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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
  • Apartment project takes Garfield School from students to seniors

    Moline aldermen will learn more Tuesday about an $11.5 million project to transform Garfield School into senior housing. There would be 57 affordable apartments for older residents to enjoy by Fall 2018. “Providing safe, secure and modern housing for seniors,” said Ray Forsythe, Moline’s planning and development director.  “I think it’s a great opportunity.” Developer Gorman & Company is seeking federal and state tax credits to help finance the project. Moline, which is collaborating with the school district to market […]

  • Rep. Smiddy’s menu includes breakfast and budget in Rock Falls

    At the Family Table Restaurant in Rock Falls, it’s time for breakfast and the Illinois budget on Friday morning. “Governor Rauner will veto it?” asked Sandy Kosier, a substitute teacher from Sterling. “That’s what he has said,” responded Rep. Mike Smiddy, (D) Hillsdale. Kosier and Linda Wilson, a 44-year employee at now-defunct Reliant Fastener, offer Rep. Smiddy some food for thought. “I’m fed up,” Kosier said.  “It’s like when I teach school. I want to give them all a timeout.” […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal troops 7-9-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Rock Island Arsenal watching and waiting after Army cuts

    It could take days, weeks or months to learn if the Rock Island Arsenal will need to cut jobs. That’s as the Army announces plans to downsize by 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilians over the next two years. Thursday’s change of command ceremony symbolizes Army moves. Incoming Brigadier General Stephen Farmen is waiting for any word about the Arsenal’s workforce. “We’ll go through the process of determining if there’s any impact here,” he said.  “But there’s no real indications that […]

  • AFSCME supports Illinois state workers (WQAD photo by John David)

    Rock Island AFSCME workers “pawns” in Illinois budget battle

    There’s urgency in a June AFSCME rally in Rock Island. Nearly a month later, even more uncertainty on Wednesday. That’s after a Cook County court ruling slashes salaries and leaves others unpaid during the Illinois budget battle. “I think some people won’t pay their mortgage payments,” said Terra Fairburn, an adoption counselor with the Department of Children and Family Services.  “Some people won’t pay their car payments.” Hourly pay for local AFSCME workers could drop to $7.25, which is the […]

  • JDC stays in the Quad Cities announcement 7-7-15 (WQAD Photo)

    Deere makes 7-year deal to sponsor John Deere Classic

    Deere & Company is teeing off with a big deal for golf fans on Tuesday. It’s a seven-year pact to remain title sponsor of the John Deere Classic through 2023. “We at John Deere believe that sponsorship is a wise investment in our business and a wise investment in our community,” said James Field, president of Deere’s Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division. That investment now produces an economic impact topping $50 million each year. Deere will continue to build and […]

  • Sen. Grassley calls for secure borders during Wilton stop

    As Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa, brings his 99-county tour to Wilton on Thursday, spectators like Dave Watkins worry about immigration reform. “We need to figure out a way to get legal immigrants into this country and illegal immigrants out of this country,” said Watkins, Moscow, Iowa. Sen. Grassley says he supports some reforms to immigration. “There is need for some legal immigration, but everybody sees it being abused by the number of undocumented workers,” he said. Chairing the Senate’s […]

  • controversial art in Tipton BLURRED

    Tipton tangles with nude painting before celebration

    An Iowa artist is testing good taste and free expression just before the 4th of July. The human body is a work of art. “The dark side and the light side,” said artist Hugh Stumbo. Now, Tipton, Iowa, population 3,200, is uncovering bare facts about nudity. “Good and evil,” Stumbo continued. Stumbo, 83, painted this untitled work back in the hippy-dippy 60’s. “Here’s the one they took issue with,” gesturing to a gallery wall. One side features a gun and […]

  • Illinois budget stalemate slows Galesburg programs

    The buck stops Wednesday at Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living in Galesburg. “As a resident of Illinois, I’m angry,” said Executive Director Vanya Peterson. More than one-third of its money comes from the state.  That means it’s losing $12,000 monthly without a budget deal. “If I operated that way, I would be fired in a heartbeat,” she continued. But prospects look dim for an Illinois budget deal by midnight. The stalemate is going down to the wire.  Republicans and Democrats […]

  • Record rainfall slows soybean crop in Illinois and Iowa

    Call it too much of a good thing in Monmouth, Illinois. “There’s not much you can do about it,” said Brian Mansfield, a research agronomist with the University of Illinois. This soybean field is soaking in standing water during the wettest June in Illinois history. “The younger the plants are, the worse the water is going to be for them,” he said. After rainfall averaging nearly nine inches in June, the stress is showing in a Rock Island County bean […]

  • Same sex marriage decision sparks strong reactions

    They’re ready for a rally at Davenport’s Metropolitan Community Church. An Equality Rally takes places at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at 2930 West Locust Street in Davenport. “The power of love always wins out,” said Rev. Rich Hendricks, who serves as pastor at the church. Emotions and excitement Friday for Pastor Hendricks and his husband, Jeff Transou. “And today, the power of love was recognized by the United States Supreme Court,” Rev. Hendricks said. A ruling so memorable that they’re displaying […]

  • Moline barista supports Affordable Care Act ruling

    Cameron Cartee is one of more than 25,000 Quad City-area residents benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. “Everyone needs health insurance,” said the Moline barista, 23.  “You never know when something can go wrong.” Under Obamacare, Cartee can stay on his parents’ plan until he turns 26. That allows him to build business at Moline’s Milltown Coffee without worrying about health insurance premiums. “It’s actually very important to me,” he continued.  “It’s something I don’t have to worry about right […]

  • Malin walks away from camera 6-24-15

    Malin prepares to leave Davenport City Administrator post on Friday

    Embattled Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin will likely leave his job on Friday, June 26, 2015 after signing a severance agreement worth $300,000.


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