Sheila Brummer

Reporter & Special Projects Producer

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.

 

She grew up on a farm on the borders of Crawford, Shelby and Harrison counties in west-central Iowa.  Receiving a typewriter at the age of five launched a life-time love of journalism.

 

While attending Morningside College, Sheila worked in television production and as a disc jockey.  The highlight of her collegiate career came as a foreign exchange student at Edge Hill College outside of Liverpool, England. 

 

After college graduation, Sheila landed a job as a radio news reporter for KSCJ in Sioux City, Iowa.  When budget cuts slashed hours, she turned to television.  She first worked “behind the scenes” as a photographer and editor, then reporter, for KTIV-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.  Her on-air career took her to Wausau, Wisconsin, Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.  While working as a producer in Las Vegas, Nevada, KTIV-TV offered an opportunity to return “home."  Her career came full circle when she took over as main anchor five years ago.

 

The Upper Midwest Emmy Awards, Iowa Broadcast News Association and Associated Press honored Sheila for her reporting. 

 

Sheila thrives on giving back to her community.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Sioux City and is a member of Junior League, Perry Creek PTA, FBI Citizens Academy and Sioux City Press Club.  She has volunteered for even more charities; including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Camp High Hopes, Little Giants Foundation, MS Society, Iowa Caregivers Association and Easter Seals of Iowa.

 

Sheila lives in Sioux City with her husband, Ed, and their five-year-old daughter, Anna.  

 

Sheila loves talking and telling stories, so public radio is the perfect place for her enthusiasm and talent.  You can hear her afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and with news coverage throughout the day on Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.

  

Authorities say one person has died in an industrial accident at a biofuels plant in central Iowa.

Television station KCCI reports that the Nevada Public Safety Department confirmed the death occurred Thursday afternoon at Verbio North America's Biorefinery in Nevada, which is about 40 miles north of Des Moines.

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A district court judge has rejected a request by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s lawyers to set aside a jury verdict that concluded Branstad discriminated against a former state official because he’s gay.

The ruling  rejects dozens of arguments, including challenges to legal rulings during trial and jury instructions.

Branstad’s attorneys asked the judge to set aside the July 15 jury verdict of $1.5 million awarded to former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey.

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A winter weather advisory was expected to end for parts of Siouxland at noon.

A wintry mix of sleet, rain and freezing rain created slick conditions for some parts of the tri-state area.

A semi rollover on Interstate 29 near Sergeant Bluff his morning backed up traffic in the southbound lane.  DOT traffic cameras show the road is open now.

A few schools closed down today including Whiting and the Omaha Nation Public Schools in Ponca.

UnityPoint Health and Sanford Health have abruptly halted plans to merge.

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A Sioux City native who successfully sued former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for discrimination received a special commendation from the city of Sioux City.  

This summer a jury awarded Chris Godfrey who was the state’s former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner $1.5 million.   

Godfrey attended an event in support of the LGBTQ group oneiowa at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Before speaking about his legal battle that started back in 2012, Sioux City Council Member Rhonda Capron made a surprise announcement.

November 11th is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War 1 in 1918.  Armistice Day became Veterans Day, and today several ceremonies took place to commemorate the occasion, including Western Iowa Tech Community College.  

“In recognition of Veterans Day, we are holding this event.”

The president of Western Iowa Tech greets students and the community for a short ceremony to honor members of the military.

“We also welcome all of our veterans here today.”

WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
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Sioux City experienced a few close races on election day. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer was there for the results.

A few dozen people and members of the media watched as results came down at the Woodbury County Courthouse on election night.

There are more than 57,000 registered voters in the county with races in 15 cities and 10 school districts.

On this election day voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler, is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

 “It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 a.m. and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

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A new report says farm bankruptcies have risen in Nebraska and Iowa.

The American Farm Bureau Federation shows Chapter 12 bankruptcies rose 24% nationwide over the previous year that ended on September 30th.

The report cited severe weather and trade disputes among the problems faced by farmers.

There were 37 farm bankruptcies in Nebraska and 24 in Iowa over those 12 months.

The highest number of farm bankruptcies was in Wisconsin, with 48. Nebraska tied for second with Georgia and Kansas.

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On Friday, November 1, 2019 five of the six candidates for school board in Sioux City took part in a forum with moderator Mary Hartnett.   

Thanks for the Sioux City Public Library for allowing SMP to host the forum at their downtown location.

Six candidates are vying for four seats on the Sioux City Community Schools Board of Education.  Siouxland Public Media news scheduled a candidate forum for Friday, November 1, 2019 at noon at the downtown Sioux City Public Library.  The election takes place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Biographical information provided by the candidates.

JULINE ALBERT 

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