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.


Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

On Monday, Southeast Missouri State University released its “Protect the Nest” plan in preparation for students’ return to campus. To get more information about the plan and the context around it, KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke to Southeast President Carlos Vargas. 

“This plan is the result of a number of conversations we’ve had across the campus from the beginning of the spring when we actually had the pandemic hit us,” Vargas said. 


United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement



Immigration and Customs Enforcement has rescinded a policy it announced on July 6 that international students would not be allowed back into the country if their college or university is doing only online classes.


Executive Director of International Education and Services Kevin Timlin says Southeast was likely not going to be affected when the order was moving forward because of its hybridized courses. 

Clayton Hester / KRCU

  The Cape Girardeau City Council voted to move the city’s Confederate Monument in Ivers Square at their meeting yesterday evening. 

Clayton Hester / KRCU

Cape Girardeau has been talking lately about its Confederate monument in Ivers Square, located on the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse, which is being renovated into the new city hall.

Southeast Missouri State University

A new vice president for finance and administration is coming to Southeast Missouri State University. 

Brad Sheriff served the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith as their vice chancellor for finance and administration. Starting on Aug. 1, Sheriff will be working alongside Kathy Mangels, who is the current vice president for finance and administration until she retires in the fall.

In his new role, Sheriff will be serving on the Executive Staff as the vice president for finance and administration.