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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Emphasis - May 4
11:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Dealing With Difference Institute

J. Q. Adams (background) and Jan Welsch

Rich Egger's guests are Jan Welsch and J. Q. Adams, who are organizers of the annual Dealing With Difference Institute at Western Illinois University.

The two-day conference begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 15 with a presentation by Dr Pedro Noguera, who is one of two keynote speakers at this year's DWDI.

Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education and a faculty member in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development as well as the Department of Sociology.

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One of the Universe's Mysteries
10:38 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Scientist Looking for Answers to Dark Matter

Matthew Walker with Sally Egler, who was one of his teachers in Macomb

An astronomer who grew up in Macomb is one of the researchers looking to unlock the mystery that is dark matter.

“I think people should care about dark matter insofar as they care about the universe in which they live,” Matthew Walker said.

Dark matter cannot be seen, yet scientists estimate it accounts for roughly 80% of the matter in the universe.  

“What we have here on earth is great and unique and important, but it's clearly not all that there is,” Walker said.

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Bargaining Chip
9:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois Goes After Retiree Health Insurance

Retired state and public university employees in Illinois will have to pitch in for their health insurance under a measure approved by an Illinois House committee.

Free health insurance is a benefit given to retirees who worked long careers in Illinois government. Legislators who serve as little as four years also get free health care when they retire.

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Scandal Ridden Program
3:36 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships

The Illinois Capitol building

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.

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Final Show for Bill Knight
12:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Shop Talk - May 1

This week's program is about Bill Knight's career and changes in the news industry. In addition, Lisa Kernek joins the panel to replace Knight.

Knight graduated from WIU, went on to be a reporter, and came back to Western to teach in the early 1990s. He never stopped writing and reporting, and will continue to do commentaries on Tri States Public Radio.

Knight said there have been many changes in the newspaper industry over the years. He said the one creating the biggest impact right now is in management.

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