Herb Trix

News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.


On Midwest Week, local officials work on plans for a regional, emergency dispatch system for the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities.

A graduate of Knox College will be the commencement speaker at her alma mater in Galesburg this weekend. Bridget Coughlin, class of 1994 is the president and CEO of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Liggins Sentenced to Life

May 30, 2019

Stanley Liggins was sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon, nearly 29 years after Jennifer Lewis' burning body was found at a school playground in Davenport. 

Illinois National Guard soldiers from the western and central parts of the state are being called up to help fight flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. They're members of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, based in the Quad Cities (Milan), with units in Galesburg and Springfield.

Thanks to a federal grant, Metro Link has been able to buy five more "battery electric" buses. The public transit provider for the Illinois Quad Cities officially added them to its fleet during a a celebration  Wednesday morning.


Some welcome help for the King Center in Rock Island from the state of Illinois. It's one of 20 non-profit organizations that'll receive grants from the state's Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund. 

National Weather Service

Rain, in our area and upstream, is pushing up the level of the Mississippi River.

Blood Center Needs Donors

May 28, 2019
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

As summer begins, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has issued its annual plea for donations.

Scott County Historical Society

A holiday tradition in Scott County will be observed for the 100th time on Monday. The annual service at the Summit Church, north of Davenport, is one of the oldest, continuous Memorial Day observances west of the Mississippi River. 

Oh No, Not Again !

May 24, 2019
National Weather Service

After several days of no change, the Mississippi River is starting to rise again, and should reach well into what's considered "major flooding" by early next week.