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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    Customers remember Riefe’s legacy as Davenport restaurant closes

    A landmark Davenport restaurant closed for good on Wednesday after one final lunch. As Dan Riefe opens his restaurant doors one last time, it seems like the end of an era. “Come on in,” he welcomed.  “We’re trying to get in as many as we can.” Hundreds of customers file into Riefe’s for a charity lunch. “It’s kind of like your first day of school, but it’s the opposite,” said Riefe, 57.  “It’s your last day of work.” Sharing hugs […]

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    Clinton company helps Hawkeyes dress for success at Rose Bowl

    Adcraft Printwear must be heaven for Iowa Hawkeye fans. Spinning presses lead the way to the longtime family business in Clinton, Iowa. “It’s been pretty insane,” said Colin Sullivan, 23, the third generation of Sullivans to work here.  “I’ve done a couple all-nighters.” They’re working around the clock to make shirts for the Rose Bowl game. “We have very little time to get done what we need to get done,” said Colin’s uncle, also named Colin Sullivan. It’s a real […]

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    Galesburg student gets hand-delivered St. Ambrose scholarship

    In this season of giving, a senior at Galesburg High is getting a very special gift. It’s a surprise that will change her life. That’s why a university dean makes a rare, hand delivery to a Galesburg home. “I almost felt like I was from Publishers Clearing House,” said Dr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University.  “It’s a lot of money.” Photos capture the moment as Sara Saey, 17, gets great news. […]

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    Recipient says Toys for Tots distribution is a blessing

    A Bettendorf storefront looks more like Santa’s workshop these days. That’s because Toys for Tots distribution began Friday at Cumberland Square. Hundreds of families will be stopping by to receive gifts for their kids. The Marines and volunteers make it all happen each year. But they couldn’t succeed without community donations. Support from WQAD viewers helps to make it a success year after year. It will make the holidays happier for lots of local families. Recipient Gabrielle Spencer says it […]

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    Happy military homecomings begin at Quad City Airport

    There are tears, cheers and lots of proud military families reuniting at the Quad City Airport. Friday marks the annual Holiday Exodus Day for the military. Hundreds of local soldiers will be flying back to the Quad Cities over the next few days. Pvt. Nicholas Casel stepped off a plane Friday morning. He’s stationed at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. “I’m a little more than halfway done with basic training,” he said.  “It’s going to give me the push […]

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    Marco Rubio calls to strengthen U.S. military during Muscatine stop

    America’s safety is Sen. Marco Rubio’s top priority. Speaking before about 200 people in Muscatine on Thursday, he vows to beef up the military in order to beat terrorism. “I hear some people running saying, oh, I’m going to carpet-bomb them,” Rubio said, referencing opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.   “The sand is going to glow in the dark.  You’ve got to have an Air Force to do that.” That theme resonates with the audience at Kent Corporation. Recent tragedies in […]

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    Farmer2Farmer conference brings “Moneyball” concept to Bettendorf

    Rolling combines harvest a bumper corn crop for some fields in 2015. But low prices and global pressures also challenge farmers this year. “You’ve got to find any kind of competitive advantage that you can find,” said Brett McCrory. McCrory,  a seventh generation Aledo farmer, is finding answers. “I just bought in immediately,” he said. This is the first-ever national Farmer2Farmer Conference. It’s taking place through Thursday at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. “We have the world’s best information,” […]

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    Newspaper changes in Moline pit tradition against technology

    There’s nothing quite like the sound of newspapers rolling off the presses. That rumble could even shake The Dispatch building in Moline back in the day. “If you’ve ever been in a press room, and they take off, it’s a great feeling,” recalled longtime publisher Jerry Taylor. But by mid-February, the big press in Moline will fall silent. The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus is moving printing to Cedar Rapids. 18 full time jobs will disappear. Another eight staffers from […]

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    Galesburg schools look at slicing $3.3 million in 2016

    The Galesburg School Board is bracing to learn Monday about a mounting deficit that could force making $3.3 million in cuts next year. That could force tough choices about programs like Galesburg High School North. It’s helping to produce the district’s best graduation rate in some 25 years. “North has really been like a safe place for me,” said Naomi Grindle, 17. Grindle is part of the success story.  She graduates on Friday and plans to study Radiology at Carl […]

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    Helmets of Hope offers vets a clean start in Quad Cities

    Some help is on the way for once- homeless veterans around the Quad Cities. Volunteers are busy loading cleaning supplies on Friday for the Helmets of Hope Ministry. The outreach comes from First Christian Church of East Moline. Items include basics like laundry soap, rags, mops, brooms, buckets and household cleaners. Cleaning supplies will help the VA’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Center in Rock Island. These essentials send a powerful message for vets dealing with tough times. “It’s a matter of […]

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    Galesburg Angel Tree needs help this holiday season

    Time is running out to help more than 500 needy kids this holiday season in Galesburg. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project is running very short this year. It still needs 500 shoppers to step up and buy a gift for a needy child. And they need to collect items by Friday, December 18. Otherwise, there might not be enough gifts to go around this year. Just stop by the Galesburg Wal-Mart at 659 Knox Square Drive. Take a tag […]

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    New owners offer opportunities for Bettendorf’s Lodge Hotel site

    There’s new life on the way for the site of the shuttered Lodge Hotel in Bettendorf. The once-elegant hotel closed for good in August. Now, developers SJ Russell and Bob Schwartz are taking over. Their new partnership, CDCQC, paid nearly $700,000 for the hotel’s tax certificate. “It’s very exciting,” said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.  “We’re going to be able to expect the type of project that Russell has put together before.  It’s the type of project we’ll enjoy in the […]


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