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.”

Ways to Connect

Demonstrations this month at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of University System President Tim Wolfe.  But the conduct of some protesters also became part of the story when they tried to muscle out reporters who were there to cover the event.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Jordan Palmer

The sport inspired by the Harry Potter stories will hold its Midwest Regional Championships November 21 & 22 at Veterans Park in Macomb.

The Republican presidential candidates made demands recently concerning the format of debates and the questions asked.  They want more say over how the forums are handled.

Chris Ivanes joins the Shop Talk panel for this week’s discussion. Ivanes was a high school student in Romania when the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989 and he remembers how the news spread through the Eastern bloc.

Rich Egger

The University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) chapter at Western Illinois University is speaking out against a possible budget reduction proposal that recommends a "desired" student to faculty ratio of 17:1 for Western.

Rich Egger

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) announced she will run for another term in the Illinois House, while former Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said she will run for the Illinois Senate.

A contributing writer to NPR's website was caught plagiarizing.  Instead of trying to cover up the act, NPR posted a story about it. The story spotlights ten examples and includes links to the original material.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University has resisted efforts to disclose more information about the September 25 altercation between a teacher and a student in Knoblauch Hall.  But newly released documents shed a bit more light.

Courtesy Western Illinois University

Mandi Green, Facilities Sustainability and Safety Coordinator at Western Illinois University, knew the school was a finalist for the 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award.  But she didn't know whether the school won until she arrived in Chicago for the ceremony.

Nielsen is known for measuring TV ratings, which helps determine what shows air and how much money networks can charge for ads on programs.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois believes WIU's administration is overstepping its authority by directly surveying employees about potential cost-cutting options.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Mark Twomey said the middle school was combined with the high school about a quarter-century ago with the idea that it was just a temporary fix. So he feels a change is long overdue.

Local News Disappearing?

Oct 20, 2015

The commercial radio group in Macomb, Regional Media, fired its news director and no longer has anyone covering city hall, police briefing, and other local beats.  While the move might improve the company's bottom line, it does nothing to serve the community it purports to cover.

Jonathan Ahl

The newest member of Congress has not decided who he will support for Speaker of the U.S. House.  Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he wants to hear from everyone interested in the job before making a decision.