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John David is a reporter with News 8 logging more than a quarter-century of covering television news on a daily basis in the Quad Cities. He spent most of that time at WQAD, where he began as a reporter and weather anchor in 1989.

During the past decade, John is perhaps best known for reporting on the rise and fall of American manufacturing and its toll on the workforce.

His documentary, “Where Did The Jobs Go?”, chronicled the aftermath of Maytag’s plant closing in Galesburg, Illinois. Shot on location in Mexico and the United States, it received the 2006 Regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for News Documentary. It also received the Eric Sevareid Award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association for a First Place Documentary. The Iowa Associated Press presented a First Place Award for Best Documentary as well.

John followed that extensive project with an in-depth look at health care. “Is Universal Health Care The Cure?” was shot on location in Canada and the United States. The 2005 documentary was revised and broadcast again in 2007 after segments continued to be a hotly-searched topic on http://www.wqad.com.

John spent several years on the beat in Galesburg, Illinois. In 2007, Galesburg Works presented him with an award for compassionate reporting.

John David grew up in Southern California, where he began his broadcasting career at age 16 for KCSN-FM. He graduated cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with degrees in Politcal Science and Theater Arts and Rhetoric. He received his MSJ in Broadcast Journalism with distinction from Northwestern University in 1984.

Prior to his arrival at WQAD, John spent more than four years at KWQC-TV in Davenport as a reporter, weather anchor and co-host of “5 PM Live”.

John and his wife, Joyce, a seasoned broadcast and print journalist herself, live in Davenport. They enjoy their garden, travel and cheering on the Dodgers and Cardinals (not necessarily in that order).

Recent Articles
  • Hurricane Katrina survivor Ellen Dixon (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Hurricane Katrina survivor and Red Cross worker recall storm’s wrath

    From the costume shop at Augustana College, Ellen Dixon creates fantasies. But the wall of water called Hurricane Katrina is bitter reality. “Each lap just literally cleared off whatever was in its path,” she recalled. That included much of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  She lived there for 14 years. “Every tree was decorated like a Christmas tree,” she said.  “I’m talking 40 feet up, with clothing, plastic bags.” Friday marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. More than […]

  • “Good, bad and ugly” seed corn harvest at Galesburg’s Munson Hybrids

    Thursday is the first day to harvest the 2015 crop of seed corn at Munson Hybrids in Galesburg. “I think our crop will be the story of the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Munson’s owner John Hennenfent. The Galesburg grower is seeing a variety of conditions in the field. “We’ve got some really good areas, and we’ve got some that are not so good,” he said. The corn harvester is back in motion to cover familiar rows.  The […]

  • Davenport Hilltop businesses contend with change during detours

    It’s time to serve some healthy lunches at Greatest Grains in Davenport on Wednesday. But getting customers to the anchor business on Harrison Street is challenging these days. “Right off the bat, we definitely noticed,” said Project Manager Max Mayfield. A four-month street and sewer project is closing a portion of Harrison Street. Yet, this stretch, south of Locust Street, remains open. “People actually aren’t coming down Harrison Street at all,” said Mayfield.  “And where we’re at here, the Harrison […]

  • Northey weighs in on Chinese slowdown during Durant stop

    Durant, Iowa, is a long way from China’s economic slowdown on Tuesday. But Iowa’s Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey knows it’s still delivering a direct hit to the farm economy. “When it hits our farmers here, then it hits our small towns and our big cities as well,” he said. With its 900 cattle, this farm participates in a fast-growing export market. But China’s troubles hurt everything from equipment sales to the state’s soybean crops. “It could really be a concern […]

  • Adviser urges 401(k) investors to stay put after stocks tumble

    Do not ask for whom the bell tolls on Wall Street. As Monday starts by dropping 1,089 points, some routine investors anticipate the wild roller coaster ride. “I think it’s good to be prepared,” said Vicky Miller. At Moline’s Rotary Club meeting, talk turns to 401(k) retirement accounts for these community leaders. Miller stays ahead of Monday’s volatility by adjusting her portfolio. “I’ve been looking at this for a long time and thought we’d have some corrections in the market […]

  • Overnight fire destroys landmark Galesburg building

    There’s a setback for a neighborhood of small businesses along Cherry Street in Galesburg. The Burg’s Bar and Grill is likely a total loss after an overnight fire. Firefighters battled flames, heat and smoke just before 2 a.m. Friday. “Flames shooting up in the air,” recalled Lee Shockley, Galesburg. “I mean, way up in the air.” A second floor kitchen fire forces them to retreat, facing a possible roof collapse. “There’s heavy flame damage in the upstairs of the structure,” […]

  • Regal begins to check bags and backpacks at Moline theater

    The nation’s largest movie theater chain is stepping up security across the country. Regal Cinemas, which also owns the theater in Moline, is starting to inspect bags and backpacks. The security upgrade is a sign of the times. A post on theater doors Thursday reads that staffers may do the inspections. While the decision may produce a few grumbles, movie buffs know all about inspections at concerts and sporting events. “I think it’s very important,” said Andrew Scott, Moline. “You […]

  • Lindsey Graham talks about underdog campaign during West Burlington stop

    In the race to the White House, Sen. Lindsey Graham appears on Broadway. That’s The Broadway Cafe in West Burlington, Iowa. “I just like the idea of telling people who I am, unfiltered,” he said. The Senator from South Carolina tries not to offer the same song-and-dance. “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s called democracy, right? I like to see the stereotypes of me melt when people actually see me.” But speaking with just one table of folks on Wednesday morning, […]

  • Illinois utility assistance gets cold shoulder during budget crisis

    It’s hardly business as usual at the Tri-County Opportunities Council in Rock Falls on Tuesday. A sign on the door states that there’s no money for utility assistance. “It’s going to be a tough year,” said LIHEAP Director Tammy Saenz. She’s working three phones at a time. “Some days, you have 40 new messages,” she said. But with funding cut-off since April, there’s no money to help those who need it the most. Utility assistance helps some 171,000 households in […]

  • Clinton clinic overcomes obstacles to open for patients

    Finding affordable medical care is a lesson in overcoming obstacles in Clinton, Iowa. Friday’s ribbon-cutting is more than a ceremony for the Community Health Care clinic at 925 S. 4th Street. It represents a milestone for the popular provider and community. The federally-funded $3.7 million project will help thousands of patients. Before this, Laura Hammond had to drive to Davenport for care. “That’s just it,” she said.  “It’s going to be affordable and close by.” But local controversy on where […]

  • Galesburg schools move from 2014 strike to 2015 celebration

    Galesburg teachers roll out the red carpet for students at Nielson School on Thursday. They’re also making a balloon arch for big entrance for the first day of classes. It’s quite a contrast from a year ago. While teachers got high-fives during a 15-day strike, they’re happy to return the favor for kids this year. “For me, it was a period of time that I hope never, ever happens again,” said Jodie McNally, an 11-year teacher and outreach coordinator at […]

  • Illinois senior centers face September closure without funding

    The Illinois budget stalemate could force the Western Illinois Agency on Aging to close in September, at least temporarily, without legislation to restore funding. There’s a real community at the Mercer County Senior Center, which is part of that collaboration in Aledo. That’s where happiness is contagious at a Wednesday morning Bible study. “It is a group effort,” said Jane South, who transitioned from employee to participant at the center. But these weekly get-togethers could be put on hold in […]


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