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).

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    Center for Small Business Development launches in Dixon, Illinois

    Local leaders are stepping up to start a program to create new jobs in Dixon, Illinois. They’re helping Sauk Valley Community College to unveil the Center for Small Business Development. That’s where students like Michael Willard represent the future. “I think it’s really important to create new jobs,” he said. This Dixon High senior already studies business. On Tuesday, he’s learning about creating jobs in his own neighborhood. “I think it’s huge to have a small business center here,” he […]

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    QCCA RV and Camping Show on a roll in Rock Island

    The QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island is transformed into a traveler’s dream. The popular RV and Camping Show is back for another run through Sunday, February 28. Whether you like to rough it or relax in style, there’s something for just about everybody. There are brand new RV’s, campers, motor homes, trailers, parts and accessories under one roof. The show also features tasty cooking demonstrations by Mr. BBQ. Everything is open until 8 p.m. on Friday. The fun continues […]

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    Supreme Court stalemate keeps conversation brewing at Cool Beanz

    Controversy over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy is putting Iowa and Illinois leaders in the spotlight. That includes Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa, and Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois. “Everybody’s got this ‘my way or the highway’ attitude,” said Joel Thompson, between sips on Thursday. At Cool Beanz in Rock Island, the Supreme Court stalemate is a hot topic. “I think the president should do it now,” said Steve Lavelle, a junior at Augustana College. “He’s got every right to […]

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    Layoffs, sales drop cloud 2016 projections for Deere & Company

    Deere & Company expects sales to drop during another challenging year. That’s creating more uncertainty for the future of some 1,500 Illinois and Iowa Deere employees on indefinite layoff. During Wednesday’s Annual Meeting, Deere’s CEO Sam Allen told stockholders to expect 2016 sales to drop by 10%, or over $2 billion. But with projected earnings of $1.3 billion, investors still expect to make money. It represents the company’s flexibility during a downturn in the agriculture economy. “They’ve learned by experience, […]

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    Davenport’s AT&T Call Center adding 40 new jobs

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    Moline seeks to sever business with developer Todd Raufeisen

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    Intouch Adult Day Services to remain open in Moline

    A local program threatened by the Illinois budget impasse will stay open. Intouch Adult Day Services will keep operating in Moline. Chicago-based Addus Health Care will take over for Lutheran Social Services on March 1, 2016. The move will save about two dozen jobs and services for 150 clients. The program will remain open during the transition. It’s located at 4011 Avenue of the Cities in Moline. For more information, call (309) 797-0200.

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    Sen. Joni Ernst cautions against negative presidential campaign

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    Moline Intouch program faces closure as Rauner makes budget pitch

    Wednesday is packing day at Intouch Adult Day Services in Moline. The files represent 250 families. Families that could be without services in just a few days. “It’s physically painful to pack up boxes and to shut down a program when you know the impact it makes on families,” said Intouch Program Director Sharon Patten. Lutheran Social Services must close the Moline center due to the Illinois budget stalemate. While another provider is taking its home care clients, there’s uncertainty […]


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