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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
  • Early voting already setting records in Scott and Rock Island counties

    While there’s two weeks to go before the midterm elections, thousands of votes are streaming into Iowa and Illinois. Early voting is off to a record-setting start in Scott and Rock Island counties, thanks to convenience and technology. Les and Sue Sammon won’t be voting on Election Day this year. That’s because they’re marking their ballots early in Scott County. “I think this is a fantastic way of doing it,” said Les, just after finishing his ballot. Early voting adds […]

  • Ebola risk deemed low, QC hospitals prepared

    Local health officials stressed that there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in the Quad Cities during a Friday briefing in Rock Island. It’s really business as usual inside your local hospital. “We do this every day, all the time,” said Dr. Louis Katz, medical director for the Scott County Health Department. Inside isolation rooms at Genesis Health System in Davenport, staffers are ready with personal protection equipment. Protocol also includes questions to patients about fever and travel […]

  • River conference looks for pollution solutions

    When it comes to protecting the Mississippi River, pollution is a big concern. That’s why farmers and researchers are joining forces to go green. Dividing Iowa and Illinois, the Mississippi River is a waterway to the world. “It’s the life blood of the area,” said Michael Tarpey, Army Corps of Engineers. “The Quad Cities was founded because there was a great river here.” Like any commercial route, there’s pollution. It’s prompting a call to action. “Making sure that all farmers […]

  • Galesburg’s Carl Sandburg statue waits for permanent home

    There are new challenges over cost and placement of a Carl Sandburg statue in Galesburg. Organizers need to raise at least $100,000 to finish the display.  There are also new concerns over where it will stand. These days, the poet of the people is “imprisoned” in a carpet store. A bronze Carl Sandburg statue gazes wistfully out a window, seemingly wondering where he’ll wind up. “I think he would be thinking about getting out of this showroom,” said Chuck Bednar, […]

  • Creative Arts Academy 10-2-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Davenport’s Creative Arts Academy unveils hub

    Davenport schools are celebrating a new way of thinking. That’s as the district unveils a hub for its Creative Arts Academy on Thursday. As it turns out, kids are getting into the act and learning a lot. A student serenade leads the way to the Davenport Public Library.  That’s where more than 80 students celebrate the new school. There are cheers and smiles as the official ribbon cutting opens this new hub. “I was just really proud that we finally […]

  • Summit of Hope helps ex-offenders start over

    One step at a time, Tre Teague is finding a fresh start. “That’s what I’m doing right now,” he said.  “Just taking this first step to better myself for the future.” That’s why the Rock Island man, 20, came to the Summit of Hope on Wednesday at First Church of the Nazarene. Poor choices landed Teague in trouble with the law a few years ago.  But now he’s getting a second chance and is ready to learn. “This is a […]

  • Davenport riverfront area 9-23-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    How you could help vote Davenport’s riverfront the best in the U.S.

    Rob Seiberling usually gets a bird’s eye view of the country at work. “It’s really breathtaking,” he said. But on Tuesday, the Dallas-based commercial pilot landed on the Sky Bridge, and he’s raving about Davenport’s riverfront. “On a beautiful day when it’s in the 70’s, just crisp, clear blue skies, it’s pretty awesome to be up here,” he said. That sentiment is sparking a USA Today contest. Davenport will battle it out online with 20 other contenders. You can vote […]

  • Carl Sandburg College readies to boost railroad careers in Galesburg

    A new program promises to create jobs while boosting the Galesburg economy. Carl Sandburg College is unveiling a railroad training site. It’s going to be a partnership for success. The rail industry is on a roll these days. “They’ve got a lot of trains in the yard, and there’s a lot of freight to move,” said CSC student Nathan Harden, 22. That’s why the BNSF Galesburg Terminal is thriving.  Nationally, BNSF hired 5,000 people just this year.  Now, there’s room […]

  • Monmouth makeover shows how “Community Cares”

    If the walls could talk inside 900 South 3rd Street in Monmouth, Illinois,  you would hear music at St. James AME Church. Each note is emotional for Glenn Brooks, 75.  His family first attended services here in 1920. “On a magnitude of one to 10,  it’s 11,” he said. There’s a different drumbeat just steps away on Friday. Some 40 volunteers are busy, giving the long-vacant church an extreme makeover. “This is a great group,” said Rob Peirce,  a Warren […]

  • Summit showcases new era in manufacturing strategy

    The region’s largest employer is helping to usher in a new era in manufacturing for the Quad Cities. It’s the ground floor for a manufacturing revival.  Inside the Rock Island Arsenal,  the Quad City Manufacturing Lab is part of a new frontier. “You have to get into the game in order to be a player,” said Jimmy Morgan,  Rock Island Arsenal Development Group. Western Illinois University is joining nearly two dozen colleges and labs. It’s part of a massive $320-million […]

  • WIU Riverfront Campus sparks economic development

    Western Illinois University is celebrating its Founders’ Day at the Riverfront Campus in Moline. These days, it’s home to some 1,500 students.  One day, it will educate some 3-5,000. That’s why the campus is becoming a catalyst for economic development. Milltown Coffee is the newest business along River Drive in Moline. That’s where owner Josiah Lorentzen is percolating with pride on his third day. “We’ve actually done pretty well,” he said. Creating 13 new jobs, Milltown Coffee is just right […]

  • Davenport casino clears first hurdle with rezoning

    A new $110 million land-based casino is closer to reality in Davenport. That’s after a city committee supported plans to rezone land for the project on Monday. It’s the next step to clearing land north of 67th Street for a casino and entertainment complex. Members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee voted by a 4-2 margin to recommend rezoning. A majority concluding that there’s enough distance between the project and neighborhood. “The proposed development deserves that change in comprehensive plan to […]


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