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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, Jason worked upriver at WXOW, the ABC-affiliate in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He'd previously worked in Washington, D.C., where he had covered Capitol Hill for several television and radio affiliates as he completed his master's degree.

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 called "The Rootdown." After graduating and while working in Chicago, he began to volunteer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was asked to host a bingo show for patients on closed-circuit TV and spend time with patients afterwards. One of them challenged him to look into a full-time career in TV, which lead Jason to earn his master's 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 with viewers, both through the stories themselves and also through social media. From his trip to the Middle East and Egypt with U.S. troops, to a chance to play basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters, to a record-breaking 24 hours stint ringing a bell for The Salvation Army , 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...

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    The best way to eat a chicken wing

    On Sunday during the Super Bowl, the National Chicken Council estimates that 1.25 billion chicken wings will be eaten. Goose from the Dwyer & Michaels morning show on 97X this week demonstrated his tried and true technique that has blown Jason Fechner’s mind. Have  a better technique? E-mail Jason at jason.fechner@wqad.com or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter! If you’d rather have boneless wings, here’s a recipe with a healthy spin that you can make at home.

  • Madison Keys’ victory in loss

    19-year-old Madison Keys might have lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to top-seeded Serena Williams, but she didn’t go down quietly. After losing the first match 7-6, it was match point with the Rock Island native down 5-1, advantage Williams. And that’s when Keys displayed her physical and mental toughness, breaking seven match points before winning that seventh game. While she’d go on to lose the next game and get eliminated, that :10 minute stretch announced yet again […]

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    QC native Madison Keys beats Venus Williams, advances

    Rock Island native Madison Keys, 19, beat seven-time major champion Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals in the Australian Open.

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    24 hours of bell ringing nets $1,864.34 for The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army announced Monday that people visiting downtown Davenport Friday and early Saturday morning donated $1,864.34 as WQAD’s Jason Fechner rang the bell for 24 hours straight. Fechner stood guard over a 700 pound steel kettle on the corner of 2nd and Main, ringing the bell from 6:00 a.m. Friday through 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Subtract a few hours overnight where virtually no one stopped by, and visitors generously donated roughly $93/hour. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by!

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    The worst holiday albums of the past 20 years

    There are the iconic Christmas songs and albums released by legendary performers, and then there is the opposite end of the spectrum.

  • WQAD’s Thanksgiving Day Special

    On Thursday during “News 8 at 6:00,” News 8’s Jason Fechner and James Zahara spent the half-hour inside WQAD’s new kitchen, finishing a pie they started to bake during “News 8 at 5:00,” and making some breakfast options with leftovers and a Pinterest creation left behind by Denise Hnytka. Please note: at the end of the Thanksgiving Day special, neither one sampled anything that had been made. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WQAD!

  • The last-minute grocery grab

    It’s was a hectic Wednesday at Quad City grocery stores as people snatched up stuffing and such to prepare Thursday’s Thanksgiving feast. “It’s very busy. It’s a little bit busier than I expected it to be,” one shopper told News 8. “Traffic is horrendous,” said another. The best laid plans of culinary wizards to be go quickly by the wayside when they realize one ingredient’s gone missing, so someone needs to hop in the car and brave the crowds for […]

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    United Way launches financial mentor program

    The United Way of the Quad Cities Area Wednesday launched a new “Navigator Program” to help connect “people in poverty with people who have experienced financial success in their lives.” For more information on how to get involved, contact the United Way at (563) 355-4310.

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    Rock “supergroup” debuts new QC-based music video

    The "Devil City Angels" may still be a relatively unknown band, but the members of the "supergroup" are anything but.

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    What’s your vote worth? $73.12

    Financial reports filed to the Federal Election Commission reveal that the Senate race between Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley and Republican challenger Joni Ernst has cost at least $79,335,354, according to OpenSecrets.org. The amount jumps to $82,287,023, assuming both candidates’ campaigns spend all money they raised before the reporting deadline on October 15. $61,533,516 of that came from out-of-state groups. Add it all up, and the candidates, PACs and Super PACs have spent $73.12 per vote to try and influence the […]

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    Internet Archive posts 901 classic, playable video games

    The Internet Archive, which is supported by groups like the National Science Foundation and the Library of Congress, may shut down America’s productivity with its latest internet archiving attempt– it’s posted 901 classic video games online that can be played through a standard web browser. Titles include once coin-operated classics like Defender, Millipede and Bionic Commando. Simply click this link to The Internet Arcade to play– good luck! Related: The “Video Game Capital of the World”… in Iowa?!


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