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.


Dozens gathered for a vigil in downtown Sioux City over the weekend to honor the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87.

The Woodbury County Democrats organized the gathering at the Bill of Rights Monument near 6th and Douglas on Saturday night.  

“We are all better because she was on the Supreme Court.”

“It’s our time to fight to defend our Democracy.  And, it’s going to take all of us and it’s not going to be easy.”


The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting more than 600 new cases of COVID-19 and one death due to complications of the disease.

More than 80,600 have tested positive during the pandemic with 1,267 deaths.

Woodbury County is above the 15% threshold when it comes to the 14-day test positivity rate.

That is one of the criteria set by the state to allow a school district to apply for online learning only.  Sioux County is at top with almost 30%.  Other northwest Iowa counties above the 15% threshold are Lyon, Osceola, Plymouth, Sac and Ida.

Community Health Partners - Sioux County, IA

New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Siouxland, as local health officials say there is a significant increase in Woodbury County.

Siouxland District Health recorded 87 new infections in the past 24 hours.  A post on social media says the cases are not concentrated in any specific age or demographic.  Officials urge people do their part in preventing the spread of the virus.  Stay home when sick, even if only mildly ill, physical distance, wear masks in public, and wash hands frequently.

Great West Casualty Company

Along Interstate 29 today and yesterday, volunteers flagged down truck drivers at DOT weight stations near Salix, Iowa and Jefferson, South Dakota.  It’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week and men and women behind the wheel hauling freight across the country have experienced a rough six months or more. 

So, Great West Casualty Company and Joe Morten & Son, Inc. teamed up to say "thank you" to the millions of professionals out on the road each day.  They handed out free meals and goodie bags to the drivers.

The White House Coronavirus task force is again recommending Iowa establish a statewide mask mandate.

The White House task force says Iowa should establish a statewide mask mandate, and notes that COVID-19 is being brought into nursing homes through community transmission.

Last week’s White House report said masks should be required in Iowa metro areas and places where schools have coronavirus cases.

Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

A school year started with uncertainty.  Will cases spike with children back in the classroom?  How will parents be able to navigate changes that might emerge with the need to protect the community?  

One thing as a parent you might notice is the excitement for students to return class and their friends. 

Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer discovered that while driving her seven-year-old to school for the first time since March 13th.  

Pam Venturi

Pam Venturi of Sioux City, is a single mother of five between the ages of 9 and 15.  One battles lupus and stays at home for school. All the children attend Catholic school in Sioux City. 

Pam set up a hidden recording to talk about their experiences the first week of school.  You’re going to hear an edited and sometimes chaotic version of their conversation over Chinese food with Antonia, Bernadette, Nico, Maria Paola and Kateri.

Pam Venturi

COVID-19 created chaos for school districts, educators and of course parents.  The Venturi family includes Pam Venturi, who is a single mom to five school-aged children.  The kids who range in age from 9 to 15 plan to attend class in-person and virtually.

The night before school started, Pam talked to her family about going back school for the first time in several months. 


Siouxland Public Media followed up with Donna Behrens one week after students returned to full-time in-person learning in the Sioux City Community School District.  Her son, Tate, is in 5th grade at Perry Creek Elementary School.  Donna updates the school year, reacts to the latest COVID-19 infections and talks about going virtual in her role as PTA president.

The Siouxland Public Media project, “Going Viral: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic” provides insight with families, teachers, school leaders during a year of educational uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Donna Behrens

Students in the Sioux City Community School District returned to the classroom full time in September 8, 2020 after doing a hybrid model for the first two weeks. 

During hybrid learning, students either attended school two days a week in person (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday) for two days a week.  They work on lessons at home the other dayss.  Families can still choose to keep their children home.

Donna Behrens

“It’s becoming a little real and that concerns me.” - Donna Behrens, Sioux City mother and Perry Creek PTA President.

Donna and Tate Behrens provided Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer with an update almost a week after the school year started.  

The Siouxland Public Media project, “Going Viral: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic” provides insight with families, teachers, school leaders during a year of educational uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Donna Behrens

The Siouxland Public Media project, “Going Viral: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic” provides insight with families, teachers, school leaders during a year of educational uncertainty due to COVID-19.

The Behrens family of Sioux City consists of Donna and Todd and their son, Tate.  Donna is the current Perry Creek Elementary School President; a post she's held for several years.  Todd is the Director of the Sioux City Art Center.  Tate just started 5th grade at Perry Creek.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is allowing bars and night clubs to reopen tomorrow in four of the six counties where they’ve been closed because of high coronavirus rates.

Bars in Polk, Linn, Black Hawk and Dallas counties can reopen at 5:00 pm tomorrow Wednesday. Bars in Story and Johnson counties—the homes of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa—must remain closed for now.

For the past several weeks, the White House Coronavirus Task Force has recommended that Iowa close bars in the majority of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Morningside College

Morningside College is boosting action after Saturday’s win against Northwestern.

In a news release this afternoon, Morningside says the home opener was the first time the school encountered resistance to COVID-19 guidelines.  There was clear disregard for policies in place and a number of people who attended expressed their disappointment.



The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the death of a Sioux City-area businessman has been ruled undetermined.

The death of 66-year-old David Davenport was being investigated as a homicide after the state medical examiner says he died of blunt-force trauma. 

