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Jason Fechner anchors News 8 at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 Monday through Friday. He also interacts with viewers 24/7 through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He can also 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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    It was 1943 and the world was at war. While thousands of members of what would become “the greatest generation” fought and died for the United States overseas, back here at home, a secret mission brought some of the countries top scientists and physicists together in the remote New Mexican desert to build what they called “the gadget.” It’s known now as the atomic bomb– the weapon that’s credited with saving the world while ending a part of it. “There’s […]

  • Necker’s awards its “Gift of Giving” to the Erika Kate Hope Alliance

    From July 28th through August 1st, Rock Island’s PepsiCo Center will be packed with kids playing basketball. But the week-long academy will be about much more than getting better on the court. “I got involved in [the Erika Kate Hope Alliance] a couple years ago, just being a caregiver, spending time with families in hospitals,” Jamie Young told News 8 this week. Young is an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, in the Quad Cities this month to host the […]

  • Necker’s awards the Freedom Run with its “Gift of Giving”

    The 2nd annual Freedom Run 5K is set for Thursday, August 7th in East Moline, but Necker’s isnt’ waiting until then to help out. The jewelry store is donating a portion of all sales from its DeWitt and Davenport locations to the run to help benefit the USO and The Association of the United States Army. For more information on this year’s Freedom Run 5K, simply hit the link! Each month we’ll feature a local charity and promote giving back […]

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    WQAD marks Teacher Appreciation Day

    May 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Day and some of us at News 8 got a few seconds Tuesday night to thank the teachers that made a big difference in our lives! Thanks to all the teachers out there for all you do!!!

  • Necker’s awards Komen Quad Cities with its “Gift of Giving”

    The 25th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is set for Saturday, June 14th in downtown Moline, but people don’t need to wait until then to help out as Komen Quad Cities is Necker’s Jewelers’ “Gift of Giving” recipient for the month of May. Necker’s will donate a portion of all sales from its DeWitt and Davenport locations to Komen Quad Cities to help the organization help women in the Quad Cities. “Many of the grants fund mammograms, […]

  • Kids step up for “Tudi’s Tribe”

    Three 5th grade classrooms at Seton Catholic in Moline have been very busy the past few weeks, collecting donations for an upcoming “Tudi’s Tribe” benefit and learning about how cancer impacts kids in the Quad Cities. It was important for our kids to see that there are kids in the community who are sick or struggling and they didn’t even know about it,” said 5th grade teacher, Kathleen VanDerGinst. Brad Baltzell and Tudi’s Tribe, a local charity which helps fulfill […]

  • Necker’s awards The Children’s Therapy Center its “Gift of Giving”

    Each month we’ll feature a local charity and promote giving back through viewer purchases at Necker’s Jewelers. Watch News 8 at 5:00 p.m. for complete coverage of the charities honored through the Gift of Giving program. If you’d like to suggest a deserving charity to possibly receive proceeds from the Gift of Giving program, contact Lisa Short by email at lisa.short@wqad.com.

  • Lip-synced solution to Denise’s disappearing voice

    After fighting back a bug that’s zapped Denise Hnytka’s vocal cords last week, co-anchor Jason Fechner came up with a possible solution if she doesn’t quickly recover– Denise will essentially lip sync her scripts and Jason will dub in his voice off-camera. Tuesday night on “News 8 at 10:00,” the guys gave it a test run and one thing became very clear: Denise needs to recover and come back to work healthy as soon as possible.

  • Quad City Christian prepares dinner theater fundraiser

    The typically quiet halls on a Friday night at Moline’s Quad City Christian School will be anything but on April 11, as students get set to host a dinner theater fundraiser to try to help build a new gym. Students have rehearsed a play called, “If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creek don’t Rise,” nearly every morning for the past three months ahead of Friday night’s performance. “This is really important to them,” said Maia Kristof of the Quad […]

  • CASI receives Necker’s “Gift of Giving”

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    A flight from Dallas to the Quad Cities was forced to land when the cockpit reportedly filled with smoke..

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