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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

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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    If the walls could talk inside 900 South 3rd Street in Monmouth, Illinois,  you would hear music at St. James AME Church. Each note is emotional for Glenn Brooks, 75.  His family first attended services here in 1920. “On a magnitude of one to 10,  it’s 11,” he said. There’s a different drumbeat just steps away on Friday. Some 40 volunteers are busy, giving the long-vacant church an extreme makeover. “This is a great group,” said Rob Peirce,  a Warren […]

  • Summit showcases new era in manufacturing strategy

    The region’s largest employer is helping to usher in a new era in manufacturing for the Quad Cities. It’s the ground floor for a manufacturing revival.  Inside the Rock Island Arsenal,  the Quad City Manufacturing Lab is part of a new frontier. “You have to get into the game in order to be a player,” said Jimmy Morgan,  Rock Island Arsenal Development Group. Western Illinois University is joining nearly two dozen colleges and labs. It’s part of a massive $320-million […]

  • WIU Riverfront Campus sparks economic development

    Western Illinois University is celebrating its Founders’ Day at the Riverfront Campus in Moline. These days, it’s home to some 1,500 students.  One day, it will educate some 3-5,000. That’s why the campus is becoming a catalyst for economic development. Milltown Coffee is the newest business along River Drive in Moline. That’s where owner Josiah Lorentzen is percolating with pride on his third day. “We’ve actually done pretty well,” he said. Creating 13 new jobs, Milltown Coffee is just right […]

  • Davenport casino clears first hurdle with rezoning

    A new $110 million land-based casino is closer to reality in Davenport. That’s after a city committee supported plans to rezone land for the project on Monday. It’s the next step to clearing land north of 67th Street for a casino and entertainment complex. Members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee voted by a 4-2 margin to recommend rezoning. A majority concluding that there’s enough distance between the project and neighborhood. “The proposed development deserves that change in comprehensive plan to […]

  • Remembering Galesburg’s Maytag plant 10 years after closure

    There’s a story behind every signature on refrigerators displayed by the Galesburg Historical Society. “This is family that I’m looking at,” said Doug Dennison, 53, who spent 21 years with Maytag. Each name at the Galesburg Antiques Mall represents hundreds of Maytag workers.  They built every refrigerator with pride. “We knew that whatever we built, it was going to be in the homes of our family, friends and neighbors,” said Aaron Kemp, 41, who worked at the plant for eight […]

  • Bishop Hill shines in state spotlight with Illinois board

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    St. Ambrose connects Middle East with Middle America

    It’s a real-life horror story from Iraq.  ISIS images are shocking, brutal and surprising. “How quickly and easily they took over large chunks of Iraq,” said Dr. Ryan Dye, director of International Education at St. Ambrose University. Dr. Dye also coordinates the Middle East Institute, which is hosting a public reception from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday,  at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. “ISIS and al-Qaeda and other organizations have made it clear that they view the United States as their […]

  • Governor Branstad releases Iowa report on financial literacy

    Iowa school and business leaders want kids to learn more about managing money. That’s one goal unveiled Monday in Des Moines by Gov. Terry Branstad. The new report calls for a closer look at financial literacy in schools. Davenport West students got a real-life lesson about money management in April. “Oh, you’ve got an expensive life,” one advisor warned. DuTrac Community Credit Union hosted this session. “Are you looking for a used car or a new car?” questioned another. Good […]

  • Picking tradition with apple harvest at Stone’s

    It’s a sure sign of fall around the Quad Cities. The 2014 apple harvest is underway.  It’s a family tradition at Stone’s Apple Barn, 16115 Hubbard Road, East Moline. Picking the best apple takes hands-on work and a sound philosophy, “A good apple is the one that the customer likes,” said fourth generation owner Vince Bull. While weather delayed picking by nearly two weeks, this crop tastes as good as it looks. That includes the popular Honeycrisp. “Unbelievable flavor, juices […]

  • Scott County farm family braces for low corn prices

    As corn prices plunged to four-year lows on Thursday,  local growers are bracing for a credit crunch and trying to prevent financial crisis. Father-son farming team Don and Mike Holst catch up on chores during a blustery morning. “I know I couldn’t have done it without him,” said Mike, 51. They farm about 900 acres near Stockton, Iowa. “For a young guy to start off on his own is pretty tough, almost impossible,” said Don, 76. Thursday’s drop in corn […]

  • Colleagues call Jackson County Supervisor a hero after tackling courthouse shooter

    It still looks like a crime scene inside the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa. “This is where the shooting happened,” said Supervisor Steve Flynn. There’s bare floor in the boardroom and a torn-apart door. “I wanted to be here today,” said Supervisor Buck Koos. Koos and Flynn are back in their normal seats on Wednesday.  Each is trying to process a shooting that left the gunman dead from a self-inflicted wound less than a day earlier. “I thought, what’s going […]

  • Seed corn harvest previews record season

    As a picker rolls through a Knox County field, the 2014 seed corn harvest is right on schedule for Munson Hybrids. “We can stand being a little bit dry as long as it’s not too hot,” said John Hennenfent, Munson’s owner. “We just had great conditions temperature-wise this year.” On a picture-perfect Monday, there’s ideal harvesting weather. Growers pick seed corn earlier than field corn. The process will take about a month. This head start is a preview of what’s […]


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