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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The Rock Island Arsenal's U.S. Army Garrison has a new commander. Col. Stephen Marr begins his first full day on the job Thursday, after the Arsenal held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday. WVIK's Benjamin Payne was there, and has this report:

Rock Island city leaders say a Dunkin' Donuts location currently under construction is a sign of more business development to come.

News headlines for the morning of June 19, 2018:

News headlines for the morning of June 18, 2018:

City of Davenport

Local fans of a popular Chicagoland restaurant chain are giddy with excitement, after the city of Davenport announced Wednesday a potential future location in the Quad Cities.

Kevin Schmidt / Quad-City Times

For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times, business reporter Sarah Ritter looks at what's behind the recent uptick in train traffic along the Canadian Pacific Railway line that runs from the Village of East Davenport to the city's northwest side.

Davenport Community Schools

The Davenport Community School Board is scheduled Monday night to discuss changing start times for the 2018-2019 school year.

Andy Abeyta / Quad-City Times

For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times, reporter Jennifer DeWitt gives a written companion to some pictures that Times photographers took along a 400-mile stretch of the Mississippi River—spanning the northeast corner of Iowa to the southeast—as part of a book the Times published last year, entitled The Great River: 400 Miles of the Mississippi.

Kevin Schmidt / Quad-City Times

For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times, reporter Barb Ickes shares what she saw while touring tunnels beneath a number of area schools.

Courtesy Megan Severson

Moline resident Nick Huyten grew up under Nazi occupation in Holland for the first few years of his life. Nick was interviewed by his daughter, Tonya, for The Great Quad Cities Listen at the studios of WVIK to share his childhood memories.

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