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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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It's generally looking like a good job market for college graduates this spring.  But what about for those who wish to be broadcast journalists?

Rich Egger

A card game called Hide 'n' Peek won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Lizzie Magie Board Game Contest in Macomb.  16 entries were submitted.

Rich Egger

Around 50 people participated in a rededication ceremony for the War of 1812 monument in Chandler Park.  Pella Corporation collaborated with the city and several other businesses to restore the marker, which was first unveiled on September 11, 1914.

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147 employees are losing their jobs as WIU grapples with a drastic decrease in state support for the current fiscal year and uncertain funding for the coming year.

In the rush to be first, several Chicago media outlets got it wrong when reporting on the sentence for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

The Poynter Institute reports that some journalism educators in Oregon want to prepare students to cover mass shootings. 

Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2059 Monday morning. The bill provides a short-term appropriation to the state’s colleges and universities.

St Louis TV station KTVI recently announced it hired Sara Dayley to be a weekend anchor and reporter.  This is of interest to the Shop Talk panel because Dayley is also the public liaison for a public, tax-supported EMS and fire protection district. 

Students Lead Rally at WIU

Apr 19, 2016
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About three dozen Western Illinois University students and staff members marched across campus Tuesday to advocate for state funding of higher education.  The demonstration was put on by students and was done in support of faculty and staff who face furloughs and layoffs.

Rich Egger

The University Professionals of Illinois, which represents many faculty and some other workers at Western Illinois University, announced a deferred compensation agreement with the administration that will help the university save money the next two fiscal years.

Rich Egger

In a letter to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said around 110 university workers will receive layoff notices within the next week.

A study the American Press Institute recently completed for the Brookings Institution found that digital news consumers are interested in in-depth and enterprise reporting. That runs counter to the long-held belief that on-line stories should be short and to the point.

The Macomb Food Cooperative began as an idea among a small group of people in 2009.  A couple years later it incorporated, and in April, 2014 it started operating the Macomb Online Market.  Now the co-op is opening a brick and mortar store that will feature mostly local products.

Abby Wendle

Photojournalists illustrate the news. But a researcher who studies news photos said they also do much more than that.

Wendy Bell, an award-winning journalist with WTAE-TV  (Pittsburgh) for 18 years, was fired for comments she made on Facebook about a mass shooting in a nearby community.

TSPR

A malfunction at the Macomb wastewater treatment plant led to a spill that might affect some homes with private water wells.

Solidarity March and Rally in Macomb

Mar 31, 2016
Rich Egger

Around 150 people took to the streets late Thursday afternoon to demonstrate their support for Western Illinois University and the city of Macomb.

Cokie and Steve Roberts wrote a column late last month imploring the "rational wing" of the Republican Party to prevent Donald Trump from being its presidential nominee.  NPR later issued a release to clarify Cokie Roberts' role on the network, saying she serves as a commentator rather than a  journalist for NPR.

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Western Illinois University Budget Director Matt Bierman said the school will achieve savings beginning next fiscal year thanks to the early retirement incentive package offered late last fall.

An article from The Poynter Institute said USA Today sports reporter Lindsay Jones was subjected to sexist, violent, and otherwise hateful emails and tweets after she asked a tough question during NFL quarterback Peyton Manning’s retirement news conference.  Jones inquired about sexual harassment allegations against Manning that recently resurfaced and date to his college days. 

Cleaning Up from Western Illinois Storms

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Tom Williams

Patty and Carl Sloan managed to escape injury Tuesday evening by reaching the basement of their home outside Avon just as a powerful storm hit.

Western Illinois Election Results – March 15, 2016

Mar 15, 2016

The region's primaries included few contested local races and just one referendum.  Here are the results:

This is Sunshine Week, which is a celebration of access to public information. The first Sunshine Week was held in 2005.  The Associated Press Media Editors said it takes place in mid-March to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, who was a key advocate of the Bill of Rights.

This week the Shop Talk panelists discuss how reporters are being treated as they try to cover this year’s presidential campaigns.

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The passenger rail agency said it will renovate the Macomb Travel Center to make it more easily accessible for everyone.

Rich Egger

Friday, March 4 was the final day on the job for Macomb City Administrator Dean Torreson, who retired after eight years in western Illinois and more than 30 years of work in city administration.

Radio and television coverage of courtrooms will continue in Illinois.  Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reported that the state Supreme Court is satisfied with a four-year test of electronic media coverage of the state's trial courts.

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Western Illinois University said its plan requiring non-negotiated administrative employees to take unpaid days off the will save $4 million.  The furlough days will begin next month and continue through June 30, which is the end of the fiscal year.

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The administration announced the cuts mid-afternoon Friday.  The cuts will take place over the next two fiscal years, beginning July 1, 2016.  In addition, the university will make additional cuts for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

A recent article in the New Yorker profiled the founder of TMZ, the organization that reports on celebrity gossip and entertainment news.  TMZ sometimes breaks stories that are of interest to a wider audience, which got the Shop Talk panelists discussing the quality of its work.

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