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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
  • How Santa delivered a life-saving gift in Sterling, Illinois

    A house call from a 70-year-old off-duty Santa proved to be a life saver for his neighbor in Sterling, Illinois.

  • Holiday postmark returns to Joy, Illinois

    After budget cuts cancelled it, that coveted postmark has returned just in time for the holidays in Joy, Illinois.

  • Thanksgiving travelers are ready to roll from Quad Cities

    The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year.  Planes, trains and automobiles will be on the move. “It’s going to be nice just to be able to get home,” said Steve Stewart, taking a break from driving back to St. Peters, Missouri. Like Stewart, most everybody will travel by car this Thanksgiving weekend.  Nearly 90 percent of those getting away will celebrate with a road trip. Related: Before you travel for the holiday, read […]

  • Clinton battles to save Target store from closing

    Clinton, Iowa, is taking aim with an all out blitz to save its Target store from closing.

  • Downtown Galesburg, Illinois (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg handles opportunities and challenges in 2014

    Galesburg is grateful for a year of progress in 2014. That’s the theme from Mayor John Pritchard’s State of the City Address on Monday. Transportation is key for Galesburg this year. BNSF grows railroad jobs.  The Amtrak station and new transit maintenance facility expand to serve more rail and bus passengers. Carl Sandburg College also offers a direct link to railroad careers. “This will be a huge thing for us,” Mayor Pritchard said.  “People will come here to obtain degrees […]

  • King’s Harvest needs shelter volunteers in Davenport

    Bone-chilling November weather is hurting a shelter that houses the homeless. King’s Harvest in Davenport desperately needs more volunteers and is sending out a call for help. There are lessons in the lunch line at King’s Harvest on Friday. “Happy Thanksgiving,” said volunteer Bob Forberg. Forberg and Terry Bromwell share a special greeting. Terry is a client, and Bob is a volunteer from Illinois Casualty Company. “We all could be in the same position as everyone else here,” Bob said. […]

  • Groundbreaking for new transit facility in Galesburg 11-20-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg keeps transportation projects rolling along

    Galesburg is going into two major transportation projects for 2015. More than a decade in the works, they promise to keep passengers moving for years to come. As the Southwest Chief chugs into Galesburg on Thursday, it reinforces rail’s importance.  This really is a town of trains. Amtrak ridership is up 58% during the last decade. That’s reason enough to grow the Galesburg station. “It connects you with another mode of transportation seamlessly,” said Tom Carper, an Amtrak board member. […]

  • Riverfront tour inspires vision for Davenport

    Davenport leaders are just back from a five-city riverfront tour. Those ideas will help to inspire a new look for their city while sparking economic development. Davenport is ready to hit the jackpot these days. After hosting a floating casino since 1991, it’s now betting on a blank slate along the riverfront. When Rhythm City moves to land in 2016, it will open nine acres for development near Main Street. “Our first stop was in Indianapolis,” said Davenport City Administrator […]

  • Mary Ellen Chamberlin at her last RDA meeting 11-18-14 (WQAD Photos by John David)

    Community groups salute Mary Ellen Chamberlin in Davenport

    As dozens of community groups share nearly $850,000 in grants on Tuesday, they’re thanking  Mary Ellen Chamberlin. The longtime President of Riverboat Development Authority in Davenport is retiring after 25 years on the job. “God bless you,” said George McDoniel, executive director of the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities.  “You’ve made life better for a lot of kids.” “I almost cried,” Mary Ellen said.  “I think I made it through with only a tear in my eye.” Mary […]

  • Clinton school innovations attract White House summit

    Clinton schools are attracting national attention with recent innovations in digital learning. Superintendent Deb Olson will participate in a White House summit with 100 education leaders on Wednesday. They hope to meet with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Education is evolving at Clinton High School these days. That’s where students work in the Innovation Room. Instead of desks, they sit at round tables. They study everything from music to math.  It’s making the most of technology in the […]

  • Ganson's

    Ganson’s is a neighborhood go-to restaurant in Rock Island

    Ganson's Neighborhood Bakery & Cafe is a hidden gem tucked into a renovated farm house in Rock Island.

  • Calvary Church paves the way with $1 million street in Moline

    Moline’s 53rd Street is a half-mile longer these days.  But it didn’t cost the city or cash-strapped Illinois any money. “We’re able to build it and pay for it,” said Pastor Tim Bowman, Calvary Church of the Quad Cities. The large congregation, all 1,500 parishoners, certainly came through.  It raised a million dollars for the project. Remarkably, its giving to local outreach and other projects also kept growing. “For the last several years, we’ve been setting aside a portion of […]


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