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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

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
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    Buzzing over baseball at Galesburg barber shop

    Opposites attract at Swanson’s Barber Shop these days. Cubs and Cards flags flank the Galesburg business. “Once you become a Cub fan, you’re addicted and just love it,” said owner Sherrill Swanson. Swanson, the die-hard Cubs fan,  joined forces with Cards fan Ronda Spicher five years ago. “Sometimes this whole place is filled with Cub fans,” she said.  “They just pick on me right and left.” Customers like Dusty Henry get caught in the middle. “She’s been shaking all morning,” […]

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    Recycling business brings new jobs and growth to Clinton

    Tyrone Lewis is a man on the move these days. “Full time employment is great,” he said. The Hurricane Katrina survivor, 28, is thriving with a new job in Clinton. “It gives me peace of mind that I could actually not bounce paycheck to paycheck,” he continued.  “Pay my bills and live comfortably.” The recycling business, EnviroVision Technologies, is helping to renew economic development in Clinton. That’s as the city braces to lose Ashford University and contends with layoffs at […]

  • Hillary Clinton in Davenport 10-6-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Clinton promises to save Obamacare during Davenport stop

    When it comes to health insurance, Hillary Clinton is all-in for the Affordable Care Act.

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    Galesburg High works to find hope out of its grief

    One step at a time, one day at a time, Galesburg High students are learning about a most unexpected subject called grief. Teens are processing terrible news that two classmates, Kylie Allen and KaLee Pringle, died in a car crash just over a month ago. “Let us remember them by following their example to reach out to others around us with random acts of kindness,” said Galesburg High Counselor Cathy Shenaut. Counselors speak from their hearts about this tragic loss. […]

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    Rock Island reveals land deal with Walmart

    The biggest retail deal in Rock Island history is a step closer to reality on Friday, October 2, 2015. That’s after Walmart signed a contract to buy land at the former Watch Tower Plaza. Contract in hand and tired of skeptics, Mayor Dennis Pauley celebrates. “Here it is,” he gestured.  “Signed by Walmart and ready to go.” The document validates three years of twists, turns and controversy. “We’ve got a contract now,” said 2nd Ward Ald. Virgil Mayberry.  “So we’ll […]

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    Local Illinois LIHEAP program bracing to help 1,300 fewer families

    More than 1,300 local Illinois families might not get help with their energy bills this winter. “It will have a huge impact on our local families,” said Jennifer Howard, community services coordinator with Project NOW. The state’s budget stalemate is holding up nearly $1 million in funding. Before sign-ups start on Thursday, the line stretches about a half-block just after sunrise. “It’s hard, but I’ll try,” said Andray Williams, Rock Island. By 4:30 a.m., some residents were arriving for the […]

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    Iowa’s falling farmland prices hit at harvest time in Davenport

    It’s a golden time for the Keppy family in Davenport on Monday. More than a week into the corn harvest, it looks like a bumper crop for the sixth generation farming family. “Where the corn is good, it’s very good,” said Glen Keppy.  “It’s a record.” But a record harvest doesn’t mean record prices. The value of their Iowa land is dropping more than 11% over the last year. “What’s really sad about the whole thing, it affects the whole […]

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    Carly Fiorina’s force in action at Davenport’s New Ideas Forum

    Smiles and supporters surround the Republican presidential contender these days.

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    Illinois 72nd District race heats up before Verschoore retires

    Moline attorney Jeff Jacobs is announcing his bid to succeed State Representative Pat Verschoore in the 2016 election. The announcement comes less than a day after Verschoore revealed his plans to retire after completing his current term. “There was no one that brought more passion or fight to the process than Pat in terms of standing up for what he believes is right,” said Doug House,  chairman of the Rock Island County Democratic Party. The Milan Democrat recently expressed frustration […]

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    Pope’s protection is a “logistical nightmare,” expert says

    There are big security challenges as Pope Francis begins his trip to the United States. “It’s a logistical nightmare,” said retired Secret Service Agent Bill Albracht. Albracht should know.  He helped to protect Pope John Paul II during a 1979 trip to New York. “The crowds would literally engulf him, making our job extremely difficult,” he recalled. Sixth graders at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic School in Davenport are a long way from the front lines of safety, but they […]

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    Bridge construction inspires Bettendorf transformation study

    Bettendorf is embracing big changes, like an upcoming Interstate 74 bridge, to spark a city transformation over the next decade. K & K Hardware is celebrating a 75-year tradition in Bettendorf. But the popular store is looking forward rather than living in the past. “It’s really exciting,” said owner Don Keller. The downtown landmark is blending old-fashioned service with an eye on the future. “You’re going to get more people downtown,” he continued.  “You’re going to get more traffic.” That’s […]

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    Flash flooding threatens Carroll County crops and closes road

    The aftermath of torrential rainfall sends water swirling and gurgling out of Johnson Creek on Friday near Thomson, Illinois. “This is what happens when it gets ugly,” said lifelong resident Rich Groharing, 74. While inundating the man-made waterway near Thomson, it also forces Argo Fay Road to close. “The water was right at the bank,” recalled Groharing. He describes the scene from early Friday morning, just after a deluge topping five inches overnight. “It just kept banging, crashing and raining,” […]


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