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. 

Over 100 new jobs will be created at the Sterilite Corporation in Davenport. By early next year, the factory plans to hire employees in maintenance, production, and shipping. 

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Tomorrow marks two years since Corey Harrell Jr. was shot to death behind Moline City Hall. Detectives and family of the victim are still asking witnesses to come forward. 

Supporters of Joe Biden stopped in Davenport today to talk about his coronavirus response plan. The group included Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack and Iowa House candidate Marie Gleason. 

On the ballot next Tuesday, there's a rematch for the Illinois House of Representatives. Once again, Democrat Joan Padilla is challenging incumbent Republican Tony McCombie for House District 71. 

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Local backers of an amendment for the Illinois constitution made one last push to win votes Monday outside the Rock Island County Clerk's office. 

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Congressman Dave Loebsack visited Davenport today to campaign for Joe Biden. At LeClaire Park, Loebsack disparaged President Donald Trump's comments that windmills kill birds. He says it shows how little the president understands renewable energy. 

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Former US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley visited the Quad Cities today to support Iowa Second Congressional Candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. 

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Daily COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities have tripled in recent weeks, shattering previous highs set during the summer. ICUs are operating at full capacity, and some local businesses have been forced to close. 

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Two former employees of a McDonald's restaurant in Rock Island are suing for racial discrimination. The lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges managers cut Black employees' hours and referred to both Black workers and customers as "ghetto" and "lazy." 

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Tomorrow night, the Scott County Republican Party will hold its 12th Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.