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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).

Recent Articles
  • Neil Anderson win offers new direction for Illinois Republicans

    Neil Anderson’s winning smile sends a strong message. “Rock Island Democrats know that it’s no longer business as usual in Rock Island County,” said Bill Long, Rock Island Republicans. By unseating incumbent Sen. Mike Jacobs, it also ends a 50-year Democratic dynasty for the Jacobs family.  It’s one that spans three generations. “Sometimes the voters don’t agree with you,” Sen. Jacobs said during his concession remarks on Tuesday night. “And when they don’t agree with you, it’s disappointing.” Jubiliation on […]

  • Illinois Governor’s race goes down to the wire with Quinn and Rauner

    In a roller-coaster, down-to-the wire campaign, the race will go down to the wire.

  • New Clinton Middle School offers student preview

    As youngsters enter Clinton Middle School for the first time on Friday, their faces tell the story. “Seriously, it was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” said Molly Shannon, 11. There are high fives to welcome kids to the new gym.  Plus, plenty of cheers for their new school. “It’s huge,” Shannon continued.  “It’s going to be great.” Some 800 6-8th graders will begin studying here on December 3. Friday’s tour is a chance to check out classrooms.  […]

  • Davenport paves the way to a greener city

    Dover Court is going with the flow these days. As city workers spray a thousand gallons of water on Thursday, it drains right through the pavement. This is permeable pavement that lets stormwater escape naturally. “The water goes down through the pavers into a rock chamber beneath,” said Brian Stineman, natural resources manager for Davenport.  “All the pollutants, contaminants and sediment is removed from the water.” Crews spent about a month on the $320,000 project this summer. 47-pound interlocking blocks […]

  • John McCain and Joni Ernst soldier on during Wednesday bus tour

    Two soldiers who turned to politics are joining forces for a day on the campaign trail in Iowa. Sen.  John McCain, (R) Arizona,  is making seven stops for Joni Ernst on Wednesday. With just days to go, the critical Senate race comes down to voting. “I’m only asking you to do one thing, my dear friends,” Sen.  McCain said.  “One more mission, my veterans, get out and vote.” Speaking before an overflow crowd in Wapello,  Ernst says it’s time for […]

  • Scott County Republicans logo (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Political star power to rally Iowa voters in final week

    It’s a sign of the times at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf on Tuesday morning.  Volunteers are ready for the last minute push leading to Election Day. “There’s a new found energy, I think, in the Republican Party,” said Judy Davidson, Scott County Republicans. “A momentum that I haven’t seen before.” Volunteers are setting the table for this year’s Ronald Reagan Dinner.  They’ll host a sold-out crowd that doubles 2013 attendance.  More than 600 guests are paying $50 per […]

  • Biden bids for Braley and Loebsack in Davenport rally

    Vice President Joe Biden echoes a call to restore the Middle Class during a rally in Davenport on Monday afternoon. “This election in Iowa is more important than Iowa,” he said. It’s down to the wire for costly and crucial campaigns. Speaking before about 150 supporters at Modern Woodmen Park,  Biden used familiar themes from past campaigns to rally support for Rep.  Bruce Braley and Rep.  Dave Loebsack. “This is not your father’s Republican party,” Biden said.  “This is a […]

  • Aging dogs find relief from pains with canine hydrotherapy

    Norton the Pug shows pep in his step these days. He feels even better in the water. “He knows how to swim,” said his owner,  Sally Carter.  “I release him gently, and he just swims right off.” This sweet 12-year-old agility champion deals with aches and pains that come with age.  But this pool time helps him to react like a young pup. “Make sure their front legs are going, back legs are kicking, and they’re just safe,” Carter said. […]

  • WIU gets $5-million to help grow Riverfront Campus

    Engineering students are helping to design the future on Friday. Now, their university is poised to grow again.  That’s as the WIU Riverfront Campus is ready to create the third phase of its Moline location. “More students to come here and experience more opportunities,” said WIU graduate student Erin Pilarski. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn brought $5 million on Friday to design a new building.  It’s a start for the $34.6 million project. “We’ve got a general idea of what we […]

  • Lunch crowd at Silas Willard school 10-22-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg breaks ground for new $18.3 million grade school

    Youngsters, representing the school's 450 students, donned hard hats and grabbed ceremonial shovels to break ground on a new school in Galesburg.

  • From Bees to Royals, a Burlington connection to the World Series

    When the World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City, there will be a special connection to Burlington, Iowa. That’s because a quarter of the Royals’ roster once played ball with the Burlington Bees. These big baseball dreams often start with small ball. The Royals 29-year wait for a World Series is over. That championship quest began in Burlington six years ago. That’s when the Class A Bees captured the Midwest League title. “It’s not all about learning the fundamentals […]

  • Early voting already setting records in Scott and Rock Island counties

    While there’s two weeks to go before the midterm elections, thousands of votes are streaming into Iowa and Illinois. Early voting is off to a record-setting start in Scott and Rock Island counties, thanks to convenience and technology. Les and Sue Sammon won’t be voting on Election Day this year. That’s because they’re marking their ballots early in Scott County. “I think this is a fantastic way of doing it,” said Les, just after finishing his ballot. Early voting adds […]


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