Clayton Hester

Host - Morning Edition, Reporter

Clayton is a Multimedia Journalism major at Southeast Missouri State University, with minors in creative writing and religious studies. In addition to news - including stories for the Southeast Arrow - Clayton writes a little bit of everything: short stories, painstaking novels, the occasional lyric, screenplays, satirical blog posts, and sometimes funny tweets. He loves music and listens to everything from Frank Sinatra to Faron Young, and Phil Collins to Avicii. His dream job is to either anchor network news or to host Jeopardy, either one is fine. He’s a cat person and nerd.

His favorite public radio programs are 1A, the TED Radio Hour, and Ask Me Another.


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Friday night, protestors gathered at Freedom Corner in Capaha Park by candlelight to demonstrate their opposition to current conditions at migrant detention facilities along the U.S. southern border, immigration policy, and a promise by the Trump Administration to conduct immigration raids on several U.S. cities, which, as of Sunday, failed to materialize

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On Thursday, Cape Girardeau got a visit from the Governor’s boss - First Lady Teresa Parson.

A guest in the Cape Chamber Women’s Network speaker series, Parson joined local women to discuss Jobs for Graduates-Missouri (JAG-Missouri), an organization aimed at keeping students from dropping out of high school. 

“Like her husband, Teresa has a strong commitment to education,” Cape Chamber Vice President Kim Voelker said.

In May, a wave of severe weather hit the Midwest, including deadly tornadoes which touched down in Carl Junction, Golden City, and Jefferson City. The resulting damage to residential and commercial properties is expected to bring a large loss for insurance providers in Missouri, according to the Department of Insurance. 

Southeast Missouri State University

Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Dennis Vinson of Cape Girardeau to Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Regents.


Vinson is president and CEO of Signature Packaging and Paper, LLC in Jackson. He has received a certificate of executive leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, as well as from the Delta Regional Authority Academy. 


After many years under the ownership of Dr. George Ann Huck of Commerce, Missouri, a “30 Star Flag” has made its way into the Special Collections and Archives at Southeast Missouri State University. This notable piece of history - an iteration of the American flag - was first issued in 1848 when Wisconsin joined the Union, but was only in use for three years until California became a state in 1851.