Zach Wilson

WVIK Amy Helpenstell Fellow

Zach Wilson, WVIK's 2019 Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow
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Zach Wilson is the 2019 Amy Helpenstell Fellow. You can hear him most weekdays on WVIK during All Things Considered and occasionally filling in on Morning Edition.

 Prior to joining WVIK, he graduated with a degree in Mass Media from Illinois State University. While at school, he worked as the Morning Edition Producer for WGLT, Bloomington-Normal's Public Media. He also served as News Director at ISU's college radio station, WZND, after spending time as it's Assistant Music Director. For his work at WZND, Zach is currently nominated nationally by College Broadcasters, Inc. for "Best Feature News Reporting" and by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for "Best Long-Form News Programming" and "Best Feature News Reporting." 

Zach is a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, and enjoys playing guitar in his spare time.  

Bettendorf Police Department

A man accused of killing a convenience store clerk in Bettendorf committed suicide the day after the murder. On Tuesday, Bettendorf police announced the circumstances that led to the death of 28-year-old Brittany Wilson, of Donahue, on August 17th while she was working at the Big 10 Mart.

Davenport voters have an opportunity to hear from candidates running for city office. The first city candidate forum will be held Tuesday night at the downtown Davenport Public Library. Six mayoral candidates, as well as 17 people running for alderman, have been invited and plan to attend.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

The Quad Cities River Bandits’ charitable work has not gone unnoticed. On Thursday at Modern Woodmen Park, Ballpark Digest honored the team with its award for “Best Commitment to Charity.”

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Townships in Rock Island County are trying to find people who need help with emergency expenses. This morning at the Moline Township Hall, officials announced the Department of Defense awarded over $20,000 to the townships. It's only for rent and mortgage assistance.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Black Hawk College has completed a major addition and renovation at one of its buildings. 20,000 square feet have been added to 'Building 1' on the Quad Cities campus in Moline, and 68,000 square feet of existing space has been renovated.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Quad Cities is at the center of a cross country bike trail, but it needs more government funding to be completed. On Wednesday, cyclists, elected officials and members of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, or RTC, promoted this section of the Great American Rail-Trail in Davenport and Moline.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Bettendorf may change its development plans for downtown. On Wednesday night, city officials will hold a public meeting to discuss possible amendments to the "Downtown Master Plan." The current plan was redone in 2016, and already takes into account the new I-74 bridge and the urban park.

A Bettendorf alderman has announced his bid for re-election. In March, Bill Connors won a special election to fill the 3rd Ward seat after the death of Alderwoman Debe LaMar. Now, he is trying to win his second election this calendar year.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

The wait will soon be over for Augustana Vikings football fans, as Augie's season begins on September 7th at home against Coe College.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area

The United Way has announced the chairs for this year's fundraising campaign. Mara Downing of John Deere and Mike Parejko of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will lead the campaign, which aims to raise $7.5 million.