here so I can go drive around by myself," Hrabik says.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sport where racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, Mo., will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Mo. And here’s the twist - he’s a quadriplegic.

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Government
9:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Blunt Says U.S. Late To Help Syria

Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt spoke at a gas station in Cape Girardeau.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact in Syria at the early stages of that country's conflict. 

Speaking at a gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator said a no-fly zone early on could have allowed the rebellion to remove Bashar Al-Assad. Now, he says President Obama's decision to send a message to Syria because of chemical weapons attacks is, quote "pretty offensive."

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Headlines
3:38 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Gov. Nixon Weighs In On State Fair Rodeo Clown

Gov. Jay Nixon says he is heartened by the response of both Republicans and Democrats to the controversial rodeo clown act this weekend at the Missouri State Fair.

Nixon condemned a rodeo clown who impersonated President Obama, while an announcer asked the crowd if they wanted to see Obama get run down by a bull.

Speaking in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said the performance did not reflect the values of Missourians or the state fair.

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Harvest Public Media
8:21 am
Wed July 31, 2013

My Farm Roots: Providing From The Land

As a child Robert Harris Jr. worked picking cotton. Now, he’s back out in the fields, this time growing produce for the needy.
Credit Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media

As a child, Robert Harris Jr. worked the cotton fields of southeastern Missouri’s bootheel. Like many sharecroppers’ children, he fled that life. Now, four decades later, the harvest is calling him again, this time to grow food for the needy in a bunch of community gardens in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

I met with Robert in a garden just outside a food pantry that distributes his produce. We poked through the lush patch of vegetables, full of plump yellow squash and green cucumbers. Soft-spoken and humble, Harris said he had a connection to plants from an early age.

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Government
9:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law on Wednesday to support veterans and their families.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield.  

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Government
8:16 am
Thu June 27, 2013

What The DOMA Ruling Means For Missouri

A constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis says the US Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act will have little impact on Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban.

Greg Magarian says states make laws about marriage, such as the legal age for marriage and legal benefits. That’s not the territory of the federal government.

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Government
10:32 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Smith Elected To Open Congress Seat In Southeast Missouri

Rep. Jason Smith was elected to an open seat in southeast Missouri.
Credit http://www.house.mo.gov

Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Cops & Crime
9:33 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Police Must Get Search Warrant For Most DUI Blood Tests

The United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a search warrant to draw blood in routine drunk driving arrests.

The case stems from a 2010 drunk driving arrest in Cape Girardeau. At question is whether a Missouri Highway Patrol Officer violated Tyler McNeely’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure when he drew McNeely’s blood with neither a warrant nor his permission.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Smith Chosen As GOP Candidate For Missouri 8th District

Jason Smith will be the Republican candidate to replace Jo Ann Emerson in southeastern Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District.

Smith spent the last two months campaigning to an electorate of 86 people - the voting members of the district’s Republican committee. Each party’s committee taps a candidate to run in this summer’s special election. On Saturday, the GOP selected Smith in Van Buren after six rounds of voting.

Jason Smith says he travelled ten thousand miles during the campaign, and that should help prepare him for the election.

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U.S.
4:54 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River

An excavator perched on a barge removes rocks from the Mississippi River in Thebes Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 5:16 pm

Every day this month, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River's shipping channel in an effort to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.

Water levels are forecast to remain high enough through January to float loaded barges, but some say the only way to keep the river open next month will be to release water from the Missouri River.

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Harvest Public Media
11:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Low Mississippi River Levels Could Leave Farmers In Fertilizer Crunch

A backhoe places a cover on a barge near Cape Girardeau, Mo. The backhoe had just finished removing fertilizer that was shipped up the river from New Orleans.
Jacob McCleland Harvest Public Media

Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets.

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Government
2:37 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Retires From Congress

Jo Ann Emerson.
wikimedia commons

Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson will retire from the House of Representatives next February.

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Business & Tech
10:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration. 

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Cops & Crime
11:49 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Poplar Bluff Police Find Missing Girl

A Poplar Bluff man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a girl Wednesday morning. 

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Health
1:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

New Report Says LGBT Missourians Less Healthy Than General Population

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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