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 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.


The popular live lecture series “TED Talks” will make its way to Davenport this March, in the form of a day of educational talks at the Figge Art Museum.

Knox College Democrats

The Knox College Democrats student group is encouraging residents of western Illinois to use an online portal to submit questions which will be considered for a gubernatorial candidates’ forum on Tuesday night at Knox College in Galesburg.

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