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.


Many heroic actions emerged from the crash of Flight 232, including medical professionals on the ground in Sioux City.

The most critical patients ended up at Mercy Hospital. That’s where neurosurgeon Dr. Quentin Durward was waiting in the ER listening to the tragedy play out.

The New Zealand native shares his insight with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer. 


As we remember the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Siouxland Public Media helped produce a special segment with members of Girls Inc.   

Throughout the summer a group of young ladies are learning about reporting and radio through the Siouxland Media Lab.

Three of the girls spent time at the Center for Active Generations in Siouxland to talk to seniors as they remember and reflect on this half-century milestone.

PM Newscast 7.18.19

Jul 18, 2019

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 tomorrow night for a large part of Siouxland.  The northwest corner of Iowa and the Iowa Great Lakes Region is under a heat advisory. 

Temperatures will be in the mid 90’s for a large part of the region but the heat index will make it feel like 108 degrees. 

If you go south to Omaha, it’s expected to be 100 degrees but feel like 111.  They will have an excessive  heat warning through Saturday night.  That also includes the communities of Onawa and Mapleton.


Former Vice President and Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden will be in Siouxland today. 

He’s expected to stop at Floyd Valley Healthcare at 3 p.m. to talk about rural healthcare.  

There’s a community event planned for tonight at Country Celebrations Event Center in Sioux City. 

Other candidates will also be in Sioux City for several events including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Marriane Williamson, Former Texas Congessman Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang and Congressman Julian Castro of Texas. 


Heat and humidity creating uncomfortable conditions for parts of Siouxland.   

There’s a heat advisory until 9 p.m. for Woodbury, Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, Dixon, Dakota, and all of southeast South Dakota.

With higher dewpoints today the heat index will make it feel like 104 degrees in some spots.

The National Weather Service says because of the advisory make extra precautions to stay safe.

Authorities say one man was fatally stabbed and another wounded in a fight in Sioux City last night.

Both men, who were taken to the hospital for treatment.  One was released after his treatment. Police have not released his name.

The other man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police identified him as 45-year-old Eleazar Lopez-Martinez. He lived in Sioux City.

No arrests or charges have been announced.

A caseworker accused of beating a client in northwest Iowa has pleaded not guilty.


“Saturday in the Park” provided free entertainment and more to an estimated crowd of 25,000 on July 6, 2019 at Grandview Park.

Many musicals acts played on two stages throughout the day and evening, including George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Bass player Bill Blough spoke to Siouxland Public Media about the festival, his long-time career with the band and thoughts on Sioux City.


“Saturday in the Park” attracted an estimated 25,000 to Grandview Park in Sioux City on July 6, 2019.

Siouxland Public Media recorded the enthusiasm, music and memories of this year’s event.  

People featured during this special segment:

Phil Claeys – “Star-Spangled Banner” Performer, Sioux City, IA

Linda – Sioux City, IA

Julia Cathleen McGowen – Sioux City, IA

Cathleen McGowen – Sioux City

Brent Stockton – South Sioux City, NE – SITP Committee Member

Jeff Sweezey – Omaha, NE

The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.

A state court judge last month dismissed the lawsuit filed in May by a group of lawyers and Democratic lawmakers against Gov. Kim Reynolds, saying they didn't have legal standing to challenge the law.

The new law gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission, meaning the governor will appoint the majority of members.  

Wednesday at Noon and Friday at 9AM on HD1

This week we wrap up the July 6th Saturday in the Park event in Sioux City; recap Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris' July 5th visit to Sioux City, including reactions from local politicians; and we bring you live coverage of the next Presidential candidate to visit Sioux City, Democrat Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Tune in Wednesday at Noon or listen to our rebraodcast Friday at 9AM. Available on HD1, streaming live on our website, and on our mobile app.