Marianna Bacallao

WVIK Newsroom Fellow

Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster. After interning with Georgia Public Broadcasting in 2018, she was selected as a 2019 John M. Couric Fellowship Reporter at GPB, where she contributed to the statewide newscast. She was a spring 2020 intern, helping produce GPB's daily news talk show, Political Rewind. She also had the pleasure of interning with The Macon Telegraph and CBS affiliate, 13WMAZ. Georgia College Press Association awarded her first place in Sports Photography and Best Review, and she ranked third in the state for Best Photo Essay twice. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Today, COVID-19 vaccinations at the Camden Centre in Milan came with a discount and a show, both provided by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. 


The age of patients hospitalized from COVID-19 is now skewing younger. Genesis Health System reports higher hospitalizations in patients under 49. Scott County Medical Director Dr. Louis Katz says that’s because older patients were prioritized in vaccine rollouts, so less of them are being hospitalized.

“While the proportion of younger patients in the hospital is higher, the absolute number of younger patients in the hospital is pretty stable, so the shift to younger hospitalization is more relative than real.”

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has stopped in the Quad Cities, following the discovery of a rare side effect. Out of nearly 7 million recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 6 people have developed blood clots, one of whom died as a result.

Augustana Music Professor Sangeetha Rayapati is challenging Incumbent Stephanie Acri for mayor of Moline. 

Candidates for Moline City Council held a campaign rally on Sunday outside the Esperanza Center. The event was organized by newcomers facing incumbents. 

Mayoral Candidate Sangeetha Rayapati addressed a crowd of supporters ahead of the April 6 election.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Rock Island County has moved back into warning status for COVID-19 following a surge in cases. It’s one of the only counties in Region 2 of Illinois to do so, and unless a majority of the region reaches warning status, there won’t be any new restrictions on indoor dining or gatherings.