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Meet Brady Johnson: The New News Director at WVIK

Join host Marc Zyla as he welcomes Brady Johnson, the new news director at WVIK, on this week's episode of "What's Happenin' QC". Brady, a recent graduate of Augustana College, shares his journey into journalism and his passion for covering local news in the Quad Cities region. From his early internship at WVIK to his experience working in Peoria and Bloomington-Normal, Brady's dedication to highlighting community concerns and achievements shines through in his work.

As the new news director at WVIK, Brady discusses his plans to focus on local elections and meaningful issues affecting the Quad Cities, rather than being distracted by national politics. He hopes to build a strong newsroom team that will provide in-depth coverage of city council meetings, school board decisions, and other important local government matters.

Outside of work, Brady enjoys movies, hiking, and spending time with his two cats, Jade and Jasper. With his enthusiasm for storytelling and commitment to empowering the voices of the community, Brady is set to make a significant impact on the local news landscape.

Marc Zyla joined WVIK, Quad Cities NPR in May 2022 as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to that Zyla had been the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to perform as Principal Horn. Zyla believes that there is something for everyone in public radio and brings passion and creativity to his position as Director of Community Engagement.