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

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.

Tracy White founded Well Suited QC, a mentorship program that brings together African-American boys and teenagers from disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Quad Cities with African-American men. The mentors share not only advice, but hope: many of the men found themselves in difficult life situations in their childhoods, just like the boys in the group.

Courtesy Lewis Knudsen

New Year's resolutions are easier said than done. Putting pen to paper is one thing, but putting nose to the grindstone is another. Only an estimated 8% of people who set these personal goals actually see them through, according to research from the University of Scranton.

Emily Paul

Some Bettendorf residents woke up Christmas Eve morning to find white supremacist flyers on their doorsteps. Papers promoting the group National Alliance were distributed in the Pigeon Creek neighborhood.

Benjamin Payne reports.

A majority of public schools in Davenport have been identified by the state as under-performing and in need of additional support, according to a new state review.

Moline School District

The Moline school board has named the district's next superintendent. Monday night board members chose Rachel Savage, hwo will begin July 1, 2019. 

The Moline–Coal Valley school board plans to decide Wednesday night who will become the school district's next superintendent.

When the incoming Democratic House majority takes office in January, they will be led by a team of seven Representatives. Only one member of that senior leadership team hails from a Midwest district: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of northwest Illinois.

Courtesy of "Love, Girls Magazine"

When Jasmine Babers was a sophomore at Rock Island High School, she founded Love, Girls Magazine, a quarterly publication "for girls, by girls", in which girls and young women age 13 to 22 do all of the writing and photography for an audience of their peers.