John David

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

  • Prophetstown teen heroes get surprise salute for fire relief

    Posted on: 1:23 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    It’s a special song for Prophetstown High students on Monday. Members of the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe are reaching out...
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    Prophetstown fire 7-15-13 photo from Kurt Schwab
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry returns to Davenport campaign trail

    Posted on: 4:12 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 04:36pm, February 28, 2014

    It seems like old times in a new era for Texas Governor Rick Perry. “We have to overhaul Washington,” he...
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  • Davenport’s McKinley School makes music with message

    Posted on: 1:33 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 10:18am, February 27, 2014

    Fifth grader Amanda Pai is getting into the groove. “I saw a lot of people just have fun,” she said....
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  • WIU and local companies poised to lead manufacturing revival

    Posted on: 3:29 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 04:52pm, February 25, 2014

    Bryan Ragle is using the latest technology to build a career. “I’m in love with it,” he said. Inside the...
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  • Galesburg tourism pumps up local economy

    Posted on: 3:22 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 04:27pm, February 24, 2014

    Galesburg is getting a big boost from tourism these days. It means millions of dollars for a city that’s recovering...
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  • Backpack Program feeds hungry Quad City kids

    Posted on: 2:04 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 09:23pm, February 21, 2014

    It might look like an ordinary Friday at George O. Barr School in Silvis. “It’s hard for the kids to...
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  • Criterium could be rolling to Village of East Davenport

    Posted on: 2:44 pm, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 03:53pm, February 20, 2014

    A longtime local bicycle race may be pedaling its way to the Village of East Davenport. The Quad Cities Criterium...
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  • Iowa Virtual Academy seeks students for success

    Posted on: 3:01 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 03:36pm, February 19, 2014

    There’s a new way of learning in Iowa. It’s a twist on home schooling called Iowa Virtual Academy. The charter...
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  • Clinton County Farm Bureau fights rural hunger

    Posted on: 2:30 pm, February 18, 2014, by , updated on: 05:22pm, February 18, 2014

    Clinton County farmers know how to grow quality crops. Now, they’re also pitching in to fight hunger. A rolling combine...
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  • Rauner courts business vote during Rock Island stop

    Posted on: 4:11 pm, February 17, 2014, by , updated on: 04:53pm, February 17, 2014

    Business is good these days at Gray Machine and Welding in Rock Island. But owner Hank Gray will tell you...
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  • Mickey’s Country Cafe offers taste of home in Pleasant Valley

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, February 14, 2014, by , updated on: 08:32pm, February 14, 2014

    Mickey's Country Cafe is a refreshing change of pace in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.
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    Mickeys Cafe sign
  • Bakery back after water woes in Rock Falls

    Posted on: 3:13 pm, February 14, 2014, by , updated on: 04:40pm, February 14, 2014

    Folsom’s Bakery found a sweetheart for Valentine’s Day on Friday in Rock Falls. “We’ve been just crazy busy,” said Hillary...
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