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Jim and Julie Sisk co-anchor our full morning coverage on "Good Morning Quad Cities" and the one-hour midday broadcast, "News 8 at 11".

Jim, Julie, and meteorologist James Zahara have been together on "Good Morning Quad Cities" since 2006.

Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of "News 8 at 6:30" and a reporter for "News 8 at 10". He's also anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, the weekend broadcasts, and was a reporter on the streets when he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of "The Cities", a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station's radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association (www.ibna.org) and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (www.nbna.info), an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

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