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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 www.wqad.com.

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
  • Volunteers need help to restore Col. Davenport house

    Tour season at the Col. Davenport house is starting later than usual. That’s because extreme weather and water damage harmed the 1833 building on Arsenal Island. Now, volunteers need your help to restore the historic structure. Dozens of Bettendorf students were stepping into the past on Thursday. Judy Tumbleson, president of the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation, was taking them inside the house. Home to Davenport’s founding father, it was the place where he was murdered in 1845. “They need a […]

  • Quad City conference examines disaster responses

    As a tornado tore apart Washington, Illinois, first responders faced more than initial chaos. “We didn’t know where we were,” said Troy Erbentraut, disaster preparedness manager for the response team in Washington. They were literally disoriented by destruction. “Streets that you should know had no marks,” he recalled. “As fast as we could, we used GPS and spray-painted all the roads.” A typical Monday in Le Claire turned terrifying. That’s as the Coast Guard responded to a sinking tug. It […]

  • SouthPark Mall ushers in new era with renovations

    SouthPark Mall is starting extensive renovations in Moline. The 40-year-old shopping center is freshening its look for the future. Heavy equipment tears at the former Sears building on Tuesday. Giant claws rip apart the past. “It’s fun to be part of a revitalization,” said Bill Hass, Valley Construction. Revitalization for the future at SouthPark Mall. It’s a future based on the latest trends. “It will be very guest-friendly,” said Kathy Jurgens, senior property manager. “We want the guests to come, […]

  • Patient planting for specialty crops at Magnolia Crest Farms

    The greenhouse is a busy place at Magnolia Crest Farms in Davenport. “I’ve done a lot of transplanting,” said Production Manager Tracey Kuehl. That’s where Tracey is preparing hundreds of pepper plants. “Just tuck is down real nicely,” she continued. “Shake it down a little bit.” During a normal season, these plants would already be in the ground. But extreme weather is causing about a 10-day delay. “What’s slowing us down the most is colder temperatures and a little bit […]

  • Two big lottery winnings go unclaimed in Tipton

    A $1 million Powerball ticket and a lottery ticket worth $10,000 were both sold in Tipton, Iowa and neither of the prizes have been claimed.

  • Rail renovations slow Amtrak’s return to Quad Cities

    Passengers won’t likely climb aboard passenger trains until 2016 in the Quad Cities. While funding is in place, IDOT needs more time for track renovations. “There’s a lot that’s involved in reconstructing track and upgrading track service,” explained Paul Rumler, executive director of the QC Passenger Rail Coalition. “There’s everything from rail cars and track reconstruction to new stations.” After waiting decades to restore service, local supporters like Rumler applaud ongoing work on the tracks. Now, a more complicated 53-mile […]

  • Davenport drive-through job fair makes career connections

    Clear Channel’s parking lot is the place to look for work on Wednesday in Davenport. “I just heard about it on the radio,” said Amber Shook, Davenport. “Next thing you know, I just wanted to come.” QC Employ Me is hosting its first one-day drive-through job fair. It also hosts traditional job fairs during the year. Drivers circle the radio studios to make a career connection. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are event. “We always have people looking for jobs in the […]

  • You could help solve the mystery of the 1860 family Bible

    Local women hope someone can help them reunite the owner with a Bible that is more than 150 years old.

  • Local students show how drones could help farmers

    Davenport West students earned a chance to go to Washington, D.C. to show how they're using unmanned aerial vehicles to help corn farmers.

  • De Witt school honors retiring kindergarten teacher

    A De Witt, Iowa, school celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week in a special way. Ekstrand Elementary School honors one of its own after more than four decades in the classroom. There’s a hallway parade on Friday as several generations of past students, family and friends honor a remarkable teacher. “Were you surprised?” they asked Gena Owens. “Oh my gosh, yes,” she replied. “More than that.” These are magical moments for Gena. She’s retiring in June after 42 years in education. […]

  • Davenport’s West End crafts neighborhood plan

    Davenport West-Enders will get a look at a new neighborhood plan Thursday evening at the Roosevelt Community Center. It’s a topic of discussion during the lunch rush at the Rockingham Dairy Freez. That’s where you’ll find owner Margaret Carter. “I grew up down here,” she said. A lifetime West-Ender, she runs this family business there as well. “Help us keep it looking like the West End but clean, healthy and up to date,” she said. West-Enders are proud of their […]

  • Survivors recall boat getting ‘sucked through’ Mississippi River dam

    Tuesday’s dramatic rescue on the Mississippi River brings back terrifying moments. That’s as a disabled fishing boat with a broken anchor and stalled motor drifts toward disaster. “The boat capsized,” recalled Sally Jo Slocum, who was rescued. “We got sucked through the dam under it and through the rollers.” Four people emerged from the frigid, swirling current. Slocum’s husband, Charles, did not make it out. Get more coverage on the incident — click here. “We have very high water, very […]