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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 the community, 24/7, through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Before joining WQAD 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 had 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 called "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 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 challenged 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 themselves and also through social networking. From his travels through the Middle East to a chance to play with the Harlem Globetrotters, to trips behind-the-scenes of TV shows shooting across the country, 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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