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.

Marie Gleason

A community activist and John Deere employee has decided to run for the Iowa Senate. Thursday Marie Gleason of Bettendorf announced her bid for the democratic nomination in District 47 that's now represented by republican Roby Smith of Davenport.


This year's Student Hunger Drive is now over. On Thursday, students from 17 high schools brought the food they've collected during the past six weeks to the River Bend Foodbank in Davenport.

tonight's headlines:

  • for the first time in more than 50 years, Deere prepares to sell tractors to Cuba,
  • business leaders in Davenport hope to save a key tax credit that's helped re-develop downtown,
  • and the Illinois governor wins a battle with the legislature over right-to-work.

the forecast for tonight: increasing cloudiness, with a low near 30. Sunny on Thursday, high 38.

Deere Returns to Cuba

Nov 8, 2017
Deere and Company

John Deere "green" could soon start making an appearance in farm fields in Cuba. Last week, the company announced an agreement to sell tractors to the Cuban government. 

Creative Commons

Iowa voters went to the polls Tuesday to select mayors and aldermen in municipal elections.

tonight's headlines:

  • after being vacant for two years, the Illinois General Assembly now has an inspector general,
  • following an attack in northwest Illinois this fall, more severe penalties are being considered for anyone who attacks a DCFS employee,
  • and the King Center in Rock Island will be honored Wednesday for the many volunteers who keep its programs running.

the forecast for tonight: mostly clear, low near 24. Sunny on Wednesday, high 45. 

King Center

Rock Island will be one of the communities honored on Wednesday when the state of Illinois hands out this year's Governor's Hometown Awards. The King Center will receive an award for the strong support it receives from volunteers.

  tonight's headlines:

  • residents of Iowa tomorrow will choose mayors and aldermen,
  • despite the headlines, there are affordable health plans available under Obamacare,
  • and worries about sexual harassment inspire Illinois lawmakers to appoint an inspector general.

Cloudy tonight with a low near 30. Partly sunny Tuesday through Friday, with highs around 40.

Iowa Municipal Elections

Nov 6, 2017
Scott County Auditor

Polls will be open Tuesday in the Iowa Quad Cities, and across the state, for municipal elections.

tonight's headlines:

  • MidAmerican Energy wants to pass some savings along to customers,
  • a guilty verdict in a southeast Iowa murder trial,
  •  and the largest truck stop in the world is getting bigger.

Cloudy tonight and tomorrow with showers and thunderstorms possible. Low tonight 41, high on Saturday near 51.