Benjamin Payne

"Morning Edition" Host and Reporter

Benjamin Payne hosts Morning Edition on WVIK, and also reports spot news and feature stories for the WVIK newsroom. As a graduate of Augustana College, he majored in Multimedia Journalism & Mass Communication. Before coming to WVIK, he served a reporting internship at WBEZ in Chicago, volunteered with the Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS), and participated in NPR's Next Generation Radio project.

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Headlines for the morning of Friday, September 21, 2018:

  • Arsenal bridge to be closed Saturday
  • Candidates for IL governor debate for first time
  • Investigators say Iowa public agency director sexually harassed at least three subordinates
  • Northern Illinois University announces its first female president
  • Quad City International Airport to fast-track infrastructure improvements

Today's forecast: high of 68; breezy, with northwest winds of 15 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.

Headlines for the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2018:

  • Jury enters deliberations in murder retrial of Stanley Liggins
  • Silvis woman admits to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from programs for needy children
  • Candidates for R.I. County Clerk address election security
  • Vigil held for slain Iowa State golfer

Today's forecast: high of 92 with the heat index as high as 101; breezy, with south winds of 15-25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.

Jeff Reinitz / Waterloo–Cedar Falls Courier

Two members of the jury panel in the murder retrial of Stanley Liggins were absent Tuesday from the courtroom in the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa, where attorneys for Liggins rested their case.

Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

  • Illinois Gov. Rauner makes a campaign stop in Rock Island
  • John Deere kicks off campaign with United Way
  • QC to get northwest Illinois's first human milk depot

Today's forecast: 40% chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a high of 86.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, September 17, 2018:

  • Local Native Americans oppose development on what may be burial grounds
  • Catholics in Dubuque pray for survivors of sexual abuse
  • Candidates for Illinois Governor to debate this week

Today's forecast: high of 90 with sunny skies.

Jeff Reinitz / Waterloo–Cedar Falls Courier

Prosecutors in the murder retrial of Stanley Liggins rested their case Friday morning.

Headlines for the morning of Friday, September 14, 2018:

  • Two killed after fatal one-vehicle crash last night in north Davenport
  • $80k in unclaimed money in R.I. County
  • QC School attendance campaign kicks off
  • "Taming of the Slough" returns to Sylvan Island

Today's forecast: high of 86 with mostly sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Thursday, September 13, 2018:

  • Budget problems could soon be over for local special education agency
  • United Township schools approve budget
  • Iowa Medicaid director confounded by cost increase
  • C-SPAN bus stops in Davenport

Today's forecast: high of 83 with sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

  • Arsenal Island ceremony honors victims of 9/11
  • Rock Island School District superintendent delivers "State of the Schools" address
  • Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau introduces its new president and CEO
  • Davenport-based Lee Enterprises shutters a recently unionized weekly newspaper

Today's forecast: high of 82 with sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

  • Two Moline police captains placed on paid administrative leave
  • Safety policies under review at North Scott Junior High after attempted shooting
  • Reward extended for information on Davenport homicide

Today's forecast: high of 80 with sunny skies.

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