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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.

Recent Articles
  • 99 Year Old’s Story on News 8 Goes Global

    Sitting in a favorite chair in her farm house, Lillian Weber sets her sights on one specific goal. “I just love to sew,” she says. “It just kinda fascinates me.” For the past two years, she’s sewn dresses for little girls.  The clothes are sent to a group called “Little Dresses for Africa”. “What would they wear if they didn’t have that?” she asks. Right now she’s working on dress number 854.    She has a goal to make her one […]

  • Chef Scott: Cap’N Crunch Chicken

    It’s time to use unusual ingredients and an unusual cooking method to take your usual chicken dinner to a higher level. “Chicken thighs are really inexpensive,” says Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management center. “But I’m going to show you how to make a really unique dish utilizing a muffin tin and Cap’n Crunch.” Let’s get started: 1. Take two bone-in chicken thighs skin side down 2. Use a knife, cutting at a […]

  • GMQC Crew Lamely Responds to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    The crew of “Good Morning Quad Cities” had an admittedly “lame” response to the ice bucket challenge being made by groups raising money for ALS research. Jason Fechner, Denise Hnytka, and James Zahara challenged the morning crew to getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them. “We had no time to prepare,” said morning news anchor Julie Sisk who was wearing nice work clothes at the time. “It’s a great cause and we want to do our part,” she […]

  • Damage from arson fire at house on 5th Avenue in Clinton 8-14-14 (photo from Michael Kearney)

    Clinton man accused of setting fire at apartments

    One person was under arrest after Clinton Police say he apparently set fire to the back of an apartment complex, forcing families from their homes.

  • Chef Scott: Brandy Lavender Shrimp and Scallops

    Chefs are always looking for new tastes that can change the presentation of any meal.  At the same time, you can enjoy an alternative to beef and pork. “Let’s put some seafood in your diet,” says Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College‘s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. “I’ve got a really super dish today that I’ll show how to make that takes a few minutes.  And it’s wonderful.” “I’ve got some lavender right out of the garden […]

  • Pay It Forward: 99-Year-Old Woman’s Mission to Help Children

    Lillian Weber is on a mission. Every day she makes another dress for a small child she’ll never meet. “I could probably make two a day, but I only make one,” she says. The dresses are collected and sent overseas to little girls in Africa by a Christian outreach group called “Little Dresses for Africa”. “I have to be busy,” says Lillian. And she’s been very busy. In the past two years she’s made more than 840 dresses and she […]

  • Man dies in Davenport police-involved shooting

    Davenport Police say two officers  shot to death a suspect who apparently lunged at the officers with a knife inside a home late Wednesday night, August 13, 2014. The suspect later died at Genesis Medical Center’s east campus.  The two officers are on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting. The name of the suspect and the two officers are being withheld by police. In a prepared statement, Davenport’s Assistant Chief of Police Donald Schaeffer says officers were called […]

  • Kassewitz: International Events Impacting Local Investors

    What happens in Ukraine doesn’t stay in Ukraine.  Nor China.  Nor Japan.  Nor anywhere for that matter. Global stock exchanges have been swinging up and down depending on international events, leaving local investors keeping a closer eye on world developments. Stock analyst Phil Kassewitz talked to us live on “Good Morning Quad Cities” where he talked about the impact being seen on investments and what could happen in the financial markets in the days ahead.

  • Chef Scott: Stove Top Flounder

    It’s not beyond a Chef to try to find some short-cuts when making meals at home.  Chef Brad Scott has found a way to spice-up Stove Top stuffing to make a meal you can easily serve to impress guests. “Growing up, it was all meat and potatoes,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. “Let’s get a little a little more seafood into your family’s diet.” 1. Start with a 2 ounce piece […]

  • GMQC, News 8 at 11 Send-off: Cassie Heiter Leaving News 8

    Storm Track 8 meteorologist Cassie Heiter is leaving News 8 to advance her meteorological career in one of the most challenging weather forecasting regions in America: Oklahoma City. Her last day on the air, Wednesday, August 6, was celebrated on WQAD before she starts working with the weather team at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. The “Good Morning Quad Cities” team made sure Cassie is ready for the challenges of severe weather forecasting in “Tornado Alley” with a […]

  • Workers Arrive for Start of Centennial Bridge Work

    Construction crews arrived shortly after dawn Monday to start a month’s work on the Centennial Bridge linking Davenport and Rock Island. The bridge will be closed for a month as transportation workers repair beams underneath the concrete decking.  Workers say it’s preventive maintenance: the work is meant to solve deck problems before they arise. Crews started working on the Rock Island section of the four-lane bridge around 6 a.m.  The entire bridge was closed to traffic Sunday to prepare for […]

  • Kassewitz: Profit-taking On the Rise

    Our stock analyst pegged it last week when he said it would be the busiest week of the season.  Last week, the Dow Industrials had a 300-point drop in one day which wiped out all of the gains for 2014.  And Friday saw a drop as well. “The markets have gotten a little frothy and a little pricey,” says investment counselor Phil Kassewitz who appeared live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”. Kassewitz says you can thank good economic indicators for […]


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