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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
  • Clinton canines enjoy yappy Easter treats

    Buddy Gourmet Bakery and Boutique captures holiday flavor in Clinton, Iowa. “I love making something unique,” said owner Maggie Stafford. Easter eggs not for people, but pooches. “She develops the recipes, and I make them,” said her co-owner and husband, John Stafford. On Friday, Albert the therapy dog is chomping and wagging his endorsement. “They say it’s too beautiful for them to eat,” Maggie said. Still, Maggie feels like the Easter Bunny these days.  She’s baking and decorating hundreds of […]

  • Galesburg teens take a stand against bullying

    Four Galesburg teens hold a meeting of the minds on Thursday. “I used to be scared to come to school,” said Katie Dunbar, 13. That’s why she formed the Take A Stand Club at Lombard Middle School. Seventh graders like Katie know what it’s like to be bullied. Now, they’re reaching out with kindness in a big way. “I feel like we have got less bullies now,” said Dejanae Matthews, 13. The club began in January to promote random acts […]

  • Deere welding layoffs

    Displaced Deere workers turn to training at Blong Center

    While hundreds of local Deere & Company workers remain on indefinite layoffs, some are turning a tough time into training opportunities with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Adam Howard and Denny Schnoor know all too well about layoff anxiety. “You don’t know when that call is going to happen,” Howard said. But they’re turning that pain into possibilities. Schnoor spent 33 years at Deere before joining Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. He’s helping other Deere workers to discover new talents. “You try […]

  • Sen. Joni Ernst wants to speed mental health care for veterans

    Sen. Joni Ernst, (R) Iowa, wants to cut delays for veterans’ mental health care. It’s her first legislation since taking office. A staggering 36-day average wait for VA care makes her point. “This legislation was needed a year ago, two years ago, three years ago,” she said.  “But we have an opportunity now to make a difference, and we should do it.” Her 99-county tour came to Muscatine’s VFW Hall on Tuesday. She presented long-lost medals to Vietnam-era veteran Lyle […]

  • Colona School District buys controversial park

    The Colona School District is stepping up to the plate to buy Gailliaert’s Park. It will spend more than $45,000 from its penny sales tax to buy the controversial property. That could end a long ordeal over the land. There are emotional moments on Monday as the Colona Park District reveals nine bids for Gailliaert’s Park. “I really with all my heart and soul want it to stay,” said park supporter Shirley Timbrook. Voters in November rejected plans for a […]

  • Illinois agencies scramble over budget hole fix

    Jim Ruberg likes to hike across Black Hawk State Park with his grandchildren. “Oh, the trails are great,” he said.  “You feel like you’re lost.” The atmosphere is hard to beat on a sunny Friday. “I enjoy the recreation, outdoor time,” he said. But fixing the state’s $1.6-billion budget hole is no walk in the park. State parks are bracing for cuts that will help sustain other programs. The bipartisan solution pumps more than $200 million into subsidized child care. […]

  • Group aims to jump-start Illinois pension reform in Knox County

    It’s a no-brainer that police and fire services are crucial in Galesburg.  Officers and firefighters put their lives on the line every shift. At the same time, their pensions take a big bite out of the city’s budget. Fire and police pension payments swallow 41% of the city’s property tax revenue. That’s roughly four times the cost of other Galesburg pensions. “If it continues to increase at those rates, it’s going to have a significant impact on services in the […]

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    Zaycon Foods offers twist with drive-through chicken in Davenport

    On a blustery Tuesday afternoon, drivers came from nearly an hour away to buy chicken in a Davenport church’s parking lot. Charity Stoffer drove from Lowden, Iowa, to buy more than 100 pounds of chicken breasts. “The size of the chicken is huge,” she said.  “And the price is good.” This is Zaycon Foods.  It’s a Spokane, Washington, company that finds power with numbers. It sells food products by the case, and customers often buy more than one. “We have […]

  • Viking Cruises coming to QC area (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Cruise line plans to dock in Davenport

    Davenport is one step closer to docking Viking River Cruises along the Mississippi River in 2017. The city made its best pitch to land the cruise line on Monday. The site visit featured presentations from community leaders and a tour of the Figge Art Museum. Viking embraces seven-day  “thinking” cruises that include lots of land visits. “Local interaction about the history, culture and music,” said Milton Hugh, senior vice president of finance for Viking River Cruises.  “It’s really about an […]

  • Flood plan revisions (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Floodplain revisions draw mixed responses in East Moline

    This land is a field of dreams for East Moline.  But the site off Barstow Road could soon drive development away. “All that is a signal for people to go to Iowa,” said Mayor John Thodos. Once earmarked for a pork processing plant, it continues to be farm land. Now, revisions to the floodplain could make it unfit for development. “The end result of what they’re currently doing between the federal and states is very detrimental,” he continued. Illinois DNR […]

  • Prevention programs crucial to reducing Quad Cities child abuse cases

    Recent local child abuse cases pinpoint the need for prevention programs in the Quad Cities. In one tragic and terrifying case, a Rock Island man was found guilty of beating a four-month old baby to death. The child had suffered massive head trauma and multiple skull fractures. “It reminds us every time we have a case like that,” said Angie Kendall, Child Abuse Council.  “Every single person has a role in protecting children.” Reasons why the Child Abuse Council hosted […]

  • Muscatine students pitch in for Kick Butts Day

    It’s like a scavenger hunt for cigarette butts at Muscatine High School on Wednesday. Volunteers wear gloves as they fill plastic bags full of butts. This is National Kick Butts Day. These non-smokers don’t plan to start. “Younger kids, I hope it shows them not to smoke,” said Logan Lilly, a student volunteer at Muscatine High.  “I’ve had family members that have died due to smoking.” Take Our Poll: Raise the smoking age? Report predicts big health benefits if we […]


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