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.

Dave Bernstein

Saturday in the Park co-founder Dave Bernstein talks to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the annual event at Grandview Park in Sioux City.  Bernstein reflects on the past, pandemic postponement and producing Siouxland’s biggest summer event.  

Saturday in the Park Facebook Page

With everything going on in the world it’s hard to believe the 4th of July holiday is almost here.  This year, one of summer’s biggest attractions isn’t happening due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

On this week’s edition of “The Exchange” we talk to the co-founder of Saturday in the Park.  Dave Bernstein provides an update on the postponed festival and his thoughts of almost 30-years of music and merriment.

Plus, hear highlights from last year’s extravaganza, where 25,000 joined forces for the party of the year.

Jamila Gishe

The number of deaths in the Sioux City metro area due to COVID-19 reached 80 on Wednesday after local health officials reported the death of an older man in Woodbury County.  There are a dozen new cases in Woodbury County for 3,172.  Dakota County reported three news cases, for 1,783 in all.  There are 124 positive cases in Union County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows five more deaths in a 24-hour period and more than 300 positive test results.  There have been 717 deaths statewide and more than 29,400 positive cases.

Public Media Journalism Awards

Siouxland Public Media received first place for News/Public Affairs Program by the PMJA.  The award was announced on June 25, 2020.  "50-Years Later: The Moon Landing and Flight 232" aired on July 20, 2019.  The program was part of award-winning News Director Mary Hartnett's weekly program called "The Exchange".  Each episode explores significant issues impacting the region and celebrates local arts and culture.  Reporter/Special Projects Producer Sheil

Siouxland Public Media

The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored Siouxland Public Media with nine First Place awards during the organization’s annual banquet in Pella, Iowa on Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

Siouxland Public Media competed in the large market and student radio categories and picked up several accolades for Overall Excellence, anchoring and reporting for work completed in 2019.

A new task force is being put in place to fight racial injustice and to help develop police reform in Iowa after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Equity Task force will be a joint effort with law enforcement and the NAACP and includes representatives from across the state.

Local members are Sioux City Chief Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford of the President of the local NAACP and Unity in the Community Founder Monique Scarlett.

Dickinson County is one spot in Iowa seeing a surge of COVID-19.  The popular vacation area saw just seven cases before the Memorial Day Weekend.  Just four weeks later, there were more than 200 people infected. 

Information from the state coronavirus website on Tuesday showed 211 positive cases and two deaths. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer talked to a young adult who says people of all ages need to heed health advice.  

Annie Krage’s first symptoms of the coronavirus appeared last Saturday, June 13th.

The Sioux City Police Department recently expanded services to partner with mental health producers and other organization to better respond to people with mental health issues. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer talked to Officer Andrew Dutler and Nicky Eaton with Siouxland Mental Health Center.  Eaton is also the Program Director of the Sioux Rivers Regional Assessment and Stabilization Center and MCAT Program that started working with the Sioux City Police Department since November. She also explores the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Two more people have died over a 24-hour period in the state of Iowa due to complications of COVID-19 for a total of 688 deaths.  More than half were residents of long-term care facilities.

There are five additional cases in Woodbury County out of 121 new tests and 42 deaths.   There are now 3,077 confirmed cases in Woodbury County and 1,757 in Dakota County with four new confirmed cases and 34 deaths.


One more death was reported in the Sioux City metro area on Monday due to COVID-19.  The Dakota County Health Department isn’t releasing information about the person’s age or gender.  There have been a total of 34 deaths and 1,753 positive cases.  There were no new cases in Dakota County.  Siouxland District Health reported 8 new positive cases for a total of 3,068 according to the Iowa coronavirus website.  There have been 42 deaths.  There are 117 positive cases in Union County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported three additional deaths in 24 hours due to COVID-19 for a statewide total of 681 people and almost 400 additional cases.  The current total is almost 25,300 positive cases.

There were almost one dozen new cases of COVID-19 reported in Woodbury and Dakota counties on Friday for a total of 3,052 in Woodbury County and 1,751 in Dakota County.  There have been a total of 75 deaths.  There are still 113 cases in Union County and no deaths.

June 18, 2020
Associated Press

Iowa Governor says the state is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and now it’s time to focus on the economic future.

She held her final televised news conference on Thursday.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer shares the highlights.

Governor Reynolds says a Test Iowa site will open at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake on Monday.

Winnebago Public Health Department

The Winnebago Public Health Department reported on Thursday two people have died due to COVID-19 for a total of three deaths on the Winnebago Reservation.  Sixty-six have tested positive with 50 recovered from the disease.

There are two more deaths in the Sioux City metro area.  One in Dakota County, and an older woman between the ages of 61 and 80 in Woodbury County.

Kristian Day

Siouxland Public Media prides itself on the music shows you can listen to at night.  They include World Café, American Routes and All Songs Considered.  But, there are locally-produced programs too; like Ten O’Clock Blues, Mix-Tape Dance Party, Moonwalk Radio, Saturday Night Jazz and South of the Border. 

In January of last year, Siouxland Public Media starting airing “Iowa Basement Tapes” Friday nights at 11 p.m.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Health departments in the Sioux City metro report very few new cases of COVID-19.

There were no deaths.  The current total for Woodbury and Dakota Counties is 73.

