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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
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    Chinese investors are joining a $41-million project to build a hotel and convention center in Muscatine. The project is expected to create 110 jobs when it opens in early 2016. Muscatine shares a special bond with China and the Mississippi River. “They can go back home and say they were on the Mississippi River,” said developer Tom Meeker. Chinese investors from Muscatine’s sister city are willing to pay for that experience. They’re pledging more than $20 million to transform riverfront […]

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    Widow makes emotional plea for improvements to deadly stretch of Highway 34

    More than 100 residents are pushing to improve a stretch of Highway 34 that has claimed the lives of a dozen people in a decade.

  • WQAD viewers solve mystery of 19th century family Bible

    Gary and Linda Harrington are attending a special reunion in Clinton on Monday. “This is great,” said the Ironwood, Michigan, resident. “This is really something.” It’s a reunion with this 19th century family Bible. “I’m just really thankful for you keeping this,” he said. Mother-daughter team Jada Cavinder and Dona Speakman first showed us the Bible in May. That’s after a friend saved it from a Clinton home that’s destined for demolition. Related:  You could help solve the mystery of […]

  • Romney returns to Iowa battleground for Joni Ernst

    It seems like old times for Mitt Romney in Davenport on Friday. “Absolutely,” he said. “I’d love to come back to Iowa. Come back and see some friends.” While the former Republican presidential nominee knows all about the Hawkeye state, this time he’s stumping for Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “This is a person who is very different from the typical politician,” he said. “This is a mom, a farmer, a soldier, and most of all, a public servant.” Ernst is […]

  • Iowa funding snafu threatens $71.5-million Davenport project

    Time is running out to turn a Davenport field into a fantasy. “We could lose this project to another state,” warned Mayor Bill Gluba. That’s after an Iowa board rejected funding the River 80 project on Wednesday. The state turned down $17.5 million in funding for the $71.5 million project. Plans feature a hotel, theater, retail and recreation to enhance the new Rhythm City Casino. It would go on 25 acres near Interstates 80 and 74. “It’s a no-brainer that […]

  • Davenport Gold Coast mansion is ready for revival

    The push is on to save an historic mansion in Davenport’s Gold Coast. That’s why the city and community are teaming up to preserve the past. This crumbling mansion at 510 West Sixth Street in Davenport has seen better days. It’s gone from magnificent to a mess. That’s why it’s prompting neighbors to step into action. “We’ve got this nice 1800′s house that has a lot of history to it,” said Gold Coast neighbor Jacob Wagner, who lives next door. […]

  • Pegasus soars to Galesburg with new manufacturing jobs

    Dale Sell has one of the newest jobs in Knox County. “It means a lot for Galesburg,” he said. No longer commuting 120 miles to Peoria each day, the Galesburg tool and die maker works for Pegasus Manufacturing. “This was just an opportunity to get a little closer to home,” he said. California-based Pegasus chose Illinois over Texas to relocate its headquarters. One reason why Knox County recorded its lowest unemployment rate in six years. The unemployment rate made a […]

  • Two Rivers Y hopes to revive Pulse Program

    A longtime program in Moline to help cardiac patients is now on life support itself. Hospital cuts are forcing the Pulse Program to find new funding. That’s why Two Rivers Y is stepping up to find a solution. The Pulse Program is like a heartbeat of the community on Friday. “We’re one big family,” said Howard Killian, 77. Inside Two Rivers Y, more than 300 participants like Killian learn how to recover from or prevent heart problems. “It’s life support […]

  • Volunteers need help to restore Col. Davenport house

    Tour season at the Col. Davenport house is starting later than usual. That’s because extreme weather and water damage harmed the 1833 building on Arsenal Island. Now, volunteers need your help to restore the historic structure. Dozens of Bettendorf students were stepping into the past on Thursday. Judy Tumbleson, president of the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation, was taking them inside the house. Home to Davenport’s founding father, it was the place where he was murdered in 1845. “They need a […]

  • Quad City conference examines disaster responses

    As a tornado tore apart Washington, Illinois, first responders faced more than initial chaos. “We didn’t know where we were,” said Troy Erbentraut, disaster preparedness manager for the response team in Washington. They were literally disoriented by destruction. “Streets that you should know had no marks,” he recalled. “As fast as we could, we used GPS and spray-painted all the roads.” A typical Monday in Le Claire turned terrifying. That’s as the Coast Guard responded to a sinking tug. It […]

  • SouthPark Mall ushers in new era with renovations

    SouthPark Mall is starting extensive renovations in Moline. The 40-year-old shopping center is freshening its look for the future. Heavy equipment tears at the former Sears building on Tuesday. Giant claws rip apart the past. “It’s fun to be part of a revitalization,” said Bill Hass, Valley Construction. Revitalization for the future at SouthPark Mall. It’s a future based on the latest trends. “It will be very guest-friendly,” said Kathy Jurgens, senior property manager. “We want the guests to come, […]

  • Patient planting for specialty crops at Magnolia Crest Farms

    The greenhouse is a busy place at Magnolia Crest Farms in Davenport. “I’ve done a lot of transplanting,” said Production Manager Tracey Kuehl. That’s where Tracey is preparing hundreds of pepper plants. “Just tuck is down real nicely,” she continued. “Shake it down a little bit.” During a normal season, these plants would already be in the ground. But extreme weather is causing about a 10-day delay. “What’s slowing us down the most is colder temperatures and a little bit […]