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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
  • JB Young School in Davenport (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Davenport to decide on $8.5 million in school cuts

    This is a case of economics, education and urgency. “It means that right now we have to act,” said Dr. Art Tate,  Davenport superintendent. As salaries go up and state funding goes down, something’s got to give. In Davenport, that figure could tally $8.5 million over two years. Dr. Tate describes the situation as devastating. “You cut out people,” he said.  “You cut out programs. You stop doing the things next year that you’re doing this year.” The Davenport School […]

  • Moline council to consider incentives for hotel

    Moline aldermen will consider adding nearly $2 million in incentives to keep The Q project on track. It’s the hotel portion of the city’s upcoming multi-modal station. Costs are climbing to transform the nearly century-old building into a passenger train depot and hotel. The price jumped some $2.7 million. That’s after some federal money got pulled back while the cost of renovations increased. “It was no longer economically feasible to continue the project without incentives from the city,” said Moline […]

  • Theo's Java (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Theo’s Java Club serving up success in Rock Island

    While other coffee shops come and go, Theo's Java Club just keeps brewing. The eclectic, funky vibe scores points with customers.

  • Daddy-daughter welders blaze trails with their torches

    A military family separated by faraway deployments is now closer than ever. That’s because Tim Webb and his daughter, Tabitha, are welding a lasting bond. “It’s definitely been a journey of blood, sweat and tears, literally,” said Tabitha, 21. They became the first daddy-daughter welding students at Midwest Technical Institute in Moline. And Friday, they wrapped up nine months of studies and practice to become certified journeyman welders. “You start on the ground floor,” recalled Tim, 45.  “And now, I […]

  • Milltown Coffee (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Moline’s Milltown Coffee makes a splash with pour-overs

    Since opening in September 2014, they've been wowing customers with pour-overs made with specially roasted beans.

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    Fulton forges ahead with medical marijuana plans

    Fulton, Illinois, is one step closer to selling medical marijuana. That’s after the state of Illinois issued a conditional license for a dispensary. Plans call for it to go near a busy intersection. Some 10,000 vehicles pass by the intersection of routes 84 and 136. Related: Rock Island readies to grow and sell medical marijuana Those figures could double while factoring in traffic for the new federal prison in Thomson and a medical marijuana dispensary. “Any time you bring business into […]

  • Java Java (WQAD photo by John David)

    Java Java Cafe is an oasis on Davenport’s River Drive

    When it comes to finding a good cup of coffee, customers like the drive-through lane at Java Java Cafe.

  • “It’s now or never for Illinois,” Gov. Rauner says

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to empower residents to climb out of the state’s deep financial rut. During his first State of the State Address, he outlined goals to guide his administration. Rauner aims to shake up Springfield with a new beginning. He calls on Empowerment Zones to energize the economy. “Local communities, local voters, deserve this option so that they can compete with other states and other nations for new businesses and new investment,” he said. Related: What Illinois Gov. […]

  • Cup A Jo fills downtown Moline with delicious drinks

    Whether for coffee or lunch, Cup A Jo is a hit in downtown Moline.

  • Rock Island readies to grow and sell medical marijuana

    Rock Island is getting the go-ahead to grow and sell medical marijuana. That’s after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner approved plans on Monday. A cornfield off Andalusia Road will soon feature another cash crop. Related: Fulton forges ahead with medical marijuana plans Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries will build a $10 million growing center. “It’s going to bring us a hundred jobs,” said Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley.  “It will bring us a lot of finances with it.” A plot of land near […]

  • Cool Beanz (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Cool Beanz warms up Rock Island’s College Hill District

    Cool Beanz is helping to guide the College Hill District into the future.

  • Athletes suffer after St. Ambrose Dome flattened by heavy snow

    For the second year in a row, weather has damaged the dome athletic facility at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.


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