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.

More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota.

The National Weather Service says some moderate flooding is likely this week along the river between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo, Nebraska.

Some parts of South Dakota received as much as 7 inches of rain over two days.

The Missouri River is expected to crest later this week after rising significantly.

Iowa DNR

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says high water levels from the Missouri River likely played into a drinking water violation in Sioux City involving disinfection byproducts.

Samples collected mid-August at one of the city’s eight testing sites showed it was a little bit above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for trihalomethanes. The city’s running average for that site for the last year is also above the standard.

Julie Sievers is an environmental specialist senior with the Iowa D-N-R. 

Associated Press

The third Democratic Debate takes place tonight in Houston.   

Most of the gatherings are taking place at the local campaign headquarters of the candidates.  

Iowa’s Leitenant Governor visits Siouxland today. 

Hawarden-native Adam Gregg will be attending the Governor’s Volunteer Award Ceremony at Buena Vista University at two this afternoon.    

A man accused of stabbing his roommate to death in Sioux City last year has been convicted.


Today, clean-up started for the community of Sioux Falls, South Dakota after a severe storm blew through late last night.  The National Weather Service confirms at least one tornado, an EF-2 with winds of about 125 miles per hour hit a portion of the city.  Brian Allen is main anchor for KSFY-Television in Sioux Falls.  Brian shares what he experienced during the height of the storm and talked about the aftermath with Siouxland Public Media News.

Siouxland Public Media

Singer/Songwriter Spencer Aspleaf grew up in Sioux City.  The 28-year-old is a member of the band “Port Nocturnal” and recently sat down with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with his guitar to talk about his full-time musical career.

Thanks to Spencer for taking the time talking to us and bringing along his dog Hallie Berries.   He also performed a new tune called “Getting Out of This” at our Siouxland Public Media Studios.


The city of Sioux Falls is reeling after a likely tornado struck late last night, leaving behind a trail of damage and debris.

“There is a level of destruction up here that we’re not use to seeing.” 

That’s news anchor Brian Allen who works for KSFY-Television in Sioux Falls who says the twister touched down about a mile from his home.    

“Roofs have collapsed, windows have been blown out.  There is tree damage area.. power poles are down and trees are down.”

Allen is a former anchor at KCAU Television in Sioux City.

Voters in two northwest Iowa school districts are going to the polls today to decide the fate of two school bond issues.

Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff voters will have a chance to approve or reject the plans.   

School officials say enrollment is growing and more space is necessary.  

In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed.

The Storm Lake measure calls for a $15 million plan to build a new early elementary school and a new middle school gymnasium.

Several states are  ditching their Republican primary next year, paving the way for the president’s re-nomination.     

However, the Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann says holding a caucus every cycle is just good for the GOP.

Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in the coming months, increasing from its current 41 to 58 workers.


Iowa's attorney general says his office is joining a multistate investigation to determine whether Facebook has violated any antitrust laws.

Attorney General Tom Miller says Facebook's dominance over communications and information is concerning and warrants the investigation he's leading along with 8 other attorneys general including the state of Nebraska.

Miller says the goal is to determine whether Facebook's actions "may have endangered user data, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, or stifled competition."

Woodbury County Jail

Authorities say a Sioux City man looted the checking account of a nursing home resident.  

Woodbury County court records say 52-year-old Ronald Taylor is charged with dependent adult abuse. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

Taylor's next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Court records say Taylor held a power attorney for the man, who has dementia and can't handle his finances.

The records say Taylor spent nearly $23,000 of the man's money since July 28, 2017, wiping out the man's account.