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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
  • Vandals tag Abingdon with hate crime graffiti

    The latest victim of hate crime graffiti is tiny Abingdon, Illinois. That’s after vandals tagged at least three sites by early Saturday morning. Investigators wonder if it’s a case of kids making bad decisions, or big city tensions reflected in this close-knit community of 3,300. The scene startles and shocks Abingdon’s former police chief on Monday. “I think it’s very disheartening,” said William Robinson. Robinson gazed at where vandals sprayed hate crime graffiti. Signs that stood for decades are now […]

  • Davenport Central High readies to build auditorium and pool

    Davenport Central High School is unveiling plans for a $21.1 million auditorium and pool. “It’s a great day for Davenport Community Schools,” said principal Scott McKissick. And great for students like Peyton Reese. She represents the future at Davenport Central.  The incoming freshman, 14, will eventually get to perform in a new 900-seat auditorium. “It will be really exciting,” she said. “It will be awesome just to see where that goes, and how it evolves.” The current century-old auditorium hosts […]

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    Knox County recalls strong Wednesday night storms

    Torry Devena recalls the ominous images from Abingdon, Illinois, around 10:30 Wednesday night. “It was like fireworks or a strobe light going off,” she said. Heavy rain, strong winds and hail delivered blows to parts of Knox County. Rainfall estimates topped four inches near Abingdon. “It came down real hard in sheets,” Devena remembered. There were remnants of flash flooding near Delong, Illinois. “Looks like the water came across from over here,” said trucker Harold Henshaw. Click here to see […]

  • AFSCME rallies for unity as Illinois deal deadline nears

    There’s urgency in a call for unity on Wednesday in Rock Island. With each chant, there’s a cause for concern. “Anybody that works for the state is terrified of the fact of shutting down services,” said Carlene Erno, president of AFSCME Local 2615. These state workers know that time is running out for a new contract. Their deal is done on July 1. “Nobody else can do our jobs as well as we can do our jobs,” said Mel Vogel, […]

  • YMCA Early Learning Center pinpoints need in Davenport

    The new YMCA Early Learning Center is already a busy place in Davenport. “We do have a waiting list for some ages,” said Executive Director Deb Gustafson. United Way raised most of the money to build the $2.8 million center. More than half of the families receive state help to pay for services. Weekly cost ranges from $150-190, based on age. “The more places that we have like this, the better education that our children are going to have,” she […]

  • 2016 Iowa Caucus counting to feature new technology

    Republicans and Democrats are agreeing to the changes to the way caucus results are reported in Iowa.

  • Fyre Lake liquor license decision on hold in Sherrard

    Beer sales at Fyre Lake Golf Club will continue for now That’s while Sherrard decides whether to revoke its liquor license in coming days. It’s business as usual at the clubhouse on Friday.  While golfers buy beer on Friday, there’s no word yet if the club will lose its liquor license. “We just want to keep everybody in line,” said Sherrard Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Delbert Henry.  “Keep the city out of trouble.” Henry hopes to have a decision in […]

  • Rand Paul visits the Quad Cities 5-28-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Rand Paul’s signature inspires Davenport Democrats own autographs

    As Sen. Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky, signs copies of his new book in Davenport, he also hopes to put his signature on a successful presidential campaign. “We’re going to have a big decision in this election,” he told a crowd topping 100 at Modern Woodmen Park.  “People say, ‘How will you stand out?’  I say, I don’t think that’s going to be my problem.” Not far away, Iowa Democrats sign a faux version of Paul’s book, titled “Take a Seat.” […]

  • Moline’s Mills at Riverbend Commons to add restaurant and housing

    Moline is expanding its connection between the WIU campus and community. That’s as a restaurant and more housing come to River Drive. Angel Figueroa, 19, gets a workout where he lives. The Black Hawk College student from the Chicago-area moved in a few months ago. He’s what The Mills at Riverbend Commons is all about. “Go to school, and get it done,” he said.  “But it’s also a way for you to have fun while you do it, too.” Now, […]

  • Great Galesburg Shake connects kids with social skills

    Nearly 100 Galesburg kids are learning how to make a great first impression. Corissa Wright is ready for success on Tuesday. “The sky’s the limit,” she said.  “You can just go for it.” The sixth grader at Lombard Middle School wants to become a lawyer.  At age 12, she’s off to a wonderful start. “At first, I thought it was going to be a little scary,” she said.  “But once you get to know them, they’re just like us.” This […]

  • Martin Sullivan dealership bullish on Deere in Galesburg

    With Deere’s signature green implements on display on Friday, Galesburg’s Martin Sullivan dealership knows all about farmers and the cyclical agriculture economy. “The need for new equipment is something that they don’t have to have right now,” said Jim Haynes, Martin Sullivan COO. This fourth generation family business is focusing on maintenance and used implement sales while farmers watch their wallets. “In general, we don’t have the funds,” said Tommy Justison, 18, a third generation farmer from Hillsboro, Illinois.  “When […]

  • Roseman’s ride remembers Moline’s Garfield School

    As the bike chain rattles, it’s like returning to the mid-1940s. Curt Roseman, 74, pedaled back to grade school on Thursday, May 21, 2015. “Feels like old times?” asked News 8’s John David. “Haven’t been here for a while,” Curt responded. The Moline historian and author made one last nostalgic trip back to Garfield School. He attended classes there from 1946 to 1951. Now, the school, built in 1902, will close for good in a few days. Students and staff will be moving over […]


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