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

  • Galesburg welcomes in historic planes, pilots

    Posted on: 4:04 pm, September 3, 2013, by , updated on: 10:33pm, September 3, 2013

    A trip to the Galesburg Municipal Airport this week features a trip back through time, as the community hosts the...
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  • Bill Daley looks to unseat fellow Democrat

    Posted on: 10:49 pm, August 22, 2013, by , updated on: 03:07pm, August 23, 2013

    Bill Daley doesn't mince words when he talks about wanting to unseat fellow Democrat, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in the state's gubernatorial primary.
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  • The Bix 7 in 60 seconds

    Posted on: 2:11 pm, July 26, 2013, by , updated on: 02:18pm, July 26, 2013

    It’s stood for 14 years — the Bix 7 course record, set in 1998 by John Korir at 31:51.99. Now,...
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  • Where the JDC pros hang out in the QC

    Posted on: 8:45 pm, July 12, 2013, by , updated on: 10:19pm, July 12, 2013

    The sign outside the Rudy’s Tacos on 16th Street in Moline features a special message this week: “TODD HAMILTON –...
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  • Up, up & away over the Quad Cities

    Posted on: 3:37 pm, July 10, 2013, by , updated on: 06:31pm, July 10, 2013

    This helium-filled blimp travels from sporting event to sporting event all summer - including the 2013 John Deere Classic.
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  • Local game developers team up with Grammy winners “Train”

    Posted on: 4:44 pm, July 8, 2013, by , updated on: 05:53pm, July 9, 2013

    A Bettendorf father-son team has created a video game created in collaboration with Grammy Award winners, Train.
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  • Moline-based “Highfives & Handshakes” rock out online

    Posted on: 10:09 pm, July 2, 2013, by , updated on: 09:02am, July 3, 2013

    For the past two years, a group of friends from Moline High School have performed together as indie rock act...
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    Highfives and Handshakes
  • Governor Branstad to visit storm ravaged Muscatine

    Posted on: 9:23 pm, June 24, 2013, by , updated on: 07:29am, June 25, 2013

    UPDATE 7:27 am Thursday: The Muscatine Police Department has not released details on the worker injured in Monday’s storm. As...
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  • Racing tractors at the Henry County Fair

    Posted on: 9:53 pm, June 19, 2013, by , updated on: 10:34pm, June 19, 2013

    Reaching top speeds of 45 miles-per-hour, members of The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association took to the track at...
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  • Backup buyer for R.I. school presents offer

    Posted on: 8:51 pm, June 18, 2013, by , updated on: 10:10am, June 19, 2013

    As Fareway Stores Inc. moves forward with plans to buy the 90-year-old, vacant Audubon School site from the Rock Island/Milan...
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  • Final draft of Village of East Davenport Master Plan released

    Posted on: 9:04 pm, May 30, 2013, by , updated on: 10:17pm, May 30, 2013

    In front of dozens of residents and business owners, a consultant hired by the City of Davenport unveiled the full...
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  • Middle school aims for Internet fame with lip-dub video

    Posted on: 10:08 pm, May 28, 2013, by , updated on: 02:14pm, June 5, 2013

    The students at John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois received more than just high marks on this year’s standardized,...
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