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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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

Monday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 29, 2018:

  • Early voting enters its final full week in the QC
  • First Army on Arsenal Island welcomes a new leader
  • Iowans have more choices for health insurance, as ACA sign-up begins later this week

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As of Monday, Oct. 29, the 2018 midterm elections are just one week and one day away. For Quad Cities residents who want to beat the rush ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, there's still plenty of time—and places—to vote early.

Friday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 26, 2018:

  • R.I.'s federal courthouse closed due to "uninhabitable" conditions
  • QC unemployment continues to drop
  • Class on climate change to be offered at Augustana

Today's forecast: high of 53 with cloudy skies, down to a low of 38 tonight.

Thursday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 25, 2018:

  • United Way's QC chapter announces new president
  • QC manufacturer buying former IH Farmall Plant
  • Moline residents can help plan future of Avenue of the Cities

Today's forecast: high of 54 with cloudy skies, down to a low of 41 tonight, 40% chance of rain overnight.

Wednesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 24, 2018:

  • QC faces stiff competition to win federal jobs
  • River Action conference to help launch QC flood response plan
  • New Illinois law aims to reduce home fire deaths

Today's forecast: high of 57 with sunny skies, down to a low of 37 tonight.

Tuesday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 23, 2018:

  • Preservationists rally to block demolition of Rock Island County Courthouse
  • QC foodbank prepares for donation influx spurred by tariffs on U.S. farm products
  • Fred Hubbell to visit Scott County tomorrow as he tours state ahead of Iowa governor's election

Today's forecast: high of 54, with sunny skies; down to a low of 31 tonight.

Monday morning's WVIK newscast for Oct. 22, 2018:

  • Candidates in Iowa governor's race meet in Davenport for final debate
  • Community input sought in search for next Davenport schools superintendent
  • Mobile voting sites begin traveling throughout Rock Island County

Today's forecast: high of 64, with sunny skies; down to a low of 35 tonight.

Voting booths begin traveling throughout Rock Island County this week, giving residents more ways to cast early ballots in the 2018 general election.

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