Robert Brod

WVIK Amy Helpenstell Fellow

Born and raised in Media, PA, Robert Brod graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017.

While in Iowa City, he served as Assistant Music Director and Production Director at KRUI (Iowa's student-run radio station), and as a Production Assistant at Iowa Public Radio.

He has five years of experience in various aspects of radio production, including editing audio, producing/hosting live radio, and writing copy.

His hobbies include talking about the Philadelphia 76ers, and FaceTiming his dog.

You can hear Robert weeknights on WVIK during Marketplace and All Things Considered.

Live music, food trucks, and dunk tanks filled with executives aren't usually seen at John Deere World headquarters. But Monday morning in Moline, the company kicked off Live United Week by hosting a Play United Event, part of its three-year campaign with the United Way. 

A local historical society has restored a monument on Campbell's Island, over 110 years after it was built. The obelisk commemorates a battle fought in East Moline during the War of 1812. In it, pro-British members of the Sauk tribe, led by Chief Black Hawk, attacked and defeated US soldiers, under the command of Lieutenant John Campbell.

Even though the school year has already started, the United Township School Board has just approved this year's budget. It includes projected revenue of $33 million and expenditures around $30 million.

The C-SPAN Bus is making its annual tour of the Untied States, and it stopped in the Quad Cities today Wednesday. The Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network wants to educate Americans about the educational and political resources it offers.

A 60-year-old business in Clinton will close its doors this fall. Eastman House Furniture is one of the most well-known furniture stores in the area, due in large part to owner, Susan Richeson. The former New York City designer routinely attended furniture shows across the country to make sure her products were in vogue. She plans to retire after owning and managing the store for 25 years.

The census helps determine where businesses locate, new schools are built, and how many members of Congress each state will have. And that's why the Doris and Victor Day Foundation in Rock Island is preparing for the 2020 census, even though it's still two years away.

Driving through downtown Moline will be more difficult for the next few weeks. Beginning on Wednesday, River Drive will be closed in both directions between 23rd Street and 19th Street. Contractors will set girders over River Drive for the new I-74 bridge.

Recent polls have shown a rising number of Americans think higher education is bad for the country. So on Wednesday, representatives from seven Quad Cities institutions announced a joint effort to change that.

Normandy, Sicily, Italy, and now Bettendorf. The LST-325 is one of the largest ships built during World War II, and she served all over the European Theater. This weekend, the transport ship will dock in Bettendorf, and will be open for tours. The historic vessel saw extensive combat in World War II, and participated in some of the war’s most famous operations.

If you live in Galesburg and have lead paint on your house, you may qualify for a grant to remove it. Tuesday night, a meeting will be held to find qualifying houses that require lead remediation. Households selected to receive the grant will also participate in a study.