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.  

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

The Bennigan's at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rock Island is preparing to close. The Kinseth Hospitality Company has announced that the Irish-American restaurant will close on Sunday and be replaced by the Rock Island Ale House.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Birdies for Charity has raised its highest total ever. Thanks to last summer's John Deere Classic, $13.82 million will be distributed to over 540 local charities, beating last year's record by nearly $400,000.

Quad City Health Initiative

The Quad City Health Initiative is celebrating 20 years of helping the community. Wednesday it held a program to recognize its accomplishments.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

The Quad Cities River Bandits formally introduced their new leader on Wednesday at Modern Woodmen Park. Joe Kubly is taking over the reins as general manager of the team.

City of Davenport Website

Two candidates are in the race to become the next mayor of Davenport. 7th Ward Alderman Mike Matson and 5th Ward Alderwoman Rita Rawson are running to replace Mayor Frank Klipsch, who has served since 2016 and is not seeking reelection.

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities needs our help in solving a Moline murder. $20,000 is the reward for information that leads to the arrest of the murderer of Corey Harrell, Jr.

Empower House - QCA Brain Injury Clubhouse Facebook page

An organization that helps people with brain injuries has received a grant to help buy a "forever home." Royal Neighbors of America gave $10,000 to Empower House, which wants to open a "brain injury clubhouse."

Iowa Secretary of State

Now that the Davenport recount is over, absentee ballots are available for all precincts in Scott County.

National Weather Service

After falling three quarters of a foot since Sunday, the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities is expected to hold at half a foot above flood stage into next week.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Nearly 20 years after it closed, the old Shopko store on 36th Avenue in Moline will reopen as a storage facility. The company Storage of America plans to build 800 storage units of varying sizes just two months after opening a store in Rock Island. The units will be climate-controlled to prevent extreme temperatures from damaging the items in each unit.