John David

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

  • Thomson’s Buck’s Barn to reopen as Sandburr Run

    Posted on: 2:19 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 03:06pm, April 11, 2014

    Ryan Eissens is a real hands-on owner. The Thomson man grew up playing golf at Buck’s Barn. After the landmark...
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  • Jim Leach lecture launches St. Ambrose program

    Posted on: 2:34 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    Former Congressman Jim Leach feels right at home with St. Ambrose University students on Thursday. That’s because this appearance is...
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  • Father-daughter welding students forge bond in class

    Posted on: 1:55 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 02:54pm, April 9, 2014

    Tim and Tabitha Webb aren’t afraid to try new things. “She said, ‘I want to do this welding thing, dad,’”...
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  • Lights, cameras and action at the Scott County Jail

    Posted on: 2:43 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 09:16pm, April 7, 2014

    The Scott County Jail’s library looks more like a Hollywood set on Monday. But this isn’t the latest detective show....
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  • WQAD viewers help to solve Deere horseshoe mystery

    Posted on: 2:44 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 03:55pm, April 4, 2014

    Thanks to your help, it looks like we've solved the mystery of the John Deere horseshoes.
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  • Local family’s business is “maternity ward” for cows

    Posted on: 1:05 pm, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 01:33pm, April 1, 2014

    A local family offers a 'birthing center' for cows at their Henderson County, Illinois farm.
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  • Taking a sneak peek at MetroLINK’s maintenance facility

    Posted on: 2:26 pm, March 28, 2014, by , updated on: 05:14pm, March 28, 2014

    A major development in Rock Island is nearly ready to open. MetroLINK is preparing to unveil a new Transit Maintenance...
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  • River Bandits are ready to start 2014 baseball season

    Posted on: 1:40 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 03:24pm, March 27, 2014

    The call to play ball is just a week away at Modern Woodmen Park. That’s when the River Bandits hold...
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  • Rush is on to beat Obamacare March 31 deadline

    Posted on: 3:26 pm, March 25, 2014, by , updated on: 04:22pm, March 25, 2014

    The clock is ticking down to the deadline for health insurance sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act. Americans that need...
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  • Local pilot shares perspective on Malaysia flight tragedy

    Posted on: 2:11 pm, March 24, 2014, by , updated on: 03:51pm, March 24, 2014

    Retired pilot Jerry Myhre can imagine frantic final moments on Flight 370. “He probably had a fire on board,” he...
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  • Help solve this John Deere horseshoe mystery

    Posted on: 1:42 pm, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 03:52pm, March 21, 2014

    A longtime Deere and Company employee is out to solve the mystery of the horseshoes. Pat Simon received the items...
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  • Davenport eviction notice ends with standoff and eventual surrender

    Posted on: 2:12 pm, March 20, 2014, by , updated on: 06:04pm, March 20, 2014

    Back rent owed, a barricaded door and the sound of gunfire led to a standoff that lasted more than two hours in Davenport.
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