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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
  • Event raises money and awareness to stop violence on QC streets

    Community members on the west side of Rock Island held an event on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in an effort to make their streets a safer place. The event, called “We Care for Our Communities,” was meant to raise money so security cameras can be installed along the crime-ridden streets. Willie Williamson, better known by his peers as “The Candy Man,” spearheaded the event, hoping to raise $2,000 for the cause. “Cameras will cost anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 dollars […]

  • Second graders at McKinley learn about nutrition from their own garden

    Second graders at McKinley Elementary School in Davenport got a chance to try their hands in the kitchen on Wednesday with their own home-grown vegetables from the school’s garden. For five years, McKinley Elementary has grown vegetables in their community garden. In the spring, students vote on which vegetables they want to grow and in the fall they harvest and cook a meal with them. “I wanted to start a garden here at McKinley because when I think back to […]

  • Holiday Pops changes venues, crosses the river

    The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra announced that the Holiday Pops concert be changing venues this year. The concert, which is usually held at the i-Wireless Center in Moline, will be at the Adler theater in Davenport with three different show times. For Holiday Pops tickets and showtimes, click here. Sara Morby, Director of Marketing for the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, said the move will make it easier for families with young children to attend the concerts. “We’ve already had a […]

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    Drunk-driving accident survivor said she never thought it would happen to her

    It’s a story that has been told time and time again: don’t drink and drive and always wear your seat belt. It’s also a story that Tawni Ricketts and her friends all lived through just five months ago. Ricketts and her friends, Ali, Sam, and Michael Collins, were Illinois State University students. They were all headed back from a party on March 29th, 2014 when a drunk driver ran a red light and slammed into their car going 90 miles […]

  • Run with Carl crosses its final finish line

    The rainy morning didn’t dampen runners’ spirits for the 20th anniversary final Run with Carl in Bettendorf on Labor Day. The race originally started as a memorial for 15-year-old cross-country runner Carl Schillig, who was killed in 1994 after crossing a street and getting hit by a car. The following year, the Schillig family created the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund. Through race fundraising, every year one graduating senior from Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf high school receives a $4,000 scholarship […]

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    Scott County lake reels in its first tourists

    Labor Day weekend is the first holiday weekend for Lost Grove Lake in Scott County. Plans for building the lake started in 1987 and construction began in 2010. Officially opened to the public on August 22, Lost Grove Lake offers an array of activities for guests. From boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting to walking trails, the Iowa DNR expects the nearly 1,700-acre wildlife attraction to reel in about $20 million dollars for the local economy. The lake is located six miles […]

  • How Davenport coaches are helping prevent concussions on the football field

    Rising Knights Youth Football Program is taking the extra step this season by requiring all of its coaches to be “Heads-Up” certified. Heads-Up certification trains football coaches on equipment fitting, heat and hydration, heads up tackling, and concussion recognition and awareness. “We’ve been having youth tackle football for over forty years and we are the premier league in the Quad Cities. We want to maintain that, we want to keep the integrity of what we do,” said Rising Knights Football  […]

  • Fire smoldered for 8 hours before destroying apartments in Bettendorf

    A lightning strike was blamed for fire that destroyed an 18-unit apartment building in Bettendorf, Iowa.

  • Galesburg contract negotiations hang on teacher recall rights

    Contract negotiations between the Galesburg Education Association (GEA) and the Galesburg Board of Education remain at a standstill. According to both parties, all contract issues have been smoothed out except for teacher recall rights. Under new state law, teachers are grouped into four categories: Distinguished, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory. In the event of a layoff, teachers labeled “Distinguished” would keep their jobs first while the others would be let go. “Probably about one percent should be distinguished [with] no […]

  • Fire departments struggling to find volunteers

    Most fire departments in rural communities around the Quad Cities rely on volunteer firefighters. However, with increasing demands on hours and no paycheck, finding those volunteers is getting tougher. Tyler Schmidt, Fire Chief for the Fire Department in Eldridge, Iowa, has been a firefighter for 20 years. “They were just starting the Firefighter One training, which was probably 60 hours of training,” said Schmidt. Now, because many calls to the fire department are medical, Eldridge firefighters are required to complete […]

  • Quad Cities Chamber survey brings reform questions to the surface

    According to a new survey done released by the Quad Cities Chambers on Monday, Rock Island County voters are mostly in favor of reform in the Rock Island County Board. The poll surveyed 400 Rock Island County voters. Out of the voters, 20.8 percent were Republican, 33 percent were Democrat, 34.3 percent were independent, and 12 percent were from another political party. These were their findings: 77.5% of voters are in favor of reducing the size of the Rock Island […]

  • Love Without Borders rally calls for more hospitality in border crisis

    Dozens of people gathered for a rally in front of the Irish immigrant statue on the corner of Harrison and West 2nd Street in Davenport on Sunday, August 17. The peaceful rally, called Love Without Borders, was put on by local faith leaders to encourage hospitality towards child refugees caught in the U.S. border crisis. “We know from the past that this country hasn’t always been welcoming to immigrants,” said Reverend Rich Hendricks from the Metropolitan Community Church of the […]


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