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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C.T. Vivian’s family moved from segregated Missouri to Macomb when he was young because his parents felt he would receive a better education in a university community.  Now that community’s school district plans to honor the civil rights activist for his lifetime of achievement.

Columbia Journalism Review posted an article about what it’s like for writers who are paid by the click.

A few months ago a New Jersey man filed a request with a local township under the state's Open Public Records Act.  The township responded by suing him.

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Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

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The tornado that tore through the Warren County community of Cameron caused extensive damage.  But no one was killed and no serious injuries are reported.

FAIR, or Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, recently noted, "CNN has announced the formation of a new unit that will not report the news. Instead, it will take money from corporations to produce content that resembles news but is actually PR designed to burnish its clients' images."

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The city on Monday acknowledged the unusually wet spring and summer have made it difficult for property owners to mow their lawns due to soggy soil conditions and standing water.

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Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

A researcher believes tax breaks that states give to corporations prove to be detrimental in the long run.  "Here's the problem: somebody has to pay," said Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was re-assigned and will now handle breaking news on cable channel MSNBC.  His fall from grace began early this year when he exaggerated some of the events that occurred while he covered the War in Iraq in 2003.

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Macomb City Administrator Dean Torreson is recommending the city end its contract with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and run tourism efforts through City Hall.

Western Illinois University is reducing certain employees' 12-month contracts to 10 or 11-months, some temporary employees won't be returning this fall, and a few other staff members have been let go. The changes went into effect Wednesday, July 1.

The Women's Media Center issued a report, The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2015.   As Time Magazine noted, it paints a pretty bleak picture. Time's article is headlined, Eight Sad Truths About Women in Media.

The Washington Post recently reported on how ABC World News Tonight became the ratings champion. The Post's media reporter Paul Farhi wrote the newscast is brighter, tighter, and lighter with shorter stories and an emphasis on entertainment, crime, weather, and hot YouTube videos.

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State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said he will not run for another term in the Illinois legislature. His seat is up for election in 2016.

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