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
  • treats at Tuff Dog Bakery in Sterling (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Sterling merchants join police to fight growing shoplifting problem

    Beautiful You Boutique knows about the ugly facts. “That’s my money walking out the door,” said Dianna Folkers. The Sterling, Illinois, store joined 97% of American stores with shoplifting cases in 2015. These cases are especially hard on mom-and-pop shops. According to the National Retail Federation, it costs stores  nearly $30 billion in yearly losses. “When it’s your own store and your business, this is your livelihood,” she continued.  “When somebody comes in and steals from you, that comes out […]

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    Small Business Saturday offers big deals in Quad Cities

    The holiday shopping season is off to a hot start in the Quad Cities. That’s after Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales. This time, it’s Small Business Saturday, which focuses on mom-and-pop stores. A special banner leads the way to the event in Moline. Inside WaterMark Corners, shoppers are discovering the difference. “There’s a little something here for everybody here,” said shopper Mark Sikes.  “It’s neat stuff that you won’t find everywhere.” And customers are getting the message about why it’s […]

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    Neighbors tried to save man whose body was found in burning Davenport building

    Before escaping themselves, they tried to rescue their neighbor inside Apartment 7 on the second floor of the burning building.

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    Anchor Lumber remains a fixture in Silvis following fire

    A longtime Silvis business is ready to celebrate a special Thanksgiving. Anchor Lumber is recovering from a massive fire in August. But now, the store is building for the future. On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 it’s the sound of success in Silvis. “It’s a new beginning for all of us,” said Operations Manager Rick Van Oteghem.  “We’re really grateful for that.” It’s also the sound of survival this Thanksgiving at Anchor Lumber. “It’s everyone coming together as a family,” said […]

  • Galesburg 911 center (WQAD Phgoto by John David)

    Galesburg’s progress held back by Illinois budget impasse

    The Illinois budget impasse is a million-dollar dilemma in Galesburg. That’s the total from five months of missed payments at places like the the region’s 9-1-1 center. “The money has to come from somewhere,” said Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen. While the center is more than $100,000 behind, it’s even worse adding missed payments for police training. “Every day that we operate the center, there’s phone bills to pay,” he continued.  “There’s staff to pay.” Galesburg is getting by with […]

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    Freddy’s Fritters ready to bounce back from Davenport fire

    Each box of merchandise represents a new beginning at Freddy’s Fritters, 1111 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. “This is vital for us,” said owner Tami Grady. Grady is starting over this holiday season. “We need to be open,” she said. A Mother’s Day fire destroyed the dog bakery and salon in the Village of East Davenport. Freddy’s lost nearly half its business this year. It’s starting from scratch after seven months of hard work. “I just wake up every day,” she […]

  • Rick Santorum in Muscatine 11-19-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Santorum outlines refugee policy during DeWitt stop

    Republican presidential underdog Rick Santorum introduces a get-tough policy with ISIS during a Thursday stop in DeWitt, Iowa. “We have to stop playing these foolish games that radical Muslims can live comfortably in the United States,” he said.  “They cannot.” During a stop at Blondie’s Coffee Out Back, he calls to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States. Instead, he supports funding resettlement camps for them in the Middle East. “Anything we can do to help stabilize the region […]

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    Havana professor hails new era between Cuba and United States

    Dr. Mario Masvidal is like a Cuban pioneer in Galesburg, Illinois. Relaxing restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba finally allow him to explore. That’s why he’s participating in an exchange at Carl Sandburg College. “This type of opening, a restarting, reestablishing relationships, is a huge step,” he said. This Galesburg-Cuba connection is coming full circle in just a few months. Back in February, College President Lori Sundberg visited Cuba. That’s where she heard Dr. Masvidal for the first time and […]

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    Davenport mayor says governors are being “hateful” toward Syrian refugees

    Heartbreaking scenes of Syrian refugees show a dramatic struggle for survival. It’s a struggle that could eventually bring thousands to live in the United States. “You can’t turn your back on mankind,” said Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba. Gluba is angry that Iowa and Illinois governors want to keep Syrian refugees out of their states. He calls it playing politics with a tragedy. That’s after governors from more than 20 states, including Iowa and Illinois, announced plans to reject Syrian resettlement. […]

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    Illinois budget crisis puts off-campus classes on hold in Galesburg

    The days are numbered for an off-campus adult education program in Galesburg. “They say we will stop the program here,” said Juling Zefo, 22. Carl Sandburg College is postponing off-campus classes that promote literacy, language skills and earning high school equivalency on January 1, 2016. It means uncertainty for Zefo and some 90 of the region’s most vulnerable students. Moving from Taiwan to Illinois, she wants to improve her English and continue her education. “They will teach me a lot, […]

  • Workers do home improvements for Milan veteran (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Celebration of Service restores freedom for Milan veteran

    As volunteers build a ramp for a disabled veteran on Friday, it’s a reminder about helping those who served. “There’s an old saying, freedom isn’t free,” said volunteer Cheryl Davis.  “And, it’s very true.” Davis is pitching in with co-workers from Bettendorf’s Home Depot store. Home Depot partnered with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities to make the connection. They’ll spend the day on this project.  For her, it’s just the right thing to do. “Anything we can do for them when […]

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    New Quad Cities think tank hopes to ease brain drain

    Elaborate machinery at the Rock Island Arsenal represents the cutting edge of a high tech career. Inside the Quad City Manufacturing Lab, WIU graduate Bryan Ragle went from student to research engineer without leaving the area. “It’s bringing in the students,” he said.  “They actually have a good choice of job placement around the area, which is nice.” The lab got another boost on Thursday, November 12, 2015. It’s becoming the first bistate chapter in a new program for small […]


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