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…

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, his cancer work, his kayak trips or to get his epic baby back rib chili recipe, please drop a him a line anytime at Jason.Fechner@WQAD.com or hit him up on…

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Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • 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!

  • News 8’s Jason Fechner learns the best way to eat chicken wings

    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: HaveĀ  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.

  • St. Ambrose students shovel for QC seniors

    As students from St. Ambrose University clear away the snow from dozens of seniors’ homes in Davenport this week, they’re not just helping the seniors OR the city’s Volunteer Connection Snow Angel program which was slammed in the wake of this weekend’s storm. “We’re supporting 21 families whose kids have been diagnosed with life-threatening conditions,” SAU student A.J. Adam told News 8 Tuesday. “We did 30 houses before and today we’ll hit 36.” Collecting donations as they go, the students […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.