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. 

As COVID-19 cases surge, Rock Island County could be in danger of slipping back into the earlier phases of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reopening plan. 


Moline's free COVID-19 testing center closes this weekend after 11 days and thousands of tests. The drive-up testing site is in the TaxSlayer Center parking lot, and will be in operation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Sunday. 

Testing for COVID-19 will be available to 300 randomly-selected students and staff at Augustana College. Starting next week, Augustana will use a less-invasive saliva test. 

Augustana students begin moving in today. In past years, the whole process has taken 4 hours. This year, it'll take 48. To slow the spread of COVID-19, only 15 students will be allowed to move in at a time, and they're limited to two guests. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Protestors gathered outside post offices in the Quad Cities and across the midwest today to demand funding for the US Postal Service. These demonstrations come as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under fire for slowing mail delivery.

John Peters

It's been two weeks since hurricane-force winds swept through the region, destroying crops and taking out power lines. But even after power was restored, not every problem was solved when the lights came back on. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Dozens of cars pulled into the Blue Grass Drive-in to watch Joe Biden accept the nomination on the big screen. Because of the pandemic, Eastern Iowa Democrats organized the watch party so they could gather together while staying six feet apart. 


Illinois is one of 46 states where the US Post Office says mail-in ballots may not be received in time for the election this fall. Illinois US Sen. Dick Durbin recommends requesting a ballot at least 15 days in advance. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Sen. Chuck Grassley visited the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport yesterday. The center lost donations to last week's storm, at a time when people who need blood out number people who donate.

Congress is debating a second emergency relief package, but some Americans still haven't received their first stimulus check. A group of non-profits has formed a coalition called Get My Payment Illinois, and it's working to fix that.