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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
  • Bill Murray muses about possible John Deere Classic visit

    There’s serenity and splendor at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. Even on a rainy Wednesday, this golf course is a natural wonder. But that solitude might be squashed by a celebrity guest. “We’ve got Bill Murray on the mind,” said golfer Phil Pietrandrea. Murray’s turn as Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” endears himself to golf fans 35 years after the film debuted. “When he’s going at the flowers, there’s such a great swing and contact,” joked golfer Scott Woodward. And after […]

  • Geneseo retailer tests O’Leary’s theory from ‘Shark Tank’

    Behind every dream, there could be a product worth millions of bucks, and one Shark Tank investor says women are running his most profitable companies.

  • WQAD Photo by John David,  5-15-15

    Coast Guard links oil sheen to sewer drainage

    Investigators blame careless action for Friday morning’s oil sheen along the Mississippi River near Moline. The Coast Guard quickly eliminated nearby boats and businesses as the source. They think that somebody dumped a small amount of oil down a drain upriver, and it spread from there. “Someone has oil in their yard, and it just rinses down to the river,” said Celebration Belle Captain Scott Schadler.  “A lot of these happen after a heavy rain.” Firefighters responded after spotting a […]

  • Rauner’s rail review slows Moline’s Q project

    Plans for Moline’s passenger rail station and hotel are in limbo until Governor Bruce Rauner releases state funding for the project. A fence symbolizes barriers between the state of Illinois and site of the future Q station. “We’re ready to go,” said Moline City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher. But the construction site will remain locked until Gov. Rauner releases state funding. “There are millions of dollars at stake here,” Steinbrecher said. Moline has already spent $9 million on the project.  Nearly […]

  • Isle Bettendorf digs in to build land-based casino

    Isle Bettendorf is making the transition from water to land with a $55-60 million dollar casino complex. Plans present a project to keep it the largest casino, hotel and convention space in Iowa. “It’s the the beginning of a fabulous journey for us,” said Isle President and CEO Virginia McDowell.  “Actually, kind of the final piece in a puzzle.” McDowell donned a hardhat to make a ceremonial scoop on Wednesday. The year-long project will create about 200 local construction jobs.  […]

  • River Bandits tally best record in organized baseball

    Despite snapping a 12-game winning streak on Tuesday afternoon, the River Bandits still sport the best record in organized baseball with its 25-7 record this season. “Quad City River Bandits baseball is on the air,” said announcer Marco LaNave, just before Tuesday’s first pitch. The River Bandits are on a roll in 2015. “Five games up on the Cedar Rapids Kernels,” he continued. And not just topping the Midwest League.  They have the best record in organized baseball, including the […]

  • 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.


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