U.S. Government

Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down early next month.  This will end  a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says Branstad confirmed his decision in a phone call with President Donald Trump last week. It did not give a reason for his departure.

A Sioux City man faces charges of 1st Degree Murder and Willful Injury after a double stabbing in Sioux City overnight.

First responders found a 37-year-old man and 43-year-old woman with several stab wounds.  Both went to MercyOne where the man died and the woman is being treated for serious injuries. 

The suspect was found about an hour-and-a-half later walking near 21st and Nebraska near the location of the suspected attack.

Fifty-four-year-old Michael Landrum is behind bars this afternoon at the Woodbury County Jail.


Two days after students returned to class fulltime in the Sioux City Community School District one class

was sent home for virtual learning. 

Nodland School moved one second grade class into what they call emergency response virtual learning. 

The plan is for the students to return to the classroom on Wednesday, September 23rd.

That’s because several in the classroom tested positive for COVID-19 or showed symptoms.

Mary Sue Moore

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 in the state of Iowa since the start of the pandemic.  More than half were residents of long-term care facilities, including Chris Mennen.  His family tells Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about their brother and the need to protect people at higher risk for the devastating disease.

“We are so heartbroken.”

Chris Mennen died on August 6th of complications of COPD and COVID-19 at the age of 62. 

Sioux City Journal/Tim Hynds

The last remaining logo for Sue Bee Honey was removed from the headquarters of the Sioux Honey Association this summer.  The image shows a Native American woman and adorned the side of the building along Lewis Boulevard in Sioux City for the past 50 or so years.   

Mark Mammen is the president and CEO of the Sioux Honey Association.  He talks to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the Sue Bee Logo change, the cooperative and about protecting the honey bee.


Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health shows another dozen Iowans have died from COVID-19.   Five-hundred more have tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period.

Facing the nation’s second-most coronavirus cases per capita over the last two weeks, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has defended her coronavirus strategy as a “balanced approach” that has kept the state’s economy humming.

Chris Mennen died on August 6, 2020 of respiratory failure and COVID-19 infection
Mennen Family

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of almost 1,200 in the state of Iowa since the start of the pandemic.  More than half were residents of long-term care facilities including a Siouxland man, Chris Mennen.  

Chris had Down Syndrome and lived in Sanborn at Prairie View Nursing Home; the site of an outbreak.  

Chris died on August 6, 2020 at the age of 62 of repiratory failure and COVID-19 infection.  His sister, Mary Sue Moore, who lives in Milford shares details of his inspiring life. 


One more person has died from complications of COVID-19 in Woodbury County for a total of 58 deaths.  The Iowa Department of public health reports 20 new cases for more than 4,300 in all.  Dakota County is reporting ten more cases.  There have been 43 deaths.

The spread of the coronavirus continued at a rapid pace in Iowa over the Labor Day holiday as state data revealed increases in hospitalizations and rising numbers of patients treated for the virus in intensive care.

Sioux City Community Schools

The Sioux City Community School District reports a dozen positive cases of COVID-19 from students and staff this week.

Five students and seven staff members, according to a weekly update.  

A news release says Siouxland District Health conducted contact tracing and anyone in close contact has been told to self-isolate or quarantine.

School officials will not talk about specific cases or schools impacted.

Siouxland Public Media

On Sunday night it will be an end of an era for long-time Siouxland Public Media announcer Isaac Quinonez, also known as D.J. Tapatio.  He has been the long-time host of the program South of the Border.  For 16-years Isaac has been spending Sunday nights with listeners and sharing their requests with a high-energy and entertaining show.  He moved to Sioux City in the 1990s and studied broadcasting at Briar Cliff.  Isaac plans to return to his home of Guadalajara, Mexico and says leaving is bittersweet because he enjoys making a difference in the community.


The Iowa Department of Public Health shows an increase of almost 1,200 new positive COVID-19 tests in the state and three more deaths for a total of almost 68,000 positive cases and 1,137 deaths.

Cases in Woodbury County continue to climb.  Siouxland District Health is tracking 46 additional cases for more than 4,200 since the beginning of the pandemic and 56 deaths.

The test positivity rate according to the Iowa Department of Public Health is 11.6%

Omaha Fashion Week

This past weekend a Sioux City woman hit the runway at Omaha Fashion Week with other models 20-30 years younger.  Before the big show, Erika Hansen shared her modeling journey with her friend, Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.  The 46-year-old explored the changes in society and fashion that allow her to break barriers.

Iowa PBS

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds acknowledged the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state during a news conference today.

The CDC reported last week, Iowa saw the highest rate of new cases in the nation and 5th highest number of positivity rates.

Reynolds says the biggest increase is with younger adults in the college towns of Iowa City, Ames and even Iowa Falls.

The governor didn’t call for further action as recommended by the CDC for impacted areas, including a mask mandate.

A local advocate launched an on-line petition calling for mandatory face coverings and masks for the state of Iowa.  Cindy Waitt, who works with the Kind World Foundation, the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and many other charities, talked to Siouxland Public Media about her push for wearing masks.

The petition can be found here.

Hinton Community School District

The Hinton Community School District is making changes after high COVID-19 positivity rates in Plymouth County.  A letter to families says the community is now seeing an increase.  Cases were previously seen on other parts of the county.