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My name is Benjamin Payne. I’m currently 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 news and feature stories, and edit some of our station’s podcasts.

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.

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 out to me at benthomaspayne [at] gmail dot com.