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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
  • UT Symphonic Band celebrates SuperState success

    Student musicians and their director are making history at United Township High School. For the first time, the school’s Symphonic Band topped the Illinois SuperState Class AAA competition at the University of Illinois on Saturday. Every musical triumph starts with a tune-up. “It’s about being the best artists we can be,” said Director of Bands David Maccabee. And what a triumph for UT. “This is recognition of how special you all are,” he said. UT beat out 10 bands and […]

  • Bishop Hill offers Civil War lesson for kids

    Jason Timerman makes history come to life. “General Buford’s cavalry was able to hold off the oncoming Confederate troops,” he said. This Clinton, Illinois, high school teacher takes on another role on Friday. He’s a Civil War reenactor.  It’s something that he’s done for a decade. “I think they gain a better understanding of what a typical cavalry trooper went through,” he said. School buses transport kids back in time to Bishop Hill. “I was shocked at first,” said Nolan […]

  • Pollution solution starts with dryer house at GPC Muscatine

    Muscatine knows all about air pollution.  It’s some of the worst in Iowa. “I feel that since we moved in August of last year, my kids get sick a lot,” said Kimberly Brase, who lives near Muscatine’s Grain Processing Corporation plant. At the GPC plant, which makes corn-based products,  it adds up to a record-setting fine, legal action and neighborhood concerns. “It’s really polluted down here,” Brase continued.  “We can’t open our windows for fresh air because it gets the […]

  • Carson campaign diagnoses country in terrible shape

    As Dr. Ben Carson enters the Rogalski Center on Wednesday morning, he seems to take it all in stride. “For me, it’s easy,” he said.  “I’m not a politician.” Scott County Republicans hosted his stop after joining the presidential race on Monday. The retired neurosurgeon diagnoses the country to be in terrible shape.  He lists risk factors like deep division, money woes and terrorist threats. “It’s not so much Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals,” he said.  “It’s those who […]

  • Iowa Republicans brace for record-setting presidential field

    It’s the more, the merrier for Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee returned to the race on Tuesday. He won the Iowa Caucuses back in 2008. A day earlier, Dr. Ben Carson jumped into the race. Scott County Republicans will host his appearance at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University. Steve Grubbs is chairman of Davenport-based Victory Enterprises. He’s also serving as chief strategist in Iowa for Rand Paul’s campaign. “The […]

  • Your safety changed forever thanks to invention from Muscatine

    Chances are you, or someone you know, will live or work or visit in a place protected by an invention that was born and made in Muscatine, Iowa.

  • Dixon Mayor Jim Burke marks end of an era

    Dixon Mayor Jim Burke makes some last-minute phone calls on Monday. “By 5:30, I’ll be all finished,” he said. This marks his final day at City Hall.  He’s completing 16 years as mayor. He chose not to run for a fifth term and will return to his real estate business. “The key to being successful in politics and staying in office is to be able to manage your ego and other people’s egos,” he said. That strategy was put to […]

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    St. Ambrose pen pals connect with Davenport kids

    “Hi again,” read Anjelikah Zapata, 11.  “I got your letter.” Words almost jump off the page for the Davenport fifth grader. “I can’t wait to spend the day with you,” she continued.  “You sound very nice, and I hope you are.” The Buchanan School student is pen pals with Katelyn McDonald, a St. Ambrose University senior and future teacher in Ottawa, Illinois. “I think she’s grown as a writer,” Katelyn said. They’re seeing each other for the first time on […]

  • Trump stumps in Davenport to revive “sick” country

    Donald Trump knows how to make a big entrance. “There’s nobody that’s ever done what I’ve done,” he said. While raising money for Scott County Republicans in Davenport on Thursday morning,  the brassy boardroom baron sounds more like a doctor reviving what he calls a “sick” country. “If I run, if I win, we will be strong again quickly because I’m not a politician,” he said.  “Politicians are all talk and no action.  They’re never going to get it done.” […]

  • Buda, Illinois, salutes Honor Flight threesome

    The emotional journey starts at home for three Honor Flight passengers from Buda, Illinois. That’s where there are handshakes and smiles for Buda’s best and brightest. Three Korea-era Army veterans, all in their 80’s, are ready for Thursday’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The hometown sendoff was poignant and powerful. “I was told to come up here for coffee and doughnuts,” said Fran Kopp, 83.  “Behold, here we are.  It’s quite a surprise.” It’s a first for this small Bureau […]

  • Rock Island’s Audubon School site to become CVS Pharmacy

    Rock Island is ready to replace the former Audubon School site with a pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy plans to start construction next week at the intersection of 18th Avenue and 26th Street. The new store should be open in about six months. There’s also room for two smaller stores on the property. The contentious battle over what to do with the site dragged on more than five years. Now, the conflict is giving way to a resolution. A century-long era in […]

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    Moline farmer relates to bird flu impact in Iowa

    Rick Wyffels knows a lot about raising chickens.  That’s why the Moline farmer is watching closely for signs of bird flu around the Quad Cities. On Thursday morning, it’s time to feed the chickens. “My mother used to do it when I was a kid here,” he said. These birds are healthy and happy, clucking and strutting around. Second generation farmer Wyffels wants to keep them away from bird flu. “If we start losing a bunch of them, then we’d […]

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