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

  • Davenport’s Friendly House receives Necker’s “Gift of Giving”

    Posted on: 5:18 pm, February 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:11am, February 4, 2014

    For more information on the services Friendly House provides or on their upcoming “Bacon, Brews and Berries” fundraiser, head to...
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  • Make-a-Wish Iowa receives Necker’s “Gift of Giving”

    Posted on: 6:36 pm, January 20, 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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  • Ice Cube claims to break Cubs curse

    Posted on: 3:07 pm, January 15, 2014, by , updated on: 04:40pm, January 15, 2014

    While in Chicago with Kevin Hart, his co-star in the upcoming movie “Ride Along,” rapper and actor Ice Cube lifted...
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  • Lego artist shares vision of Iowa, Illinois

    Posted on: 8:37 pm, January 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:41am, January 15, 2014

    A Canadian photographer’s sideline business is selling pictures of Lego dioramas he created to represent each of the 50 United...
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  • UPDATE: Investigators Search For Answers In Friday’s Apartment Fire

    Posted on: 7:07 pm, December 27, 2013, by and , updated on: 02:49pm, December 29, 2013

    UPDATE as of Saturday, December 28th, 2013 — Fire crews were on watch all night after Friday’s fire at a...
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  • Two weeks left to help Q.C. schools

    Posted on: 9:27 pm, December 18, 2013, by , updated on: 10:48pm, December 18, 2013

    T-minus two weeks and counting to help your favorite Quad City school through Necker’s Gift of Giving program. Set to...
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  • Simply thankful to be home

    Posted on: 9:47 pm, November 27, 2013, by , updated on: 02:31pm, November 29, 2013

    11-year-old Alex Belk has spent more time in the hospital this year than most adults have at the age of...
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  • Burlesque star reflects on relationships with JFK, Elvis

    Posted on: 4:04 pm, November 22, 2013, by , updated on: 05:29pm, November 22, 2013

    She may be in her eighties now, but former pin-up and burlesque star Tempest Storm still makes heads turn.
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  • Pregracke named CNN Hero of the Year

    Posted on: 10:40 pm, November 19, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:09pm, November 20, 2013

    A man familiar in and around the Quad Cities has been named the CNN 2013 Hero of the Year.
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  • Necker’s “Gift of Giving” to benefit QC schools

    Posted on: 8:06 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 09:08am, November 20, 2013

    This holiday season Necker’s will donate a percentage of your purchases from December 1 – 31 to your participating school.
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  • Red Cross donation drive raises more than $13,000

    Posted on: 7:56 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 08:54am, November 20, 2013

    Thanks to generous donations across the Quad Cities and in the Galesburg area, more than $13,000 was raised in one day to help with Illinois tornado relief.
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  • Mom pleads with public to help find sexual predator

    Posted on: 9:02 pm, November 8, 2013, by , updated on: 10:20pm, November 8, 2013

    Wednesday night started typically enough for Jonna Carnes and her two daughters, ages 8 and 14. “The girls and I...
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    Randall Louis Green photo from Illinois Sex Offender Registry website