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, volunteered with the Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS), and participated in NPR's Next Generation Radio project in the Twin Cities.

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Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, July 17, 2018:

  • The fate of the Rock Island County Courthouse will be decided tonight
  • An embattled Iowa Senator says he's staying put
  • New Illinois gun laws are on the books
  • Rep. Cheri Bustos returns from South Korea

Today's forecast: mostly sunny skies with a high of 86 and a 20% chance of rain.

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

What the John Deere Classic lacked in suspense, it more than made up for in history.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, July 16, 2018:

  • A record-breaking finish to the John Deere Classic
  • Lower bills for MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa
  • The Davenport Municipal Airport is set to get repairs to its runway soon

Today's forecast: 30% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mostly sunny skies with a high of 86.

Jared Johnson / WVIK

As a coordinator for Iowa Resource for International Service, Emerald Johnson helps place high school exchange students with families in the Quad Cities. Two such students from the past school year were Meghann Hall from South Africa and Hooria Tariq from Pakistan. The three spoke at the studios of WVIK as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen to talk about the students' experiences learning about American—and Quad Cities—culture.

Mike Mozart / Flickr

Iowa legislators legalized consumer fireworks last year, but new this year are the many local restrictions put in place across the state, including in the Quad Cities. WVIK's Benjamin Payne explains why, and how to avoid a fine:

One of the world's largest corporations is handing over control of its newspapers to a publisher based in the Quad Cities.

News headlines for the morning of June 26, 2018:

  • Names of the victims of Sunday's plane crash outside Monmouth have been released.
  • Davenport's school superintendent is found guilty.
  • Silvis's Hero Street makes its case to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp.

Forecast for today: 60% chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 81.

News headlines for the morning of June 25, 2018:

Andy Abeyta / Quad-City Times

For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times, crime reporter Tara Becker-Gray shares the resolve of the mother of Akeim Hill, a Davenport teenager who was murdered in 2017. The two suspects arrested in his death are teenagers themselves. As Becker-Gray reports, Akeim's death is part of a larger trend of increasing juvenile crime in the Quad Cities.

Minor league hockey is set to return to the Quad Cities later this year under a new name: the Quad City Storm.