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.”


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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Money for Road Repairs
4:27 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

McDonough County Sales Tax Referendum

Bellingham Road is one of the roads the county said is in need of repairs.
Credit Rich Egger

Voters throughout McDonough County will be asked in April to approve a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax to pay for road repairs.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
3:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Daniel Belknap Won’t Get a Third Trial

Daniel Belknap
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The Illinois Supreme Court said there is sufficient evidence to convict a McDonough County man of killing a young child.

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Shop Talk – December 16
12:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Vague Info from a Public Agency

The McDonough County Health Department told reporters they would need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain information about why the agency temporarily closed a restaurant in Macomb.

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Central Illinois Man Changes his Ways
9:37 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Transforming a Personal History of Racism

Jim and Debbie Pauley at their home
Credit Rachel Otwell

The holidays can bring out the compassionate side of people.

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Black Lives Matter
6:14 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

WIU Rally Draws Hundreds – What's Next?

Protestors demonstrated outside Sherman Hall for several minutes during the rally.
Credit Rich Egger

Demonstrators marched through the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb to protest for rights they feel are being eroded.

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Shop Talk – December 9
2:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Little Local Coverage of Recent Elections

The gutting of newsroom staffs had a negative impact on local coverage of the fall elections.

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Macomb Christmas Festivities
3:21 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Celebrating 20 Years of Dickens on the Square

The Western Illinois Museum displayed Jill Myers’ collection of nutcrackers during the museum’s “Who Collects What” program as part of Dickens on the Square.
Credit Rich Egger

The annual Christmas event in downtown Macomb is designed to evoke the look and feel of Victorian England.

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