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Jason Fechner anchors News 8 at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 & 10:00 Monday through Friday. He also interacts with viewers 24/7 through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and can be heard each morning on B100 from 6 - 10 a.m.!

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 graduate work.

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 and the Medill School of 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 hour 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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    Updated: psychics fill out Jason Fechner’s March Madness bracket

    UPDATE MONDAY: What had been an impressive run of prognosticated picks last week has slowed to a celestial run in with reality Monday after two psychics predicted the outcome of the 2015 mens’ NCAA basketball tournament. After selecting 23 of 32 games correctly Thursday and Friday, including the major upsets (wins by UAB and Georgia St.) that only 1.9% of people in the country got, Ronna and Vicki now have only 6 of the teams in the Sweet 16 left: […]

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    "I never thought I'd be homeless," Susich told News 8. "It's just the way things happen."

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    Back to the Future is back… kind of

    The DeLorean might not be back, but Doc and Marty McFly are thanks to Back in Time, a new documentary about the Back to the Future franchise.

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    WQAD’s Jason Fechner to host “Big Impact for Everyday Heroes” banquet

    The Radisson Quad City Plaza will be packed on Thursday, March 12 for the New Kingdom Trailriders’ annual fundraising benefit. Jason Fechner from WQAD will join SFC. Scott Smith to discuss veterans’ experiences with PTSD and how work with therapy horses at New Kingdom Trailriders has helped them move forward with their lives. In addition to dinner and a “wine pull,” the night will also feature a live auction and silent auction, live music and a “diamond dig” from Neckers […]

  • CASI to benefit from Necker’s “Gift of Giving”

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    Bettendorf native’s song about Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz goes viral

    After spending part of the past year on tour with Chicago and REO Speedwagon, Tim Stop did what any frustrated Iowa football fan (who also happens to be a talented singer/songwriter/musician) would do: he sang about it. “A friend of mine emailed me the… lyrics,” Stop told News 8 Wednesday. “I told him half-jokingly [that] I’ll make a recording… I spent an hour or two cranking out a version, sent it over to see if he liked it and left […]

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    When the QC got its 15 minutes of fame on the Silver Screen

    The Quad Cities are roughly 2,000 miles from Hollywood, but that hasn't stopped various local communities from getting a mention on the big screen over the years.

  • Grammy-winning band Train helps QC man propose

    When Bettendorf’s David Nelson took his girlfriend on a cruise to the Bahamas over Valentine’s Day weekend, she thought something might be up. “It was a pretty special trip, so she might have had a feeling,” Nelson told News 8. See the full proposal video below On board the cruise was the San Francisco-based band Train.  Nelson had previously helped the band out by programming a video game for them called “50 Ways to Survive,” which was based on their song “50 Ways to […]

  • WQAD heads to the Chicago Auto Show

    News 8's Jason Fechner heads to Chicago to check out the 2015 Auto Show

  • The might and music of Daytrotter

    For nearly nine years now, there’s been a slight increase in traffic on 18th Street in downtown Rock Island– vans mostly, but every now and again, a massive tour bus is parked there just off 3rd Avenue, and then, a couple hours later, the van or bus or car with a trunk packed full of instruments is gone. Day after day, some of the most acclaimed bands and musicians in the world (and plenty of relative unknowns) have pulled into […]

  • Tudi’s Tribe sends QC family to Disney World

    If anyone’s earned an all-expenses-paid surprise trip to Disney World, it’s probably Griffin Miller and his family. At just 13-years-old, the Rapids City teenager has been battling brain cancer and is now losing his eyesight. Saturday, though, that battle landed on the back-burner as Miller received a surprise trip just before the first groups teed off in Tudi’s Tribe’s 13th annual Putt Putt Challenge at Oakwood Country Club. “I had no idea!” Miller exclaimed afterwards. Tudi’s Tribe, a QC-based cancer […]


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