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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    Galesburg reveals measures designed to reduce lead levels

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Galesburg is taking steps to reduce lead levels detected in aging water service lines and other sources. The city plans to follow EPA recommendations for testing and filtering suspected water. Measures should help to cut lead levels in some homes. Galesburg’s lead levels spark emotional responses. “Come on, we’re poisoning people,” said Walt McAllister, Galesburg.  “Lead is an issue.” Inside Q’s Cafe on Wednesday, lunch customers worry about water from an estimated 4,700 lead service lines that top […]

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    Erie schools forge ahead after getting surprise bill from Illinois

    ERIE, Illinois – Matt Newton’s Math class knows how to work with numbers at Erie Middle School on Friday. But when Illinois billed the rural school district $435,000 for overpayment, the figures came as a complete surprise. “It is one of the most bizarre things,” said Superintendent Brad Cox. The district of 660 students is among thousands of Illinois taxing districts being asked to repay a total of $168 million. Cox says that the state changed its calculations without warning. […]

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    Moline Seton students pitch in for community clean-up

    MOLINE, Illinois – Youngsters at Seton Catholic School in Moline were digging in to get a head start on Earth Day 2016. They gave Browning Park a good going-over on Thursday afternoon. Sixth graders put their rakes into action at Browning Park while 7th and 8th graders fanned out to different locations. “We just go there and try to help out and clean up,” said sixth grader Sylee Prudent. Their work is helping to make the park look great. It […]

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    Great Galesburg Shake offers life skills for students

    Chloe Stewart, 16, is making a great first impression. The Galesburg High junior is competing in the Great Galesburg Shake. It’s a district-wide competition to build social skills and confidence. “How to act professional,” she said.  “How to be professional in front of a bunch of adults.” In Wednesday’s first round at Galesburg High School, students like Jacob Williams, 18, get a few minutes to connect with judges. Williams, who expects to study marketing and communications in college, understands the […]

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    Lead test kits and filters flying off the shelves at stores in Galesburg

    Lead test kits and filters are flying off the shelves in Galesburg these days.

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    Livestock auctions revive a landmark Rock Island business

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The sound of the sale barn brings back memories. “I remember as a little kid being petrified to move because the auctioneer thought I was going to bid,” recalled Shane Ryan. As a kid, Ryan attended auctions there with his relatives. Now 29, he’s the voice to revive livestock auctions in Rock Island. “Actually being the one to sit behind the microphone, that was a pretty big honor for me,” said Ryan. The Rock Island auction […]

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    Iowa Supreme Court Justice with Davenport roots goes back to school

    Justice Thomas Waterman stepped back in time to go back to school on Friday. “I thought it was going to be a great opportunity,” said Taylor Thede, a sophomore at Maquoketa High School. Members of the Iowa Supreme Court are wrapping up a two-day stay in Eastern Iowa. That included hearing oral arguments for a case in Clinton on Thursday. “Taking court on the road is really good for Iowa,” Justice Waterman said.  “People can see their court in action […]

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    Galesburg teen earns national award for campaign against bullying

    A Galesburg teen earns national award.

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    Bushnell business cruising to success with American-made Jeep parts

    BUSHNELL, Illinois – As Luke Conner climbs into a custom Jeep on Wednesday, it’s going to be a four-wheel thrill ride. “Personally, it’s pretty impressive,” he said. Taking a spin on the Steinjager Test Track, it’s a chance to experience life’s ups and downs. “We also built this course to test products for longevity,” he said. Each bump is about business. That’s because this company makes custom parts for Jeeps. “People love the ability to make whatever they’ve got unique,” […]

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    Mayor says ‘we can’t arrest our way out’ of gun violence in Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa -Davenport’s uptick in gun violence concerns police and alerts neighborhoods. “I was sitting watching TV just right behind the window, and I heard five shots all in a row,” recalled a recent witness.  “Boom, boom, boom — just like that.” Shots fired calls in Davenport included a dozen arrests over a 48-hour period in late March. Related: Bullet reportedly shot through Davenport home  “We can’t arrest our way out of this,” said Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch. Reasons why […]

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    Illinois lawmakers have mixed feelings on plan to fund some social services

    Illinois lawmakers are getting another chance to make a dent in the state's budget stalemate.

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    Necker’s Gift of Giving salutes Children’s Therapy Center

    MOLINE, Illinois – At the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Griffin Lyman is ready for action. “He is the most delightful, wonderful child you’ll ever meet,” said his dad, Todd Lyman. The six-year-old from Sterling, Illinois, suffers with something called Sensory Processing Disorder. Basically, it’s tough for him to talk, sit still or focus. “Honestly, without Children’s Therapy Center, his options would be a lot less,” said his mom, Jill Lyman. Twice-weekly sessions with Occupational Therapist Christy Hansen […]


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