Sarah Ritter

Augustana College MJMC Intern & Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow

I will graduate in 2015 as a Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication major. Through the MJMC program, I have been able to develop a diverse set of skills which are applicable in the quickly changing journalism field. It has been exciting to learn how to find and write relevant news stories, as well as utilize the newest technology to capture and edit visual stories through photography and video. Being a part of Augustana's journalism program and working for the school newspaper, the Observer, has introduced me to a work field where I could combine my love of writing with my interest in learning how to use new mediums to share stories and express ideas.  This internship will allow me to write and edit news stories for the radio, and experience new audio recording and editing software. I began my news internship with WVIK last month, and I have already been able to write two news stories. My goal after graduation is to find a position with NPR. I believe that working with WVIK will be a good step on the way to that goal, as it will teach me to produce high quality, accurate news. I am truly grateful to the Hanson Family Foundation for giving me this opportunity.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Additional polling places open Monday, October 24, for residents of Rock Island County. Voters can cast ballots early at several locations until November 4th.

While one candidate in Iowa's second congressional district tries to keep his seat as the only democrat in the state's congressional delegation, his opponent is criticizing the two-party system. 

WVIK Staff

A Quad Cities group says it's been successful in giving people of color a chance to hear local candidates talk about issues that matter most to their lives, such as social justice and racial inequality. 

Credit DEA

Local residents have a good reason to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend. Saturday, residents can drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs, at the Waste Commission of Scott County or the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

WVIK Staff

A new group in the Quad Cities is providing another opportunity for black and Latino voters to hear from local candidates. At 5:30 Thursday night, the Black and Brown Political Coalition of the Quad Cities will hold its second candidate forum.

Credit In From the Cold

This fall, seven organizations will have more money to help the homeless in the Quad Cities. Wednesday, the local non-profit, "In From the Cold," announced $8,000 in grants, for agencies like Vera French, the Salvation Army, and Family Resources.

WVIK Staff

1,700 people in the Quad Cities should now have a better chance of finding a job. That was the goal of Wednesday's Career Fair held by the Quad City Times, at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.


It didn't take long for a new business to claim the former Kmart building on Brady Street in Davenport. Kmart closed the store last winter, and in February, Theisen's Home-Farm-and-Auto, based in Dubuque, announced it'll use the building for its first Quad Cities location. 

Credit Two Rivers YMCA

The YMCA has opened its first facility in Rock Island. Monday, the Two Rivers YMCA held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new program office, at the King Center in Rock Island.

Credit Whitey's Ice Cream

An iconic Quad Cities business will continue to grow this year. Last week, Whitey's Ice Cream announced it'll open its 10th location in Eldridge.