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
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    Carl Sandburg College to host Career Expo on April 5

    More than 60 businesses and organizations will be looking to fill a variety of jobs at a career expo in Galesburg on Tuesday, April 5.

  • Silas Willard School, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg debuts new Silas Willard Elementary School

    Silas Willard Elementary School offers hope to a school district that's battling staff and program cuts.

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    UnitedHealthcare debuts more than 200 jobs at Davenport call center

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — UnitedHealthcare is bringing some 236 jobs to its new operations center at 255 East 90th Street in Davenport. That’s as Iowa transitions to a privately-run Medicaid system. It’s one of three Medicaid providers in the Hawkeye state. The company is finding its calling inside a former Caterpillar plant. That’s where employees are going to work as representatives, claims examiners and other roles. “This is a great community,” said Kim Foltz, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa.  “We’ve got […]

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    Atalissa, Iowa, man finds dream job after studies at Morrison Tech

    MORRISON, Illinois An Atalissa, Iowa, man is designing his future by working on some big construction projects. That’s after learning job skills at the Morrison Institute of Technology in Morrison, Illinois. Those big ideas come alive at Ryan and Associates in Davenport. That’s where Kyle Campbell solves problems for a living. Joined by fellow Morrison Tech graduate, Michael Parker, they design pipe systems for high-profile projects. “One day you’re working on plumbing for a hospital,” said Campbell, 27.  “The next […]

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    Illinois superintendents warn schools will close without state budget

    ATKINSON, Illinois Illinois educators are warning about public school closures without a state budget. The grim outlook comes as districts await word on state funding for 2016-17. Cathy Dana’s Science class is a special place at Wethersfield Junior High in Kewanee. But her seventh graders face uncertainty without a state budget. “It’s going to come to a point where school districts are going to have to close their doors,” warned Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski. Superintendents made a push at a […]

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    Sterling small businesses battle over damage costs with water company

    Small businesses in Sterling, Illinois, are fighting back after extensive water damage left them footing the bills. A water main rupture on March 13 is costing them thousands of dollars. “I’ve got all this merchandise that was ruined,” said Tammy Larson, owner of Dress Code.  “It’s all trash.” The break sent water through walls and gushing into basements. “It just kept coming and coming,” Larson recalled.  “Then, it was coming up from the cracks.” Larson is already logging thousands of […]

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    Brussels tragedy hits close to home for Moline’s Belgian-Americans

    The Brussels attacks are cold, calculating and deadly. “How cowardly,” said Patrick Van Nevel, honorary consul of Belgium, who lives in the Quad Cities.  “Innocent victims.” Chaotic scenes are so far away, but it feels very close for Belgian-Americans like Van Nevel. “Our thoughts are with the victims, with their families,” he continued. Van Nevel grew up in Belgium and moved to the United States in 1981. While his relatives are safe, he grieves for those who are suffering. “It’s […]

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    President Obama’s Cuba visit represents possibilities for Illinois farmers

    As President Obama prepares to make an historic visit to Cuba, it represents a new course in relations with the island nation. This will be the first visit with a sitting U.S. President in nearly 90 years. It could eventually add more business for Illinois farmers. Farmers already see cash in corn from places like Taylor Ridge, Illinois. One day, it could also be exporting ethanol to Cuba. “It’s huge,” said Tara Bohnert. She grew up part of a first-generation […]

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    Evergreen Village hit hard by tornado in Rock Island County

    Rich Young says a meal stop in Rock Falls Tuesday night might have saved his family. That’s because a tornado destroyed his house and his parents house in East Moline. In Wednesday’s daylight, the damage is even more devastating. Young calls the Evergreen Village subdivision home. An EF-2 tornado destroyed two family homes on the same street. “We’ve got memories,” he said.  “Other than that, everything can be replaced.” Friends are pitching in to help save memories just hours after […]

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    Voter turnout in Rock Island County reflects anger about presidential campaign

    Voter interest at Christ Church in Moline is a snapshot of what’s going on in Rock Island County. That’s where about one-third of its registered voters are expected to turn out for the Illinois Primary. As voters file in on Tuesday morning, it looks like a typical primary vote. But this situation is far from ordinary. “Donald Trump is such a rabble-rouser,” said Hubbard Neighbor. For the first time in his life, this 90-year-old Republican is voting for a Democrat […]

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    Hot presidential race sparks early voting in Henry County, Illinois

    After a bizarre weekend of protests and heated rhetoric, the 2016 presidential campaign is sparking early vote totals in Henry County. Randy and Janice Rutherford, Geneseo, are part of a growing trend. “We need to get down there, and get this done,” she said. They’re able to register and vote during one trip to the Henry County Courthouse on Monday. “Getting down and doing it today made it possible for us to vote,” he said. That explains a busy pace […]

  • Mural of the Reagans in Tampico (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Tampico salutes Nancy Reagan from Illinois museum

    There’s patriotic solitude in Tampico, Illinois, on Friday. That’s where a rippling flag honors Nancy Reagan. The former First Lady died Sunday at age 94. “She was such a gracious lady,” recalled Joan Johnson, curator at the Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum in Tampico. Inside the building where the future president was born in 1911, travelers were stopping by to experience history and pay tribute to Nancy. “I think she broke the mold from the standpoint of First Ladies,” said […]


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