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).

Recent Articles
  • Regal begins to check bags and backpacks at Moline theater

    The nation’s largest movie theater chain is stepping up security across the country. Regal Cinemas, which also owns the theater in Moline, is starting to inspect bags and backpacks. The security upgrade is a sign of the times. A post on theater doors Thursday reads that staffers may do the inspections. While the decision may produce a few grumbles, movie buffs know all about inspections at concerts and sporting events. “I think it’s very important,” said Andrew Scott, Moline. “You […]

  • Lindsey Graham talks about underdog campaign during West Burlington stop

    In the race to the White House, Sen. Lindsey Graham appears on Broadway. That’s The Broadway Cafe in West Burlington, Iowa. “I just like the idea of telling people who I am, unfiltered,” he said. The Senator from South Carolina tries not to offer the same song-and-dance. “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s called democracy, right? I like to see the stereotypes of me melt when people actually see me.” But speaking with just one table of folks on Wednesday morning, […]

  • Illinois utility assistance gets cold shoulder during budget crisis

    It’s hardly business as usual at the Tri-County Opportunities Council in Rock Falls on Tuesday. A sign on the door states that there’s no money for utility assistance. “It’s going to be a tough year,” said LIHEAP Director Tammy Saenz. She’s working three phones at a time. “Some days, you have 40 new messages,” she said. But with funding cut-off since April, there’s no money to help those who need it the most. Utility assistance helps some 171,000 households in […]

  • Clinton clinic overcomes obstacles to open for patients

    Finding affordable medical care is a lesson in overcoming obstacles in Clinton, Iowa. Friday’s ribbon-cutting is more than a ceremony for the Community Health Care clinic at 925 S. 4th Street. It represents a milestone for the popular provider and community. The federally-funded $3.7 million project will help thousands of patients. Before this, Laura Hammond had to drive to Davenport for care. “That’s just it,” she said.  “It’s going to be affordable and close by.” But local controversy on where […]

  • Galesburg schools move from 2014 strike to 2015 celebration

    Galesburg teachers roll out the red carpet for students at Nielson School on Thursday. They’re also making a balloon arch for big entrance for the first day of classes. It’s quite a contrast from a year ago. While teachers got high-fives during a 15-day strike, they’re happy to return the favor for kids this year. “For me, it was a period of time that I hope never, ever happens again,” said Jodie McNally, an 11-year teacher and outreach coordinator at […]

  • Illinois senior centers face September closure without funding

    The Illinois budget stalemate could force the Western Illinois Agency on Aging to close in September, at least temporarily, without legislation to restore funding. There’s a real community at the Mercer County Senior Center, which is part of that collaboration in Aledo. That’s where happiness is contagious at a Wednesday morning Bible study. “It is a group effort,” said Jane South, who transitioned from employee to participant at the center. But these weekly get-togethers could be put on hold in […]


    Jindal jabs at Clinton over e-mail probe during Muscatine stop

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal came out swinging at Hillary Clinton in a visit to Muscatine, Iowa.

  • empty baseball field at Muscatine HS (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Cost-cutting move cancels sports at Muscatine Community College

    MCC is dropping sports after the upcoming season in a cost-cutting move.

  • Anchor Lumber shows appreciation after devastating fire in Silvis

    Silvis firefighters roll into the Anchor Lumber lot on Friday. “It’s a little smoky,” said Liz McGehee, wife of Anchor’s President Alex McGehee. But this time, the only smoke firefighters encounter comes from an outdoor grill. “It’s just amazing they’re even open,” said Silvis firefighter Mike Walz.  “I’m shocked.” Anchor Lumber normally holds its Customer Appreciation Day on Friday. “It’s business as usual around here in kind of an unusual way,” said Operations Manager Rick VanOteghem. This time, the sizzling […]

  • WQAD photo by John David

    Exelon uncertainty concerns neighboring school districts

    The uncertain future for Exelon’s nuclear power plant in Cordova worries neighboring school districts. It’s the largest taxpayer on the rolls in Rock Island County, paying out $7.7 million in property taxes in 2014. Schools in Erie, Illinois, receive more than $4 million from the plant each year. And Riverdale Schools enjoy a corporate connection that reaches beyond the classroom. Thursday is a busy day at Riverdale Elementary School. That’s where first grade teacher Valerie Syoen prepares her room. It’s […]

  • Plan to close J. B. Young School could save Davenport millions

    J. B. Young School’s rich history in Davenport could be entering its final chapter. “I would be sad to see J. B. close,” said alumna Vanessa Jones. Davenport schools hope to save nearly $2 million by closing it at the end of the upcoming school year. Jones, who is also a Davenport teacher, is enrolling her two grandchildren. “It’s a big step for the district,” she said. “I do understand their reasons; however, it’s a big inconvenience for our families.” […]

  • Anchor Lumber reopens just hours after fire in Silvis

    It’s a simple sign with a profound message. “They are open for business,” said customer Lori McMillin, Port Byron. Customers like Lori return to Anchor Lumber in Silvis just hours after a devastating fire. “It was thrilling to have our first guy come in and buy a sheet of plywood,” said Operations Manager Rick Van Oteghem. And amazing to have 65 employees back at work on Tuesday. “It’s a little chaotic this morning,” said Delivery Manager John Michaletti. Almost business […]


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