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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
  • Muscatine students pitch in for Kick Butts Day

    It’s like a scavenger hunt for cigarette butts at Muscatine High School on Wednesday. Volunteers wear gloves as they fill plastic bags full of butts. This is National Kick Butts Day. These non-smokers don’t plan to start. “Younger kids, I hope it shows them not to smoke,” said Logan Lilly, a student volunteer at Muscatine High.  “I’ve had family members that have died due to smoking.” Take Our Poll: Raise the smoking age? Report predicts big health benefits if we […]

  • Clinton County considers starting a drug court

    Bone-chilling scenes from drug abuse devastate everybody.  It rips families apart and changes lives forever. “When somebody’s incarcerated, we’re taking a parent usually away from kids,” said Amanda Myers, assistant Clinton County attorney.  “That means there’s one less person to help support them.” Reasons why community leaders might start a special drug court in Clinton County.  Select cases could blend punishment with treatment. Similar programs are already operating in Scott and Rock Island counties. “We’re looking to be fair,” said […]

  • Geneseo High begins electronics experiment with students

    One text at a time, the Green Zone at Geneseo High’s cafeteria represents reality. “Everybody, for the most part, literally has the entire world right in their pockets or in their bags anyway,” said English teacher Emily Ericson. During Friday’s lunch, there’s also a full buffet of information.  Teens are texting and enjoying earbuds. “You can try to pretend they don’t exist in the world, but they exist,” said Geneseo High Principal Mike Haugse.  “They’re a part of kids’ lives.” […]

  • Colona park goes on the auction block

    It’s a sign of the times in Colona on Thursday. “Oh, it’s terrible,” said Mary Helstrom, a volunteer with the Colona Park District. The auction notice is now on display. Gailliaert’s Park is for sale. “I hope they decide to do something for the kids,” said Colona parent Donald Burch. Burch’s kids are literally growing up in the park, with its ball diamond, playground and activities. That makes the auction even more painful. “We don’t want the kids to be […]

  • Retired teachers monitor Illinois pension reform case

    It’s the $111 billion headache in Illinois. Pension reform will be front-and-center with the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon. That’s when justices will listen to oral arguments from both sides. For longtime teacher Diane Gilliland, she feels like the victim of a broken system. “I feel really cheated,” she said. Gilliland joined 140 retired teachers in Rock Island for an update on pension reform. These teachers helped to pay for their pensions during decades of work.  But for years, […]

  • Law enforcement leaders say Iowa Core can help fight crime

    Iowa law enforcement authorities said they support research suggesting that Iowa Core standards will help kids succeed and avoid crime.

  • Trains moving again after massive Galena derailment

    Freight trains are rolling again after a major derailment near Galena last week. With about 100 trains backed up since Thursday, it will take some time to slowly and safely move them through. That’s after huge bursts of smoke and flames created an overwhelming scene for Galena firefighters. Just four days after the train derailment, Fire Chief Randy Beadle recalled the tense moments just before six foot flames shot sky high. “They left their hoses where they were, and they […]

  • items from Cuba (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg-Cuba connection spans classrooms to cigars

    Each snapshot tells a story for Dr. Lori Sundberg. “Cuban people have a strong sense of culture,” she said. The Carl Sandburg College president just returned from an eight-day, eye-opening exchange with other Illinois education leaders in Cuba. “You can see it in their faces,” she recalled. A trip that’s really all about learning. “It’s a study in the ways that Communism works, and the ways in which it doesn’t,” she said. The U.S. and Cuba recently relaxed some diplomatic, […]

  • School bus overturns on Interstate 80

    Students were reportedly injured when a school bus overturned on Interstate 80 at Interstate 88 in East Moline, Illinois.

  • Deere braces for record drop in 2015 sales

    Deere & Company’s top boss is ready to set a record this year, but it’s not the kind he wants. CEO Sam Allen expects sales to drop a record $6 billion. Large machinery sales could tumble 50% this year. That’s more than any downturn since the devastating 1980’s farm crisis. “In general, we don’t have the funds,” said Tommy Justison, 18, a third-generation farmer from Hillsboro, Illinois. During Wednesday’s annual meeting for shareholders, Deere seems to be a victim of […]

  • Galesburg pitches million-dollar plan to build homes

    Galesburg can think of a million reasons to build new homes. The city hopes that $1 million in incentives will boost new construction and tax revenue. Lots of folks think it’s about time.  The newest housing subdivision in Galesburg was built 15 years ago. “We have a great need for new housing,” said Kit Wilcox, Century 21. Galesburg wants to inspire new home building with cash incentives that are earmarked for economic development. “A lot of people we have coming […]

  • Hilltop Campus Village (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Davenport Hilltop Campus Village block ready for revival

    A Davenport eyesore is ready for an elegant transformation. There’s a new look on the way for old buildings on Harrison Street. “That’s going to be huge for the area,” said Scott Tunnicliff, director of the Hilltop Campus Village. A developer bought the block at 16th and Harrison on December 19. The identity should come with an official announcement in coming weeks. Soon, there could be a big boost for the neighborhood. “Apartments above, commercial space below,” Tunnicliff continued.  “It […]


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