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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Thursday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 11, 2018:

  • Iowa gubernatorial candidates begin debate series; Illinois candidates finish theirs
  • Enterprise zones approved for Illinois QC and Henry County

Today's forecast: high of 50 with mostly cloudy skies; winds of 15 mph and gusts up to 25 mph; frost advisory overnight, with a low in the lower 30s.

Wednesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 10, 2018:

  • Jason Van Dyke being held in Rock Island County
  • Trump visits Iowa, lifts ethanol restriction
  • River Drive closure in Davenport
  • Help for heating bills in the QC

Today's forecast: rain and thunderstorms; windy, with a high of 71, down to a low of 39 tonight.

The much-anticipated traveling exhibit "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950" makes its debut at the Figge Art Museum this week, opening to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The 60 works come from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, and are divided by subject into four themes: landscape, still life, portraits and figures, and nude.

Thursday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 4, 2018:

  • Moline police captains disciplined for riding with inebriated chief
  • Microsoft to offer broadband internet to rural areas, including eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois
  • Scott County Family YMCA plans new downtown location

Wednesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 3, 2018:

  • Davenport issues thousands of surveys
  • Moline's completes its largest utility project
  • Illinois Highway 82 in Geneseo to be closed next week

Tuesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 2, 2018:

  • Rep. Bustos wants to move up the party ladder
  • Loras College in Dubuque doubles down on international student enrollment
  • Jason Van Dyke trial set to resume after unexpected day off
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to headline Iowa Gov. Reynolds' fundraiser

Today's forecast: high of 65, down to a low of 62 tonight.

Monday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 1, 2018:

  • New I-74 bridge to continue carrying utility lines
  • Illinois solar projects put strain on counties
  • Iowans impacted by high demand for liquid petroleum

Today's forecast: high of 78, with cloudy skies and a 30% chance of rain in the evening.

Friday morning's WVIK newscast for Sept. 28, 2018:

  • Man who fell to death at St. Ambrose is identified
  • R.I. County Democrats launch early voting campaign
  • QC unemployment continues to fall

Today's forecast: 70% chance of rain; cloudy skies with a high of 56 degrees, down to a low of 38 tonight.

Thursday morning's WVIK newscast for Sept. 27, 2018:

  • Davenport police investigating death of St. Ambrose employee
  • Iowa flags lowered to half-staff for fallen soldier from QC
  • Prototype house unveiled for R.I. home ownership program
  • Dubuque County Courthouse statues undergo refurbishing

Today's forecast: high of 71, down to a low of 51 tonight; windy today, with gusts up to 20 mph.

Wednesday morning's WVIK newscast for Sept. 26, 2018:

  • R.I.'s Great River Trail closed rest of week
  • Trial set for Burlington man charged with vehicular homicide
  • Nationally syndicated columnist to speak at Augustana
  • Black Hawk College construction project reaches milestone

Today's forecast: high of 66, with sunny skies.