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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The NFL is returning to its unlikely roots later this month in Rock Island — a city whose entire population of roughly 38,000 could fit inside the average NFL stadium…and still have thousands of seats to spare.


Dr. Kit Evans-Ford is a professor of theology at St. Ambrose University, and also the founder of Argrow's House of Healing and Hope — a resource center in Davenport for women escaping domestic violence.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Moline says President Donald Trump's 2020 budget as proposed would effectively undermine "the health and wellbeing of seniors and families."

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Augustana men's basketball head coach Grey Giovanine and senior point guard Nolan Ebel stopped by the WVIK studios to talk with our Morning Edition host Benjamin Payne, ahead of Friday's NCAA Division III tournament opener at the Carver Center in Rock Island:

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Students at Augustana College in Rock Island will soon have a new place to hit the gym and hit the books. The college announced Tuesday plans to open a hybrid fitness and academic center by the end of next year.

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Millions of Americans watch the State of the Union address on television, but only a select few ever get to see it in person.

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Augustana College now has the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III men's basketball.


Rock Island County Circuit Chief Judge Walter Braud has ordered the Rock Island County Courthouse be demolished.

Adam Higgins sees a big gender disparity in the DJ circuit. The Rock Island-based techno and house musician says that all too often, men crowd out women from the industry.

Moline City Administrator Doug Maxeiner is off the job. Mayor Stephanie Acri announced Tuesday night in a press release that Maxeiner has left the employment of the city, effective immediately. No reason was given in the release.