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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 the community, 24/7, through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Before joining WQAD 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 had 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 called "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 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 challenged 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 themselves and also through social networking. From his travels through the Middle East to a chance to play with the Harlem Globetrotters, to trips behind-the-scenes of TV shows shooting across the country, 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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    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.

  • Muscatine man walking again thanks to just-approved device

    Alberto Hernandez had been here before, unable to walk because the scar tissue and atherosclerosis was blocking the flow of blood into his leg.

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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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    The Rock Island County Republican Party claimed poll watchers saw workers illegally opening absentee ballots before Election Day.

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    California dad creates incredible LED costumes

    What started as a way to make a costume for his daughter has turned into a booming business for Royce Hutain of Huntington Beach, California. “While in New York on the set of “Good Morning America,” I checked my email and realized I had over 1,000 people asking about where to get an LED stick person costume,” Hutain wrote on his website, GlowyZoey.com. ” It was clear that I had to find a way to get this costume to everyone […]

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    Listen: Pearl Jam debuts song about the Quad Cities, rocks the iWi

    In front of a sold-out crowd at Moline’s iWireless Center Friday night, legendary rock band Pearl Jam rolled out not just one but two surprises for their first performance ever in the Quad Cities. First, the band played its entire fourth studio album titled No Code in its entirety– frontman Eddie Vedder mentioned it’s only the second time they’ve ever played an entire album in concert. Later in the show, Vedder told the crowd that he’d written a special song for […]


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