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

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.

Wednesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 31, 2018:

  • RICo Republicans campaigning in hopes of winning county board seats
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden stumps in Cedar Rapids for Democrats
  • Canned pumpkin production could see record season in Illinois

Tuesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 30, 2018:

  • Davenport school board to hold special meeting to appoint interim superintendent
  • Iowa woman near Dubuque pleads not guilty in charges she stole more than $20k from mother
  • Cameras to be allowed in Cook County court for Laquan McDonald cover-up case

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