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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
  • Oscar Mayer employees fight growing hunger problem

    A new study shows there are more Quad City kids and families going hungry these days. The Map the Meal Gap 2015 report shows that nearly 13% of residents in a 22-county area struggle with food issues. In between the clatter of can sorting at the River Bend Foodbank, there’s frustration. “Sometimes you just never feel like you can do enough,” said Adam Friedrichsen. Hunger silently hurt his family. “I’ve seen the impact of it, and it’s hard to watch,” […]

  • Hillary Clinton kicks off Iowa campaign in Monticello

    It seems like old times with a twist for Hillary Clinton. Rather than speak before hundreds of folks, she launched her Iowa presidential campaign with a small group of students and teachers in Monticello, Iowa. “I never thought I would be sitting here telling you that I’m running for president,” she said.  “But I knew if I got a good education, I did my part.” Using an auto tech classroom at Kirkwood Community College as a backdrop, this early appearance […]

  • Jordan Spieth to make masterful return to John Deere Classic

    Jordan Spieth captured the hearts of golf fans with a record-setting Masters win over the weekend. Now the rising star, 21, is returning to play in the John Deere Classic this July 6-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. On a breezy April Monday, there’s solitude with each swing. But Bruce Blomme, Bettendorf, can already hear the cheers when Spieth comes back to the JDC. “I think he’s our new young superstar to excite and energize the game again for […]

  • Rand Paul pushes for first-time voters at Iowa rally

    Sen. Rand Paul is heating up the 2016 presidential race before it really starts. He seems to borrow a page from Barack Obama’s campaign playbook. The Kentucky Republican is courting first-time voters at the University of Iowa on Friday. “Let’s let college students deduct the entire cost of their education over their working careers,” he said.  “Let’s make college tuition entirely deductible.” Republicans realize they must capture the under-30 voters to reclaim the White House. They’re picking Democratic turf in […]

  • Clinton pastor savors victory with visas for Cuba trip

    If patience is a virtue at the Victory Center in Clinton, then a sixth try is certainly the charm for Pastor Ray Gimenez. “Victory,” he beamed on Thursday.  “I feel like a champion right now.” After five rejections, tourist visas are ready for Cuba.  The Havana-born man, 64, will reunite with family and friends during a ten-day stay in April. “Calling and talking to somebody is a lot different than actually being there in person,” he said. Pastor Ray also […]

  • Frightened passengers call for help with Davenport’s CitiBus

    Frightened passengers say that Davenport CitiBus problems start when school dismisses.

  • $96-million ambulance deal protects Arsenal factory jobs

    The Rock Island Arsenal is getting a $96-million deal to retrofit Humvees into ambulances. The two-year extension will keep 70 workers busy inside the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. “This is really good for us in the sense that it’s steady work, which is rare at the Arsenal,” said Program Manager Scott Young. After completing the initial order of 500 ambulances, they’ll finish another 658 for the National Guard and Army reserves. “It’s 21st Century work,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, […]

  • Gluba calls to scrap plans for Dock redevelopment in Davenport

    Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba wants to sink current plans for The Dock redevelopment project.

  • Clinton canines enjoy yappy Easter treats

    Buddy Gourmet Bakery and Boutique captures holiday flavor in Clinton, Iowa. “I love making something unique,” said owner Maggie Stafford. Easter eggs not for people, but pooches. “She develops the recipes, and I make them,” said her co-owner and husband, John Stafford. On Friday, Albert the therapy dog is chomping and wagging his endorsement. “They say it’s too beautiful for them to eat,” Maggie said. Still, Maggie feels like the Easter Bunny these days.  She’s baking and decorating hundreds of […]

  • Galesburg teens take a stand against bullying

    Four Galesburg teens hold a meeting of the minds on Thursday. “I used to be scared to come to school,” said Katie Dunbar, 13. That’s why she formed the Take A Stand Club at Lombard Middle School. Seventh graders like Katie know what it’s like to be bullied. Now, they’re reaching out with kindness in a big way. “I feel like we have got less bullies now,” said Dejanae Matthews, 13. The club began in January to promote random acts […]

  • Deere welding layoffs

    Displaced Deere workers turn to training at Blong Center

    While hundreds of local Deere & Company workers remain on indefinite layoffs, some are turning a tough time into training opportunities with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Adam Howard and Denny Schnoor know all too well about layoff anxiety. “You don’t know when that call is going to happen,” Howard said. But they’re turning that pain into possibilities. Schnoor spent 33 years at Deere before joining Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. He’s helping other Deere workers to discover new talents. “You try […]

  • Sen. Joni Ernst wants to speed mental health care for veterans

    Sen. Joni Ernst, (R) Iowa, wants to cut delays for veterans’ mental health care. It’s her first legislation since taking office. A staggering 36-day average wait for VA care makes her point. “This legislation was needed a year ago, two years ago, three years ago,” she said.  “But we have an opportunity now to make a difference, and we should do it.” Her 99-county tour came to Muscatine’s VFW Hall on Tuesday. She presented long-lost medals to Vietnam-era veteran Lyle […]


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