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

  • Chef Scott: Tenderloin and Avocado Quiche

    Posted on: 11:33 am, March 6, 2014, by

    Chef Scott says you can make pork tenderloins at home and add a unique side dish at a fraction of the cost.
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  • COUNTDOWN: 14 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:46 am, March 6, 2014, by

    Some Mardi Gras revelers at Jordan Elementary help us count down to Spring
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  • COUNTDOWN: 15 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:34 am, March 5, 2014, by

    Some Moline High School students are ready for Spring to arrive.
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  • COUNTDOWN: 16 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:23 am, March 4, 2014, by

    "Rascal" thinks the Spring Countdown is important, but another countdown is on his mind
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  • How the Ukraine crisis impacts the Quad Cities

    Posted on: 8:33 am, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:05am, March 3, 2014

    News 8 stock analyst Phil Kassewitz says the crisis in Ukraine can impact gas prices and various investments.
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  • COUNTDOWN: 17 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 6:14 am, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:31am, March 3, 2014

    Rock Island High School singers help with our Countdown to Spring
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  • COUNTDOWN: 20 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 4:00 am, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 07:42am, February 28, 2014

    We call them our “A Team”… Jason Fechner and Denise Hnytka are waiting for Spring to arrive in 20 days…...
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  • Chef Scott: Barley Risotto

    Posted on: 11:11 am, February 27, 2014, by

    One dish comfort foods are custom made for cold weather days.  And this recipe fits that bill, especially if you’d...
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  • COUNTDOWN: 21 Days to Spring

    Posted on: 7:14 am, February 27, 2014, by

    Cubs fans rejoice: February 27th has been a day they've waited a long time to see (and we're getting closer to Spring)
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  • Pay It Forward: Rocky’s Dedicated Mentor

    Posted on: 6:43 am, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 06:45am, February 27, 2014

    Sa-Tosha Phillips receives $300 from Ascentra Credit Union for helping mentor Rocky students by setting a good example of the potential to succeed
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  • COUNTDOWN: 22 Days Until Spring

    Posted on: 9:17 am, February 26, 2014, by

    Today's Countdown to Spring comes from our Garden expert who knows a thing or two about warmer weather.
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  • Chef Brad Scott: Shrimp Tacos

    Posted on: 11:21 am, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 11:24am, February 20, 2014

    Styay at home and save some bucks! Chef Scott has a shrimp taco recipe that will save you some green.
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