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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
  • Illinois tourism funding on hold during budget impasse

    The Illinois budget stalemate is now hitting the brakes on a record-setting year for tourism. The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is regrouping after missing a full month of Illinois funding. Illinois tourism creates plenty of hits each year in the Quad Cities, but its treatment in Springfield feels like a strikeout. After a month without Illinois funding, the Quad Cities must cut back on marketing the region for future events. “What’s going to happen if Illinois tourism funds […]

  • WQAD Photo by John David, 7-31-15

    Bix Society to provide Blues Fest with web boost

    Live music is all about sharing the experience with others. That keeps the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival going strong after 44 years in Davenport. Now, Bix is reaching out to help the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Talk to Josh Duffee, musical director for the Bix Fest, and he’ll tell you it’s just the right thing to do. “That blues music evolved into ragtime and jazz,” he said.  “We wouldn’t be where we’re at if it wasn’t for the blues.” […]

  • Remembering Vietnam casualties at Arsenal’s Wall That Heals

    It’s the sound of service on Thursday. “When you see it, it’s very inspiring,” said Vietnam veteran Lyle Peterson. And it’s the sight of sacrifice. “It’s like a healing wall,” said Vietnam veteran Fred Hernandez. At the Rock Island Arsenal, The Wall That Heals helps visitors to remember a war in Vietnam that many forgot. “I kneel down and rub my hand over their names,” Peterson said. At Thursday’s opening ceremonies, hometown hero Bill Albracht recalls the long wait for […]

  • Cameron tangles with obstacles in tornado aftermath

    Rev. Paul Lydic is aiming high for help as he repairs a roof in Cameron, Illinois, on Wednesday. “I’m concerned,” he said.  “Some of these people are longtime residents in Cameron, and they may not come back.” This hometown boy, who also lost a family business building, knows all about the hardship following a tornado in Cameron, Illinois, on July 16. “It’s kind of like a funeral,” he continued.  “The first week, you have all your family and support there.  […]

  • Tornado damage in Kirkwood, Illinois (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Extreme weather takes toll on Illinois crops and farms

    Longtime Kirkwood, Illinois, farmer Wendell Shauman remembers the shock after a July 16 tornado. In a matter of seconds, it tears apart his century-old farm. “A guy calls,” Shauman recalled. “He says, ‘The whole place is gone.’ ” Shauman asks, “What’s that mean?” Then, there’s a painful realization. “He was right,” Shauman said.  “It was gone.” It also races through nearby farms, damaging crops and flattening corn. As a result, nearly half of the Illinois corn crop now rates fair […]

  • Sterling small businesses help to stop check-writing scam

    Small businesses in Sterling, Illinois, are joining forces to stop a check-writing scam. That teamwork could save their stores thousands of dollars. After 10 years in business, Vicki Mandrell has a soft spot for loyal shoppers at Tuff Dog Bakery. But she remembers the feeling when an out-of-state customer wrote a bad check for nearly $200 last week. “I felt like she was robbing me right under my nose,” Mandrell recalled.  “She was going to keep going around and doing […]

  • “Jersey Boy” Chris Christie talks presidential politics at Davenport’s Jersey Grille

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says that President Obama lied to Americans about the recent Iran negotiations. Christie says that a bad deal that endangers the world is worse than no deal at all. “We set up a system in this country of checks and balances in our government to stop this,” he said.  “And stop a president who is out of control.” In a crowded field of !6 Republican hopefuls, Christie plans to stand out with specifics. That includes […]

  • WQAD photo by John David

    Davenport Army Recruiting Center opens during security scrutiny

    It’s a bittersweet opening for the Army Recruiting Center on busy 53rd Street in Davenport. Exactly one week ago, a deadly shooting rampage took aim at a similar strip mall recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Solemn moments on Thursday as Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba leads a prayer for the five victims. “Let’s hope this never happens again,” he said. For Captain Carlinton Dobson, who served in dangerous places like Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s another illustration of the war on […]

  • hatchery in Wilton, Iowa (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Wilton hatchery to join battle against bird flu in Iowa

    It’s the new front line of defense in the battle against bird flu. Crews are building a $22-million hatchery in Wilton, Iowa, for Hy-Line North America. The West Des Moines-based company plans to ship millions of day-old chicks from Wilton starting in January 2016. “What it means for a town like Wilton is that it helps with keeping our town alive,” said Becky Allgood, executive director with the Wilton Development Corporation. It’s a timely and important investment. The bird flu […]

  • Davenport schools aim to cut dropout rate with online option

    Graduation day is like a dream come true for most high school students. But for others, it represents a nightmare of insurmountable tasks. “The circumstances surrounding their lives just make it so that school is not a top priority any more,” said Stephanie Eckhardt, a counselor at Davenport West High School. Eckhardt hopes that a new partnership will help. The school district is teaming up with Graduation Alliance. The Utah-based online program helps likely dropouts to get a diploma. “I […]

  • Vilsack’s visit helps to power Eastern Iowa’s future

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees the light when it comes to rural investment. During a stop in Wilton, Iowa, on Friday,  the former Iowa governor delivers a record-setting $44-million loan to the Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative. “The interest rate is low, which allows those improvements to be made without significantly increasing the cost of electricity,” Sec. Vilsack said. While this utility serves 26,000 clients in 13 Iowa counties, improvements and cost are constants for service and crucial for […]

  • Moline schools win appeal against Elliott Aviation

    Moline schools are clearing a major hurdle in its bid to reclaim thousands of dollars in lost tax revenue. That’s after an appellate court sided with the school district in its case against Elliott Aviation. The ruling restores about $150,000 yearly to the schools that was lost when the company received tax-exempt status. “We felt if people were going to back out of paying their property taxes, it could be a catastrophe for school districts,” said Moline Superintendent Lanty McGuire. […]


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