Madelyn Beck

Madelyn Beck is from Montana, but has reported everywhere from Alaska to Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was the Wyoming reporter for public media collaboration Inside Energy. There, she reported on regional and national energy issues for radio stations around the West.

Past publications include the Idaho Mountain Express, E&E News/EnergyWire, KRBD Rainbird Radio, the Montana Broadcaster’s Association, Montana Public Radio, and the Tioga Tribune.

Madelyn reports on agriculture, environment and health out of her Galesburg office as part of the Illinois Newsroom regional journalism collaborative for WVIK and Tri States Public Radio. She also contributes to Harvest Public Media.

Floodwaters on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers may be going down, but rain has continued to soak farmland around much of the state. More rain could be on the way later this month.

Illinois’ population loss could be a warning for larger changes to come.

Between July 2017 and July 2018, Illinois lost more than 45,000 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. It’s still the sixth-most populated state, but is one of only a handful of states that lost people over that time period.

Come January 14, Illinois will have a new