Jim Mertens


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.

Recent Articles

  • Quad City Investors Seeing High Tech Stocks Drop

    Posted on: 8:24 am, March 31, 2014, by

    Investment adviser Phil Kassewitz says traders are starting to take their money out of high tech stocks
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  • COUNTDOWN: One Day Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:56 am, March 19, 2014, by

    Could they be any cuter? Julie Sisk's family gives our Final Countdown to Spring.
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  • COUNTDOWN: 2 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:22 am, March 18, 2014, by

    We're almost there as Quad City residents continue to help us Countdown to Spring
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  • Quad City investors waiting for the Fed

    Posted on: 7:08 am, March 17, 2014, by

    Our stock analyst says this week's Federal Reserve meeting and news conference will affect investors.
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  • COUNTDOWN: 3 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:46 am, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 07:10am, March 17, 2014

    3 Days Until Spring and St. Patrick's Day are two great reasons to celebrate
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Marked by Marchers and Runners

    Posted on: 12:10 pm, March 16, 2014, by , updated on: 12:05pm, March 17, 2014

    Among the groups in the parade is an organization dedicated to a new bride who was killed in an accident
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  • COUNTDOWN: 7 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:38 am, March 13, 2014, by

    They were in the thick of the weather all winter. Now, two Bettendorf crossing guards get to Countdown to Spring
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  • COUNTDOWN: 8 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:23 am, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 06:24am, March 12, 2014

    Bettendorf municipal workers didn't have snow to plow this morning, but they did have time for our Countdown
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  • COUNTDOWN: 9 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:25 am, March 11, 2014, by

    The Quad City riverfront is a great place to Countdown to Spring
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  • Quad City Investors Mark Fifth Year of Bull Market

    Posted on: 6:36 am, March 10, 2014, by

    Wall Street's 5 Year Bull Market creates opportunities for Quad City investors
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  • COUNTDOWN: 10 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:12 am, March 10, 2014, by

    Some Girl Scout were sweet enough to take time from Cookie Sales to Countdown to Spring!
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  • COUNTDOWN: 13 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:40 am, March 7, 2014, by

    Which would you rather see: 31 more days of fun in the snow or 13 days until the start of Spring?
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