Andrew Yeager

Host/Reporter



It was probably inevitable that Andrew Yeager would end up working in public radio. The son of two teachers, NPR News programs often formed the backdrop to car rides growing up. And it was probably inevitable that Andrew would end up in news after discovering the record button on his tape recorder. He still remembers his first attempted interview - his uncooperative 2-year-old sister.

Originally from east central Indiana, Andrew earned degrees in broadcasting and political science from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. While there he spent more than his fair share of time at WOBN, the student-run radio station. After college Andrew worked for an educational non-profit and volunteered at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio. He ventured into public radio full-time as a reporter for WNIN in Evansville, Ind. Besides covering an array of local stories, Andrew's work has been heard on many public radio programs.

Andrew lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham. When not consumed by public radio work, he's often picking up items strewn about the house by said children, reading or heading out on a bike ride when not enveloped by the Alabama heat.

Alabama Hospitals Hit Plateau With COVID Patients But Facilities Still In Crisis

Alabama still has more ICU patients than available beds. Hospital officials need more nurses too.

Strong Campaign Propels Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin To A Second Term

University of Alabama at Birmingham political science professor Peter Jones said fundraising and a "boots to the ground" strategy gave incumbent Mayor Randall Woodfin his commanding victory in Tuesday's election.

Here Are The Full Results From Birmingham’s City Election

A runoff election is Oct. 5 for races in which no candidate won a majority.

Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson: ‘I’m Really Just Begging People To Help’

Wilson said Alabama's health care system was nearly crippled during a winter COVID-19 surge. The delta variant has the potential to be even worse.

How Birmingham’s Police Chief Plans To Slow The City’s Homicide Rate

Birmingham finished 2020 with a 25-year high in homicides. This year shows no sign of that slowing. WBHM talked with the city's police chief about how he plans to respond.

Legislative Wrap-Up: What Died And What Passed On The Final Day

Many bills made it out before Monday's deadline. But the lawmakers also expect a special session later this year.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Medical Marijuana And Yoga Bills Pass, Gambling Bill Stalls

A medical marijuana bill goes to the governor. Meanwhile a gambling bill looks unlikely to pass this session.

Retiring Children’s Of Alabama CEO Expects Medicaid To Face Budget Pressure Again

CEO Mike Warren said he thought he could fix Medicaid, but he was naive.

Remembering the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes From Those Who Lived It

Three people recount their memories of that devastating day.

James Spann: April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak Will Remain ‘Part Of My Soul’

The loss of life from the once-in-generation storm still weighs on the iconic TV meteorologist.

UAB Health System CEO: ‘It really was that bleak.’

CEO Will Ferniany will end his health care career having led the organization through the coronavirus pandemic. He plans to retire later this year.

Secretary of State John Merrill Won’t Run For Office Next Year, Acknowledges Affair

Merrill was expected to announce a run for U.S. Senate in 2022.

Alabama Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility To Those 16 And Older

That means a total of about four million Alabamians will be eligible starting Monday.

The Unlikely Spark For Birmingham’s Negro League Reunion

Boston-native Cam Perron became obsessed with the Negro League as a child. That led to an annual reunion and friendships with players decades older.

Biden Administration Pushes To Vaccinate All Americans Against COVID-19

The White House said officials are working through issues of access and vaccine hesitancy.

Storms Prompt Schools To Delay Opening Thursday

More than a dozen suspected tornados raked over Alabama on Wednesday.

One Year In, Bama Tracker Creator Considers Future Of COVID Data Site

The reach of David Marconnet's site grew beyond what he imagined. But with cases dropping, Bama Tracker may have run its course.

Family, Faith And Race Collide In Columnist John Archibald’s New Book

Archibald's father was a Methodist minister in Alabama during the turbulent civil rights era. Yet in his sermons from that time, he stayed silent on race.

Ivey Extends Face Mask Order But Not For Long

Gov. Ivey leaves face mask order alone for now, but says it will end April 9.

Some Parents Worry About In-person Standardized Testing During The Pandemic

Education leaders in Alabama say there will be no virtual option despite COVID-19.

What To Expect During The 2021 Alabama Legislative Session

Lawmakers will debate perennial issues from the budgets to prisons, but the coronavirus pandemic remains ever present.

Birmingham Police Stations Offer Safe Place To Exchange Online Purchases

The comments from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin comes after a UAB student was shot and killed during a transaction arranged online.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About The South

Author Ben Beard surveys the South through movies in his new book "The South Never Plays Itself."

Birmingham Pastor Calls For A State Of Emergency Over Murder Rate

The number of homicides rose in the city in 2020. Birmingham started 2021 with three murders over three days.

Annual Birmingham-Area Bird Count Canceled Due To Pandemic

Since Alabama Audubon's Christmas Bird Count won't happen this year, researchers could miss out on data about bird populations.

Bus Rapid Transit Line Coming To Birmingham

Construction on the Birmingham Xpress will start in January and is scheduled to finish in time for the World Games in 2022.

A Visit With Santa? It’s Still Happening Despite The Pandemic

How do you visit Santa in a pandemic? It's a question retailers, families and Santa himself are dealing with this season.

Educators Mixed on Governor’s Push For In-Person Learning

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the longer schools are disrupted, the more likely kids will suffer academically.

New Exhibit At Birmingham Museum of Art Shows American History’s Violent Struggle

A new art exhibit features the work of Jacob Lawrence, widely considered one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century.

The ‘Dirty Secret’ Of Wastewater Failures in Lowndes County

Activist Catherine Coleman Flowers describes her fight for environmental justice in her hometown in a new memoir.

‘Unjustifiable’ Sheds Light On An Overlooked Alabama Police Killing

The podcast from Reckon South digs into the case of Bonita Carter, a 20-year-old Black woman, who was shot and killed outside of a convenience store in 1979.

Ivey Extends Mask Mandate Through December 11

The extension comes as new COVID-19 cases rise in Alabama.