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.

city of Moline

Some new apartments are being planned for downtown Moline. Tuesday night, the city council will discuss a proposal to re-develop a half-block - between 13th and 14th Streets, and from 6th Avenue to an alley.

Hope from the Heartland

Feb 6, 2018
Cheri Bustos & Robin Johnson

If democrats in the midwest want to bounce back from the disastrous election of 2016, they have to show up and listen. That's one of the main conclusions of a report titled, "Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington."

News headlines for the morning of February 6, 2018:

  • The mayor of Davenport says the city is "strong and vibrant,"
  • A precautionary boil order was issued Monday for all of Clinton,
  • Help is now available for manufacturers who want to use new technology.

Increasing clouds today with a high near 17, with wind chill as low as -10.


Davenport is strong and getting stronger. That's how Mayor Frank Klipsch summed it up during his annual State of the City address Monday to members of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

tonight's headlines:

  • it was colder and drier than normal in Illinois in January,
  • Bettendorf considers offering early retirement incentives to save money,
  • and Governor Rauner came to Rock Island Friday to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

Gradual clearing overnight with a low near 21. Cloudy and breezy on Saturday, high near 40.


The governor of Illinois came to the Quad Cities Friday to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Bruce Rauner  toured Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, stopping in a couple of classrooms, and then spoke to an assembly.

State and local police are preparing for one of their busiest weekends of the year. The Super Bowl has become a major party weekend, so officers will be out in force trying to find drunken drivers.

state of Iowa

One month into this year's session, what has the Iowa legislature accomplished so far ?

tonight's headlines:

  • a Quad Cities company uses its tax savings to pay bonuses to employees,
  • a downtown Davenport building joins the National Register of Historic Places,
  • and the Iowa legislature considers reinstating the death penalty.

Clear tonight with a low near 3 and wind chills to -10. Increasing clouds on Friday, high near 23. 

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

A downtown Davenport building is now included on a prestigious list. The Peterson Paper building at 301 East Second Street has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.