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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
  • Frank Klipsch concludes successful YMCA career

    It’s story time on Friday at the Davenport Y’s Early Learning Center. That’s where Frank Klipsch amuses the little ones with a seasonal tale. When it comes to the Scott County Family Y, he’s really a man for all seasons. “This is all about family and making sure the entire community is included,” he said. “And that’s the most exciting part.” Now, the longtime leader of the Scott County Family Y is ready for his next challenge. After 27 years […]

  • Jill Appel (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Altona woman ready to chair Illinois Farm Service Agency

    It’s long after harvest in Altona, Illinois.  But the love of land shines through on this Knox County centennial farm. “It’s so important for the health of the entire area to have a lot of trees,” said Jill Appell. Jill Appell practices what she preaches with her husband, Paul.   As part of a third generation farm family, she’ll use that experience as chair of the Illinois Farm Service Agency. It’s a federal program with local management. She was appointed […]

  • Reverend Ray Gimenez reacts change in US-Cuba relations (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Clinton minister makes emotional connection with Cuba-U.S. deal

    These are triumphant moments for Rev. Ray Gimenez in Clinton. He watched on a computer at Victory Center Ministries as President Obama unveils the start of a new era with the United States and Cuba, Wednesday, December 17, 2014. “Beautiful,” Gimenez said. Each sentence in the news conference is like a victory. “I’m 100% for this,” he said. And for the Havana-born man, 64, this is amazing. “This is the greatest news I’ve heard,” he said. Related: Cuba releases American […]

  • Dock development delayed (WQAD photo by John David)

    Dock demolition delayed until Spring 2015 in Davenport

    Transforming Davenport’s former Dock restaurant from eyesore to elegant will take extra time. That’s because demolition must wait until Spring 2015.  Iowa winter weather and flooding are the main considerations. “There’s no immediate need to take that risk,” said developer Todd Raufeisen. “So the reality is, it’s prudent.” Since the original economic development agreement called for demolition by the end of 2014,  Davenport aldermen will need to give the go-ahead. But remembering high water surrounding the building, it shouldn’t be […]

  • Foodbank founder completes 33 years of helping others

    As volunteers load supplies on Monday, it says a lot about the mission at River Bend Foodbank. “The need is not just still out there,” said Executive Director Tom Laughlin, 64.  “It continues to grow.” Laughlin founded the effort in 1981.  After a remarkable 33 years, he’s retiring in January. Michael Miller will become only the foodbank’s second executive director on January 19. “I’ll miss the people at the pantry level,” Laughlin said.  “They’re in the front lines.” River Bend […]

  • Three generations of the Short family at the Ice Cream Palace (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Landmark Ice Cream Palace set to close in Silvis

    As customers pack the Ice Cream Palace for lunch on Friday, it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. “We were really shocked,” said longtime customer Joyce Short, Rock Island. “We had no idea.” The landmark Mexican restaurant is closing for good on December 27.  That’s why three generations of the Short family came back for one last lunch. “You can’t get this food, the taste, anywhere else,” said Kathy Roberts, Moline. After a solid 50 years in business, owner […]

  • Die-in at Augustana College 12-11-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Augustana’s “Die-In” sends message about racial discrimination

    Nearly 100 students and staffers staged a "Die-In" on the campus of Augustana College.

  • Rush is on to help holiday programs in need

    Time was running out for those trying to give Christmas cheer to hundreds of needy people through the Salvation Army Angel Tree.

  • Bobby Schilling and Judy Baar Topinka (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Local Republicans remember Judy Baar Topinka

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who passed away on Wednesday at age 70, could light up any event. “Good to see you again,” she exclaimed at Republican Headquarters in Moline in September 2013. Whenever she came to the Quad Cities, there was always a close connection. “I just always remember being here during the floods,” she said at the time. And what a personality on the campaign trail. “I’m always seeking balance,” she said.  “Then I think you wind up […]

  • Factory slowdown also hurts Arsenal partners

    When work slows at the Rock Island Arsenal, civilian businesses, like Rock Island’s Mandus Group, also hurt. “We have to let people go when there’s no work,” said Fred Smith, who serves as president at the adjoining Spirit Partners.  “We have to manage our overhead when there’s no work.” A popular partner with the arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, its workforce has dropped from 50 to just 20. “It’s very easy when there’s a lot of work,” he continued. […]

  • Rock Island County schools pitch penny sales tax for third try

    Rock Island County schools hope that the third time will be the charm. School boards are meeting this week to get a penny sales tax back on the ballot. Voters twice rejected the plan in earlier votes. Clinton, Iowa, schools recently unveiled its new $20-million middle school.  The project became a reality with a penny sales tax. Aging schools in Rock Island County are surrounded by counties with the tax.  It could generate $13 million yearly for school improvements in […]

  • Scott Community College pitches in with Toys for Tots

    This Davenport warehouse looks more like Santa’s workshop these days. “There’s lots of kids in need,” said Jen Kelly, a Biology lab coordinator from Scott Community College. Jen is definitely a lady in motion. She’s spending Friday morning sorting Toys for Tots with a couple dozen colleagues. “I think it’s just cool to know that other kids are going to have that same opportunity to have things that every kid should have,” she said. Colorful toys are piled high from […]


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