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

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
  • Governor Bruce Rauner in Rock Island 2-9-16 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Rauner calls budget impasse “ridiculous” during stop in Rock Island

    Touring Hawk Technology in Rock Island on Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner admires its success. But it’s hard to grow in the global economy without a state budget. “Worker’s comp, tort reform, those are things that really need to be resolved for Illinois to compete from a manufacturing standpoint,” said CEO Mark Ross. That’s why Gov. Rauner says he’s fighting for the future of his state. But eight months into a budget stalemate, there’s no sign of a solution. Republicans […]

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    Necker’s Gift of Giving features Quad City Arts

    Quad City Arts is celebrating more than 45 years of creativity in the community. From classroom lessons to public performances, everybody can get into the act. As passengers wind through the Quad City International Airport on Monday, colorful distractions offer eye-grabbing attention. “The things we do are for everybody,” said Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, visual arts director. This is Art at the Airport. Gallery space, right in the terminal, features local artists. On this day, there’s everything from painted marbles to hot […]

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    Davenport’s Rockingham Road is ready for a revival

    Rockingham Road is a lifeline to Davenport. “It gets pretty wicked down here,” said resident Chris Waldo. These days, the aging, crumbling road looks more like it’s on life support. Longtime residents, like Waldo, try to avoid it. “I’m tired of having to buy shocks all the time and worry about potholes popping my tires,” he continued. “When it rains down here, it’s pretty  bad,” added James Yarolem, Olderog Tire Service. After more than a half-century of serving customers on […]

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    Career Coach online tool helps Park View woman to build a career

    A Park View, Iowa, woman is crafting a new career by going back to school. She’s getting help reinventing herself with a new online tool at Scott Community College. The Kahl Educational Center is a welcoming sight for a fresh start in Davenport. “The career assessment is kind of fun to take,” said Lori Walljasper, who chairs the EICC Information Technology Department. Single mom Verlee Washington is going back to school for the first time in 20 years. She studies […]

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    Comptroller warns Illinois impasse will cost taxpayers $6.2 billion

    Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger brings a warning while making the rounds in Rock Island and Moline on Wednesday. The state’s budget impasse will cost taxpayers an extra $6.2 billion. “Every single day, we run out of money,” she said.  “This is unsustainable.  This is not a way to run the state.” Higher education takes one of the latest hits. Western Illinois University must cut dozens of jobs as part of cost-cutting measures. “These actions are like shouting from a megaphone […]

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    Record-setting caucus boosts Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status

    Just hours after Republican caucuses in Scott County, precinct captains are returning a record-setting tally that enhances Iowa’s status. ABC News estimates that Iowa Republicans brought in more than 180,000 voters. That easily tops 2012 totals of about 121,000 voters. “The message that this record turnout has for the other 49 states is that Iowa will do just great in terms of turning out people at each of our first-in-the-nation caucuses,” said Judy Davidson, chairwoman of Scott County Republicans. The […]

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    Rubio rallies Republicans as caucus campaign goes down to the wire

    It’s crunch time for presidential candidates in Iowa. Just one weekend away from caucus night, Sen. Marco Rubio is making a final push Friday in Burlington, Muscatine, Clinton and Dubuque. A forward-thinking Rubio promises to unite Republicans and the conservative movement in the general election. As Iowa’s campaign comes down to the wire,  he says he’s ready to take on and defeat Hillary Clinton. “She does not want to run against me, but I can’t wait to run against her,” […]

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    St. Ambrose University debuts new dome in Davenport

    The St. Ambrose University Dome is back and better than ever on Brady Street in Davenport. That’s after a weather-related collapse nearly a year ago forced the practice facility to the sidelines. But the dome is back in business on a chilly January day. The bat’s crack leads the way inside on Thursday. That’s where it’s warm enough for baseball season. Sophomore Kevin Zanger is taking batting practice. “I’d say it’s second to none,” he said.  “With the facilities we’ve […]

  • Junior Achievement at Jane Addams School in Moline 1-27-16 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Necker’s Gift of Giving salutes Junior Achievement of the Heartland

    Junior Achievement of the Heartland is transforming a classroom at Jane Addams School in Moline. That’s where you’ll find Brandy Thompson on Wednesday. The payroll supervisor for Deere & Company volunteers to teach kids about the global economy. She’s been doing it for nine years. “I’m able to take real-life examples and bring them into the classroom for the kids,” she said.  “They say, ‘Wow, this isn’t just textbook material.  This is something that really could happen when I’m in […]

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    Pleasant Valley grade school is breaking barriers with its WIN program

    Iowa educators are honoring a Pleasant Valley grade school for its work with Latino students. Riverdale Heights Elementary School is getting a Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award for the second straight year. “We’re going to see how well we read,” said teacher Jenny Umland. There’s a winning attitude inside her classroom at Riverdale Heights Elementary School. It’s where the “What I Need” program — they call it  “WIN” — is helping kids to learn. “Learning is not a […]

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    Neighbors remember DeWitt woman killed in apartment fire

    Neighbors are now remembering a 67-year-old woman who was killed in an apartment fire in DeWitt, Iowa.

  • Jason Kepple in computer class at Carl Sandburg College (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Avon man crafts new career for new year at Carl Sandburg College

    Jason Kepple is reinventing himself in 2016 at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. “I just don’t want to have to work in a factory my whole life,” he said. So, at age 33, he’s trading a job building windows in Macomb for a classroom studying computer windows. “I really like computers, and I wanted to get into technology,” he said.  “The only way I could do that is by going back to school.” As a single parent, he’s also […]


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