Lacy Scarmana

WVIK Morning Edition Host/Digital Curator

Lacy Scarmana moved to the Quad Cities in February of 2016 to become Morning Edition Producer and Digital Curator at WVIK. She has hosted Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and anchored midday newscasts on the station. Lacy also reports for the newsroom and produces WVIK's podcasts, including The Great Quad Cities Listen, The Gallery Gap, Margins, Talking Art, Good Morning, and Suspect Convictions, which peaked at #2 worldwide on the Apple Podcasts charts. 

She began her radio career as a student at Indiana University, where she worked as a reporter and producer for NPR member station WFIU. Shortly after graduating from IU with a B.A. in Journalism, Lacy moved to Chicago to intern for a daily news talk show on WBEZ.

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The Bucktown Revue is every third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. from September to May at the Nighswander Theatre.
Bucktown Revue / Facebook

WVIK Morning Edition Producer Lacy Scarmana sat down with Korah Winn, a cast member at the Bucktown Revue, to talk about the upcoming show.

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse / Submitted

Brett Hitchcock, director of audience development at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse, talks with WVIK Morning Edition Producer Lacy Scarmana about the wide variety of programming at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse and the adjacent Speakeasy.

Michael Weintrob / Submitted

Lance Sadlek, director of the St. Ambrose Galvin Fine Arts Center, talks with WVIK Morning Edition producer Lacy Scarmana about one of the first performances during Quad Cities Live Month.

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will perform Saturday night at the St. Ambrose Rogalski Center ballroom. 

Iceburg Lettuce sings "Ice Ice Baby" to continue growing during Detroit winters.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

Robotic plants singing pop songs and quoting bad pick up lines might not be what you expect at an art gallery. But that's what you get when you visit the Moth Project exhibit at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. 

"If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide" / Mickle Communications

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers ages 12 to 18, according to A new documentary by Davenport-based Mickle Communications examines how to address teen suicide and depression. 

The Rock Island County Board voted Tuesday night to reduce the size of the board from 25 to 15, and to eliminate pension and health benefits for members.

The original proposal would have ended benefits next month, but the date was pushed back to June in a compromise.

Downsizing the board won't happen until after the 2020 census. Last night's vote was non-binding, because there will be a new board at that point. But before the vote, board member Drue Mielke from Coal Valley said it was important to take a stance on something the public has been asking for since 2012.

The newest home built by Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities was in large part funded by an anonymous donor who stipulated the organization dedicate it to Pope Francis.
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Habitat for Humanity will dedicate a home Saturday in honor of Pope Francis.

An anonymous donor offered Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities a $60,000 gift to fund a home. The donor had three instructions for the organization: honor Pope Francis's commitment to social justice, provide unifying work for Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers working toward a common goal and further Habitat's mission for building homes. 

The local Iowa Knights of Columbus, Wells Fargo and donations from nearby parishes and schools funded the rest of the construction.

The Rock Island County Board is still trying to solve financial problems and address concerns from residents.

Board members decided this week to consider five parts of a reform package separately, acting on the recommendation of the Rock Island County State's Attorney.

Board member Drue Mielke from Coal Valley says the board will vote on three proposals next week: downsizing the board from 25 to 15, eliminating health insurance benefits and withdrawing from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Danny Krasich / Submitted

A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the Visitation Residence Hall at Loras College in Dubuque.

Sue Hafkemeyer, Loras College communications director, says all 44 students in the hall were evacuated safely. The evacuated students received food, water and clothing at a nearby shelter. 

Fire fighters have not officially determined the cause of the fire, but it could have started after lightning struck during severe weather overnight.

Submitted / Augustana College Athletics

The top-ranked Augustana men's basketball team will face Emory Friday night in the third round of the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Dave Wrath, Augustana sports information director, says eight players who came in as freshmen in the fall of 2012 are still on the team. 

The Vikings will have home court advantage again, after winning last weekend's games in Rock Island.

Augustana went 26-1 over the season and won the CCIW Tournament championship.

The Emory Eagles won the University Athletic Association championship, after going 20-7 for the season.