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.

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Longtime John Deere Classic volunteer Charles "Chuck" Austin III is being honored as the PGA Tour's Volunteer of the Year.

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For craft beer fans, it's a problem all too common: you go out with your friends after a hard day's work, drive all the way to that one bar that has your favorite draft — only to find the kegs have run dry.

Dan Bush wants to make sure that never happens at Armored Gardens, the barbecue restaurant and bar he'll open in downtown Davenport this fall.

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The number of Illinois residents who live on the street, in their cars, and with relatives has dropped 15% since 2007. That's according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's latest report on homelessness.

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WVIK's Ben Thomas Payne reports:

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Augustana College welcomed back to campus former Augie professor and world-renown theologian Stanley Hauerwas for the College's Fall Symposium Day.

WVIK's Ben Thomas Payne reports:

After his Symposium Day discussion, Hauerwas sat down for an interview broadcast live over Augustana student radio WAUG:

Students at Augustana College recently held the first Gus' Garage Sale to raise money to build wells in Africa, and to prevent some castoffs from being sent to landfills.

WVIK's Ben Thomas Payne reports:

If you would like to donate to the next Gus' Garage Sale, email Keri Bass with Augustana's CORE office.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders spoke before an outdoor crowd of hundreds at Scott County Park in Eldridge, Iowa, on Sunday, August 16. 

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