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

  • CHARGES FILED: Fight, Fire Bring First Responders to Rock Island Neighborhood

    Posted on: 8:28 pm, May 24, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:53pm, May 25, 2013

    UPDATE as of Saturday, May 25th, 2013; 4:12pm: 40-year-old Thomas Burnett is being held at the Rock Island County Jail,...
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  • Barley, hops and history in Galena, Illinois

    Posted on: 9:29 pm, May 15, 2013, by , updated on: 10:25pm, May 15, 2013

    After eight decades without one, a brewery returned to Galena roughly three years ago. “I had an engineering background and...
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  • Moline School Board Votes to Close Garfield & Ericsson

    Posted on: 8:05 pm, May 13, 2013, by and , updated on: 02:39pm, May 14, 2013

    The Moline School Board voted 5-2 on Monday, May 13th, 2013 to close Ericsson and Garfield Elementary Schools, while moving...
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  • Fechner Family Brat Recipe

    Posted on: 3:35 pm, May 13, 2013, by , updated on: 03:58pm, May 13, 2013

    This recipe, passed on for generations, was used by my grandfather, Karl Filippi. It’s a Hungarian brat, popular among German...
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  • Davenport home nominated for HGTV award

    Posted on: 8:13 pm, May 3, 2013, by , updated on: 10:27pm, May 3, 2013

    A historic Davenport home named Overview is now in the national spotlight, nominated for a Doory Award as one of...
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  • Busting the bracket: flipping a coin to NCAA tourney glory

    Posted on: 9:40 pm, March 20, 2013, by , updated on: 10:52pm, March 20, 2013

    As millions of Americans fill out their 2013 March Madness brackets ahead of Thursday’s games, News 8′s Jason Fechner decided...
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  • The flash mob proposal that almost wasn’t

    Posted on: 9:53 pm, February 7, 2013, by , updated on: 10:23pm, February 7, 2013

    The video of a local basketball coach’s proposal last week in DeWitt, Iowa’s gone viral on YouTube, racking up nearly...
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  • Sizing up Subway’s “footlongs”

    Posted on: 9:24 pm, January 17, 2013, by , updated on: 10:43pm, January 17, 2013

    Subway’s dealing with some social media fallout this week, all triggered by a photo posted on Facebook by a customer...
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  • The Clubhouse in Bettendorf hosts arm wrestling reality show

    Posted on: 9:28 pm, January 9, 2013, by , updated on: 10:50pm, January 9, 2013

    Feats of strength took the spotlight at The Clubhouse in Bettendorf Wednesday night. An entertainment and sports promoter has set...
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  • Done deal: House passes Senate “fiscal cliff” compromise

    Posted on: 7:45 pm, January 1, 2013, by , updated on: 08:55am, January 2, 2013

    After exhaustive negotiations that strained the country's patience, the House approved a bill to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff.
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  • Hundreds donate to Toys for Tots

    Posted on: 8:36 pm, November 28, 2012, by

    Hundreds of Quad City families worked Wednesday to put a dent in a need bigger than ever– the number of...
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  • Black Friday brawl in Moline Wal-Mart

    Posted on: 8:07 pm, November 23, 2012, by , updated on: 08:10pm, November 23, 2012

    Things briefly got heated late Thanksgiving night in the Wal-Mart on John Deere Road in Moline. Around 10:00 p.m., several...
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