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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
  • Ross’ moving Magic Mountain to new Bettendorf location

    Ross’ Restaurant will make way for a new Interstate 74 bridge by relocating in Bettendorf. The legendary diner plans to open in the former Frank’s Pizza location, 18th Street and 53rd Avenue, this July. On Friday, the familiar sign remains a real Bettendorf landmark. “I just feel like I’m at home,” said owner Cynthia Ross-Freidhof. And Ross’ Magic Mountain is the stuff of legends.  It’s been the meal of many a late night partier over the years. “It’s a first […]

  • MLK Mentor Day offers life skills for success

    Max Milton, 13, is a future chemist with questions on Thursday. “You went to two colleges,” he said.  “What kind of degrees did you get?” The eighth grader from Williams Intermediate School  is finding a formula for success. That’s why he’s participating in Martin Luther King Mentor Day. “I love it,” he said.  “I’m just learning a lot about dedication and how to build my own life skills and character.” Hosted by St. Ambrose University and Davenport Community Schools, some […]

  • Muscatine Community College ready to give out $300,000 in scholarships

    There’s a lot to sing about at Muscatine Community College these days. Inside a music class on Wednesday,  Abriana Hartsock, 19, is exploring a theatrical career. It’s a dream becoming a reality, thanks to a scholarship from the Muscatine Community College Foundation. “I was able to take music and theater,” she said.  “The more theater I took, I realized that was the area I was really interested in.” This fall, the foundation is upping its scholarship pot to a record […]

  • Local author remembers Holocaust survivors with poignant book

    It’s a time to remember at the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island. “Powerful, powerful stories from people right here in the Quad Cities,” said Deb Bowen. Stories are from the Aledo-based author’s first book, “A Walk With Esther.” “The three Esthers were all orphaned after the war,” she said. Each Esther was touched by the Holocaust.  Each Esther also had ties to the Quad Cities. “They weren’t bitter,” she said.  “They were better.  They were compassionate.” Bowen began this […]

  • Illinois human service agencies ready for budget battle

    Illinois service providers are bracing for cuts under a new era in Springfield. While the push is on to correct the state’s financial mess, some local agencies worry about losing programs. There was shock when a local woman was shot to death in her home. “What it can do to a family is unbelievable,” said a relative at the time. The victim’s young daughter walked into the tragic scene. “It’s a terrible position,” said Angie Kendall, Child Abuse Council. Now, […]

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    Deere puts hundreds on layoff, including some in East Moline

    Deere & Company announced approximately 910 employees would be put on indefinite layoff from facilities in Iowa and Illinois, including 45 workers at the Harvester Works in East Moline.

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    Galesburg Promise offers free tuition at Carl Sandburg College

    President Obama’s call this week for tuition-free community college mirrors a program just underway in Galesburg. The Galesburg Promise is off to a good start at Carl Sandburg College. Stephanie Saey is finding the formula for success. “College is so expensive,” she said. Inside a chemistry lab on Thursday, she’s following her dream to become a doctor. That dream is becoming reality with the Galesburg Promise. “Right as I started my first semester, I made it known to my professors […]

  • Alien Worlds and Androids invade Davenport’s Putnam Museum

    Alien Worlds and Androids opens to the public on January 31 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.

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    Knox County Nursing Home succeeding with fresh philosophy

    As the Rock Island County Board decides whether to own, lease or sell Hope Creek Care Center, it might consider what’s happening in nearby Knox County. That’s where a combination of philosophy and finances saved the once-struggling Knox County Nursing Home. Each swing of the raquet means a lot in physical therapy on Tuesday. “I’m proud of the nursing home,” said Lyle Johnson,  a Knox County board member who chaired the Nursing Home Committee during its resurgence. At the 1965-era […]

  • 80-year era ends at Rock Island Livestock Auction Barn

    It’s the curtain call for a cattleman’s career. After nearly a half-century of sales, owner Dave Porth takes a final bow. “We’re all getting old,” said Porth, 73.  “You don’t move as fast.” Auction echoes were ringing through Rock Island Livestock Auction Company. Four generations of Porths came from all over the country to salute their patriarch. “Part of that crowd in there is all my kids,” he beamed. “It’s so nice to see everyone that’s come and family, too,” […]

  • JC Penney lists West Burlington store among closures

    Retailer JC Penney plans to close some 40 stores in 19 states this spring. That includes the West Burlington, Iowa, store among five locations in Iowa and Illinois. Other regional closures include stores in Mason City, Waterloo, DeKalb and Quincy. Thursday’s business news matches the weather with a brutal one-two punch in West Burlington. “It’s a jolt,” said Beth Weber, who worked at the store for 21 years. Penney’s plans to close the store by April 4. More than 40 […]

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    Illinois educators to explore Cuba connection

    Cuba will become a classroom for Illinois educators. Presidents from Black Hawk and Carl Sandburg colleges are joining a special delegation hosted by the Illinois Community College Board in mid-February. It’s hard to imagine a harsher contrast. There’s wicked weather in Galesburg.  In Cuba, the climate is balmy and tropical. “It’s a totally different world,” said Dr. Lori Sundberg, president of Carl Sandburg College. And, there’s a totally different government and way of life. As frigid relations begin to thaw, […]


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