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.”


More Funding Needed
6:50 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lamoine Hotel Rehab a “Complex” Project

The Lamoine Hotel building looks unchanged from the street, but it has a new roof and interior renovations have started.
Credit Rich Egger

A developer is still trying to secure all the funding needed to convert the old Lamoine Hotel building in downtown Macomb into assisted living apartments.

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Shop Talk – October 21
11:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Outlandish Fees Charged for Public Documents

Reporters who’ve asked to see public documents related to the police shooting in Ferguson, MO, are being asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the records.

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New Schedule Too
3:11 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

New Name, Focus for WIU’s Environmental Summit

The annual environmental summit at Western Illinois University is now known as the Prairie Lands Environmental Summit.

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Southwest of Macomb
12:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Crash on Rural Road Kills Three

The crash happened down this road and on the right.
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois State Police blame “failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash” for a car crash that killed three people early Thursday near Macomb.

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Shop Talk – October 14
12:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Comedian Asks Tougher Questions than Journalists

NBC reportedly made a serious pitch to comedian Jon Stewart to host Meet the Press, its long-running Sunday morning news interview program.

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Walnut Twig Beetle
6:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Insect Threatens Black Walnut Trees

A side view of the Walnut Twig Beetle
Credit Jim LaBonte, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Black walnut trees can grow to 75 feet tall, yet they are at risk from an insect about the size of a pencil tip.

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Shop Talk – October 7
2:06 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Little Confidence in Mass Media Journalism

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a Gallup poll that shows trust in mass media reporting is at an all-time low.

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Ryan Hansen
8:08 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Macomb Alderman Resigns

Credit Rich Egger

The city will be without a first ward alderman for a while.

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Decisions by Year’s End
12:37 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Stiff Competition for Medical Marijuana Licenses

Cannabis plants
Credit Wiki Commons

There is plenty of competition for licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois as part of the state’s Cannabis Pilot Program.

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Shop Talk – September 30
12:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Obama Administration Puts Squeeze on Reporters

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the troubling trend of the White House trying to control the stories written by journalists.

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