Zach Wilson

WVIK Amy Helpenstell Fellow

Zach Wilson, WVIK's 2019 Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow
Credit submitted / Zach Wilson

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 native of Libertyville, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. He is a Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan, and enjoys playing guitar in his spare time.  

Illinois State Police

A man from eastern Iowa is dead after Monday's accident on I-74 in the Quad Cities. On Tuesday, the Illinois State Police released the name of 78-year-old Marlin Hillyer of Bennett, Iowa. Three other people were injured in the Coal Valley crash.

City of Davenport

A partial detour of River Drive in Davenport goes into effect on Wednesday for the removal of medians. All westbound lanes on River Drive will be closed from Perry to 3rd street, and only one eastbound lane will be open from Perry Street to Iowa Street.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

This afternoon, veterans and their families celebrated Veteran's Day at the American Legion Post 227 in East Moline. 

Augustana College

Augustana College wants to add a master's program in speech-language pathology. So, on Monday, it will hold a public forum to give people an opportunity to learn more.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

It's that time of year again, when the Salvation Army begins ringing bells at red kettles throughout the Quad Cities. On Friday morning, it kicked off its "Make a Difference" campaign outside a Hy-Vee store in Moline.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

For the 26th year, downtown Moline will enjoy its very own Christmas tree. Thursday morning, the TaxSlayer Center used a crane to raise the tree, which is 30 to 35 feet tall. 

Michelle O'Neill, WVIK News

Homeless agencies in the Quad Cities want to end the need for their winter emergency shelter within five years. 

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

The Quad City Storm are honoring veterans in a unique way. On Tuesday, the team invited people to come to the TaxSlayer Center in Moline and write the names on the ice of friends and family who have served in the military. 

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Thanks to the local option tax for schools, more than $1 million of construction projects have been completed in the Rock Island-Milan School District. They include improved security at three schools including Edison Junior High, which also received renovations to its main office and library.

Municipal elections in Iowa are one day away, and the "WhereUVote" mobile app is here to help. The app assists voters in finding their polling locations and can also provide sample ballots to look over before going to the polls.