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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 http://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
  • controversial art in Tipton BLURRED

    Tipton tangles with nude painting before celebration

    An Iowa artist is testing good taste and free expression just before the 4th of July. The human body is a work of art. “The dark side and the light side,” said artist Hugh Stumbo. Now, Tipton, Iowa, population 3,200, is uncovering bare facts about nudity. “Good and evil,” Stumbo continued. Stumbo, 83, painted this untitled work back in the hippy-dippy 60’s. “Here’s the one they took issue with,” gesturing to a gallery wall. One side features a gun and […]

  • Illinois budget stalemate slows Galesburg programs

    The buck stops Wednesday at Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living in Galesburg. “As a resident of Illinois, I’m angry,” said Executive Director Vanya Peterson. More than one-third of its money comes from the state.  That means it’s losing $12,000 monthly without a budget deal. “If I operated that way, I would be fired in a heartbeat,” she continued. But prospects look dim for an Illinois budget deal by midnight. The stalemate is going down to the wire.  Republicans and Democrats […]

  • Record rainfall slows soybean crop in Illinois and Iowa

    Call it too much of a good thing in Monmouth, Illinois. “There’s not much you can do about it,” said Brian Mansfield, a research agronomist with the University of Illinois. This soybean field is soaking in standing water during the wettest June in Illinois history. “The younger the plants are, the worse the water is going to be for them,” he said. After rainfall averaging nearly nine inches in June, the stress is showing in a Rock Island County bean […]

  • Same sex marriage decision sparks strong reactions

    They’re ready for a rally at Davenport’s Metropolitan Community Church. An Equality Rally takes places at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at 2930 West Locust Street in Davenport. “The power of love always wins out,” said Rev. Rich Hendricks, who serves as pastor at the church. Emotions and excitement Friday for Pastor Hendricks and his husband, Jeff Transou. “And today, the power of love was recognized by the United States Supreme Court,” Rev. Hendricks said. A ruling so memorable that they’re displaying […]

  • Moline barista supports Affordable Care Act ruling

    Cameron Cartee is one of more than 25,000 Quad City-area residents benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. “Everyone needs health insurance,” said the Moline barista, 23.  “You never know when something can go wrong.” Under Obamacare, Cartee can stay on his parents’ plan until he turns 26. That allows him to build business at Moline’s Milltown Coffee without worrying about health insurance premiums. “It’s actually very important to me,” he continued.  “It’s something I don’t have to worry about right […]

  • Malin walks away from camera 6-24-15

    Malin prepares to leave Davenport City Administrator post on Friday

    Embattled Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin will likely leave his job on Friday, June 26, 2015 after signing a severance agreement worth $300,000.

  • Edgington homes destroyed by confirmed tornado

    Tuesday's daylight reveals a sad and surreal scene as homes were destroyed by a tornado that struck in Edgington, Illinois.

  • Severe storm destroys Menominee Fire Station

    Damage to the station and trucks will likely run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Muscatine firefighters battle against bird flu in Iowa

    Muscatine firefighters Pat Gingerich and Daniel Novak are back home after bird flu duty.

  • Davenport’s Community Cafe combines lunch and learning

    The Madison School cafeteria is a popular place on Thursday. That’s where kids line up for walking nachos. When youngsters from the Stepping Stones program take a break, they’re getting a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch during summer vacation. “It’s a continuation of education, and it’s a continuation of the meal program,” said Kent Heinen, a food and nutrition specialist for Davenport Community Schools. The district is serving free meals for kids at 17 sites through August 6. The Community […]

  • Water being distributed in Rock Falls 6-16-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Frustrated Rock Falls goes from deluge to drought with water woes

    It's a case of too much rain inundating the system too quickly.

  • Vandals tag Abingdon with hate crime graffiti

    The latest victim of hate crime graffiti is tiny Abingdon, Illinois. That’s after vandals tagged at least three sites by early Saturday morning. Investigators wonder if it’s a case of kids making bad decisions, or big city tensions reflected in this close-knit community of 3,300. The scene startles and shocks Abingdon’s former police chief on Monday. “I think it’s very disheartening,” said William Robinson. Robinson gazed at where vandals sprayed hate crime graffiti. Signs that stood for decades are now […]


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