Christina joined the WQAD News 8 team in August 2015. She currently works as a Reporter and Producer. You can catch her weekly political roundups during the Sunday evening newscasts. She shares other stories, spotlighting people and events from around the Quad Cities, throughout the rest of the week.​

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication in just three years.

During college, Christina interned at the top-rated station in Central Illinois, WCIA 3. She also wrote for the school newspaper, the “Daily Illini,” and was a member of the James Scholar Honors Program.

In her free time, Christina enjoys training for marathons, re-reading some of her favorite YA novels, and spending time with family and friends.

Send her story ideas at, and be sure to connect with her on Facebook (Christina Lorey WQAD) and Twitter (@christinalorey.)

Recent Articles
  • Search for kidnapped University of Illinois student now considered a “national priority” by F.B.I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois– The search for a kidnapped University of Illinois student is now a national priority for the F.B.I. It’s been 15 days since 26-year-old Yingying Zhang was last seen getting into a black Saturn Astra in the heart of the University of Illinois’ campus. Related: Missing University of Illinois student’s parents make plea to daughter and her kidnapper This weekend, Zhang’s father, aunt, and boyfriend drove from Champaign to Chicago for a candlelight vigil put on by school alumni and […]

  • Iowa couple spills the secrets to marital bliss as they celebrate more than seven decades of marriage

    STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa– An Iowa couple is celebrating more than seventy years together. Charles and Virginia Sparrgrove met back in high school and hit it off right away. Well, that’s still a point of contention. “We talked a couple times in high school, didn’t we?” Charles asks his wife. “Eh probably,” Virginia shrugged. Virginia says the minute she saw Charles, she knew he was the one. Now, the pair is celebrating 71 years of marriage. And although they don’t always […]

  • Music festival brings awareness to stigma associated with mental illness

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois — Hundreds of people spent their evening enjoying music, dancing, and raising money to help inspire an end to the stigma associated with mental illness today at the fourth annual Adam Fest at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds. The music-festival and fundraiser began after Adam Smith ended his own life in July of 2012 at the age of 26, after a battle with depression and anxiety. “He was a big fan of music and was a musician […]

  • Alumni tour Sacred Heart Cathedral School one last time

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Several generations of alumni from Davenport’s “Sacred Heart Cathedral School” had the opportunity to say goodbye to their old classrooms today. The 100 year old building, which closed in 2004, will be demolished next month to make room for a new hall for the Diocese of Davenport. Today, a committee of parishioners and former students organized an all-school reunion, giving the 2,000+ former students the opportunity to tour the school building one last time. Nearly 400 turned out […]

  • Missing University of Illinois student’s parents make plea to her and her kidnapper

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois– The FBI’s search for a kidnapped University of Illinois student continues in both Illinois and Iowa. And now, her parents are in Champaign, speaking out, with an emotional plea to their daughter’s kidnapper. This is the first time student Yingying Zhang’s family is talking about their daughter’s disappearance on camera. They came to Champaign from China as soon as they found out she was missing. Zhang’s mom was understandably too emotional to speak on camera, so Zhang’s aunt […]

  • U.S. Marine amputee fights through rejection, pain to become police officer

    OCEANSIDE, California — 30-year old Chris Lawrence is about to realize his dream of becoming a police officer. But the road to get there hasn’t been easy. Chris Lawrence, a Milwaukee native, joined the Marines when he was 20-years old and quickly found himself in Iraq. But his deployment was cut short, after an explosion damaged his feet and left arm. It was months before he started walking again, but when he did, his right leg wasn’t responding and had […]

  • A running list of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders

    Last Updated: June 22nd, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017. Here is an updated, running list of the Executive Orders he’s signed into law. (The most recent order is first; the oldest is last.) 39. Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13597 Signed: June 21, 2017 An executive order about an executive order? Let us explain! E.O. 13597 was signed in January of 2012 and tried […]

  • ‘Number of casualties’ reported after van hits pedestrians in London

    LONDON, England– A vehicle hit pedestrians in London early Monday morning and, according to police, there are “a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.” London’s Metropolitan Police say officers were called just after midnight Monday to an incident on Seven Sisters Road near the Finsbury Park Mosque. Police say they closed roads in both direction to deal with “a major incident.” JUST IN: Video shows London police response amid reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians. […]

  • Deadly Navy destroyer collision leaves 7 sailors dead after failed rescue mission

    YOKOSUKA, Japan– Seven sailors are dead after a Navy destroyer and a container ship collided near Japan. Rescuers found their bodies Sunday morning, Japan time. Now, there are new details about the crash and the rescue mission that ended up being too little, too late. Watching the U.S.S. Fitzgerald being towed into port Sunday, the damage was clear: a huge hunk from the side of the Navy destroyer seems to be missing.  That part of the ship was crushed inward, […]

  • UPDATE: FBI offering $10,000 reward for information about University of Illinois student, missing since June 9th

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois– The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 to help find a missing University of Illinois student. Yingying Zhang’s father and aunt flew in from China Saturday and are now meeting with investigators in Champaign. Zhang went missing from campus last Friday. A surveillance camera spotted her getting into a car with an unknown person. She was on her way to sign an apartment lease, and that’s the last time she was seen. Her father says he […]

  • What the verdict in Michelle Carter’s manslaughter trial shows us about the power of text messages, technology, and words

    BRISTOL COUNTY, Massachusetts– 20-year-old Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday, after pressuring her then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III to take his own life three years ago. That ruling sent a new message about the power of words, proving they can be legally binding, after a trial judge issued this verdict to Michelle Carter. Judge Lawrence Moniz told the courtroom, “Having reviewed the evidence and applied the law thereto, I now find you [Michelle Carter] guilty on the indictment […]

  • Local Legion honors Flag Day, gives flags a proper goodbye

    MOLINE, Illinois– Moline American Legion Post 246 celebrated Wednesday, Flag Day, with a flag retirement ceremony. After a playing of the National Anthem, taps, and a 21-gun salute, a single, folded flag was retired first followed by more than 300 remaining flags that had been collected the past year at designated outlets in the Quad Cities. Flames engulfed each and every flag. That’s the proper way to retire America’s symbol. “You need to burn it,” Nick Huyten, a member of […]