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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
  • Moline barista supports Affordable Care Act ruling

    Cameron Cartee is one of more than 25,000 Quad City-area residents benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. “Everyone needs health insurance,” said the Moline barista, 23.  “You never know when something can go wrong.” Under Obamacare, Cartee can stay on his parents’ plan until he turns 26. That allows him to build business at Moline’s Milltown Coffee without worrying about health insurance premiums. “It’s actually very important to me,” he continued.  “It’s something I don’t have to worry about right […]

  • Malin walks away from camera 6-24-15

    Malin prepares to leave Davenport City Administrator post on Friday

    Embattled Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin will likely leave his job on Friday, June 26, 2015 after signing a severance agreement worth $300,000.

  • Edgington homes destroyed by confirmed tornado

    Tuesday's daylight reveals a sad and surreal scene as homes were destroyed by a tornado that struck in Edgington, Illinois.

  • Severe storm destroys Menominee Fire Station

    Damage to the station and trucks will likely run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Muscatine firefighters battle against bird flu in Iowa

    Muscatine firefighters Pat Gingerich and Daniel Novak are back home after bird flu duty.

  • Davenport’s Community Cafe combines lunch and learning

    The Madison School cafeteria is a popular place on Thursday. That’s where kids line up for walking nachos. When youngsters from the Stepping Stones program take a break, they’re getting a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch during summer vacation. “It’s a continuation of education, and it’s a continuation of the meal program,” said Kent Heinen, a food and nutrition specialist for Davenport Community Schools. The district is serving free meals for kids at 17 sites through August 6. The Community […]

  • Water being distributed in Rock Falls 6-16-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Frustrated Rock Falls goes from deluge to drought with water woes

    It's a case of too much rain inundating the system too quickly.

  • Vandals tag Abingdon with hate crime graffiti

    The latest victim of hate crime graffiti is tiny Abingdon, Illinois. That’s after vandals tagged at least three sites by early Saturday morning. Investigators wonder if it’s a case of kids making bad decisions, or big city tensions reflected in this close-knit community of 3,300. The scene startles and shocks Abingdon’s former police chief on Monday. “I think it’s very disheartening,” said William Robinson. Robinson gazed at where vandals sprayed hate crime graffiti. Signs that stood for decades are now […]

  • Davenport Central High readies to build auditorium and pool

    Davenport Central High School is unveiling plans for a $21.1 million auditorium and pool. “It’s a great day for Davenport Community Schools,” said principal Scott McKissick. And great for students like Peyton Reese. She represents the future at Davenport Central.  The incoming freshman, 14, will eventually get to perform in a new 900-seat auditorium. “It will be really exciting,” she said. “It will be awesome just to see where that goes, and how it evolves.” The current century-old auditorium hosts […]

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    Knox County recalls strong Wednesday night storms

    Torry Devena recalls the ominous images from Abingdon, Illinois, around 10:30 Wednesday night. “It was like fireworks or a strobe light going off,” she said. Heavy rain, strong winds and hail delivered blows to parts of Knox County. Rainfall estimates topped four inches near Abingdon. “It came down real hard in sheets,” Devena remembered. There were remnants of flash flooding near Delong, Illinois. “Looks like the water came across from over here,” said trucker Harold Henshaw. Click here to see […]

  • AFSCME rallies for unity as Illinois deal deadline nears

    There’s urgency in a call for unity on Wednesday in Rock Island. With each chant, there’s a cause for concern. “Anybody that works for the state is terrified of the fact of shutting down services,” said Carlene Erno, president of AFSCME Local 2615. These state workers know that time is running out for a new contract. Their deal is done on July 1. “Nobody else can do our jobs as well as we can do our jobs,” said Mel Vogel, […]

  • YMCA Early Learning Center pinpoints need in Davenport

    The new YMCA Early Learning Center is already a busy place in Davenport. “We do have a waiting list for some ages,” said Executive Director Deb Gustafson. United Way raised most of the money to build the $2.8 million center. More than half of the families receive state help to pay for services. Weekly cost ranges from $150-190, based on age. “The more places that we have like this, the better education that our children are going to have,” she […]


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