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.

Ways to Connect

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Advertising comes in many forms: magazine spreads, television commercials, and targeted social media ads, just to name a few. But one Rock Island small business owner prefers a different, more unconventional way to get out his message. WVIK's Benjamin Payne has his story:

River Bend Foodbank

The River Bend Food Bank announced Thursday its largest-ever donation: a $1.3 million grant from the John Deere Foundation, to be distributed over three years.

Rock Island City Council members say they will explore making changes to how their expense accounts are run.

The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state beginning Jan. 1, 2020, allowing residents 21 and older to possess 30 grams of cannabis and nonresidents 15 grams.

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Davenport-based magician T.J. Regul, who goes by the stage name "The Quad City Magician," found his passion for magic while working at a group home for special-needs children in the Chicago suburbs.

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Some students, staff, and alumni of Augustana College in Rock Island have had their social security numbers and dates of birth stolen, after one of the college's servers was hacked in February.

A collection of more than 90 paintings by some distinguished American artists is making its way to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

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If you were driving through east-bound Interstate 74 in Moline on Monday morning between Avenue of the Cities and John Deere Road, you probably didn't notice Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Ron Salier pointing a radar gun at your car.

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Rock Island will embrace its gridiron glory days on Saturday, when the NFL Draft comes to town as part of a full day of free events at Augustana College's football stadium.

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A much-anticipated restaurant is close to opening in the Quad Cities.