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Caroline joined the WQAD news team in February 2014 as a reporter.

Before her career brought her to the Quad Cities, Caroline grew up in Oak Park, IL. While she loved being so close to Chicago, her desire to experience a new atmosphere (and escape the awful winters) took her to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She reported and produced for her college news program, UT Today, and interned for the local TV station. While she worked as a waitress at local restaurants by night, and went to school during the day, Caroline also worked as a production assistant at WBIR-TV for their morning news during her last year of college.

After finishing classes, Caroline decided to change her surroundings again and completed her last college credit in the form of a second internship with KSDK News Channel Five in St. Louis, MO.

Caroline is excited to be starting her career in the Quad Cities and can’t wait to get to know the wonderful community she’s heard so much about. When she’s not in the newsroom or out on a story, Caroline enjoys running with her dog, practicing yoga, baking, going to baseball games, and spending time with her family.

If you have a story idea you would like to send Caroline, you can email her at caroline.reinwald@wqad.com or follow her on Twitter @WQADCaroline.

Recent Articles
  • Fulton man says fishy idea could save Illinois big bucks

    Mike Schafer, owner of Schafer Fisheries, said his carp would be a perfect option for state penitentiaries who need to supply decent food to their prisoners at a lower cost. “The nutritional value is very high in carp products,” Schafer said. “With protein being so expensive in beef and pork and chicken in today’s world, I think fish has a bright opportunity.” Schafer hand makes hot dogs and bologna out of the carp they sell at Schafer’s Fisheries in Fulton, […]

  • Watch: Fire consumes home in Galesburg

    Fire had already destroyed a Galesburg home before fire department could even get there.

  • Madison Elementary tackling chronic absences and district poverty in new pilot program

    Madison Elementary is piloting a new transportation program to help cut down on student absences while also addressing the district poverty issue. Steve Mielenhausen, the Principal at Madison Elementary School, said there are about 40 students who are chronically absent from school, mainly due to a lack of reliable transportation. “We are a 100 percent walking school and there are some neighborhoods that are really far away from Madison,” said Mielenhausen. “Students have to walk through some pretty difficult neighborhoods to […]

  • Fire destroys charter bus on Interstate 88

    Eastbound lanes on Interstate 88 near Hillsdale, Illinois were closed to traffic for hours after a charter bus caught fire.

  • Moline house  fire, 3-1-15. WQAD Photo by  Caroline Reinwald

    Three rescued from burning Moline home

    A burning Moline, Illinois home had three people temporarily trapped inside. The fire was in a duplex in the 800 block of 15th Street B.  It caught fire before noon on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Firefighters were able to rescue the three trapped people, according to a spokesperson from the Moline Fire Department. None of the trapped people were injured. The fire was located in the second story of the duplex. According to the spokesperson, it started in the kitchen […]

  • Engineers give Iowa’s infrastructure a C-

    People at the pump in Iowa may notice a hike in prices starting Sunday. On Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad approved a bill for a 10-cent gas tax increase, that will go into effect on March 1st. The bill is meant to help fund projects for Iowa’s crumbling infrastructure. “When you compare what our options are to really fund the shortfall in our infrastructure, something needed to be done and this is the path we took in order to address that […]

  • St. Ambrose hosts decorated triple-amputee Iraq War veteran to speak at veteran conference

    On Wednesday, decorated war veteran, Bryan Anderson, spoke to a roomful of veterans at St. Ambrose University for the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Veterans Conference. The event, titled “Seek the Middle Ground: Bridging the Divide from Military to Civilian,” was at the Rogalski Center on campus. After shipping out on September 11, 2001, Anderson served as a sergeant for the military police in Iraq. He served two tours of duty until 2005, when he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device […]

  • North Scott classrooms coping with loss

    It’s been a tough year for students and staff in the North Scott School District, after losing two of its elementary school teachers in the last seven months. Diana Wenndt, a third grade teacher at Alan Shepard Elementary School, died in July 2014 after battling a long illness. Then in February 2015, Linda Steffen, a fourth grade teacher at Grissom Elementary School, passed away suddenly. Wenndt taught in the North Scott School District for 13 years, Steffen had been a […]

  • Davenport Superintendent presents draft budget reduction plan, proposes 25 teacher cuts

    Davenport School Board members will review a rough draft of what the budget could look like for the next school year in Monday’s school board meeting. Davenport Superintendent, Dr. Art Tate, will present the board his plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The plan includes cutting 25 teaching positions, saving the district $1.5 million, while also offering early retirement benefits to teachers who have been in the district for over 20 years. To view the Davenport School District’s Draft Reduction […]

  • Hope for Hannah silent auction prize allegedly stolen

    A sergeant at the Blue Grass Police Department is offering a $200 reward to anyone who can find, and turn in, whoever allegedly stole a Coach purse from Friday’s Hope for Hannah benefit. The benefit was for Hannah, a three-year-old girl diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, to help pay for her medical bills. “It got to the point where she couldn’t even walk, she was in so much pain,” said Ben Hudson, Hannah’s father. Hudson said he remembers when […]

  • Community summit aims to strengthen relationship between police and African Americans

    A summit on civil rights and African American injustices was held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Rock Island on Saturday. The event, called Quad Citians Gather for Civil Rights & Justice Summit, was put on by the Quad Cities Activist Hub. The event was aimed at starting an open discussion on issues the African American community faces, specifically racial profiling among law enforcement. “I think what we need to think about as a community as a […]

  • QC schools impacted by substitute teacher shortage

    There is a shortage of substitute teachers across the country right now, and administrators are having trouble finding a solution. Many times, if a school cannot find a substitute teacher, administrators have to fill in. “Whenever you’re faced with that challenge, you are going to have to look at who’s going to be least impacted by the decision that you make,” said Jennifer Gertson, the principal at Riverdale Heights Elementary School in Pleasant Valley. “A lot of times the administrator […]


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