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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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Dog Breeds & Semantics

Feb 21, 2017

Macomb police recently shot a dog after it charged and apparently attacked an officer.  The detective who discussed the case with reporters said the animal was a "pit bull," but Shop Talk panelist Jasmine Crighton said pit bull is a common name used to describe at least four formal breeds of dogs.  She questioned whether it's correct to use the term pit bull.

The White House

Presidents' Day is celebrated in the U.S. to honor the people who've held the nation's highest public office.  Tri States Public Radio talked to a couple historians about the 35th president, Democrat John F. Kennedy, because this year marks the centennial of Kennedy's birth (May 29, 1917).

Many newsroom staffs have been cut in the past 15 or 20 years.  That makes it more difficult for the remaining reporters to do their job, which includes fact-checking politicians.

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The street that goes through the heart of the Western Illinois University is in poor condition right now. All the traffic -- especially from buses and trucks - has been tough on the asphalt road so the city plans to remake Western Avenue during the summer months.

The Trump administration spent its first two weeks in power belittling the media. The Shop Talk panelists say they've never seen a presidential administration direct so much venom toward journalists. Even the Nixon White House was less combative than the current administration.

Breanna Descourouez

Adam Colgan remembers the exact date he first tried snowboarding.  "January 22nd, 2011," he said, adding nothing about that day's fun in the snow seemed unusual at the time.

The Shop Talk panelists this week continue their discussion about fake and misleading news.

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More than two dozen people gathered on a foggy January evening in downtown Rushville. Some drove from Mount Sterling, Macomb, and even as far away as Carthage to talk about the arts and rural communities.

The Shop Talk panelists will spend the next couple weeks discussing "news" stories that are deliberately misleading or contain poor reporting.  The starting point for their discussion regards the home page editor of the Washington Post, Doris Truong.

Western Illinois March for Women

Jan 21, 2017
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Hundreds of people marched through the streets of downtown Galesburg Saturday morning in conjunction with the Women's March in Washington D.C. and similar demonstrations around the globe.

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There is still plenty of mystery about how personality forms.  Researchers at Knox College are probing the mystery and they hope for some help from the public.

President-elect Donald Trump last week held his first news conference in about six months.  The Shop Talk panelists don't like the way it was conducted.

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Representatives from the Macomb School District, the city, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA are still studying whether it's feasible to build a new middle school and community center.

A Florida TV station had its live New Year's Eve coverage interrupted by a young man who ran in front of the camera and shouted a derogatory comment about women. 

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State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) smiled broadly as he strode into the Tri States Public Radio studios for an interview on Friday, January 6. He's clearly at ease with his decision to step down from the Legislature after 14 years.

Courtesy Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home

Stan Carman, 77, died early Friday at McDonough District Hospital.  Carman served in the Navy and later worked in the private sector before joining the McDonough County Sheriff's Department on January 1, 1967. 

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The state of Illinois has gone 18 months without a budget.  And the stop gap spending plan is about to expire with no new deal in sight.

The Associated Press recently issued guidelines for referring to the "alt-right."  Among other things, the wire service suggested, "Whenever 'alt-right' is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: 'an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,' or, more simply, 'a white nationalist movement.'"

Marc Nelson's goal is to teach his students at Central Junior High School in Kewanee that there is more to art than paintings hanging from a gallery wall.

A Michigan television station is suing a young journalist who left the station just one year into his four year contract.  The reporter countered by saying the station is being punitive and engaged in discriminatory practices.

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Fantasy farming gives high school students from western Illinois a chance to learn firsthand about the guesswork and gambles that farmers make every year.

Courtesy of the Western Illinois Museum

John Moon of Macomb said he signed up for the military after hearing news about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

People of all political stripes complain the media did a poor job of covering the 2016 presidential election.  But it seems just about everyone has a different idea of who is part of the media.

Timothy Collins of Bushnell said he started writing Christmas stories for his son, Daniel around 15 years ago. Daniel is now a college student but Timothy kept working on the stories and they're now available in the book, Memories of Santa Claus: Louis Finnegan.

Staging the News

Nov 29, 2016

A photo shows ABC News staged a live shot by placing yellow police tape behind a reporter who was at a crime scene. The tape was tied to two camera stands, which were kept out of the network's camera shots.

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The Illinois Board of Higher Education agreed to provide additional financial support to three public universities.  The $20 million comes from the state's stop-gap funding measure.

News outlets in recent years have reported on retail workers who are required to be on the job instead of getting to be with their families on Thanksgiving. Ironically, we hear those stories because reporters also work on Thanksgiving (and many other holidays) -- and without the same fuss.

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The Macomb Park Board conducted a lengthy search for the next Executive Director of the park district. It turned out the best candidate was right under their noses all along.  Commissioners unanimously agreed to promote Rachel Lenz, who was serving as the district's Superintendent of Special Events and Facilities.

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has cleared the way for a farm with 4,900 hogs to be built near Macomb.

President Barack Obama promised when he took office to be open and transparent, but his administration has been anything but open and transparent. Might reporters expect more of the same from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump?

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