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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    Hope Creek Care Center prepares to fill 50 jobs

    After a wave of retirements, the nursing home needs to boost its workforce from 250 to 300.

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    Quad City Islamic leader denounces Trump’s “hateful and bigoted” words

    A local Islamic leader compares Donald Trump’s messages about Muslims to the rise of Nazi Germany. “When he wants to restrict their entry or travel, that’s very reminiscent of the Third Reich,” said Dr. Lisa Killinger, president of the Muslim Community of the Quad Cities. Trump’s statement is sending shock waves around the world on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Related:  Trump pushes for temporary ban on Muslim immigration to U.S. “A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United […]

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    Harrison Street project ends just in time for Davenport businesses

    The big project to fix Harrison Street ended a few weeks early in Davenport. That could be just in time for businesses, which are trying to rebound after a rough four months. The familiar sizzle nearly turned to fizzle at Rock’s Anchor Grill. “If this didn’t change much like it did, we’d be gone,” said owner Rock Eddleman. The seven year old diner, 1526 N. Harrison Street, had to cut its staff in half while bracing for the worst. “This […]

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    Chamber unveils long-range vision for Quad Cities

    The Quad Cities can improve its future by working together. That’s the theme from Q2030, a new push to market the area over the next 15 years. The future is all about students at Scott Community College. Their community wants to keep them in the Quad Cities after they graduate. “At the root of everything we do should be a united effort to move the region forward economically,” said Deere & Company CEO Sam Allen. Allen headlined the unveiling before […]

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    Iowa Science teacher eats just McDonald’s to drop 60 pounds

    “We knew we were onto something with the experiment,” recalled high school Science teacher John Cisna. That experiment became a remarkable challenge that he shared at St. Ambrose University on Wednesday. “Is it possible for a person to become better off eating nothing but McDonald’s for 90 days?” he asked a room full of future teachers. Cisna became the lab rat in this 2013 experiment. His students found 56 different McDonald’s combinations for his meals. But there was a catch. […]

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    Sterling merchants join police to fight growing shoplifting problem

    Beautiful You Boutique knows about the ugly facts. “That’s my money walking out the door,” said Dianna Folkers. The Sterling, Illinois, store joined 97% of American stores with shoplifting cases in 2015. These cases are especially hard on mom-and-pop shops. According to the National Retail Federation, it costs stores  nearly $30 billion in yearly losses. “When it’s your own store and your business, this is your livelihood,” she continued.  “When somebody comes in and steals from you, that comes out […]

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    Small Business Saturday offers big deals in Quad Cities

    The holiday shopping season is off to a hot start in the Quad Cities. That’s after Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales. This time, it’s Small Business Saturday, which focuses on mom-and-pop stores. A special banner leads the way to the event in Moline. Inside WaterMark Corners, shoppers are discovering the difference. “There’s a little something here for everybody here,” said shopper Mark Sikes.  “It’s neat stuff that you won’t find everywhere.” And customers are getting the message about why it’s […]

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    Neighbors tried to save man whose body was found in burning Davenport building

    Before escaping themselves, they tried to rescue their neighbor inside Apartment 7 on the second floor of the burning building.

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    Anchor Lumber remains a fixture in Silvis following fire

    A longtime Silvis business is ready to celebrate a special Thanksgiving. Anchor Lumber is recovering from a massive fire in August. But now, the store is building for the future. On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 it’s the sound of success in Silvis. “It’s a new beginning for all of us,” said Operations Manager Rick Van Oteghem.  “We’re really grateful for that.” It’s also the sound of survival this Thanksgiving at Anchor Lumber. “It’s everyone coming together as a family,” said […]

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    Galesburg’s progress held back by Illinois budget impasse

    The Illinois budget impasse is a million-dollar dilemma in Galesburg. That’s the total from five months of missed payments at places like the the region’s 9-1-1 center. “The money has to come from somewhere,” said Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen. While the center is more than $100,000 behind, it’s even worse adding missed payments for police training. “Every day that we operate the center, there’s phone bills to pay,” he continued.  “There’s staff to pay.” Galesburg is getting by with […]

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    Freddy’s Fritters ready to bounce back from Davenport fire

    Each box of merchandise represents a new beginning at Freddy’s Fritters, 1111 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. “This is vital for us,” said owner Tami Grady. Grady is starting over this holiday season. “We need to be open,” she said. A Mother’s Day fire destroyed the dog bakery and salon in the Village of East Davenport. Freddy’s lost nearly half its business this year. It’s starting from scratch after seven months of hard work. “I just wake up every day,” she […]

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    Santorum outlines refugee policy during DeWitt stop

    Republican presidential underdog Rick Santorum introduces a get-tough policy with ISIS during a Thursday stop in DeWitt, Iowa. “We have to stop playing these foolish games that radical Muslims can live comfortably in the United States,” he said.  “They cannot.” During a stop at Blondie’s Coffee Out Back, he calls to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States. Instead, he supports funding resettlement camps for them in the Middle East. “Anything we can do to help stabilize the region […]


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