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
  • Jason Kepple in computer class at Carl Sandburg College (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Avon man crafts new career for new year at Carl Sandburg College

    Jason Kepple is reinventing himself in 2016 at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. “I just don’t want to have to work in a factory my whole life,” he said. So, at age 33, he’s trading a job building windows in Macomb for a classroom studying computer windows. “I really like computers, and I wanted to get into technology,” he said.  “The only way I could do that is by going back to school.” As a single parent, he’s also […]

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    Bettendorf cancer survivor develops letter-perfect business

    Jane Allen is discovering a world of words on every wall. “We want to bring life to people,” she said. Life from words that became so precious. The Bettendorf woman found comfort in words while emerging from stage three ovarian cancer. “It gave me hope,” she said.  “Hope is in words.” Now, she’s literally in the business of words, letters and numbers. Letter2Word became a reality after artist Sally Dailey painted a home project for her. “There’s love that goes […]

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    Davenport aldermen ride along to understand CitiBus changes

    Don Stevens, Jr., is a man on a mission these days. “I want to point out safety areas,” he said. That’s why four Davenport aldermen join the longtime bus advocate on Tuesday. “We’d like to see the council give direction,” he said. Route changes are coming to Davenport’s CitiBus system in July. It’s why aldermen board the number 5 bus with passengers. As the city prepares for changes, riders say the bus service is crucial. “Usually it’s their only form […]

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    Galesburg’s Knox College applies MLK’s legacy to unsettled world

    There’s meaning in the music at Knox College on Monday. The choir finds a way to link Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to today’s unsettled world. The Galesburg campus hosted King Day 2016 at its Winter Term Convocation. It’s also a search for meaning from recent violence around the country. The Black Lives Matter movement offers a timely connection to MLK. Senior Caitlin Watts, 21, joins other students to explore contemporary uncertainty through poetry. “I think it definitely reinforces Martin […]

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    Farm show focuses on affordable technology in 2016

    Area farmers will likely be cutting back on spending at the Quad Cities Farm Show. That’s after a record-setting harvest, in some cases, is being countered by low crop prices. The show is getting ready to open Sunday through Tuesday at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. This year, the sales strategy is changing with the times. “Technology is going to be much more important this year,” said Show Manager Richard Sherman.  “You’re going to run your tractor longer. […]

  • Ashford University (WQAD Photo by John David)

    New Ashford University property owners envision a win for Clinton

    It’s a bittersweet time at Ashford University in Clinton. The campus is closing after more than a decade of service. And it will end higher education on the hill dating back nearly a century. “Change is hard,” said Brian Clem, one of the new owners.  “We want to be a positive force for change.” The new property owners, Clinton Catalyst, three Oregon-based investors, held their first face-to-face meeting on Thursday with Clinton leaders. They recently paid $1.6 million for the […]

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    Isle Bettendorf offers sneak peek at new land-based casino

    A new era in gaming is coming to the Quad Cities in 2016. That’s as Isle Bettendorf builds a nearly $60-million land-based casino. It coincides with competitor Rhythm City’s project in North Davenport. Both locations expect to be open between May-July 2016. The Isle Casino and Hotel will feature a building-within-a-building. “We created a building in the courtyard, which is right up next to our Isle Center,” said Nancy Ballenger, vice president and general manager. Construction is on schedule and […]

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    Davenport chef’s determination took him from inmate to mentor

    A Davenport man will be in the spotlight during Tuesday’s Condition of the State Address. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will salute Joe Gomez for overcoming obstacles. We will stream the address live at 10 a.m. Tuesday on – click here to watch. Gomez knows all about hard work at Los Primos Mexican Grill in Davenport. “You don’t give up,” he said.  “Just keep striving.” But just like Monday’s batch of rice, life sometimes takes a good stirring. “He had […]

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    Soldiers and students create “A Book By Me” at Rockridge Junior High

    History comes off the page for students at Rockridge Junior High in Taylor Ridge, Illinois. That’s where kids are launching a special project with World War II veterans. Casey Celske, 94, shares a story with every sentence. “There’s a lot of stories,” he said on Friday.  “There’s so many of them.” The highly decorated World War II veteran has no problem connecting with kids in the classroom. “I love it,” he said. Celske was part of the Army’s first special […]

  • Dixon Police active shooter drill (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Dixon drill simulates response to a school shooting

    It's a scene all too painful in places across the country: They're practicing how to respond during a school shooting.

  • Gun Control

    Iowa gun enthusiasts shoot down need for executive orders

    While President Obama wants to help stop gun violence with executive orders, opponents say he’s using the power of the pen over the legislative process. When it comes to running a gun show, Iowa-based Big Bore Enterprise is all about safety. “We check all guns at the door to make sure none of them are loaded,” said owner Mark Quade, during a past show in Davenport. The president’s urgency to strengthen background checks doesn’t make sense to the longtime gun […]

  • Davenport fire truck closed sign (WQAD photo by John David)

    Davenport firefighters try to douse possible budget cuts

    Davenport firefighters are bracing for big cuts in the upcoming city budget. Those cuts could reach $260,000. Talks come at a time when firefighters are responding to more calls than ever. In 2015, handling a record topping 17,000 calls. But budget troubles are forcing the department to close a fire  truck most of the year to save money. “It’s roughly 70% the last three or four years that a fire truck is closed down,” said Ryan Hanghian, a Davenport firefighter […]


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