Woodbury saw two additional positive cases, for more than 3,000 in all.  Dakota County recorded one more for more than 1,700.  Union County recorded 113 positive cases.

Nine more deaths have been reported due to complications of COVID-19 in the state of Iowa.  A total of 670 have died during the pandemic.  350 are residents of long-term care facilities.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Buena Vista County is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.  As of Tuesday night, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported ten residents have died of the disease.  That's two more than reported earlier in the day when the head of the local health department talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about positive cases in the county.

Buena Vista County currently sees the highest infection rate of COVID-19 in the state of Iowa. The virus has tested positive in 8% of all residents.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Two northwest Iowa counties each report two more deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.  Two older women between the ages of 61 and 80 passed away in Woodbury County for a total of 41 people.  There were five new cases in Woodbury County for a total of 3,015.

Health officials with Buena Vista County say two more people have died due to complications of the virus for a total of eight.  Because of privacy laws and a small population, ages and genders will not be released.

Nebraska Health and Human Services

Health officials with Dakota County report one more person died of complications of COVID-19 for a total of 32 deaths.  Once again, information about age or gender isn’t being released.  There were two more positive cases in Dakota County for a total of 1,741.

Siouxland District Health recorded four more positive cases and no new deaths in Woodbury County  .  The number of people who died due to the coronavirus stands at 39.  The Iowa Coronavirus website shows there are now more than 3,000 positive cases in Woodbury County.

Associated Press

Local Health officials say the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County continue to fall but there is concern about a rise in other spots of northwest Iowa.  There were 13 additional cases in Woodbury County for a total of almost 3,000. 

The Iowa coronavirus website showed 120 cases in Dickinson County, an increase of 50 case in two days.  Buena Vista County reports almost 1,500 cases for the highest infection rate per capita.

Iowa Department of Public Health

COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Woodbury County.  Siouxland District Health says the victim was a middle-aged man.  This brings total number of deaths in the Sioux City metro area to 70.  There are 13 additional cases in Woodbury County for a total of 2,970 positive cases and 39 deaths.  One more death was reported in Dakota County on Thursday. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s website showed three more deaths during a 24 hour periods that ended at 10 a.m.   There have been 641 deaths statewide.  There were almost 400 new cases recorded in one day as well.

One more person has died in the Sioux City metro area due to complications of COVID-19.  However, Dakota County Health Officials aren’t releasing any information about the person’s age or gender.

There have been a total of 69 deaths total in Dakota and Woodbury counties and almost 4,700 positive cases.  There were 10 new cases in Dakota and six in Woodbury reported on Thursday.   

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 10 more deaths due to COVID-19 and more than 330 new cases in a 24-hour period.  There have been 639 deaths and almost 22,900 positive cases.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is easing more restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Reynolds says starting Friday at 8 a.m., businesses like restaurants, bars and theatres can operation at 100% capacity.

They must still follow social distancing guidelines.

“Eliminating that capacity restrictions will allow businesses the flexibility to adjust their specific operations accordingly, to best meet the needs of their employees and customers.”

Siouxland Public Media/J.J. Stone

A watery mess in downtown Sioux City after two water main breaks early Wednesday afternoon.

One happened near 7th and Water Streets the other on Pierce Street near the Orpheum Theatre.

The CEO of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Travis Morgan witnessed a geyser in the middle of the street and quickly posted a video to social media.  He also talked to Siouxland Public Media about the damage and a close-call for musicians in the symphony.


A march of solidarity took place in Sioux City this afternoon.

“I can’t breath.”

It started at Cook Park with an estimated crowd of a few hundred.

The group then peacefully walked to Sioux City Police Headquarters.

They were joined by police chief Rex Mueller and leaders from local churches and NAACP.

The Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Sioux City released a statement today surrounding the death of George Floyd.

June 4, 2020
Ike Rayford/NAACP

An estimated crowd of 300 joined together for peace and healing in downtown Sioux City Thursday afternoon after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Local law enforcement leaders, and representatives from Unity in the Community and NAACP attended the Unity in Prayer event.

A march is planned for Friday afternoon.  People plan to gather at Cook Park at 2 p.m. with the march at three.  The event was organized by a student from West High.

June 2, 2020
Siouxland Public Media

Woodbury County saw an historic election for the Tuesday’s primary as more people than ever cast their ballots.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer looks back at the past and the current milestone.

Tuesday’s primary election saw the highest amount of people voting for any primary.

The previous record was set in 1994, when Congressman Fred Grandy challenged Governor Terry Branstad.  Grandy received about 75% support in Woodbury County, but lost the Republican race. This election attracted 16,663 people out of more than 57,000 active voters. 

Associated Press

Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

Chad Sheehan for Sheriff

In the race for Woodbury County Sheriff, former Sioux City police officer Chad Sheehan received a majority of the vote in the Republican primary.  Sheehan beat Major Todd Wieck, a 30-year veteran of department with 60% support.

Current Sheriff Dave Drew who decided to retire at the end of the year, originally endorsed Wieck in the primary.  When Sheehan announced his candidacy, Drew put his support behind Sheehan instead.

The Woodbury County Election Commissioner says the county Democratic Party could still chose a candidate to run against Sheehan in November.