Benjamin Payne

Morning Edition Host and Reporter/Producer

Benjamin Payne is a host and reporter/producer for Morning Edition at WVIK. As a graduate of Augustana College, he majored in Multimedia Journalism & Mass Communication. Before coming to WVIK, he served a reporting internship at WBEZ in Chicago and an internship at WILL's The 21st in Urbana–Champaign, volunteered with the Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS), and participated in NPR's Next Generation Radio project in the Twin Cities.

Ways to Connect

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For this week’s Big Story in the Quad-City Times, reporter Alma Gaul takes a look at urban revitalization in Davenport. She tells it through the story of a family familiar to the city—a family that made an investment Gaul says few would be willing to make: fixing up a seemingly forgotten home in a less-than-celebrated part of town.

Courtesy of Alli Haskill

Rock Island High School juniors Amber and Amy Haskill were separated by the foster system for four years, forced to live with separate families. The twins doubted they would ever get to live with each other again, let alone be adopted before they turned 18.


Davenport will once again be the finish line for one of the biggest bicycle rides in the world.

The political action committee associated with the progressive advocacy platform announced Thursday its endorsement of Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois.

St. Ambrose University

Enrollment in St. Ambrose University's health sciences programs—such as its Master of Physician Assistant Studies program—has skyrocketed since these programs were established in the early 2000s. This comes as the university attempts to meet the rising demand for health care professionals in the Quad Cities.