Andrew Yeager

Managing Editor



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.

Andrew wants to know what's on your mind. Let him know what issues you'd like to see the WBHM newsroom covering.

Transgender issues dominate end of the legislative session. Second special session to come

Alabama now has its own version of a Florida law derided by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

‘Divisive concepts’ bill passes Alabama House

The measure faced a questionable future just a week ago when a House committee failed to act on it.

Exhaustion and nervousness after 2 years of COVID in Alabama

March 13 marked two years since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Alabama. Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson said we're in a good place now, but there's concern of another surge.

Alabama lawmakers roll the dice on a new lottery bill

The constitutional amendment would authorize a state lottery, sports betting, eight full casinos and two smaller gambling operations.

Alabama lawmakers advance a record-setting education budget

Legislators also took up measures to improve math education and attack what's known as "period poverty."

Alabama educators push back on bill banning ‘divisive concepts’ from the classroom

Lawmakers also took action this week on a delay to a school reading requirement and a ban on transgender treatments for youths.

Bill that would ban concealed carry permits in Alabama advances

Lawmakers also advanced a so-called bathroom bill but delayed a bill increasing penalties for rioters.

2022 PMJA Awards — Spot News

Newscast spot aired July 29, 2021 Intro: The rise in COVID cases is on the minds of many as Birmingham City Schools students return to the classroom Monday. But on Thursday some kids had something else on their minds — a fresh haircut for the first day of school. WBHM’s Kyra Miles has more.

PMJA Awards — Breaking News, Part 2

Newscasts from March 26, 2021, the morning after a tornado outbreak in Alabama

PMJA Awards — Breaking News, Part 1

Newscasts from March 25, 2021 during a tornado outbreak in Alabama

Alabama Republicans pass bill to hike penalties for removing Confederate monuments

Republicans also advanced a bill that would require jail time for those who participate in a riot, plus another banning certain therapies for transgender youth.

2022 Murrow Award — Overall Excellence

WBHM’s entry for overall excellence includes the following: 00:00 – “Birmingham Teachers Welcome Students Back to School Amid COVID Surge” (aired 08/02/21) 01:53 – Excerpt from audio postcard – “Alabama’s Frontline Providers: ‘We are Overworked And We are Frustrated” (aired 08/19/21) 04:45 – “Surge in Deaths Strains Local Funeral Homes, Morgue” (aired 02/12/21) 08:53 – […]

2022 Murrow Awards — News Series, Part Two

Second part of the news series “Gun Violence in the Magic City” This piece is titled “Birmingham Residents Offer Solutions to Gun Violence but Some Victims Feel Hopeless” and it aired June 29, 2021.

2022 Murrow Awards — Sports Reporting

Story titled “After a blowout pilot season, high school girls flag football could be an official sport in Alabama” which originally aired on Nov. 30, 2021

2022 Murrow Award — Breaking News, Part 2

Excerpts from morning newscasts on March 26, 2021, the day after a deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama

2022 Murrow Award — Breaking News, Part 1

Excerpts from WBHM’s afternoon newscasts on March 25, 2021, when a deadly tornados hit Alabama

School choice and permitless carry bills face rocky road in the Alabama legislature

Legislative committees passed both measures this week, but not before speakers at hearings expressed criticism of the proposals.

Congressional map ruling a ‘bombshell’ for Alabama lawmakers

A panel of federal judges ordered lawmakers to redraw congressional maps approved last year by Feb. 11.

Birmingham will host USFL’s inaugural season

The Birmingham Stallions will play the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League's first game on April 16.

COVID relief funding package passes Alabama legislative committees

A plan to spend about $772 million is set for final passage as early as next week.

2022 ABBY Awards — Promo, Station Promotion

WBHM Thanksgiving promotion produced by Michael Krall and Ann Alquist

Alabama lawmakers already planning a special session just days into the regular one

Legislators would use the special session to discuss appropriating COVID relief funds. We have more in our weekly legislative update.

The 2022 Alabama legislative session starts Tuesday. Here’s what to expect

The COVID-19 pandemic will be an undercurrent to this year's legislative session. So too will the fact it's an election year.

WBHM Bids Farewell to Janae Pierre

Janae Pierre is leaving WBHM join WNYC, the NPR station in New York City, to host a new daily podcast. She sits down with Andrew Yeager to reflect on her time in Birmingham.

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.