John David

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

  • Help solve this John Deere horseshoe mystery

    Posted on: 1:42 pm, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 03:52pm, March 21, 2014

    A longtime Deere and Company employee is out to solve the mystery of the horseshoes. Pat Simon received the items...
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  • Davenport eviction notice ends with standoff and eventual surrender

    Posted on: 2:12 pm, March 20, 2014, by , updated on: 06:04pm, March 20, 2014

    Back rent owed, a barricaded door and the sound of gunfire led to a standoff that lasted more than two hours in Davenport.
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  • Arsenal unveils $61 million energy upgrade

    Posted on: 12:49 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 01:55pm, March 19, 2014

    The Rock Island Arsenal’s plating shop is one of the oldest and busiest places in the factory. Nearly every piece...
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  • Poetry in motion as Sandburg fans cheer basketball team

    Posted on: 1:37 pm, March 18, 2014, by , updated on: 03:28pm, March 18, 2014

    March madness means basketball fever at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. The Chargers are competing in the NJCAA Division II...
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  • Bruce Rauner and unions tangle before primary vote

    Posted on: 2:47 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 03:00pm, March 17, 2014

    Some two dozen union members lined up outside John Deere Pavilion on Monday morning. They brought signs to protest Bruce...
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  • Prison funding offers promise to long-waiting Thomson

    Posted on: 2:27 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 03:39pm, March 14, 2014

    A decade-plus wait is closer to reality in Thomson, Illinois. That’s after Thursday’s announcement that more than $53 million is...
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  • Violence conference aimed at helping Quad City kids

    Posted on: 2:13 pm, March 13, 2014, by , updated on: 03:23pm, March 13, 2014

    Shock and sadness just hours after a Davenport woman was gunned down in her home on June 22, 2013. “What...
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  • Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village grows with bakery

    Posted on: 1:57 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 08:56pm, March 12, 2014

    A Davenport business is literally rolling in dough these days. That’s as the Eastside Bakery marks its first week at...
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  • Prophetstown teen heroes get surprise salute for fire relief

    Posted on: 1:23 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    It’s a special song for Prophetstown High students on Monday. Members of the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe are reaching out...
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    Prophetstown fire 7-15-13 photo from Kurt Schwab
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry returns to Davenport campaign trail

    Posted on: 4:12 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 04:36pm, February 28, 2014

    It seems like old times in a new era for Texas Governor Rick Perry. “We have to overhaul Washington,” he...
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  • Davenport’s McKinley School makes music with message

    Posted on: 1:33 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 10:18am, February 27, 2014

    Fifth grader Amanda Pai is getting into the groove. “I saw a lot of people just have fun,” she said....
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  • WIU and local companies poised to lead manufacturing revival

    Posted on: 3:29 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 04:52pm, February 25, 2014

    Bryan Ragle is using the latest technology to build a career. “I’m in love with it,” he said. Inside the...
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