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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    Galesburg woman’s lifelong dream of being on safety patrol comes true at age 70

    GALESBURG, Illinois – “This is a good group,” said Cynthia Graves.  “Yes, it was a good group of kids to go to school with.” Cynthia, 70, is ready for a monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Sirloin Stockade. “I thank everybody for coming,” said Char Carden. Classmates from Hedding Grade School in Abingdon ponder their pranks. “They Saran-wrapped all the men’s urinals,” said Cathy Lagnese. There’s a mix of fellowship and follies. “It was a car-full, and we sprayed ‘1964’ […]

  • Fulton marijuana dispensary project. WQAD photo by John David, 5-9-16

    Doctor opens clinic in Fulton to recommend medical marijuana

    FULTON, Illinois – Workers are finishing up at The Dispensary in Fulton on Monday. Placed in a new strip mall just off Route 84, it will serve Illinois-based medical marijuana patients. “Right now, there is nervousness,” said Dr. Ramon Pla. That explains why Dr. Pla is opening Star Flower Clinic in Fulton. He could well be the only doctor within 200 miles to recommend medical marijuana for patients. And that’s an application requirement to get it in Illinois. “Let’s face […]

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    Clinton faces uncertainty with last graduation at Ashford University

    CLINTON, Iowa – The last graduation at Ashford University marks more uncertainty for the Clinton economy. The campus is closing after a decade of big plans and unrealized dreams. There will be about 150 lost jobs while some 130  remaining students must finish on-line studies or transfer. On Friday, everybody is searching for a campus connection to remember. Inside the bookstore, each sale represents a tie to Ashford University. “It’s going to be really hard,” said junior Megan Smith, 21. […]

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    May shopping deals offer good buys from local retailers

    May is a month for getting great deals on lots of things around the Quad Cities.If you're shopping for seasonal items or stuff for the house, the time is right to do some spending.

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    Silvis wants to scrap used car lots for new retail downtown

    SILVIS, Illinois – On a sunny day in Silvis, Rick Nino is inspecting his fleet of used cars. “It’s a ’96, but it’s in good shape,” he said. Shiny cars that really look like new in the sunlight. “They don’t want business,” he continued.  “That’s the message I get.” Longtime dealer Nino seems to be getting a lemon from his city. “Hey, what are you guys trying to do?” he questioned.  “Run us out of business?  You want me to […]

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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

    Removing lead service lines could cost ten million dollars, for a city that can't afford it. That's why Galesburg needs outside help.

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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 […]

  • Customers get takeout from reopened Belgian Village in Moline 4-28-16 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    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, […]

  • child at sink faucet in Galesburg (WQAD Photo by John David)

    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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