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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
  • Trains moving again after massive Galena derailment

    Freight trains are rolling again after a major derailment near Galena last week. With about 100 trains backed up since Thursday, it will take some time to slowly and safely move them through. That’s after huge bursts of smoke and flames created an overwhelming scene for Galena firefighters. Just four days after the train derailment, Fire Chief Randy Beadle recalled the tense moments just before six foot flames shot sky high. “They left their hoses where they were, and they […]

  • items from Cuba (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Galesburg-Cuba connection spans classrooms to cigars

    Each snapshot tells a story for Dr. Lori Sundberg. “Cuban people have a strong sense of culture,” she said. The Carl Sandburg College president just returned from an eight-day, eye-opening exchange with other Illinois education leaders in Cuba. “You can see it in their faces,” she recalled. A trip that’s really all about learning. “It’s a study in the ways that Communism works, and the ways in which it doesn’t,” she said. The U.S. and Cuba recently relaxed some diplomatic, […]

  • School bus overturns on Interstate 80

    Students were reportedly injured when a school bus overturned on Interstate 80 at Interstate 88 in East Moline, Illinois.

  • Deere braces for record drop in 2015 sales

    Deere & Company’s top boss is ready to set a record this year, but it’s not the kind he wants. CEO Sam Allen expects sales to drop a record $6 billion. Large machinery sales could tumble 50% this year. That’s more than any downturn since the devastating 1980’s farm crisis. “In general, we don’t have the funds,” said Tommy Justison, 18, a third-generation farmer from Hillsboro, Illinois. During Wednesday’s annual meeting for shareholders, Deere seems to be a victim of […]

  • Galesburg pitches million-dollar plan to build homes

    Galesburg can think of a million reasons to build new homes. The city hopes that $1 million in incentives will boost new construction and tax revenue. Lots of folks think it’s about time.  The newest housing subdivision in Galesburg was built 15 years ago. “We have a great need for new housing,” said Kit Wilcox, Century 21. Galesburg wants to inspire new home building with cash incentives that are earmarked for economic development. “A lot of people we have coming […]

  • Hilltop Campus Village (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Davenport Hilltop Campus Village block ready for revival

    A Davenport eyesore is ready for an elegant transformation. There’s a new look on the way for old buildings on Harrison Street. “That’s going to be huge for the area,” said Scott Tunnicliff, director of the Hilltop Campus Village. A developer bought the block at 16th and Harrison on December 19. The identity should come with an official announcement in coming weeks. Soon, there could be a big boost for the neighborhood. “Apartments above, commercial space below,” Tunnicliff continued.  “It […]

  • Self-help convention helps Q.C. tourism generate millions

    A self-help convention is helping to generate a $4.5 million economic impact for the Quad Cities economy this weekend. Some 8,500 participants with Life Leadership are selling out hotels and booking up restaurants. As hundreds of folks stream into the Waterfront Convention Center on Friday, it demonstrates the success and popularity of the group. The faith-based Michigan enterprise started just four years ago. It now has more than 400,000 members. Participants pay a membership fee to sell the motivational materials. […]

  • Muscatine-China connection brings global economy home

    Muscatine is showing how old friends can be new business partners. A close connection with China is inspiring millions in investment and cultural exchanges. A 30-year odyssey sparked this commercial and cultural renaissance between Muscatine and China. “They feel loyal to Iowa,” said Sarah Lande, Muscatine.  “And Iowa feels loyal to them.” Three years ago, incoming President Xi Jinping revisited old friends in Muscatine that he first met in 1985. That visit has opened the door wider to tourism and […]

  • Illinois governor dispenses tough medicine in turnaround budget

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s tough medicine will be hard to swallow for some state agencies. He’s trying to dent the state’s $6 billion deficit with his turnaround budget. As Wednesday’s speech revealed, there are tough choices over dollars and cents. “This is our last, best chance to get our house in order,” he said.  “Let’s get it done together.” FULL TRANSCRIPT: What Gov. Rauner said in his address regarding the Illinois budget In this era of belt-tightening, services that help kids […]

  • Galesburg agency braces for cuts before budget address

    Ryan Maloney likes to share his passion for disability rights. It’s a subject close to his heart. Maloney, 25, lives with cerebral palsy. But that doesn’t stop him from working and advocating for others. “There are families and people like Ryan, who have challenges and disabilities, that depend so much on agencies similar to Stone-Hayes,” said Carol Maloney, Ryan’s mom. The Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living has helped Ryan over the past seven years. It serves 150 consumers over a […]

  • Video gaming helps to dent Galesburg deficit

    A strip mall on Henderson Street houses some of the newest games in Galesburg. “They’re close,” said Denny Lytle, Galesburg. “You don’t have to drive 40 miles to play.” Inside Suzi’s Video Poker and Slots, Lytle comes to spin for cash. “Don’t spend more than you can lose,” he advised. In just six months, Suzi’s is pleasing players like Denny and pumping money into cash-strapped city and state coffers. It earned nearly $15,000 for Galesburg and nearly $75,000 for the […]

  • Clinton considers $1.2 million in school cuts

    Schools in Clinton are bracing to make more than a million dollars in cuts. The proposal would slice $1.2 million and cut some 30 full and part-time jobs. That includes 11 teaching positions. Depending on funding, cuts could be even more severe. Clinton’s new middle school is a symbol of achievement. A penny sales tax for buildings paid for it and other improvements. A generous community chipped in to fund sports upgrades at Clinton High and plans for an auditorium […]


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