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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
  • Rand Paul visits the Quad Cities 5-28-15 (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Rand Paul’s signature inspires Davenport Democrats own autographs

    As Sen. Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky, signs copies of his new book in Davenport, he also hopes to put his signature on a successful presidential campaign. “We’re going to have a big decision in this election,” he told a crowd topping 100 at Modern Woodmen Park.  “People say, ‘How will you stand out?’  I say, I don’t think that’s going to be my problem.” Not far away, Iowa Democrats sign a faux version of Paul’s book, titled “Take a Seat.” […]

  • Moline’s Mills at Riverbend Commons to add restaurant and housing

    Moline is expanding its connection between the WIU campus and community. That’s as a restaurant and more housing come to River Drive. Angel Figueroa, 19, gets a workout where he lives. The Black Hawk College student from the Chicago-area moved in a few months ago. He’s what The Mills at Riverbend Commons is all about. “Go to school, and get it done,” he said.  “But it’s also a way for you to have fun while you do it, too.” Now, […]

  • Great Galesburg Shake connects kids with social skills

    Nearly 100 Galesburg kids are learning how to make a great first impression. Corissa Wright is ready for success on Tuesday. “The sky’s the limit,” she said.  “You can just go for it.” The sixth grader at Lombard Middle School wants to become a lawyer.  At age 12, she’s off to a wonderful start. “At first, I thought it was going to be a little scary,” she said.  “But once you get to know them, they’re just like us.” This […]

  • Martin Sullivan dealership bullish on Deere in Galesburg

    With Deere’s signature green implements on display on Friday, Galesburg’s Martin Sullivan dealership knows all about farmers and the cyclical agriculture economy. “The need for new equipment is something that they don’t have to have right now,” said Jim Haynes, Martin Sullivan COO. This fourth generation family business is focusing on maintenance and used implement sales while farmers watch their wallets. “In general, we don’t have the funds,” said Tommy Justison, 18, a third generation farmer from Hillsboro, Illinois.  “When […]

  • Roseman’s ride remembers Moline’s Garfield School

    As the bike chain rattles, it’s like returning to the mid-1940s. Curt Roseman, 74, pedaled back to grade school on Thursday, May 21, 2015. “Feels like old times?” asked News 8’s John David. “Haven’t been here for a while,” Curt responded. The Moline historian and author made one last nostalgic trip back to Garfield School. He attended classes there from 1946 to 1951. Now, the school, built in 1902, will close for good in a few days. Students and staff will be moving over […]

  • Bill Murray muses about possible John Deere Classic visit

    There’s serenity and splendor at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. Even on a rainy Wednesday, this golf course is a natural wonder. But that solitude might be squashed by a celebrity guest. “We’ve got Bill Murray on the mind,” said golfer Phil Pietrandrea. Murray’s turn as Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” endears himself to golf fans 35 years after the film debuted. “When he’s going at the flowers, there’s such a great swing and contact,” joked golfer Scott Woodward. And after […]

  • Geneseo retailer tests O’Leary’s theory from ‘Shark Tank’

    Behind every dream, there could be a product worth millions of bucks, and one Shark Tank investor says women are running his most profitable companies.

  • WQAD Photo by John David,  5-15-15

    Coast Guard links oil sheen to sewer drainage

    Investigators blame careless action for Friday morning’s oil sheen along the Mississippi River near Moline. The Coast Guard quickly eliminated nearby boats and businesses as the source. They think that somebody dumped a small amount of oil down a drain upriver, and it spread from there. “Someone has oil in their yard, and it just rinses down to the river,” said Celebration Belle Captain Scott Schadler.  “A lot of these happen after a heavy rain.” Firefighters responded after spotting a […]

  • Rauner’s rail review slows Moline’s Q project

    Plans for Moline’s passenger rail station and hotel are in limbo until Governor Bruce Rauner releases state funding for the project. A fence symbolizes barriers between the state of Illinois and site of the future Q station. “We’re ready to go,” said Moline City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher. But the construction site will remain locked until Gov. Rauner releases state funding. “There are millions of dollars at stake here,” Steinbrecher said. Moline has already spent $9 million on the project.  Nearly […]

  • Isle Bettendorf digs in to build land-based casino

    Isle Bettendorf is making the transition from water to land with a $55-60 million dollar casino complex. Plans present a project to keep it the largest casino, hotel and convention space in Iowa. “It’s the the beginning of a fabulous journey for us,” said Isle President and CEO Virginia McDowell.  “Actually, kind of the final piece in a puzzle.” McDowell donned a hardhat to make a ceremonial scoop on Wednesday. The year-long project will create about 200 local construction jobs.  […]

  • River Bandits tally best record in organized baseball

    Despite snapping a 12-game winning streak on Tuesday afternoon, the River Bandits still sport the best record in organized baseball with its 25-7 record this season. “Quad City River Bandits baseball is on the air,” said announcer Marco LaNave, just before Tuesday’s first pitch. The River Bandits are on a roll in 2015. “Five games up on the Cedar Rapids Kernels,” he continued. And not just topping the Midwest League.  They have the best record in organized baseball, including the […]

  • UT Symphonic Band celebrates SuperState success

    Student musicians and their director are making history at United Township High School. For the first time, the school’s Symphonic Band topped the Illinois SuperState Class AAA competition at the University of Illinois on Saturday. Every musical triumph starts with a tune-up. “It’s about being the best artists we can be,” said Director of Bands David Maccabee. And what a triumph for UT. “This is recognition of how special you all are,” he said. UT beat out 10 bands and […]


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