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.


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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Freshman Drop-Off
5:23 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

UPDATE: Protesting Sexist Signs at WIU

Photo of signs that were on display in 2011 move-in day.

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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Pew Charitable Trusts Report
8:59 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

High Health Insurance Premiums For Illinois State Workers

Credit Screen capture_PEW Charitable Trusts

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.

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Dinner Planned for Early September
2:52 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Upcoming Fundraiser for Prairie Land Conservancy


The Prairie Land Conservancy strives to protect habitat and natural areas in west central Illinois. The organization wants to include more people in its efforts.

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Take Caution As School Approaches
3:02 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Drivers Are Encouraged To Watch Out For Students


With school getting underway, drivers are being encouraged to be on the look-out for students.

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