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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 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
  • Chickens (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Moline farmer relates to bird flu impact in Iowa

    Rick Wyffels knows a lot about raising chickens.  That’s why the Moline farmer is watching closely for signs of bird flu around the Quad Cities. On Thursday morning, it’s time to feed the chickens. “My mother used to do it when I was a kid here,” he said. These birds are healthy and happy, clucking and strutting around. Second generation farmer Wyffels wants to keep them away from bird flu. “If we start losing a bunch of them, then we’d […]

  • Breaking ground in Galesburg 4-21-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg gateway open for business with hotel project

    A gateway to Galesburg is getting a facelift.  It’s sparking investments for the future. Heavy equipment keeps Main Street on the move.  Work is underway for a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Galesburg. “The message it sends is that companies are willing to invest in Galesburg,” said Ken Springer, president of the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development.  “We’re poised for new growth.” When the hotel opens in November, it will feature 81 rooms and plenty of […]

  • Illinois refunds some cuts to cash-strapped schools

    Cash-strapped Illinois schools will be getting some money back from the state. Some 600 districts will share $97 million based on need. Chicago public schools will get about a third of that money, with the rest divided by downstate districts. Knoxville’s new high school is a real community collaboration. Inside a Geometry class on Monday, numbers start to add up. Illinois will restore $61,000 in cuts to the district of 1,100 students. “It’s a huge help,” said Knoxville Superintendent Steve […]

  • Casino projects adding up to 400 construction jobs

    Dual casino projects will add up to 400 local construction jobs in the Quad Cities over coming months. Inside the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union on Friday, there’s excitement over the long-term possibilities. “It’s money coming in,” said apprentice welder Josh Starkweather, 27.  “It’s putting guys to work. That’s what we like to see.” Starkweather and others are fired up about the prospects. Rather than travel to long-term jobs, they’ll be able to work close to home. “Especially with these big […]

  • John McCain and Joni Ernst 10-29-14 (WQAD Photo)

    Sen. Joni Ernst works to overcome gridlock in first 100 days

    Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to find common ground by overcoming obstacles after her first 100 days on the job. As the nation’s first female veteran to serve in the U.S.  Senate, the quick transition takes the Iowa Republican from gathering ideas to decision making. “The biggest difference is actually being here and making an impact for Iowans,” she said on Thursday.  “Making sure that we’re moving America in the right direction.” See Joni Ernst’s “First 100 Days Video” below.  […]

  • Oscar Mayer employees fight growing hunger problem

    A new study shows there are more Quad City kids and families going hungry these days. The Map the Meal Gap 2015 report shows that nearly 13% of residents in a 22-county area struggle with food issues. In between the clatter of can sorting at the River Bend Foodbank, there’s frustration. “Sometimes you just never feel like you can do enough,” said Adam Friedrichsen. Hunger silently hurt his family. “I’ve seen the impact of it, and it’s hard to watch,” […]

  • Hillary Clinton kicks off Iowa campaign in Monticello

    It seems like old times with a twist for Hillary Clinton. Rather than speak before hundreds of folks, she launched her Iowa presidential campaign with a small group of students and teachers in Monticello, Iowa. “I never thought I would be sitting here telling you that I’m running for president,” she said.  “But I knew if I got a good education, I did my part.” Using an auto tech classroom at Kirkwood Community College as a backdrop, this early appearance […]

  • Jordan Spieth to make masterful return to John Deere Classic

    Jordan Spieth captured the hearts of golf fans with a record-setting Masters win over the weekend. Now the rising star, 21, is returning to play in the John Deere Classic this July 6-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. On a breezy April Monday, there’s solitude with each swing. But Bruce Blomme, Bettendorf, can already hear the cheers when Spieth comes back to the JDC. “I think he’s our new young superstar to excite and energize the game again for […]

  • Rand Paul pushes for first-time voters at Iowa rally

    Sen. Rand Paul is heating up the 2016 presidential race before it really starts. He seems to borrow a page from Barack Obama’s campaign playbook. The Kentucky Republican is courting first-time voters at the University of Iowa on Friday. “Let’s let college students deduct the entire cost of their education over their working careers,” he said.  “Let’s make college tuition entirely deductible.” Republicans realize they must capture the under-30 voters to reclaim the White House. They’re picking Democratic turf in […]

  • Clinton pastor savors victory with visas for Cuba trip

    If patience is a virtue at the Victory Center in Clinton, then a sixth try is certainly the charm for Pastor Ray Gimenez. “Victory,” he beamed on Thursday.  “I feel like a champion right now.” After five rejections, tourist visas are ready for Cuba.  The Havana-born man, 64, will reunite with family and friends during a ten-day stay in April. “Calling and talking to somebody is a lot different than actually being there in person,” he said. Pastor Ray also […]

  • Frightened passengers call for help with Davenport’s CitiBus

    Frightened passengers say that Davenport CitiBus problems start when school dismisses.

  • $96-million ambulance deal protects Arsenal factory jobs

    The Rock Island Arsenal is getting a $96-million deal to retrofit Humvees into ambulances. The two-year extension will keep 70 workers busy inside the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. “This is really good for us in the sense that it’s steady work, which is rare at the Arsenal,” said Program Manager Scott Young. After completing the initial order of 500 ambulances, they’ll finish another 658 for the National Guard and Army reserves. “It’s 21st Century work,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, […]


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