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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The White House

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. Herndon on Lincoln: Letters was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.

Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital will add more offices for health care providers at its campus in Macomb.

A Missouri House committee discussed a bill that would reinforce first amendment rights for student journalists.  St Louis Public Radio's statehouse bureau reported the bill, which is called the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act, would require public schools and universities to grant student journalists the same degree of free speech they would to a professional journalist.

Rich Egger

Macomb police said they arrested three people who were operating a meth lab from an apartment on the courthouse square. 

Shop Talk panelist Jasmine Crighton said a student in one of her classes acknowledged mixing into a story a piece of sound that was not recorded at the scene.  That is sometimes referred to "unnatural sound."

Al Jazeera America announced it will shut down its TV operations in a few months. It might try to continue with a digital presence in the U.S.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted 5-to-1 during a special meeting Monday to authorize staff reductions for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016.  Staff cuts are just one part of Western's plan for cutting spending by roughly $10 million due to declines in enrollment and state financial support.

Sue McLaughlin

Sue McLaughlin is already a bit familiar with Macomb because in-laws live near the community.  Now she will be learning a great deal more about the town because she's been chosen to serve as its next city administrator.

The Associated Press reported state senators in Missouri ordered journalists off the Senate floor after some lawmakers complained their private conversations had been tweeted.

Macomb-based musician Chris Vallillo does shows featuring the music of the American civil rights movement.  He came up with the concept around the time of the movement's 50th anniversary.

Jonathan Ahl

The Western Illinois University administration has met with employee groups several times in the past week, trying to find a way to save money while also saving jobs.

Late last month, reporter Steve Majerus-Collins posted an article on his Facebook page explaining that he was quitting his job because, "The owner of my paper is guilty of journalistic misconduct of epic proportions."

Rich Egger

As State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) this week begins his 14th year in the Legislature, the governor and legislative leaders continue to stand their ground in the ongoing budget stalemate.

Rich Egger

A coalition of education, labor, and non-profit organizations is urging the governor and legislative leaders to cut the cost of higher education for students by providing more funding for its colleges and universities.

Tim Schroll

A spokesperson for Western Illinois University declined to say why the university dismissed Gary Biller, Vice President for Student Services.

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