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 Thursday, August 30, 2018:

  •  Augustana, St. Ambrose, and more local colleges team up to change stigma against higher education
  • Banker near Cedar Rapids pleads guilty to hampering FDIC examination
  • Oregon married couple take their cross-country volunteering to Davenport

Today's forecast: high of 79 with mostly sunny skies, and a 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms 

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

  • Two arrests in connection with death of five-year-old Davenport boy
  • United Way of the QC kicks off next campaign
  • One person hospitalized and under arrest after I-280 accident in Milan yesterday
  • WWII ship set to dock in Bettendorf beginning tomorrow

The Quad Cities will start off cloudy, but should gradually clear throughout the day. (There is a slight 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms in the early morning, before 7 o’clock.)

Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, August 28, 2018:

  • New trial for Stanley Liggins begins today
  • Illinois Republicans unite against J.B. Pritzker's tax plan
  • Candidates' forum in QC to focus on retirement issues
  • Assistance offered to Galesburg homeowners with lead paint on property

Today's forecast: heat advisory until 7 p.m., with a high of 89. A 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms in the late afternoon, increasing to 90% tonight.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, August 27, 2018:

  • Mollie Tibbetts' father: remember her by "celebrating something wonderful"
  • Resurfacing of a busy Rock Island street begins
  • Whiteside County looks to solar energy
  • Rock Island may sell two public housing complexes

Today's forecast: heat advisory until 7 p.m., with a high of 91 and the heat index as high as 100. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, and gusts as high as 30 mph.

The roughly 2,500 students of Augustana College in Rock Island returned to campus this week to begin their fall trimester. It's the first of Augustana's three academic terms, which each span ten weeks of class—considerably shorter than the 14 to 16 weeks typically spent in the standard semester followed by most colleges and universities twice a year.

Headlines for the morning of Friday, August 24, 2018:

  • Teenagers sought for threats to United Township High School
  • Unemployment in the Illinois QC drops
  • Women's Equality Day celebration planned this weekend in the QC
  • Hall of Fame unveils tomorrow at the Cordova International Raceway

Today's forecast: high of 74 with showers and thunderstorms letting up by the early afternoon, but also a 60% chance of rain returning tonight.

Headlines for the morning of Thursday, August 23, 2018:

  • Mollie Tibbetts murder suspect appears in Iowa court
  • New home for Rock Island County Recorder's Office
  • Laborshed study ongoing in the QC
  • Brady Street Stadium ready for football

Today's forecast: high of 81 with sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, August 22, 2018:

  • suspect charged in murder of Mollie Tibbetts
  • effort to save University of Iowa's Labor Center comes to the QC tonight
  • Bettendorf celebrates the new Grant Wood Elementary School
  • stage combat program comes to WIU

Today's forecast: high of 78 with sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Friday, August 17, 2018:

  • Davenport schools may outsource services
  • IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union "tops off" its new HQ
  • A new name for a Quad Cities jazz fest

Today's forecast: high of 82 and a 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms.

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, August 15, 2018:

  • Traffic patterns change in Moline
  • Augustana and St. Ambrose football have high hopes for the season
  • Nursing home in Muscatine to pay a fine for a choking death

Today's forecast: 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a high of 80.

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