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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
  • Galesburg teachers miss first paycheck during strike

    Friday is the first day that Galesburg teachers are missing their paychecks. That’s as the strike against District 205 moves through its 10th day. Dave Baxter just wants to teach Physics at Galesburg High.  But as the strike drags on, he’s missing his first paycheck in 21 years. “As I miss this first paycheck, my resolve is stronger,” he said.  “As we stand in the rain, my resolve is stronger.” Some 675 colleagues face the same situation on a damp, […]

  • Knox County YMCA helps kids stay active during Galesburg strike

    It’s a real kick for kids at the Knox County YMCA these days. That’s because the Y is extending its summer camp while Galesburg teachers remain on strike. The ball is in motion on Thursday morning. This soccer field substitutes for a school playground. While Galesburg kids remain out of school, the Knox County YMCA is extending its summer day camp. “When the issue came up, we wanted to make sure that we were here to serve and provide the […]

  • Galesburg Strike, 8-20-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Day 8 with no contract agreement, Galesburg teacher says ‘we can’t just give up now’

    Talks have ended on day eight of the Galesburg teacher strike and there’s still no deal. The Galesburg Education Association and the school Board met Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to continue negotiations with a federal mediator after a marathon 14-hour session on Tuesday. Their Wednesday meeting ended around 3:35 p.m., with no agreement. “It’s an issue that is not a money issue,” said Luan Statham, GEA negotiator. “It’s a language issue that does not cost the district any money, and […]

  • Galesburg strike, 8-19-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg community anxious to settle teacher contract negotiations

    Contract talks resumed Tuesday between striking Galesburg teachers and the school district. This is the first face-to-face meeting with a federal mediator in a week. As teachers arrived for talks, they are on a mission to seal the deal. “We want to be back in our classrooms,” said negotiator and teacher Russ Ullrich. Hundreds of striking teachers were back on the picket line for the seventh day. Government teacher Craig Hillier is coming up with classroom material from the strike. […]

  • Galesburg strike, 8-18-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg Teachers to hold meetings on the strike for parents

    It’s back to the bargaining table for striking Galesburg teachers and the school district. Both sides resumed contract talks with a federal mediator on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The union held a rally across the street from Galesburg High School on Monday. With pounding drums and a sea of blue shirts, hundreds of striking teachers rallied. “We’re not going to be burdened and bitter,” said Galesburg teacher Tami Qualls. “We’re not going to be softened and weakened. We are going […]

  • Workers, and other businesses, hit hard by news of John Deere layoffs

    Workers, and area businesses they often visit, were reeling after Deere & Company announced plans for more than 600 layoffs at four locations.

  • Galesburg students protest extracurricular activities delayed for teachers strike 8-14-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg students sound off to solve strike

    Thursday was supposed to be the first day of school in Galesburg.  But the second day of a teacher strike put that on hold. Galesburg students rallied outside District 205 offices on Thursday. They’re concerned that a prolonged strike will force the Silver Streaks to forfeit football games and other activities. “I can’t wait for school to start, ” said senior Macy Steck, 17. “It’s really important to get senior year, so I can go off to college.” “We’re all […]

  • Galesburg strike doesn’t stop Costa Catholic Academy

    While Galesburg teachers remain on strike, other Galesburg students are going back to school on schedule. That’s the case at Costa Catholic Academy on Thursday. It’s back to the books for sixth graders. These Galesburg students are going back to school on time. “We’re ready to start,” said Principal Steve Eisemann. “We’re here.” It’s business as usual at Costa.  A public school strike won’t stop these studies. “It doesn’t matter how old they are,” said Development Director Susan Day. “They […]

  • Galesburg teacher strike, 8-13-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    School on hold in Galesburg as teachers strike awaiting ‘fair contract’

    Some 4,500 Galesburg students will not be going back to school on Thursday. The first day of a teachers’ strike is forcing classes to be canceled until further notice. With honking horns and waving signs, Galesburg teachers picket instead of preparing classrooms. “We definitely didn’t feel that welcome,” said Tami Qualls, who teaches at Galesburg High. The welcome back message at Galesburg High is countered with a contract stalemate. “It’s sad because we really want to be in that classroom […]

  • Teachers cheer as negotiators arrive at Galesburg School District HQ 8-11-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg teachers and district battle over salary, schedules and security

    As the first day of school approached, there was still no deal between the district and about 675 teachers and para-professionals in the Galesburg School District.

  • Retired military officer says ‘we have to send a message’ in Iraq

    A retired lieutenant colonel says he hopes U.S. airstrikes will be enough to stop ISIS attacks on civilians in Iraq.

  • Clinton vandalism could cost schools $10,000

    It’s a sickening sight at Jefferson Elementary School in Clinton.  There are smashed windows  from pellet or BB guns. It’s a blow to the building and morale. “It just makes me kind of sad and mad at the same time,” said Jacob Perales, 8, a Jefferson third grader. The Jefferson damage is part of a spree that could cost $10,000 to fix. That’s tough for parents to take. “It was hard to see,” said Jefferson PTA President Veronica Perales. “It […]


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