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.”


Cardinal Point
11:04 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plans Continue for Western Illinois Wind Farm

A central Illinois wind farm
Credit Rich Egger

Developers are not worried even though it’s been six years since plans were unveiled for a wind farm in Warren and McDonough Counties.

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Shop Talk – January 20
3:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Selling Naming Rights for Reporters

Long-time Chicago media critic Robert Feder reported: “Phil Ponce isn’t just the host of WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” anymore. From now on, he’s The Alexandra and John Nichols Chief Correspondent and Host for the public television station’s nightly news program.

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Civil Rights Leader
7:01 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Honoring MLK in Macomb and Galesburg

The march took people from the courthouse to Mount Calvary on the city's far east side.
Credit Rich Egger

A couple communities in western Illinois continued their long traditions of commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cost Not the only Roadblock
12:55 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Improving Wireless Access at WIU

The main data center for WIU is in Morgan Hall.
Credit Rich Egger

As you might guess, it costs money to upgrade technology on a college campus.

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Shop Talk – January 13
3:01 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Rage Against the Media

Physical and verbal attacks on the media got the attention of people around the globe last week.

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America’s College Promise
7:06 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Devil Will be in the Details of Community College Proposal

Credit Rich Egger

A couple community college presidents in western Illinois are generally supportive of a proposal from the White House.

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West Adams Corridor
11:46 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Full Speed Ahead for Macomb Street Project

The view looking west down the first two blocks of West Adams Street.
Credit Rich Egger

The city is completing land acquisitions as part of the plan to improve West Adams Street from Lafayette to Johnson.

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Shop Talk – January 6
11:43 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Talking About the Weather

The correspondent seen most frequently on the network TV evening newscasts last year was the chief meteorologist for ABC.

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Much Anticipated Project at WIU
11:10 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Center for Performing Arts Closer to Becoming Reality

An artist's rendering of the Center for Performing Arts
Credit Western Illinois University

The state will start seeking construction bids this month for a long-awaited project at Western Illinois University.

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Shop Talk – December 23
11:40 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Protecting Confidential Sources

Reporter Joseph Hosey will not be forced to reveal the source of a leak in a northern Illinois murder case.

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