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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
  • Preliminary hearing postponed for East Moline woman accused of beating one-year-old

    The preliminary hearing for Roxanne Coulson, the East Moline woman accused of beating a one-year-old child at her home daycare center, has been postponed. On Tuesday, Coulson appeared in court for her preliminary hearing but her attorney, Jack Schwartz, was tied up down the hall with another case. As a result, Coulson’s hearing was postponed until March 3rd. “I’m mad, but at the same time it’s like, I don’t have to deal with it for a little bit longer which […]

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    Davenport high school students travel to capitol, meet with district lawmakers

    On their day off from school for President’s Day, Davenport high school students took a class field trip to the state capitol to meet with state lawmakers and lobbyists and discuss issues they want addressed. It was the annual “Get on the Bus” field trip to Des Moines, where teachers, students, and school board members give the students the chance to meet their local legislatures. “The fact that they can actually question their local politicians and the governor of the […]

  • Massive fire breaks out at 3-story Burlington apartment building

    A dozen residents at a Burlington, Iowa apartment complex were able to escape when a massive fire broke out. Burlington Fire Marshal Mark Crooks said the fire in the 300 block of S. 3rd Street was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015. Two residents jumped out of windows trying to escape the three-story building, according to Crooks. All 12 of the occupants who were inside at the time of the fire made it out of the building. Four people were transported to the […]

  • Moline woman receives ‘amazing’ Valentine’s gift from late husband

    Kelly Mattson was not expecting any gifts from her husband this Valentine’s Day. She said they didn’t normally think much about it and would just exchange cards and the usual “I love yous.” Kelly especially didn’t expect anything this year because her husband, Randy, had died from a massive heart attack just one week ago, while he had been working to renovate their house. “His family had a history of heart problems. We were working on our bathroom and he […]

  • February 15th healthcare enrollment deadline approaching fast

    At the Moline office for Project of the Quad Cities, counselors are available around the clock to help Illinois residents get signed up for healthcare before the February 15th deadline. How to get 24-hour assistance when signing up for health care — click here “We are here to answer questions, we have our 24 our line going. I talked to one lady at 12:43 A.M. after she got off work,” said Wendy Kelly, the Executive Director for The Project of […]

  • Service vs. support: the difference between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

    A story that News 8 reported about a local veteran and the challenges he faced when he tried to bring his Emotional Support Dog inside an area restaurant generated a large response, with many viewers questioning the difference between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals. To answer those questions, News 8 met up with Hillary Plog, President and Head Trainer at the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network (QC CAN), to explain the different training methods and laws for Service Animals […]

  • Iowa lawmakers pushing to ban tanning for minors

    Iowa lawmakers are working on a bill that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning device in a salon in the state of Iowa. Currently, there are no restrictions for tanning minors in the state of Iowa, but some salons require parental consent. Terri Timmerman, owner of Tropical Breeze Tanning in Davenport, said their tanning services are a safe option for teens who want to get some color year round. “I check with their parents, […]

  • Loebsack pushes broadband internet expansion in rural Bettendorf

    On Saturday, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack met with area development officials at Scott Community College to discuss ways to increase broadband internet throughout rural and urban areas in the state. “Without broadband, without a consistent and reliable connection to the internet that has sufficient bandwidth, it’s really hard for folks to make it in this economy,” said Loebsack. “It’s all about access to community connection bandwidth and making sure the folks have what they need.” Lawmakers throughout the state of […]

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    Veteran raising awareness after restaurant doesn’t allow his service dog inside

    A military veteran is working to raise awareness on a subject he feels happens too often.

  • Icy, unplowed roads making tree removal difficult

    On Super Bowl Sunday, Randy Tucker expected to walk outside and see his car under a layer of snow, and instead found it under his neighbors tree. “[I was] totally shocked actually and then just kind of worried about the nature of the damage,” Tucker said. “you know, contacting insurance, who’s going to be responsible, those kind of things run through your head.” Tucker is one of many people throughout the Quad Cities who are dealing with knocked down trees […]

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    Davenport plows struggle in extreme elements

    On Sunday, the City of Davenport sent out an advisory warning everyone to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. “If there are vehicles out in this sliding around, that just gives our plow drivers more of a chance to hit the vehicle, or the vehicle to hit one of our plows,” said Eric Longlett, Davenport Streets Maintenance Engineer. “The less vehicles on the road the more open [we are] to get the plowing completed.” “Even our own trucks are […]

  • Mother outraged over child allegedly beaten at daycare

    An East Moline, Illinois woman faced criminal charges after she allegedly hit a one-year-old she cared for at her in-home daycare. Roxanne Coulson, 60, operated a licensed child care at her home according to East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault.  Coulson was accused of hitting a one-year-old child in the face and neck. Now, that child’s mother is speaking out to News 8. “I was recommended the daycare through my brother and sister-in-law, they interviewed [Coulson] and everything,” said Samantha […]


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