Jason Fechner


WQAD's Jason Fechner anchors News 8 at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. He also interacts with viewers 24/7 through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Before joining WQAD as the station's weekend anchor and reporter in August, 2006, Jason worked upriver as a general assignment reporter at WXOW, the ABC-affiliate in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He moved to the bluffs of "God's country" from Washington, D.C., where he covered Capitol Hill for several television and radio affiliates.

Originally from Park Ridge, Illinois, Jason studied political science and business at Valparaiso University. It was there he got his start in broadcasting, co-hosting a popular college radio show, "The Rootdown," with his fraternity brother Tom Roshar (who owes him $5 whenever anyone clicks on this page -- visit often!). After graduating and while working in Chicago, he began to volunteer twice at week at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was asked to host their bingo show on closed-circuit TV and spend time with patients afterwards. One of them inspired him to look into a full-time career in TV, which lead Jason to earn his masters from Northwestern University, with focuses on broadcasting, legal ethics and journalism.

Anchor of the Associated Press's Best Newscast, Jason loves to share the unique opportunities he gets to experience with viewers, both through the stories and through social networking. From his travels through the Middle East to a chance to play against the Harlem Globetrotters as a Washington General, to a Hollywood adventure behind-the-scenes of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Jason's been grateful for every moment since deciding to become a journalist, and for a chance to work with some wonderful people along the way...

If you have any story ideas for Jason or just want to get his insights into Bruce Springsteen, American-made cars, the Chicago Cubs and Bears, or to get his epic baby back rib chili recipe, feel free to drop a him a line at Jason.Fechner@wqad.com... or on Twitter @ Twitter.com/jasonfechner... or on Facebook.com/jasonfechner... or his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/jasonfechnermedia. Cheers!

Recent Articles

  • Kids step up for “Tudi’s Tribe”

    Posted on: 10:26 pm, April 18, 2014, by

    Three 5th grade classrooms at Seton Catholic in Moline have been very busy the past few weeks, collecting donations for...
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  • Necker’s awards The Children’s Therapy Center its “Gift of Giving”

    Posted on: 8:51 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    Each month we’ll feature a local charity and promote giving back through viewer purchases at Necker’s Jewelers. Watch News 8...
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  • Lip-synced solution to Denise’s disappearing voice

    Posted on: 10:28 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 10:33am, April 16, 2014

    After fighting back a bug that’s zapped Denise Hnytka’s vocal cords last week, co-anchor Jason Fechner came up with a...
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  • Quad City Christian prepares dinner theater fundraiser

    Posted on: 9:09 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 10:14pm, April 10, 2014

    The typically quiet halls on a Friday night at Moline’s Quad City Christian School will be anything but on April...
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  • CASI receives Necker’s “Gift of Giving”

    Posted on: 5:23 pm, March 21, 2014, by

    Each month we’ll feature a local charity and promote giving back through viewer purchases at Necker’s Jewelers. Watch News 8...
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  • How our NCAA bracket was pulled from a hat

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 11:51am, March 20, 2014

    We filled out an NCAA 2014 bracket by simply picking team names out of a hat.
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  • Passenger: QC-bound flight ‘started spiraling’ before emergency landing

    Posted on: 9:11 pm, March 6, 2014, by , updated on: 09:25am, March 7, 2014

    A flight from Dallas to the Quad Cities was forced to land when the cockpit reportedly filled with smoke..
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  • The untold story after the story aired…

    Posted on: 8:39 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 08:42pm, February 28, 2014

    They didn’t know I was watching them or listening, let alone that I’d write anything about it. But sometimes, in...
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  • Rock Island planning for 2034

    Posted on: 10:23 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 10:27pm, February 25, 2014

    The City of Rock Island Tuesday welcomed residents into St. John Lutheran Church to review the draft of the long-term...
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  • Business competition coming to the QC

    Posted on: 9:53 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 10:14pm, February 25, 2014

    Entrepreneurs in the Quad Cities will have a chance to go head-to-head and compete for thousands of dollars to make...
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  • Bettendorf native set to tour with “Chicago”

    Posted on: 7:01 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 07:44pm, February 22, 2014

    Bettendorf native and Assumption High School graduate Tim Stopulos is headed north of the border as legendary band Chicago’s new...
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  • Lessons in love from ages 8 to 85…

    Posted on: 8:46 pm, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 04:52pm, February 14, 2014

    The halls of Seton Catholic School in Moline have been buzzing this week ahead of Valentine’s Day. “It’s a day...
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