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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
  • Salon Aria expansion showcases small business success

    The White House announced plans on Friday to launch the Supplier Pay initiative. It’s designed to boost small businesses in places like Bettendorf. That’s where Salon Aria is a small business success story. After a decade in Davenport, the mother-daughter salon remains on the cutting edge. Friday’s grand opening in Bettendorf represents hard work and dedication at their second location. “I think that’s what makes us unique,” said Christine McClimon, who owns the salon with her mother, Peggy Andriano. “I […]

  • Copper Penny Bistro to cook up dollars for West Liberty

    West Liberty, Iowa, is finding a way to spice up the local economy. That’s after Laura Gilbert and Robert Miller were picked to open the Copper Penny Bistro this Fall. The Muscatine County town of 3,700 just completed a five-month contest to open a new restaurant at 100 3rd St. E. It will go inside a century-old bank building. That’s why the kitchen is a busy place on Wednesday morning. “This is what we do every single day of our […]

  • Community center money will now fund flood recovery in frustrated Watertown

    Since they don't qualify for state or federal help, East Moline will use money earmarked for a community center to help Watertown residents recover from storm and flood damage.

  • Farmers take one-two punch from storm-ravaged fields and flood-stranded barges

    After corn got off to a promising start on many area farms, recent severe weather flattened plants, snapped stalks and halted barge traffic needed to move the harvest.

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    Clinton company closure to leave 107 jobless

    Evergreen Packaging plans to permanently close its Clinton plant by September 1. The unexpected move will cut 107 skilled workers from the payroll. It’s a decision that’s surprising longtime workers and the city. Staffers were said to be meeting with union reps on Thursday to learn more about severance pay and other options. A storm-damaged tree symbolizes turmoil at Evergreen Packaging. The New Zealand-based paper products company is ready to close the doors. The move blindsides longtime workers and a […]

  • Keithsburg families join forces to fight flooding

    Unfortunately, Keithsburg, Illinois, knows all too well about flooding.

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    Pumps fail, flood gates close and Watertown neighborhood evacuated

    The Watertown neighborhood in East Moline was especially deluged with high water.

  • Bustos and Schilling both support VA nominee Bob McDonald

    Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D) Illinois and Republican challenger Bobby Schilling don’t find much common ground. But they do agree that Bob McDonald seems to be the right guy to turn around the VA. “We need somebody who is going to oversee the VA system, who understands patient service and gets the efficiency part of it down,” Rep. Bustos said. “He brings some true leadership,” added Schilling, who was defeated by Bustos in 2012. “Somebody that can really work hard to […]

  • Iowa court decision grants college admission to blind student

    The Iowa Supreme Court is handing down a landmark decision on disability rights. Justices ruled in a 5-2 margin that Palmer College of Chiropractic must readmit a blind student. Blind since birth, Aaron Cannon, 34, now works as a computer programmer in Minnesota. But he might revisit his dream of becoming a chiropractor. The 50-page decision is nine years in the making. Iowa’s Supreme Court ruling that Palmer College must allow a blind student to return to chiropractic studies. “I […]

  • Former pro brings World Cup fever to soccer kids in Galesburg

    Soccer is taking center stage in our area, as players and fans of all ages follow World Cup action from Brazil.

  • Illinois gardeners find chemical-free way to control weeds

    Research gardeners in Illinois say they're getting season-long weed control without using chemicals.

  • Federal grant helps region to showcase jobs and opportunities

    Federal funding will help the Quad City area to grow new jobs and attract businesses. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, announced nearly $170,000 in funding on Monday. Local governments in a five-county region will match the money to develop a strategy for success. This is a region that knows how to work hard. That means finding new ways to showcase our talents. The annual progress report can do just that. “We provide technical assistance,” said Denise Bulat, executive director of […]


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