Herb Trix

News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.

The state of Iowa wants to help ADM expand in Clinton. Friday the board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority approved tax credits for the project.


Members of the Sikh community in the Quad Cities are hoping to keep up the pressure on local and state authorities after one of their members was the victim of a possible hate crime. In January, a driver for Uber, Gurjeet Singh, says a customer held a gun to his head and said "who are you loyal to ?" and "I hate turban people."

Quad City Steamwheelers

On Midwest Week - a new version of the Quad City Steamwheelers has started practicing and will play its first game next week.

First Flood Outlook

Feb 16, 2018
National Weather Service

Don't get too worried about possible spring flooding, yet. In its first flood outlook for this year, the National Weather Service says the chance of flooding along the Mississippi and other rivers in this area is "normal to below normal."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

today's headlines:

  • Pat Quinn brings his latest campaign to the Quad Cities,
  • trying to gauge the impact on earnings of Deere's purchase of the Wirtgen Group,
  • and the Iowa Supreme Court considers the waiting period for abortions.

Partly sunny today with a high near 23, and gusty winds up to 20 mph from the Northwest. 

Quinn Campaigns in QC

Feb 15, 2018

A former Illinois state treasurer, lieutenant governor, and governor is running for one of the few statewide jobs he hasn't held. Pat Quinn, one of the eight democrats running for attorney general in next month's primary, began a trip across the state in Rock Island Thursday morning.

today's headlines:

  • Deere will announce first quarter earnings today,
  • Governor Bruce Rauner proposes a major tax cut, 
  • and early retirements will help Bettendorf save money in next year's budget.

It should be cloudy today with areas of fog and a chance for rain. The high should be around 43. 


Five months after a fire severely damaged a school, it's time to accept bids for its restoration. This week, the Moline school board approved spending up to 4 1/2 million dollars at Franklin Elementary.

The annual winter Stand Down for Homeless Veterans will be held Thursday in Davenport.

today's headlines:

  • crime in Rock Island last year reached a 26-year low,
  • more cases of  Legionnaires' disease at the veterans home in Quincy,
  • and the "new" Steamwheelers are ready for their first season.

It should be sunny today with a high near 39.