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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

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
  • Galesburg strike, 8-18-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    Galesburg Teachers to hold meetings on the strike for parents

    It’s back to the bargaining table for striking Galesburg teachers and the school district. Both sides resumed contract talks with a federal mediator on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The union held a rally across the street from Galesburg High School on Monday. With pounding drums and a sea of blue shirts, hundreds of striking teachers rallied. “We’re not going to be burdened and bitter,” said Galesburg teacher Tami Qualls. “We’re not going to be softened and weakened. We are going […]

  • Workers, and other businesses, hit hard by news of John Deere layoffs

    Workers, and area businesses they often visit, were reeling after Deere & Company announced plans for more than 600 layoffs at four locations.

  • Galesburg students protest extracurricular activities delayed for teachers strike 8-14-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg students sound off to solve strike

    Thursday was supposed to be the first day of school in Galesburg.  But the second day of a teacher strike put that on hold. Galesburg students rallied outside District 205 offices on Thursday. They’re concerned that a prolonged strike will force the Silver Streaks to forfeit football games and other activities. “I can’t wait for school to start, ” said senior Macy Steck, 17. “It’s really important to get senior year, so I can go off to college.” “We’re all […]

  • Galesburg strike doesn’t stop Costa Catholic Academy

    While Galesburg teachers remain on strike, other Galesburg students are going back to school on schedule. That’s the case at Costa Catholic Academy on Thursday. It’s back to the books for sixth graders. These Galesburg students are going back to school on time. “We’re ready to start,” said Principal Steve Eisemann. “We’re here.” It’s business as usual at Costa.  A public school strike won’t stop these studies. “It doesn’t matter how old they are,” said Development Director Susan Day. “They […]

  • Galesburg teacher strike, 8-13-14, WQAD Photo by John David

    School on hold in Galesburg as teachers strike awaiting ‘fair contract’

    Some 4,500 Galesburg students will not be going back to school on Thursday. The first day of a teachers’ strike is forcing classes to be canceled until further notice. With honking horns and waving signs, Galesburg teachers picket instead of preparing classrooms. “We definitely didn’t feel that welcome,” said Tami Qualls, who teaches at Galesburg High. The welcome back message at Galesburg High is countered with a contract stalemate. “It’s sad because we really want to be in that classroom […]

  • Teachers cheer as negotiators arrive at Galesburg School District HQ 8-11-14 (WQAD photo by John David)

    Galesburg teachers and district battle over salary, schedules and security

    As the first day of school approached, there was still no deal between the district and about 675 teachers and para-professionals in the Galesburg School District.

  • Retired military officer says ‘we have to send a message’ in Iraq

    A retired lieutenant colonel says he hopes U.S. airstrikes will be enough to stop ISIS attacks on civilians in Iraq.

  • Clinton vandalism could cost schools $10,000

    It’s a sickening sight at Jefferson Elementary School in Clinton.  There are smashed windows  from pellet or BB guns. It’s a blow to the building and morale. “It just makes me kind of sad and mad at the same time,” said Jacob Perales, 8, a Jefferson third grader. The Jefferson damage is part of a spree that could cost $10,000 to fix. That’s tough for parents to take. “It was hard to see,” said Jefferson PTA President Veronica Perales. “It […]

  • Walgreens’ decision protects founder’s legacy in Dixon

    Walgreens is dropping plans to move its headquarters to Switzerland.

  • Illinois state historic sites brace for budget cuts

    At The Filling Station in Bishop Hill, Illinois, the names on the wall say it all. “These little communities are really neat,” said visitor Tom Deutsch, Cameron. Global tourists visit the historic colony each year. Jamey Halpin came from Naples, Florida. “This is Americana,” he said. “This is how this country was built.” But state budget cuts will trim $1.1 million from the historic sites. It’s a 20% cut for the coming year. It’s forcing the nearby Bishop Hill Museum […]

  • Super weed spreads closer to Quad Cities

    A destructive so-called “super weed” is winding its way into Midwestern crops. Palmer Amaranth is now in six Iowa counties, 28 Illinois counties and spreading. A Muscatine County farm is like a crime scene on Monday. “At first, I didn’t know what it was,” said farmer Roger Hargrafen. Red flags mark the culprit in his field.  It’s a menacing weed with the aristocratic name, Palmer Amaranth. “I better check that out,” he said. Hargrafen, who first identified the weed in […]

  • Rock Island readies for revival with strategic goals

    Rock Island is looking to turn possibilities into realities. That’s why the city is developing a set of goals and strategic initiatives. It’s a blueprint for success. Revival in Rock Island starts with the swing of a sledgehammer on Friday. 2nd Avenue’s Star Block is set to shine again. The 140-year-old structure is getting a $1.8 million facelift. It will become apartments and retail space. These are elements that match long-term goals for the city. “This is a very comprehensive […]


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