Frannie Smith

Student News Reporter

Frannie is a student reporter at Tri States Public Radio. She went to Rosary High School in Aurora and graduated in 2011. Frannie began her journey in broadcasting as a news anchor for WIUTV3 in the spring of 2014. She has taken reporting and performance classes that exposed her to the world of radio and television. In her spare time, she likes to play the piano, go for jogs, and spend time with family. Frannie plans on pursuing a career as a reporter in radio and television after graduating from Western.


Service Project for Kibera
9:53 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Expanding Macomb Rotaract & Helping People in an African Slum

Kibera, Africa.

Two Macomb residents are apart of an international volunteer organization that helps people within their own community and around the globe.

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Troubling Tales
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Western Illinois Museum Has New Book by WIU Students

The Troubling Tales Of Old Macomb

Two students from Western Illinois University worked together to create "The Troubling Tales of Old Macomb."

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Hunters Can Donate
3:01 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Local Food Pantries Adding Deer Meat to the Menu


The Western Illinois Regional Council is starting up its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program.

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Proceeds to Humane Society
9:42 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Macomb Resident Challenges Community To Make A Difference

Chris Brix and his pet dog PeeWee
Credit Western Illinois University

A former Western Illinois University professor who's a longtime Macomb resident is urging the community to join him in donating to the Humane Society of McDonough County.

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Mosquito Borne Virus
11:03 am
Sun October 12, 2014

McDonough County Still Testing For West Nile

Business Insider found mosquitoes as deadliest animal.

Even though the weather is getting cooler, the McDonough County Health Department is still on the lookout for West Nile Virus.

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Election 2014
12:42 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Prescription Birth Control Referendum on Ballot


An advisory referenda on this fall's ballots in Illinois aims to drive more public interest to the election.

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Graphic Novels Are This Year's Theme
5:50 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

WIU Marks Banned Books Week

Western Illinois University holds an event every year to mark Banned Books Week.

Western Illinois University held its seventh annual 'Banned and Determined' event in conjunction with the national observance of Banned Books Week.

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17 Years of Participation
3:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Pilot Prepared for Another Macomb Balloon Rally

An eastern Illinois man is looking forward to getting another bird's eye view of western Illinois.

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New Program in West Point
9:49 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Children Are Ticketed For 'Good Behavior'

The West Point Police Department is rewarding children for good safety habits.

The police department in West Point, Iowa is giving children a pat on the back for practicing good safety habits.

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Bill Signed This Week
11:39 am
Fri August 22, 2014

New Law to Ban Smoking on Illinois College Campuses

Smoking will not be allowed at Western Illinois University and other state-supported college campuses beginning next July.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill to prohibit smoking on state-supported college or university campuses in the state. 

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