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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).


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    Federal funding will help the Quad City area to grow new jobs and attract businesses. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, announced nearly $170,000 in funding on Monday. Local governments in a five-county region will match the money to develop a strategy for success. This is a region that knows how to work hard. That means finding new ways to showcase our talents. The annual progress report can do just that. “We provide technical assistance,” said Denise Bulat, executive director of […]

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    There’s a new program to promote wellness across our region. Be Healthy QC will offer a campaign to focus on healthy eating and fitness. It’s backed by the Quad City Health Initiative. There are a lot of lessons about life on the playground on Friday. Youngsters are having fun and staying fit. “I think it’s important,” said Kaylie Bowerman, Moline. “In the long run, it’s going to help you out.” That’s why local leaders are unveiling a new program. Be […]

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    Record beef prices are climbing just in time for summer grilling season.

  • Historic Dixon, Iowa, farm contends with storm damage

    There’s an early harvest at the Bockwoldt farm in Dixon, Iowa,  on Tuesday. “It’s hard on your heart,” said Dick Bockwoldt, 79. “I’ll tell you that.” But instead of soybeans, they’re picking up storm debris. “It doesn’t even look like the same place, to be honest with you,” said Matt Wilford, Dick’s grandson. It’s a tough task. “It’s unrealistic what wind can do,” Dick said. It’s just hours after severe weather pounded the century-old farm. The fast-moving storm tossed metal […]

  • New Clinton Middle School makes sense out of pennies

    This is a design for success. After a year of work, the new Clinton Middle School is close to completion. “There’s been exciting changes that happen all along the way,” said Principal Dan Boyd. Inside this state-of-the-art building, workers are busy in the Media Center. Some 800 6th-8th graders will study here. “It can actually create a new lab station,” said Boyd. The new lab will showcase STEM topics: science, technology, engineering and math assignments. “You kind of check off […]

  • Iraq uncertainty hits close to home for former reservist

    There are many painful images coming out of Iraq on Friday.  Militants are securing some 20 cities and moving closer to Baghdad. “It’s tough to see it go the way that it is,” said Chris McKenzie. McKenzie received a hero’s welcome at John Deere Middle School after his third deployment to Iraq in 2008. He served in some areas that are now back under attack. “When you look at my unit, we took some casualties,” he continued. “You look at […]

  • Chinese investors spark $41 million Muscatine hotel project

    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 […]

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