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 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.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, September 10, 2018:

  • Court documents show 12-year-old tried to shoot teacher in Eldridge
  • IllinoisGov. Rauner declares "harvest emergency"
  • Questioning of jury pool to begin in murder trial of white Chicago cop charged with murder of black teen

Today's forecast: high of 75 with sunny skies.

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WVIK's Benjamin Payne has the story of an attorney from Rock Island who in 1988 took his case to the highest court in the land. Audio from the oral arguments comes from the archives of the Supreme Court. Audio of Stuart Lefstein in 2018 comes from an interview conducted at the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen.

Headlines for the morning of Friday, September 7, 2018:

  • Memorial to an eastern Iowa soldier killed in Vietnam will be unveiled this weekend
  • New QC program aims to help cooks become entrepreneurs
  • Project Now to celebrate 50th anniversary

Today's forecast: rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm, with a high of 70 degrees.

Headlines for the morning of Thursday, September 6, 2018:

  • Davenport and Cedar Rapids prep for flooding
  • Bond could be increased or revoked for Chicago police officer charged with murdering black teen
  • Mollie Tibbetts' accused murderer allegedly went by an alias for years
  • R.I. native Madison Keys advances to US Open semifinals
  • River Bandits lose their playoff opener

Today's forecast: 80% chance of rain, with the temperature holding steady around 67.

A professional tennis player from the Quad Cities is once again in the running for a Grand Slam championship.

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, September 5, 2018:

  • Part of River Drive in downtown Moline to be closed for 2+ weeks, beginning today
  • Pro tennis player from the QC is set to play in the US Open quarterfinals tonight
  • Kids' Hacker Camp to be held in Davenport this weekend

Today's forecast: high of 82, with an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms; the Quad Cities is under a flash flood watch until midnight.

Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, September 4, 2018:

  • Rep. Cheri Bustos wants to open new agricultural markets amid current trade war
  • Residents of R.I. School District can help find a new superintendent
  • Environmental demonstrators in Iowa march to protest Dakota Access pipeline
  • Anti-violence protesters in Chicago blocked from shutting down I-90

Today's forecast: high of 88 with mostly sunny skies, and a 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms after 3 p.m.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept 3, 2018:

  • The retrial of Stanley Liggins will enter its second week, following a Labor Day recess
  • This week begins the murder trial of a Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager 16 times in October 2014

Today's forecast: a flash flood watch is in effect for the Quad Cities until 1 p.m.; a 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a high of 84 and mostly cloudy skies.

Black Hawk County

Iowa prosecutors began opening statements Thursday in the retrial of Stanley Liggins, who is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Lewis, a nine-year-old from Rock Island whose remains were found near a Davenport school in September of 1990.