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.

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Some faculty members at Western Illinois University feel there's been a decline in female students studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  So they're working to create an initiative with the College of Arts and Science to provide scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and travel grants to such students.

The Western Illinois Regional Council wants to help parents recognize signs of teen dating violence.


Horn Field Campus will team up with Wilderness Medical Associates to teach people how to handle emergencies in remote settings.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some members of the Macomb community plan to protest if "disgusting" signs show up as students return to Western Illinois University this week.

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A national report by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed state workers in Illinois pay one of the highest rates in the nation for health insurance premiums.