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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
  • Army veteran awarded mortgage-free home in Bettendorf

    A military family is getting a new home for the new year in Bettendorf. It’s also mortgage-free. Wells Fargo is teaming up with Operation Homefront to make the dream come true. “Here’s the key to your new home,” said Angela Vander Werf, Wells Fargo, on Tuesday morning. For Robert and Darlene Williams, the key to happiness is a new home. “I just want to thank you for your service,” said Amilee Santos, Operation Homefront.  “It’s an honor to get to […]

  • Scott County Republicans ready for Ernst Era in Washington

    In a storybook year, Joni Ernst is going from political unknown to United States Senator.

  • Shop Local holiday season pays off in East Village

    The 2014 holiday shopping season is becoming a small business success story. That’s the case in the Village of East Davenport. Holiday shopping kept Freddy’s Fritters a cut above this December. “The holiday season was awesome,” said owner Tami Grady. Pooches like Prada, who was getting a new-do for the new year, helped to account for a 12% sales boost this season. That’s exceeding expectations for the nearly five-year-old business. The “Shop Local” philosophy is reaching customers. Camp McClellan Cellars […]

  • Frank Klipsch concludes successful YMCA career

    It’s story time on Friday at the Davenport Y’s Early Learning Center. That’s where Frank Klipsch amuses the little ones with a seasonal tale. When it comes to the Scott County Family Y, he’s really a man for all seasons. “This is all about family and making sure the entire community is included,” he said. “And that’s the most exciting part.” Now, the longtime leader of the Scott County Family Y is ready for his next challenge. After 27 years […]

  • Jill Appel (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Altona woman ready to chair Illinois Farm Service Agency

    It’s long after harvest in Altona, Illinois.  But the love of land shines through on this Knox County centennial farm. “It’s so important for the health of the entire area to have a lot of trees,” said Jill Appell. Jill Appell practices what she preaches with her husband, Paul.   As part of a third generation farm family, she’ll use that experience as chair of the Illinois Farm Service Agency. It’s a federal program with local management. She was appointed […]

  • Reverend Ray Gimenez reacts change in US-Cuba relations (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Clinton minister makes emotional connection with Cuba-U.S. deal

    These are triumphant moments for Rev. Ray Gimenez in Clinton. He watched on a computer at Victory Center Ministries as President Obama unveils the start of a new era with the United States and Cuba, Wednesday, December 17, 2014. “Beautiful,” Gimenez said. Each sentence in the news conference is like a victory. “I’m 100% for this,” he said. And for the Havana-born man, 64, this is amazing. “This is the greatest news I’ve heard,” he said. Related: Cuba releases American […]

  • Dock development delayed (WQAD photo by John David)

    Dock demolition delayed until Spring 2015 in Davenport

    Transforming Davenport’s former Dock restaurant from eyesore to elegant will take extra time. That’s because demolition must wait until Spring 2015.  Iowa winter weather and flooding are the main considerations. “There’s no immediate need to take that risk,” said developer Todd Raufeisen. “So the reality is, it’s prudent.” Since the original economic development agreement called for demolition by the end of 2014,  Davenport aldermen will need to give the go-ahead. But remembering high water surrounding the building, it shouldn’t be […]

  • Foodbank founder completes 33 years of helping others

    As volunteers load supplies on Monday, it says a lot about the mission at River Bend Foodbank. “The need is not just still out there,” said Executive Director Tom Laughlin, 64.  “It continues to grow.” Laughlin founded the effort in 1981.  After a remarkable 33 years, he’s retiring in January. Michael Miller will become only the foodbank’s second executive director on January 19. “I’ll miss the people at the pantry level,” Laughlin said.  “They’re in the front lines.” River Bend […]

  • Three generations of the Short family at the Ice Cream Palace (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Landmark Ice Cream Palace set to close in Silvis

    As customers pack the Ice Cream Palace for lunch on Friday, it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. “We were really shocked,” said longtime customer Joyce Short, Rock Island. “We had no idea.” The landmark Mexican restaurant is closing for good on December 27.  That’s why three generations of the Short family came back for one last lunch. “You can’t get this food, the taste, anywhere else,” said Kathy Roberts, Moline. After a solid 50 years in business, owner […]

  • Die-in at Augustana College 12-11-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Augustana’s “Die-In” sends message about racial discrimination

    Nearly 100 students and staffers staged a "Die-In" on the campus of Augustana College.

  • Rush is on to help holiday programs in need

    Time was running out for those trying to give Christmas cheer to hundreds of needy people through the Salvation Army Angel Tree.

  • Bobby Schilling and Judy Baar Topinka (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Local Republicans remember Judy Baar Topinka

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who passed away on Wednesday at age 70, could light up any event. “Good to see you again,” she exclaimed at Republican Headquarters in Moline in September 2013. Whenever she came to the Quad Cities, there was always a close connection. “I just always remember being here during the floods,” she said at the time. And what a personality on the campaign trail. “I’m always seeking balance,” she said.  “Then I think you wind up […]


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