My name is Benjamin Payne. I’m the local Morning Edition host at WVIK, the NPR member station for the Quad Cities area of western Illinois and eastern Iowa. I also report spot and feature news at WVIK, as well as edit some of our station’s podcasts.

My spot, feature, and superspot (lots of lingo in radio) reporting has been aired nationally on NPR, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR’s Newscast unit. My work has also appeared on NPR’s digital platforms.

Before coming to WVIK, I served a news internship with WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. My spot news assignments took me all over the Windy City, from City Hall to Wrigley Field. My reporting has been featured on Politico’s Illinois Playbook, a rundown of political news in Chicago and Illinois.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism & Mass Communication from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Probably the most interesting thing about me—forgive me for burying the lead—is that I met my girlfriend through public radio…to be specific, through a Secret Santa gift exchange for members of a Facebook group for local Morning Edition hosts.

I always appreciate story ideas. You can reach me at benthomaspayne [at] gmail dot com and on Twitter.