Robert Brod

WVIK Amy Helpenstell Fellow

Born and raised in Media, PA, Robert Brod graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017.

While in Iowa City, he served as Assistant Music Director and Production Director at KRUI (Iowa's student-run radio station), and as a Production Assistant at Iowa Public Radio.

He has five years of experience in various aspects of radio including editing audio, producing/hosting live radio, and writing copy.

His hobbies include talking about the Philadelphia 76ers, and FaceTiming his dog.

You can hear Robert every weeknight on WVIK during Marketplace and All Things Considered.

A school in Moline has re-opened one year after suffering severe damage in a fire. Tuesday is the first day of classes at Franklin Elementary School since last September’s electrical fire.

A program in Scott County is offering a different way to rehabilitate people with mental illnesses convicted of crimes. On Friday, Ken Croken, a candidate for the Scott County Board, held a news conference to discuss the effectiveness of the Scott County Mental Health Court, and to urge the county to fund it.

A local group is doing something new for the fifth year of its annual jazz festival. The Polyrhythms August Festival is now known as the Bill Bell Jazz and Heritage Festival. This Friday through Sunday, nine acts will perform at Martin Luther King Park in Rock Island, and the River Music Experience in Davenport.

The St. Ambrose football team has high hopes for this season. The Fighting Bees want to improve after two straight 4-6 seasons. And they hope their promising, 50-man recruiting class will help them win their conference for the first time.

The name of a small town Illinois post office will be changed to honor a fallen soldier. On Friday in Fairview, in Fulton County, west of Peoria, a ceremony will be held to officially name the building, the "Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office."

St. Ambrose University wants to help e-Sports grow in the Quad Cities. The new team is preparing for its first season as a member of the National Association of Collegiate e-Sports.

Augustana College students will help four cities become more sustainable. On Friday, the school announced they will work with Davenport, Rock Island, Morrison, and Geneseo on 15 projects. It's the third year of the Sustainable Working Lanscapes Initiative.

AARP Illinois hosted a forum in Moline Thursday night to learn how the state's financial crisis has affected Quad Cities residents. It was the latest in a series of Illinois Issues Forums co-sponsored with NPR Illinois.

AARP Illinois wants to know how the state's financial crisis has affected you. This Thursday in Moline, it will host the latest in a series of Illinois Issues Forums. Local residents will be able to talk about the state's financial status with a panel of experts.

Two Illinois lawmakers want to help people find jobs. On Tuesday, Andalusia State Senator Neil Anderson and Savanna State Representative Tony McCombie hosted a free job fair featuring more than 50 employers. People brought their resumes and discussed job opportunities at Moline's Spotlight Theatre and Events Center.