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 or follow her on Twitter @WQADCaroline.

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    Rock Island house demolished the day after it was destroyed by fire

    On Friday morning, November 6, 2015, crews demolished a Rock Island home that was destroyed by a fire the day before.

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    Salvation Army needs volunteer and paid seasonal bell ringers

    The Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas season and is looking for bell ringers. The Red Kettle Campaign is set to begin Friday, November 6, 2015, according to a statement from the Salvation Army.  Ringing sites will be set up in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Milan. The Salvation Army started accepting applications for paid hires Monday, October 5.  Paid workers can devote as few as eight hours or as many as 40 hours per […]

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    Accused man says Wyatt Earp birthplace owners lied about him selling items from the home

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    GMQC shows off best Quad City Halloween decorations

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    WIU has its credit downgraded in midst of budget impasse

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    Davenport School Board votes to close JB Young School

    The Davenport School Board has voted to close JB Young School at the end of the current academic school year.

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    St. Ambrose deflates athletic dome to start building new one

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    Illinois reports better unemployment rate, QC not following suit

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    New Iowa poll shows gap between Clinton and Sanders is closing

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    How you can own a piece of the historic Lodge Hotel

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    Moline store connecting with breast cancer survivors since 1989

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