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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
  • Colleagues call Jackson County Supervisor a hero after tackling courthouse shooter

    It still looks like a crime scene inside the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa. “This is where the shooting happened,” said Supervisor Steve Flynn. There’s bare floor in the boardroom and a torn-apart door. “I wanted to be here today,” said Supervisor Buck Koos. Koos and Flynn are back in their normal seats on Wednesday.  Each is trying to process a shooting that left the gunman dead from a self-inflicted wound less than a day earlier. “I thought, what’s going […]

  • Seed corn harvest previews record season

    As a picker rolls through a Knox County field, the 2014 seed corn harvest is right on schedule for Munson Hybrids. “We can stand being a little bit dry as long as it’s not too hot,” said John Hennenfent, Munson’s owner. “We just had great conditions temperature-wise this year.” On a picture-perfect Monday, there’s ideal harvesting weather. Growers pick seed corn earlier than field corn. The process will take about a month. This head start is a preview of what’s […]

  • Students return to Galesburg High School 8-29-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg students go back to classes as strike ends

    Some 4,500 students are back to the books in Galesburg on Friday. That’s after teachers narrowly approved a new four-year contract.  It ends a 15-day strike that slowed the start of the school year. “It was hard because you didn’t know when we were going to go back,” said senior Tiara Creek, 17. “When we finally found out we were going back, I was like, yes!” While teachers expressed frustration and disappointment with their deal, most students are happy to […]

  • Retired teacher taken into custody at Galesburg school headquarters

    A retired teacher was taken into police custody as the federal mediation session continued between teachers and school administrators in Galesburg, Illinois.

  • Storm damage in Morrison 8-26-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Morrison cleans up after severe storm damage

    Folks in Morrison, Illinois, are picking up the pieces on Tuesday.  That’s after a severe thunderstorm raced through the region less than 24 hours earlier. It’s a mess in Morrison. “It looked like a war zone,” recalled longtime resident Maria Miller. It’s the aftermath of severe storms that toppled trees and crushed cars.  Nobody was hurt, but there’s plenty of damage. “These wires all around me fell,” said Brad Miller, 14. “They hit the ground and made some pretty bright […]

  • Galesburg teachers miss first paycheck during strike

    Friday is the first day that Galesburg teachers are missing their paychecks. That’s as the strike against District 205 moves through its 10th day. Dave Baxter just wants to teach Physics at Galesburg High.  But as the strike drags on, he’s missing his first paycheck in 21 years. “As I miss this first paycheck, my resolve is stronger,” he said.  “As we stand in the rain, my resolve is stronger.” Some 675 colleagues face the same situation on a damp, […]

  • Knox County YMCA helps kids stay active during Galesburg strike

    It’s a real kick for kids at the Knox County YMCA these days. That’s because the Y is extending its summer camp while Galesburg teachers remain on strike. The ball is in motion on Thursday morning. This soccer field substitutes for a school playground. While Galesburg kids remain out of school, the Knox County YMCA is extending its summer day camp. “When the issue came up, we wanted to make sure that we were here to serve and provide the […]

  • Galesburg Strike, 8-20-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Day 8 with no contract agreement, Galesburg teacher says ‘we can’t just give up now’

    Talks have ended on day eight of the Galesburg teacher strike and there’s still no deal. The Galesburg Education Association and the school Board met Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to continue negotiations with a federal mediator after a marathon 14-hour session on Tuesday. Their Wednesday meeting ended around 3:35 p.m., with no agreement. “It’s an issue that is not a money issue,” said Luan Statham, GEA negotiator. “It’s a language issue that does not cost the district any money, and […]

  • Galesburg strike, 8-19-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg community anxious to settle teacher contract negotiations

    Contract talks resumed Tuesday between striking Galesburg teachers and the school district. This is the first face-to-face meeting with a federal mediator in a week. As teachers arrived for talks, they are on a mission to seal the deal. “We want to be back in our classrooms,” said negotiator and teacher Russ Ullrich. Hundreds of striking teachers were back on the picket line for the seventh day. Government teacher Craig Hillier is coming up with classroom material from the strike. […]

  • Galesburg strike, 8-18-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg Teachers to hold meetings on the strike for parents

    It’s back to the bargaining table for striking Galesburg teachers and the school district. Both sides resumed contract talks with a federal mediator on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The union held a rally across the street from Galesburg High School on Monday. With pounding drums and a sea of blue shirts, hundreds of striking teachers rallied. “We’re not going to be burdened and bitter,” said Galesburg teacher Tami Qualls. “We’re not going to be softened and weakened. We are going […]

  • Workers, and other businesses, hit hard by news of John Deere layoffs

    Workers, and area businesses they often visit, were reeling after Deere & Company announced plans for more than 600 layoffs at four locations.

  • Galesburg students protest extracurricular activities delayed for teachers strike 8-14-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg students sound off to solve strike

    Thursday was supposed to be the first day of school in Galesburg.  But the second day of a teacher strike put that on hold. Galesburg students rallied outside District 205 offices on Thursday. They’re concerned that a prolonged strike will force the Silver Streaks to forfeit football games and other activities. “I can’t wait for school to start, ” said senior Macy Steck, 17. “It’s really important to get senior year, so I can go off to college.” “We’re all […]


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