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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
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    Chances are you, or someone you know, will live or work or visit in a place protected by an invention that was born and made in Muscatine, Iowa.

  • Dixon Mayor Jim Burke marks end of an era

    Dixon Mayor Jim Burke makes some last-minute phone calls on Monday. “By 5:30, I’ll be all finished,” he said. This marks his final day at City Hall.  He’s completing 16 years as mayor. He chose not to run for a fifth term and will return to his real estate business. “The key to being successful in politics and staying in office is to be able to manage your ego and other people’s egos,” he said. That strategy was put to […]

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    St. Ambrose pen pals connect with Davenport kids

    “Hi again,” read Anjelikah Zapata, 11.  “I got your letter.” Words almost jump off the page for the Davenport fifth grader. “I can’t wait to spend the day with you,” she continued.  “You sound very nice, and I hope you are.” The Buchanan School student is pen pals with Katelyn McDonald, a St. Ambrose University senior and future teacher in Ottawa, Illinois. “I think she’s grown as a writer,” Katelyn said. They’re seeing each other for the first time on […]

  • Trump stumps in Davenport to revive “sick” country

    Donald Trump knows how to make a big entrance. “There’s nobody that’s ever done what I’ve done,” he said. While raising money for Scott County Republicans in Davenport on Thursday morning,  the brassy boardroom baron sounds more like a doctor reviving what he calls a “sick” country. “If I run, if I win, we will be strong again quickly because I’m not a politician,” he said.  “Politicians are all talk and no action.  They’re never going to get it done.” […]

  • Buda, Illinois, salutes Honor Flight threesome

    The emotional journey starts at home for three Honor Flight passengers from Buda, Illinois. That’s where there are handshakes and smiles for Buda’s best and brightest. Three Korea-era Army veterans, all in their 80’s, are ready for Thursday’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The hometown sendoff was poignant and powerful. “I was told to come up here for coffee and doughnuts,” said Fran Kopp, 83.  “Behold, here we are.  It’s quite a surprise.” It’s a first for this small Bureau […]

  • Rock Island’s Audubon School site to become CVS Pharmacy

    Rock Island is ready to replace the former Audubon School site with a pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy plans to start construction next week at the intersection of 18th Avenue and 26th Street. The new store should be open in about six months. There’s also room for two smaller stores on the property. The contentious battle over what to do with the site dragged on more than five years. Now, the conflict is giving way to a resolution. A century-long era in […]

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    Moline farmer relates to bird flu impact in Iowa

    Rick Wyffels knows a lot about raising chickens.  That’s why the Moline farmer is watching closely for signs of bird flu around the Quad Cities. On Thursday morning, it’s time to feed the chickens. “My mother used to do it when I was a kid here,” he said. These birds are healthy and happy, clucking and strutting around. Second generation farmer Wyffels wants to keep them away from bird flu. “If we start losing a bunch of them, then we’d […]

  • Breaking ground in Galesburg 4-21-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg gateway open for business with hotel project

    A gateway to Galesburg is getting a facelift.  It’s sparking investments for the future. Heavy equipment keeps Main Street on the move.  Work is underway for a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Galesburg. “The message it sends is that companies are willing to invest in Galesburg,” said Ken Springer, president of the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development.  “We’re poised for new growth.” When the hotel opens in November, it will feature 81 rooms and plenty of […]

  • Illinois refunds some cuts to cash-strapped schools

    Cash-strapped Illinois schools will be getting some money back from the state. Some 600 districts will share $97 million based on need. Chicago public schools will get about a third of that money, with the rest divided by downstate districts. Knoxville’s new high school is a real community collaboration. Inside a Geometry class on Monday, numbers start to add up. Illinois will restore $61,000 in cuts to the district of 1,100 students. “It’s a huge help,” said Knoxville Superintendent Steve […]

  • Casino projects adding up to 400 construction jobs

    Dual casino projects will add up to 400 local construction jobs in the Quad Cities over coming months. Inside the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union on Friday, there’s excitement over the long-term possibilities. “It’s money coming in,” said apprentice welder Josh Starkweather, 27.  “It’s putting guys to work. That’s what we like to see.” Starkweather and others are fired up about the prospects. Rather than travel to long-term jobs, they’ll be able to work close to home. “Especially with these big […]

  • John McCain and Joni Ernst 10-29-14 (WQAD Photo)

    Sen. Joni Ernst works to overcome gridlock in first 100 days

    Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to find common ground by overcoming obstacles after her first 100 days on the job. As the nation’s first female veteran to serve in the U.S.  Senate, the quick transition takes the Iowa Republican from gathering ideas to decision making. “The biggest difference is actually being here and making an impact for Iowans,” she said on Thursday.  “Making sure that we’re moving America in the right direction.” See Joni Ernst’s “First 100 Days Video” below.  […]

  • Oscar Mayer employees fight growing hunger problem

    A new study shows there are more Quad City kids and families going hungry these days. The Map the Meal Gap 2015 report shows that nearly 13% of residents in a 22-county area struggle with food issues. In between the clatter of can sorting at the River Bend Foodbank, there’s frustration. “Sometimes you just never feel like you can do enough,” said Adam Friedrichsen. Hunger silently hurt his family. “I’ve seen the impact of it, and it’s hard to watch,” […]


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