Rich Egger

News Director

Rich is the News Director at Tri States Public Radio. Rich grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago but now calls Macomb home. Rich has a B.A in Communication Studies with an Emphasis on Radio, TV, and Film from Northern Illinois University. Rich came to love radio in high school where he developed his “news nerdiness” as he calls it. Rich’s high school had a radio station called WFVH, which he worked at for a couple years. In college, Rich worked at campus station WKDI for three years, spinning tunes and serving at various times as General Manager, Music Director and Operations Manager. Before being hired as Tri States Public Radio’s news director in 1998, Rich worked professionally in news at WRMN-AM/WJKL-FM in Elgin and WJBC-AM in Bloomington. In Rich’s leisure time he loves music, books, cross-country skiing, rooting for the Cubs and Blackhawks, and baking sugar frosted chocolate bombs. His future plans include “getting some tacos.”

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Jeff Moore was up for reinstatement as head coach of the boys’ soccer team at Macomb High School. But instead he recently submitted his letter of resignation from the position.

Rich Egger

After two decades in advertising, Phil Brevick of Hamilton decided it was time to pursue a career in art.  Now, about five years later, Brevick's paintings are featured in his first solo show.

Both Jim Romenesko and TV Spy report that David Custer, an anchor at WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Michigan, tweeted a photo intended to spoof the movie Pretty Woman.

Rich Egger

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb hosts concerts, plays, trivia nights, and more.  It hopes guests will soon find it a bit more comfortable to sit during those events.

The Macomb Food Co-op's online market started operating in April 2014. The organization said it's taken in nearly $42,000 since then and returned more than $34,000 to local producers.

The Pew Research Center has released its annual report on the news media. It looks at website usage, TV news ratings, podcast listening, newspaper ad revenue, and more.

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Residents of the 500 block of North Johnson Street awoke to the sound and sight of numerous law enforcement agencies busting a meth making operation.

The RTDNA reports legislators in at least 18 states are considering measures to regulate public access to video from police body cameras.  Those states include Iowa and Missouri.

Courtesy of Sara Boeckelman

The National Weather Service reported Macomb received 2.98 inches of rain in about two hours Monday evening. Streets flooded as the city's storm water system struggled to keep pace.

Burned Out on Reporting

Apr 28, 2015

Research by a University of Kansas professor found journalism burnout is affecting women more than men.  Burnout factors include exhaustion, cynicism, and a perceived lack of support from their employer.

An RTDNA survey of news outlets found television stations say they are focusing more on investigative reporting.  The Shop Talk panelists consider that surprising.

Rich Egger

Quincy Senior High School history teacher Rob Mellon is making a second bid for Congress in west central Illinois. He ran for the 18th District seat last year but lost in the Democratic primary.  Mellon said he learned from that experience.

Rich Egger

The city hoped to pay for a multi-million dollar facelift to the courthouse square with local sales tax revenue and a state grant.  But it appears the state grant program won’t be offering money for at least another year.

Rolling Stone magazine last week retracted the story it ran last fall about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.  The retraction was issued after the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism looked into the story (at the magazine’s request) and found numerous flaws.

Rich Egger

A measure of particular interest to many downstate educators is the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.  It’s Senate Bill 1, which means it was the first piece of legislation introduced in the Senate this session.

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