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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
  • Illinois state historic sites brace for budget cuts

    At The Filling Station in Bishop Hill, Illinois, the names on the wall say it all. “These little communities are really neat,” said visitor Tom Deutsch, Cameron. Global tourists visit the historic colony each year. Jamey Halpin came from Naples, Florida. “This is Americana,” he said. “This is how this country was built.” But state budget cuts will trim $1.1 million from the historic sites. It’s a 20% cut for the coming year. It’s forcing the nearby Bishop Hill Museum […]

  • Super weed spreads closer to Quad Cities

    A destructive so-called “super weed” is winding its way into Midwestern crops. Palmer Amaranth is now in six Iowa counties, 28 Illinois counties and spreading. A Muscatine County farm is like a crime scene on Monday. “At first, I didn’t know what it was,” said farmer Roger Hargrafen. Red flags mark the culprit in his field.  It’s a menacing weed with the aristocratic name, Palmer Amaranth. “I better check that out,” he said. Hargrafen, who first identified the weed in […]

  • Rock Island readies for revival with strategic goals

    Rock Island is looking to turn possibilities into realities. That’s why the city is developing a set of goals and strategic initiatives. It’s a blueprint for success. Revival in Rock Island starts with the swing of a sledgehammer on Friday. 2nd Avenue’s Star Block is set to shine again. The 140-year-old structure is getting a $1.8 million facelift. It will become apartments and retail space. These are elements that match long-term goals for the city. “This is a very comprehensive […]

  • Bituminous’ plans symbolize economic battle for governor

    The economy is front-and-center in the race for Illinois governor. Both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner want to make Illinois a good place for business. But the plan to move Bituminous Insurance from Rock Island to Davenport raises a red flag. This is an image battle that crosses state borders. Bituminous plans to leave Rock Island. It will take 150 jobs to Davenport. The move symbolizes a one-way business exodus from Illinois to Iowa. “We have to […]

  • Galesburg braces for teacher intent-to-strike vote

    Some 675 Galesburg teachers and para-professionals are one step closer to a walkout. That’s as the Galesburg Education Association prepares for an intent-to-strike vote Thursday evening. Both sides called off negotiations set for Wednesday after remaining at an impasse. At the surface, there’s music and sunshine at Galesburg’s Cafe in the Park. But as youngsters savor the summer, there’s worry over a teacher strike in coming weeks. “It would be nice to see them come to an agreement,” said Christen […]

  • Treasury Secretary touts Alcoa’s adaptability to grow

    Alcoa is a shining example of growing American manufacturing jobs in the Quad Cities. That’s why U. S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew toured the Davenport works on Tuesday afternoon. Secretary Lew is learning how Alcoa is advancing during challenging times. The company is helping to revive American manufacturing. “When business people around the world are asked, where is the best place to locate a manufacturing plant, they say the United States,” he said. This $300 million expansion is a good […]

  • Chilean psychiatrist leads crusade to legalize marijuana

    Rock Island readies for medical marijuana vote

    Rock Island aldermen are poised to approve plans to grow medical marijuana within city limits on Monday night. That’s why this corn field off Andalusia Road could soon be featuring another cash crop. Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries wants to buy just over 10 acres for $135,000. It would build a marijuana growing facility. “It’s a difficult site to get to,” said Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley. “It’s a difficult site to sell. It’s perfect for them, and it’s perfect for […]

  • 7-25-14,  WQAD Photo by John David

    Lee County takes action to solve Illinois salt shortage

    There’s still a bite from this brutal winter. Five months before the holiday, it’s hardly Christmas in July. “It’s a surprise to everybody up here, to say the least,” said Lee County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum. There’s a mad scramble for road salt in Illinois.  Supplies are down.  Prices are high.  Lee County is caught in the stalemate. “All the entities that did not receive bids are going to be clamoring for the salt that is available,” said Lee County […]

  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in Davenport 7-24-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Job fair held in Davenport to help employ veterans

    Aaron Eads knows about hard work in the Navy. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a machinist. Now, he’s reinventing himself as a civilian. “It is rough going from active duty status and then coming back here,” he said. The unemployment rate for post 9-11 veterans is more than two percentage points above civilians. That’s why Aaron joined other veterans in Davenport on Thursday. This Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans to make that challenging transition. Muscatine’s HNI […]

  • Buffalo Post Office moved signs 7-23-14 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Buffalo still waiting for post office to reopen after flood

    Long after Mississippi River flooding receded, there’s still no mail service in Buffalo, Iowa. Now, the riverfront town of 1,200 wants some answers, along with its mail. Sparks are flying inside Metal Werks on Wednesday. Tempers are short. Owner Bob Freeman is steaming mad. “The frustrating part is that nobody knows anything,” he said. Freeman fixes things for a living, but this stumps him.  Buffalo’s post office is still closed more than two weeks after basement flooding. “You have to […]

  • Bettendorf embraces change to revitalize downtown

    Downtown Bettendorf is a work in progress these days. Plans for a new Interstate 74 bridge, land-based casino and more projects are filling the area with a lot of improvements and challenges. “Here’s where we are now,” said Rev. Rich Pokora, vice president of the Bettendorf Business Network. Downtown Bettendorf is on the move, like it or not. “40 businesses are gone,” he said. “Other businesses are giving up.” A vacant gas station symbolizes the eyesores. Business leaders face an […]

  • Rhythm City Casino grand re-opening, 2-7-14, WQAD Photo

    Illinois competition takes a bite out of Iowa casino revenue

    Reels are spinning, and the house is winning in Rock Island these days. That’s where City Limits reaps benefits from expanded Illinois gaming. The bar and grill’s four machines bring in about $1,000 each week for the business. “These machines are taking in a lot of money away from the casinos,” said owner Bob Anderson. “I’m sure of that.” One reason why Iowa gaming revenue declined for the second straight year. Revenue from Iowa’s riverboat casinos dropped more than $32 […]


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