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.


Vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, spoke to a sold-out Republican fundraiser in Bettendorf Tuesday night. The Indiana Governor campaigned for running-mate, Donald Trump to a crowd of 500, at the Scott County GOP's annual Reagan Dinner.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, will attend the annual Reagan Dinner in the Quad Cities.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will attend a GOP fundraiser in the Quad Cities.

The governor of Indiana will speak at the Scott County Republican Party's 8th annual Ronald Reagan dinner Tuesday night. 

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The youngest serving United States Senator will headline a republican fundraiser in the Quad Cities. Tuesday night, Arkansas US Senator Tom Cotton will be the featured speaker at the Scott County Republican Party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner.

The Reagan dinner is the party's major fundraiser each year.

Cotton practiced private law and served on the US Court of Appeals, before spending five years on active duty with the Army as an Infantry Officer.

He won election to the US Senate last year, and currently serves on the Banking, Intelligence, and Armed Services committees.

Other speakers at Tuesday's Reagan dinner include Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, US Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.


An actress known for her role on the drama series "One Tree Hill" will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Davenport this weekend. Saturday, Sophia Bush will speak at two events in the Quad Cities, before heading to central Iowa.

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An Iowa organization wants to bring family law reform into the forefront of the 2016 election. Saturday, the Families United Action Network will hold a town hall forum in Clinton, so local candidates can talk about issues affecting Iowa families.

President Nicholas Dreeszen says one of the main topics will be how child custody is handled in Iowa after parents divorce. Iowa State Representative, Norlin Mommsen, will talk about his proposed bill, that would require judges to award joint legal custody, unless there's evidence of abuse.

Dreeszen says it's especially difficult for men to win custody, or even visitation rights with their children, under current state law.

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Members of the military and civilian employees paraded down Rodman Avenue on Arsenal Island Thursday. The Rock Island Arsenal held its annual "Join the Fight" march against domestic violence. 

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75 years after he died in World War II, a Navy chaplain will return to his home in eastern Iowa. Friday, Loras College in Dubuque will hold a vigil for Father Aloysius Schmitt.

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Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger campaigned in the Quad Cities Wednesday, alongside candidates for state senate and house. Munger asked for support for her "No Budget, No Pay" bill, that would stop Illinois lawmakers from being paid, until a full, balanced budget is passed.

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"This is about economic empowerment for women. We just dress it up in a suit." That's the idea behind Dress for Success Quad Cities, according to founder and director, Regina Haddock. 

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Chelsea Clinton will campaign for her mom in Eastern Iowa Wednesday. A press release says she'll encourage Iowa residents to vote early for democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.