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. 

Royal Neighbors of America

One hundred years ago today, the 19th amendment gave white women the right to vote. One hundred and twenty-five years ago this month, Royal Neighbors of America became the first insurance provider to cover women. The non-profit was founded and led by suffragettes in the Illinois Quad Cities. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

After years of investigating, police have arrested 18 members of the Davenport-based street gang, the Low Riders.  

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Hurricane-level winds tore through the Quad Cities Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Quad Cities Public Works Departments have sent crews to pick up fallen trees and branches, but warn that it may take several weeks. 

MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy reports that roughly 100,000 homes in the Quad Cities don't have power - nearly 50,000 on the Iowa side, compared to 52,000 homes on the Illinois side. Across the state, nearly 260,000 MidAmerican homes are without power.

Michelle O'Neill, WVIK News

This week, Joe Biden released his agenda for the Latino community. Iowa's Latinx leaders met online to discuss his plan, which includes reforming immigration law. 


The Moline Foundation

With unemployment rising, the Moline Foundation and Moline Public Library are collaborating on a series of workshops to help people find jobs. Every Wednesday for the next six weeks, the library will hold a free Zoom session. 

The Jule

Dubuque's public transit, the Jule, is now requiring passengers to wear face coverings. The decision comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise. 

United Way Quad Cities

The United Way is asking Quad Cities residents to answer a survey on how COVID-19 has impacted their families. 

City of Davenport

After months of free rides, Davenport CitiBus and Bettendrof Transit will resume fare collection on Monday, Aug. 3.

United States Census Bureau

While over 60% of Illinois and Iowa residents have filled out the 2020 Census, there's still thousands who have not. 

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