• Follow me on:

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
  • pasta

    Passion, pride and pasta at La Tavola in Burlington

    A friendly place with fantastic food, you'll want a table at La Tavola.

  • SouthPark Mall unveils community centerpiece

    SouthPark Mall in Moline unveiled its new look as a community centerpiece on Thursday. The Grand Opening comes just in time for the holiday shopping season. As shoppers get a look inside the mall, it represents a retail revival. “SouthPark is back,” said Kathy Jurgens, senior property manager. The space is warm and inviting.  It’s almost like relaxing in a comfortable living room.  New decor makes it feel like an upscale setting that’s still down home. “That really opens is […]

  • Best Restaurants: P.L. Johnson’s is a landmark lunch stop in Bishop Hill

    A curious blend of history and home cooking makes this a special stop for lunch.

  • Lack of sprinkler system worsens Dollar General fire

    Better prevention could have lessened an estimated $500,000 in damage from Tuesday’s Dollar General fire in Silvis. “It would have made a great difference up there,” said Assistant Silvis Fire Chief Steve Bein. A restoration crew was trying to pick up the pieces on Wednesday at the Crosstown Shopping Center.  Workers were clearing debris and securing the building just hours after a devastating fire. “It’s pretty charred,” said Property Manager Laurie Peters.  “It looks like pretty much all of the […]

  • Best Restaurants: Cooking cousins keep Los Primos sizzling in Davenport

    Everybody feels like part of the family at Los Primos Mexican Grill.

  • Family reunites with Purple Heart lost decades ago

    Burke Beu always remembers his late father on Veterans Day. But this year, it's really something remarkable.

  • Best Restaurants: Q’s Cafe is a slice of heaven in Galesburg

    Co-owners Walt and Annette put love in their dishes that are served up in plentiful portions. It's a funky place with a friendly vibe.

  • Friends remember Lane Evans’ “voice for everybody” after Arsenal service

    On a beautiful November day, the Marine from Rock Island came home. Former Congressman Lane Evans was saluted for his service, and for his service to others. “I think he’ll be remembered as a champion,” said Lane’s brother, Doyle Evans.  “But also as a decent, common person who treated everyone with respect and love.” Since Monday marks the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps and Tuesday is Veterans Day, it’s a poignant and meaningful service at the Rock Island National […]

  • WIU preserves legacy of Lane Evans with special collection

    At the Western Illinois University library in Macomb,  it’s like a gift from an old friend. That’s where you’ll find Dr. Jeff Hancks.  He’s pouring over a truckload of history from 1983-2007.  There are 350 boxes in all.  The entire congressional collection was donated by Lane Evans. Evans, the beloved former congressman from Rock Island, passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 63. There’s one prevailing theme among the mountains of documents. “They all […]

  • Davenport’s Big River Bindery works wonders with words

    There’s a lot of history outside Big River Bindery in Davenport. “Everything has a story that comes with it,” said owner Andrew Huot. Huot brings those stories back to life.  He’s been doing it for more than 20 years. “There’s plenty of material out there that needs to be taken care of,” he said. Andrew is a book binder and conservator.  He might be the only one in Iowa. The Davenport artist takes well-loved books and restores them. “It’s really […]

  • 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.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 997 other followers