John David

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).

Recent Articles

  • Jerry’s Main Lunch serves Burlington with taste and tradition

    Posted on: 5:00 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:25pm, February 11, 2014

    A trip to Jerry's Main Lunch, 501 South Main Street in Burlington, is like stepping back in time.
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    Jerrys Main Lunch sign
  • Kids and adults conquer fears to evacuate school near Blue Grass fire

    Posted on: 2:16 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 03:43pm, February 11, 2014

    Teachers, administrators, students and parents joined forces to safely evacuate a school located uncomfortably close to an industrial fire in Blue Grass, Iowa.
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  • Romance is on the menu at Sterling’s Candlelight Inn

    Posted on: 5:00 pm, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 08:35pm, February 10, 2014

    There's a love affair with food, especially the Chicken George, at the Candlelight Inn in Sterling, Illinois.
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    Candlelight Inn restaurant
  • Moline is on the move with 2014 projects

    Posted on: 3:15 pm, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 05:26pm, February 10, 2014

    Amy Trimble is making a 15-year dream come true. “I think this year is really exciting,” she said. Trimble, who...
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  • Farm Bill offers support for lllinois and Iowa nutrition programs

    Posted on: 3:02 pm, February 7, 2014, by , updated on: 10:31pm, February 7, 2014

    Linda Murphy is part of an alarming statistic. “Sometimes my money don’t last the whole month,” she said. The Silvis...
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  • Dixon remembers Reagan with plans for new statue

    Posted on: 4:09 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 07:09pm, February 6, 2014

    There’s going to be a new way to remember Ronald Reagan in Dixon on what would have been his 103rd...
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  • Extreme weather hurts Main Street business in Galesburg

    Posted on: 3:08 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 04:12pm, February 5, 2014

    Galesburg’s Main Street was feeling winter’s wrath on Wednesday. “Normally, this time of day it’s pretty busy,” said Dennis Case....
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  • Witness says Sterling fire victim was his neighbor and friend

    Posted on: 2:23 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 04:11pm, February 4, 2014

    A witness says a man, whose body was found in a burned duplex, was a good neighbor and friend.
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  • Kile’s Hallmark to close after 54 years in Bettendorf

    Posted on: 2:49 pm, February 3, 2014, by , updated on: 04:09pm, February 3, 2014

    A longtime mom-and-pop Bettendorf business is ready to make its final sales. Kile’s Hallmark store in Duck Creek Plaza will...
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  • Child Abuse Council sounds call for prevention programs

    Posted on: 1:38 pm, January 31, 2014, by , updated on: 03:24pm, January 31, 2014

    Sue Klingaman knows about family stress in the Quad Cities. That’s because she helps caregivers face tough situations each day....
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  • Davenport STEM students explore engineering careers

    Posted on: 1:27 pm, January 30, 2014, by , updated on: 03:02pm, January 30, 2014

    The next generation of engineers is stepping into a world of opportunity at KJWW Engineering Consultants in Rock Island. “It...
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  • Moline company supports slower climb for minimum wage

    Posted on: 2:07 pm, January 29, 2014, by , updated on: 06:28pm, January 29, 2014

    Smith Filter Corporation knows a lot about hard work. The family-owned business in Moline serves a variety of domestic and...
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