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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    Knox County battles bills from doubled jury fees

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Jury costs are skyrocketing in Illinois these days. That’s after a 2015 state law forced counties to more than double the pay for jury duty. “It’s a classic case of, if it isn’t broken – don’t try to fix it,” said Knox County State’s Attorney John Pepmeyer. But the state is making counties pay a lot more for jurors. In Knox County, the daily fee jumped from $15 to $25.  Each extra day pays $50 more. “You’re […]

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    Davenport students blend art and science with “Sunflower House”

    All the world is a garden these days at Jackson School in Davenport. Youngsters are blending art, science and reading assignments. Along the way, they’re learning about growing things from reading, “The Sunflower House.” Kids read the story, made a mural and even planted a garden. “They put marbles all around it and certain pieces of glass,” said Fifth Grader Emma Villalpondo.  “They made a sunflower house.” The exercises help to show how science and art go together. Fifth graders […]

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    Galesburg and regional districts warn schools will close without budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – As 30 educators and students step off a yellow school bus, they bring a lesson to Springfield on Wednesday. “We simply cannot go into the next school year without a budget,” warned Galesburg Superintendent Ralph Grimm.  “There’s too much at stake.” Too much at stake for Makenzie Randle, 18. “The students’ voices need to be heard more,” she told a panel of state lawmakers. The senior at Galesburg North High School calls it a crisis. “How do […]

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    Milan business wants government to favor “Made in the USA” deals

    MILAN, Illinois – A Quad City company is sounding off about firms that do business with the federal government from foreign countries. Honsa Ergonomic Technologies says it’s losing out when it comes to landing contracts. Honsa currently does about one-fifth of its business with the feds. That includes work with the Air Force and Navy. “We competed against the five major brands and won that business,” said owner Tom Honsa. Business that helped this 30-year-old Mom-and-Pop shop with 10 employees […]

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    Davenport Police finding qualified candidates during challenging times

    Davenport plans to begin accepting more police officer applications from August 1 to September 11, 2016.

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    Teens prove to be seaworthy during Cardboard Boat Regatta

    BETTENDORF, Iowa -A record-setting 59 teams of teens floated and paddled their way across Middle Park Lagoon on Friday. The eighth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta proved to be a test of engineering skills and patience for seven high schools. “The students can be creative and innovative,” said Pat Barnes, Deere & Company.  “Sometimes it works out really well, and other times it doesn’t.” Designing the boats tests science, technology, engineering and math skills in school. In this real-life application, a […]

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    Local conference sounds off on plan to sell gun from Trayvon Martin shooting

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – “Racism impacts a community,” said Dr. Pamela Lightsey, an associate dean at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Lightsey should know. The scholar has put boots on the ground after volatile incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore and Boston. “Hearing about it simply shocks me that someone would do that,” she said. That someone is George Zimmerman. He’s the Florida man who shot to death unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. Now, Zimmerman wants to sell the gun. […]

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    Galesburg woman’s lifelong dream of being on safety patrol comes true at age 70

    GALESBURG, Illinois – “This is a good group,” said Cynthia Graves.  “Yes, it was a good group of kids to go to school with.” Cynthia, 70, is ready for a monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Sirloin Stockade. “I thank everybody for coming,” said Char Carden. Classmates from Hedding Grade School in Abingdon ponder their pranks. “They Saran-wrapped all the men’s urinals,” said Cathy Lagnese. There’s a mix of fellowship and follies. “It was a car-full, and we sprayed ‘1964’ […]

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    Doctor opens clinic in Fulton to recommend medical marijuana

    FULTON, Illinois – Workers are finishing up at The Dispensary in Fulton on Monday. Placed in a new strip mall just off Route 84, it will serve Illinois-based medical marijuana patients. “Right now, there is nervousness,” said Dr. Ramon Pla. That explains why Dr. Pla is opening Star Flower Clinic in Fulton. He could well be the only doctor within 200 miles to recommend medical marijuana for patients. And that’s an application requirement to get it in Illinois. “Let’s face […]

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    Clinton faces uncertainty with last graduation at Ashford University

    CLINTON, Iowa – The last graduation at Ashford University marks more uncertainty for the Clinton economy. The campus is closing after a decade of big plans and unrealized dreams. There will be about 150 lost jobs while some 130  remaining students must finish on-line studies or transfer. On Friday, everybody is searching for a campus connection to remember. Inside the bookstore, each sale represents a tie to Ashford University. “It’s going to be really hard,” said junior Megan Smith, 21. […]

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    May shopping deals offer good buys from local retailers

    May is a month for getting great deals on lots of things around the Quad Cities.If you're shopping for seasonal items or stuff for the house, the time is right to do some spending.

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    Silvis wants to scrap used car lots for new retail downtown

    SILVIS, Illinois – On a sunny day in Silvis, Rick Nino is inspecting his fleet of used cars. “It’s a ’96, but it’s in good shape,” he said. Shiny cars that really look like new in the sunlight. “They don’t want business,” he continued.  “That’s the message I get.” Longtime dealer Nino seems to be getting a lemon from his city. “Hey, what are you guys trying to do?” he questioned.  “Run us out of business?  You want me to […]


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