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.


Last year has been described as a time of racial reckoning for police departments across the country and the communities they serve. KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke to Sgt. Joey Hann of the Cape Girardeau police department about the relationship between the city and its law enforcement.

Londyn Lorenz

Alex Trebek, the host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy, passed away on November 8th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. 

After 36 years of hosting, Trebek’s last episodes aired Friday, January 8th. 


Londyn Lorenz, a Perryville native now attending the University of Mississippi, competed in the 2020 Jeopardy College Championship, which recorded in February and aired in April.


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On this week's episode, KRCU's Clayton Hester speaks to Southeast Missouri State University professor Jason Sides about the runoff elections in Georgia and their implications, as well as a look at political circumstances around the nation after the violence at the U.S. Capitol.

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KRCU's Clayton Hester takes you on the Christmas Country Church Tour - a holiday tradition that’s in its 16th year and managed to keep its annual visits happening despite the pandemic.


Old Town Cape



With the damage done to the economy, small businesses face their own unique pressure, given the concern for safety and in-person shopping. KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke to Elizabeth Haynes, Executive Director of Old Town Cape, about what the community is seeing and how her organization is assisting.