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).

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    Clinton man celebrates victory after second chance at life

    CLINTON, Iowa – The sign reads: Victory Center. It’s where Jeremiah Machuca is quietly emerging from defeat. “I just came to the conclusion that nobody cared about me,” he recalled.  “I really stopped caring about myself.” After a childhood where he says he couldn’t catch a break, Jeremiah simply dropped out. “I just kind of gave up,” he said.  “I felt comfort and relief in drug use.” Eight years in federal prison, and opportunities lost. “I wanted to change,” he […]

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    Space shortage could ground future Quad City Air Shows

    MT. JOY, Iowa – After 30 years of soaring across the sky, the Quad City Air Show could be making its final landings on June 25 and 26, 2016. “We’ll never say never,” said Lori Hopper, communications director.  “But as of right now, we’re just kind of in a holding pattern.” Reasons why parachute jumps by the Golden Knights will be more poignant than ever. The Army team is returning for performances on Saturday and Sunday. “These local shows, not […]

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    House Democrats sit-in, Grassley sounds off on gun control

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democrats are staging a sit-in protest over gun control legislation in Washington on Wednesday. That’s following the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people. “We will not be shut up,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.  “We will not be shut down.” Some 30 Democrats are demanding a vote on “no fly, no buy” measures. Republican leadership responded by turning off C-SPAN cameras on the House floor. “You’ve got to keep your eye on the […]

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    ROWVA schools brace for doomsday scenario during Illinois budget crisis

    The Illinois budget crisis is becoming more dire by the day for ROWVA schools.

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    Arsenal’s success depends on politics and communication, leaders say

    The Rock Island Arsenal is stepping up to impress decision-makers at a time when political support and communication could be more important than ever. That’s the word from military and civilian leaders working to keep it thriving during challenging times. The Joint Munitions Command is one of the Arsenal’s strongest selling points. It employs some 650 local civilians who provide soldiers with ammunition across the globe. Incoming commander, BG Richard Dix, says this is no time to make cuts. “It’s […]

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    Illinois Education Secretary calls for school funding vote during Galesburg stop

    GALESBURG, Illinois – There’s an urgent call to action from Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis on Thursday. She’s asking state lawmakers to pass funding for education by June 30. “In this room, there are those of you who are worried about how you’re going to open the doors, your doors,” she told educators attending the Teaching & Technology Revolution Conference in Galesburg. Several local Illinois schools face opening late or closing early without a deal. “We need our legislators to […]

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    Illinois budget impasse could force early graduations

    MONMOUTH, Illinois – The ongoing Illinois budget crisis may force hundreds of local high school students to graduate early. Several  schools don’t have enough money to remain open for an entire year. That means senior year could end after one semester for students like Ryan Cunningham, 17. “It kind of makes me feel worried and scared,” he said.  “There’s a lot of different emotions.” Stacked books and quiet classrooms symbolize a doomsday situation on Wednesday. This district needs nearly $4 […]

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    Collection agency might buy time for Galesburg schools during budget crisis

    GALESBURG, Illinois -The Illinois budget crisis comes with a dire warning from Galesburg schools. “Without our $16 million in general state aid, we will not be able to go through the entire school year,” said Assistant Superintendent Jen Hamm. That’s why District 205 needs to collect nearly $217,000 in late student fees. These are unpaid fees that date back some five years. Required fees that help to pay for things like textbooks and classroom materials. “It’s a substantial amount of […]

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    Muscatine’s Sleeve protects UCLA lab during Wednesday shooting

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – Muscatine’s Fighting Chance Solutions is really living up to its name this week. That’s because its product protected a campus building just steps from the UCLA shooting on Wednesday. “It was a rather tense situation,” recalled UCLA employee Art Rocha. There are nervous e-mail memories from UCLA’s Department of Neurobiology. “The Sleeve was used to secure one of our office doors during the lockdown,” he continued. While the campus scrambled for safety, a lab that studies complex […]

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    Geneseo makes a splash by debuting new aquatic center

    GENESEO, Illinois – Memorial Day weekend officially marks the start of pool season around the Quad Cities. It will be even more special in Geneseo. Lifeguards are training for the season on Friday. They’re working out at the John and Carla Edwards Aquatic Center. It’s named for longtime business and community leaders in Geneseo. The $6.5 million project opens to swimmers on Saturday. “I think it will be really cool to see the whole community come together,” said Emily Ford, […]

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    School consolidation boosts academics but costs Illinois taxpayers

    Students are old enough for finals at United High School in Monmouth, but they’re too young to remember when their district formed in 2002. “It was a long time ago,” said Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt, who was there from the beginning. “This room was actually my Second Grade classroom,” said Danielle Sprout. Science teacher Sprout, 27, remembers. “Students at that age don’t like change at all,” she recalled. For her, passing periods between classes still trigger shudders. She experienced consolidation as […]

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    Eastern Iowa works to curb meth and pot problems

    The war on drugs is fighting a battle with one-pot meth labs in Eastern Iowa. That’s a way to make meth with household items like pop bottles and other common ingredients. It continues to take a physical and financial toll on communities. One-pot meth labs account for nearly all the cases in Eastern Iowa these days. “It can take over their lives,” said Sheila Busch, Lutheran Social Services.  “It can also affect all their relationships and family.” That’s why undercover agents were […]


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