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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    Bushnell business cruising to success with American-made Jeep parts

    BUSHNELL, Illinois – As Luke Conner climbs into a custom Jeep on Wednesday, it’s going to be a four-wheel thrill ride. “Personally, it’s pretty impressive,” he said. Taking a spin on the Steinjager Test Track, it’s a chance to experience life’s ups and downs. “We also built this course to test products for longevity,” he said. Each bump is about business. That’s because this company makes custom parts for Jeeps. “People love the ability to make whatever they’ve got unique,” […]

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    Mayor says ‘we can’t arrest our way out’ of gun violence in Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa -Davenport’s uptick in gun violence concerns police and alerts neighborhoods. “I was sitting watching TV just right behind the window, and I heard five shots all in a row,” recalled a recent witness.  “Boom, boom, boom — just like that.” Shots fired calls in Davenport included a dozen arrests over a 48-hour period in late March. Related: Bullet reportedly shot through Davenport home  “We can’t arrest our way out of this,” said Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch. Reasons why […]

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    Illinois lawmakers have mixed feelings on plan to fund some social services

    Illinois lawmakers are getting another chance to make a dent in the state's budget stalemate.

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    Necker’s Gift of Giving salutes Children’s Therapy Center

    MOLINE, Illinois – At the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Griffin Lyman is ready for action. “He is the most delightful, wonderful child you’ll ever meet,” said his dad, Todd Lyman. The six-year-old from Sterling, Illinois, suffers with something called Sensory Processing Disorder. Basically, it’s tough for him to talk, sit still or focus. “Honestly, without Children’s Therapy Center, his options would be a lot less,” said his mom, Jill Lyman. Twice-weekly sessions with Occupational Therapist Christy Hansen […]

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    Cambridge and Alwood students explore future during Youth Day

    CAMBRIDGE, Illinois – Teenage students are stepping into the future in Cambridge, Illinois, on Thursday. Some 400 youngsters are taking part in Youth Day. They’re learning about college and career preparations during sessions. “We really hope that the students will at least take something that will help them be more productive citizens,” said Lisa Miller, a counselor at Cambridge High School. They’re also spending time on life skills and other topics. Students come from Cambridge and Alwood high schools. More […]

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    Aging pipes leaking lead into Galesburg drinking water for decades

    Galesburg, Illinois made the list of 1,400 water systems across the country reporting a sample above the EPA lead limit over the past three years. The city is stepping up its efforts to help correct the issue.

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    After 20-year wait, Galesburg getting its first new subdivision

    GALESBURG, Illinois — A former horse farm will become Galesburg’s first housing subdivision in two decades. “We need jobs in Galesburg,” said developer Mark Kleine.  “We need people to come to Galesburg.” That’s inspiring plans for Lincoln Park Estates. It’s a $1.4 million project that includes city incentives of $450,000. It’s located on 18 acres near Galesburg’s Lincoln Park and Bunker Links Golf Course. The investment aims to reverse a disturbing trend in Galesburg. “We average building one to two […]

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    Carl Sandburg College to host Career Expo on April 5

    More than 60 businesses and organizations will be looking to fill a variety of jobs at a career expo in Galesburg on Tuesday, April 5.

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    Galesburg debuts new Silas Willard Elementary School

    Silas Willard Elementary School offers hope to a school district that's battling staff and program cuts.

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    UnitedHealthcare debuts more than 200 jobs at Davenport call center

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — UnitedHealthcare is bringing some 236 jobs to its new operations center at 255 East 90th Street in Davenport. That’s as Iowa transitions to a privately-run Medicaid system. It’s one of three Medicaid providers in the Hawkeye state. The company is finding its calling inside a former Caterpillar plant. That’s where employees are going to work as representatives, claims examiners and other roles. “This is a great community,” said Kim Foltz, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa.  “We’ve got […]

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    Atalissa, Iowa, man finds dream job after studies at Morrison Tech

    MORRISON, Illinois An Atalissa, Iowa, man is designing his future by working on some big construction projects. That’s after learning job skills at the Morrison Institute of Technology in Morrison, Illinois. Those big ideas come alive at Ryan and Associates in Davenport. That’s where Kyle Campbell solves problems for a living. Joined by fellow Morrison Tech graduate, Michael Parker, they design pipe systems for high-profile projects. “One day you’re working on plumbing for a hospital,” said Campbell, 27.  “The next […]


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