Andrew Yeager

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.

Federal Bribery Trial Digs into Lobbying Around Birmingham Superfund Site

The prosecution has rested its case in the federal corruption trial of two Birmingham attorneys and a coal company vice president. The question is whether they bribed a state lawmaker to fight efforts to clean up a polluted Birmingham neighborhood.

Report: Alabama Children Improve on Health, Family Measures

An annual survey of child well-being found Alabama continues to improve.

AG Marshall Speaks Out About Wife’s Mental Health Struggles

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shed light today on circumstances around his wife’s death this past Sunday. In an emotional press conference, Marshall set the record straight about his family.

Birmingham’s Love Moor is Grabbing Ears Beyond the Magic City

Birmingham singer Love Moor has been attracting attention around the Magic City. But she’s pushing beyond her hometown, including an appearance at South by Southwest this spring.

Birmingham Student Puts Braille Skills to the Test

Birmingham-area student Rachel Hyche will compete this weekend in the Braille Challenge. It’s her second trip to the finals in Los Angeles.

Jefferson County Approves Incentives for $325 million Amazon Project

A new Amazon facility in Bessemer is one step closer to reality. Jefferson County Commissioners approved a package of incentives for the anticipated Amazon fulfillment center Thursday morning.

Analysis of Alabama’s Primary from the Right and Left

Democrat Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey will meet in the fall race for Governor. Some other races in Alabama’s primary will go to runoffs first. We have analysis from Republican consultant Jeff Vreeland and Democratic pollster Zac McCrary.

GOP Plays to Social Conservatives in Statewide Primaries

Alabama voters go to the polls June 5th for party primaries. In addition to governor, they’ll choose nominees for lieutenant governor, attorney general and chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

2018 Governor’s Race: Doug “New Blue” Smith

Democrat Doug “New Blue” Smith says previous Republican administrations have dismantled the state’s “economic machinery.” He would restore it if elected governor.

Amazon Eyes Bessemer for a Fulfillment Center

Amazon is strongly considering a Bessemer site for a new fulfillment center. If the project happens, it would likely bring at least 1,500 jobs.

2018 Governor’s Race: Scott Dawson

Scott Dawson is a newcomer to politics. But the Republican evangelist says he was inspired to run for Alabama governor after watching former Governor Robert Bentley’s administration fall apart amid Bentley’s alleged affair with an aide.

Networking Company Wins Birmingham Startup Pitch Contest

A Birmingham startup focused on networking won $100,000 in a pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

Birmingham Startups Take a Turn in the Spotlight

AOL co-founder Steve Case will bring his “Rise of the Rest” tour to Birmingham Wednesday.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Senator Shelby

A watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama Senator Richard Shelby.

2018 Governor’s Race: Christopher Countryman

Democrat Christopher Countryman has been active as an LGBTQ activist. He now has his eye on the governor’s office.

A Forgotten Civil Rights Battle — Public Libraries

Protests from the civil rights movement centered on lunch counters, buses or the voting booth. But one often forgotten battle was over public libraries.

WBHM Politics: Tariffs and China

China and the U.S. have locked horns over tariffs. Alabama companies and farmers are right in the middle.

Museum Exhibit Gives a View of 1930s Birmingham

The exhibit Magic City Realism, a collection of etchings at the Birmingham Museum of Art, shows life in Birmingham during the Great Depression.

2018 Governor’s Race: State Senator Bill Hightower

Republican State Senator Bill Hightower says Alabama needs a business-minded approach to state government and that’s why he’s running for governor.

2018 Governor’s Race: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

Huntsville is Alabama’s third largest city, but it’s projected to surpass Montgomery and Birmingham in the coming years. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he can expand that kind of growth to the entire state and that’s why he’s running for governor.

Birmingham Columnist Takes Journalism’s Top Prize

For the first time in eleven years, Birmingham has a Pulitzer Prize winner. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald won the Pulitzer for commentary Monday.

WBHM Politics: Election Season Overview

Election season is underway in Alabama with party primaries June 5th and the general election in November. We’ll talk about the upcoming elections, some of the dynamics at play and a few key races.

Tornado-Ravaged Jacksonville State Prepares to Head Back to Class

Classes resume Monday at Jacksonville State University, three weeks after a tornado slammed into the campus and surrounding community. The school was on spring break when the storm hit and that’s seen as a big reason there were no deaths. With students returning to campus, a new phase of recovery begins.

The Story Behind Alabama’s Latest Public Corruption Case

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses a corruption case involving two state lawmakers, a lobbyist and a California healthcare company.

WBHM Politics: Spring Break

We’re on spring break this week. In the meantime, support the podcast by donating at wbhm.org. We’ll be back with a new episode in April.

WBHM Politics: Guns, Schools and Safety

The issue of guns and schools has been in the news the past month after a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. In Birmingham these issues became very real when a student was shot and killed at Huffman High School earlier this month. We explore the topic through a series of conversations.

“Opportunity” the Key Word for Birmingham’s New Economic Development Director

Josh Carpenter, Birmingham’s new director of economic development, says his focus is to create opportunity for people to become empowered.

Community Remembers Huffman High School Student Killed in Shooting

Community members and students took to East Lake Park Sunday to remember a high school student who was shot and killed last week.

WBHM Politics: When Retailers Close, Taxes Go Too

When a big-box store closes in a smaller community, that drop in tax revenue can be a big hit to the town. That’s a situation Fairfield and Irondale are working through.

The “Designated University Kid” on the Alabama Community that Raised him

Eric Motley’s memoir is something of an ode to Madison Park, Alabama — a small, African-American community on the outskirts of Montgomery.

Number of Hate Groups Increased in 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups in its annual survey rose 4 percent in 2017, spurred in part by an increase of black nationalist groups. At the same time the number of Ku Klux Klan groups dropped significantly.

How a Small Alabama Town Pioneered the First 9-1-1 Call

In January 1968, the FCC and AT&T announced a plan for an emergency telephone number. But the Alabama Telephone Company decided to get out ahead of the feds and set up its own system.