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).

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    Necker’s Gift of Giving Salutes Race for the Cure

    The Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure is getting ready to celebrate its 27th year in Moline. This annual event takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2016. In this Gift of Giving, a portion of May sales at Necker’s will go to Komen Quad Cities. Thousands of feet stir a swift current of steps on River Drive in Moline. “It’s a sea of pink, and people are lined up from River Drive about a half-mile back,” said Christina McNamara, […]

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    Removing Galesburg’s lead water lines could cost ten million dollars

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    Last-minute tours help push for new Clinton County Jail

    Clinton County voters will decide Tuesday on plans to build a new $22- million  jail and law center. Polls will be open in Clinton County from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. On Monday, there’s an open house for a complex that Clinton wants to close. “The safety issue is the biggest part right now,” said 9-1-1 Dispatcher Marcia DeBoer. Just hours before voting begins, dozens of visitors were deciding during a last-minute tour. “I think we can make […]

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    Disabled clients caught in the middle with Illinois overtime ban

    Health professionals warn that Illinois is creating a “monster” by banning overtime on May 1 for nearly 25,000 home health care workers. The move could save Illinois nearly $14 million each year according to the Associated Press. Lacie Lamb is a personal assistant in Galesburg. She’s paid through DHS’s Division of Rehabilitation Services. She helps Rita Crockett, 59, seven days a week. “We hit if off right away,” Crockett said. “Yes, we did,” added Lamb. Crockett, who is disabled, needs […]

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    Belgian Village serves up legendary sandwiches once again in Moline

    Dozens of loyal customers are savoring VandeRueben sandwiches once again from Belgian Village in Moline. The landmark restaurant is back at 560 17th Ave. and offering some of its legendary specialties to-go. “They’ve been closed for a while now,” said customer Patrick Briggs, Rock Island.  “I was very disappointed when they closed.” Thursday marked opening day of the new effort. Katie Manning, part of the original family ownership, is serving a dozen sandwiches, plus bread and other treats. This time, […]

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    Galesburg reveals measures designed to reduce lead levels

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Galesburg is taking steps to reduce lead levels detected in aging water service lines and other sources. The city plans to follow EPA recommendations for testing and filtering suspected water. Measures should help to cut lead levels in some homes. Galesburg’s lead levels spark emotional responses. “Come on, we’re poisoning people,” said Walt McAllister, Galesburg.  “Lead is an issue.” Inside Q’s Cafe on Wednesday, lunch customers worry about water from an estimated 4,700 lead service lines that top […]

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    Erie schools forge ahead after getting surprise bill from Illinois

    ERIE, Illinois – Matt Newton’s Math class knows how to work with numbers at Erie Middle School on Friday. But when Illinois billed the rural school district $435,000 for overpayment, the figures came as a complete surprise. “It is one of the most bizarre things,” said Superintendent Brad Cox. The district of 660 students is among thousands of Illinois taxing districts being asked to repay a total of $168 million. Cox says that the state changed its calculations without warning. […]

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    MOLINE, Illinois – Youngsters at Seton Catholic School in Moline were digging in to get a head start on Earth Day 2016. They gave Browning Park a good going-over on Thursday afternoon. Sixth graders put their rakes into action at Browning Park while 7th and 8th graders fanned out to different locations. “We just go there and try to help out and clean up,” said sixth grader Sylee Prudent. Their work is helping to make the park look great. It […]

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    Great Galesburg Shake offers life skills for students

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    Lead test kits and filters flying off the shelves at stores in Galesburg

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    Livestock auctions revive a landmark Rock Island business

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The sound of the sale barn brings back memories. “I remember as a little kid being petrified to move because the auctioneer thought I was going to bid,” recalled Shane Ryan. As a kid, Ryan attended auctions there with his relatives. Now 29, he’s the voice to revive livestock auctions in Rock Island. “Actually being the one to sit behind the microphone, that was a pretty big honor for me,” said Ryan. The Rock Island auction […]

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    Iowa Supreme Court Justice with Davenport roots goes back to school

    Justice Thomas Waterman stepped back in time to go back to school on Friday. “I thought it was going to be a great opportunity,” said Taylor Thede, a sophomore at Maquoketa High School. Members of the Iowa Supreme Court are wrapping up a two-day stay in Eastern Iowa. That included hearing oral arguments for a case in Clinton on Thursday. “Taking court on the road is really good for Iowa,” Justice Waterman said.  “People can see their court in action […]


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