WVIK News Focus


The WVIK Newsroom and reporters from partner stations in Illinois and Iowa produce News Focus stories. These detailed features are longer than regular newscast stories and are frequently broadcast during Morning Edition at 6:43, 7:43, and 8:43 a.m. and All Things Considered at 4:44 p.m.

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The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 100th year. One of its former members, Edna Mae Nagel, was there when the group started a long-standing tradition.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill spends a few minutes with the viola player.

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When a publishing agent asked Morning Edition's David Greene to consider writing a book, the cohost and correspondent had no idea it would lead to his second trip on Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway. While he was NPR's Moscow bureau chief, Greene took to the rails with his wife, and produced a series of stories for the network. But the second time around, he took a good friend to help translate and no audio equipment. 

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Honeybees in the U.S. are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, but a long, cold winter put a huge dent in the number of hives in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

On today's WVIK News Focus, in the first of a two-part series, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers, including Phil Crandall at Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, IL.


(She also talks with Dave Irvin the President of the Eastern Central Iowa Beekeepers and USDA Senior Entomologist David Epstein.) 

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"If you don't do anything to save your ash trees now, the Emerald Ash Borer WILL kill them." In a nutshell, that's what government officials are telling cities, counties, and property owners in the Midwest.

This month, musicians from a local school and New Orleans helped the Quad Cities commemorate the 2008 flood. The University of Iowa sponsored a performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Davenport's LeClaire Park. The band from New Orleans performed in seven cities across Iowa this month, to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2008 flood. And the Williams Intermediate School Hornets kicked off the evening, leading a "second line" parade, from the River Music Experience to the bandshell.