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.

Birmingham’s New Downtown Publix Attracts Residents Beyond the City Center

Publix opens its long-awaited downtown Birmingham store. It's a retailer that could have an impact beyond the city center.

As $800 Million Prison Plan Returns This Session, Some Lawmakers Are Skeptical

Governor Robert Bentley is pushing an $800 million dollar prison overhaul for a second time. Lawmakers are expected to debate the bill in the legislative session that starts Tuesday.

Business Leaders Optimistic Lawmakers Will Reauthorize Historic Tax Credit

Birmingham Business Journal managing editor Stephanie Rebman discusses Alabama's lapsed historic tax credit and a new economic development plan for the state.

Alabama Legislature To Kick Off New Session With More Deliberate Approach

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the upcoming Alabama legislative session.

What Constitutes Downtown Birmingham?

Amidst all the talk about downtown Birmingham’s resurgence, there’s kind of a semantic assumption -- that we all mean the same thing when we say "downtown." Labels might not seem to matter much, but to marketers and real estate folks it does have an effect.

Protesters March at Birmingham Airport to Oppose Trump’s Immigration Ban

Protesters marched at Birmingham's airport Sunday to oppose President Trump's executive order on immigrants and refugees.

Grand Jury in Birmingham Expands Probe

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses a widening grand jury investigation in Jefferson County.

President Trump and Alabama’s Economy

We talk about what may happen for Alabama's economy under the Trump Administration in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Relationship from Divorce Case the Focus For Indicted JeffCo District Attorney

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the perjury charge against suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson.

Suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Claims Innocence On Perjury Charge

Suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson said Tuesday a perjury charge that came days before he was set to take office is baseless and politically motivated.

How Birmingham Stacks Up to Other Southern Metros

We explain how Birmingham compares to other southern metros in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

New National Monument Connects Birmingham’s Past to Today

President Obama establishes the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument place many notable civil rights sites under the banner of the National Park Service.

Digging into the Birmingham City Schools

Weld editor Nick Patterson discusses what's behind some of the Birmingham City Schools' struggles.

Municipal Judges Disciplined for Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discuss the waning use of "debtor prison" tactics that find poor residents buried under municipal fines.

Birmingham Awaiting Announcement on Civil Rights National Monument

In his State of the City address Tuesday, Birmingham Mayor William Bell said he’s optimistic President Obama will declare the Birmingham Civil Rights District a national monument.

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Might Not Benefit Alabama Much

In this week's Magic City Marketplace we hear why President-elect Donald Trump's infrastructure plan might not benefit Alabama that much.

The Year Ahead in Birmingham Politics

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the year ahead in Birmingham politics. He also remembers former Alabama Governor Albert Brewer.

Birmingham Area Under Winter Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Birmingham area.

NAACP Stages Sit-in to Protest Sessions’ Nomination as Attorney General

Leaders with the NAACP are calling on the Senate to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, and staging a sit-in in Sessions' Mobile office in protest.

What will 2017 Bring for Birmingham’s Economy?

The new year is just two days old but businesses are eager to see what 2017 brings. We talk about what is expected in the Birmingham area economy this year in Magic City Marketplace.

The Year in Alabama Politics

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the big stories of the year in Alabama politics.

The Year Ahead for Transit in Birmingham

In this week's Magic City Marketplace, what to expect from Birmingham transit in 2017 and the effect of an interest rate hike on Birmingham banks.

Alabama Execution Puts Judicial Override in the Spotlight

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses judicial override. Alabama executed an inmate last week whose death penalty was given by a judge over the recommendation of a jury.

Historic Marker Commemorates Gadsden Lynching

Tuesday, a historic marker will go up in Gadsden, Alabama, commemorating the 1906 lynching of a black man, Bunk Richardson, by a white mob.

What Trump Could Mean for the Steel and Coal Industries

We look at what a President Trump could mean for the struggling steel and coal industries.

UAB Breaks Ground on a new Business School

UAB leaders broke ground Friday on a new home for the university’s Collat School of Business.

Questions Surround Mayor’s Plan for Ensley Tower

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses plans to renovate a vacant building in downtown Ensley.

Birmingham Expects a Boost from National Civil Rights Designation

What a national historic monument designation for Birmingham's Civil Rights District could mean for tourism

Lawsuit Adds Sordid Details to Alleged Bentley Affair

A lawsuit offers sordid details about Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's alleged affair.

How Birmingham is Doing Attracting Millennials

As Birmingham works to keep its post-recession economic rebound going, a part of that is Millennials. As these people born roughly between 1980 and 2000 enter the job market or advance in their careers, they’ll rent apartments, buy homes, spend money that will fuel future growth. So business leaders are keen to attract and keep Millennials in Birmingham. That’s where we start in this week’s Magic City Marketplace.

Provider Withdrawals Spark Uncertainty About Alabama’s Medicaid Overhaul

Alabama’s effort to transform its Medicaid system took a hit last month as several major providers decided to withdraw from the effort. More than a million people in the state depend on Medicaid for healthcare. The pull out is adding uncertainty to what’s already been a troubled process.

Who Replaces Senator Jeff Sessions?

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was an early backer of President-elect Donald Trump and as a result Sessions is expected to get a prime spot in a Trump Administration. If that happens, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley would name a successor. That opens up a new horse race. We talk about it with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.