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.

Democrats Choose Robinson

Jul 10, 2018
Patti Robinson

Democrats in eastern Iowa have chosen a woman from Clinton to run for the state senate. Monday night party leaders in District 49 chose Patti Robinson as their candidate in November for the seat now held by Rita Hart of Wheatland.

This year's John Deere Classic is underway. 

A concerted effort by local school districts and the United Way boosted attendance during the past year, but not by much. The number of children who missed 9 or more days of school dropped by two-tenths of one per cent, to 39.2 per cent.

Iowa Secretary of State

Some eastern Iowa Democrats will meet Monday night to choose their candidate for the state senate. Senate District 49 includes all of Clinton County, plus parts of eastern and northeastern Scott County.

American Soybean Association

Now that the US has imposed tariffs on many Chinese products, China has retaliated with a 25 per cent tariff on American soybeans. And that has farmers and local officials worried, especially along the Mississippi River where 5 of the top ten soybean producing states are located.

Davenport School District

As costs go up and enrollment falls, the Davenport school board is looking at a range of options, including closing some schools. The latest option would close Monroe Elementary and convert Smart Intermediate into an elementary building.

Davenport School District

Hoping to save money, the Davenport School District is considering a major investment in solar energy. The district has received proposals from five companies, and the top-rated proposal so far would include installing solar panels at 14 buildings.

Robinson for Iowa Senate

A case manager for the Salvation Army in Clinton has decided to run for the Iowa Senate. Tuesday Democrat Patti Robinson announced her candidacy for District 49 - that's the seat now held by Rita Hart of Wheatland, who's running instead for lieutenant governor.

Women did well in last month's Iowa primary election, but still have a long way to go to reach parity with men, holding state and local offices. 99 women were on the ballot, and 85 won and will advance to the general election.

Willowbrook Photography

Despite the current flooding by the Mississippi River, this year's Blues Festival will be held on the Davenport riverfront as scheduled. The river crested Sunday 1 1/2 feet over flood stage, and is expected to fall to flood stage by Friday when the festival begins.