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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
  • DEEP SLEEP: How CPAP helps with sleep apnea

    If you suffer from it, treatment for sleep apnea can make a big difference in your life.

  • New Anchors Join Halloween “Good Morning Quad Cities” Team

    The Halloween edition of “Good Morning Quad Cities” got a visit from two creatures apparently auditioning for an on-air role. Have a fun and safe Halloween holiday from everyone on News 8’s “Good Morning Quad Cities”.

  • DEEP SLEEP: How sleep apnea can create troubles behind the wheel

    Experts say sleepy drivers account for nearly as many wrecks and near-misses as people driving under the influence of alcohol.

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    DEEP SLEEP: News 8’s Jim Mertens Deals with Sleep Apnea

    It can happen to anyone, and there's no denying it: I have sleep apnea.

  • Chef Scott: Tenderloin and Avocado Quiche

    Chef Scott says you can make pork tenderloins at home and add a unique side dish at a fraction of the cost.

  • Chef Scott: Shrimp and Sausage Grits

    Chef Brad Scott says you don’t have to live in New Orleans to get good Mardi Gras food. “We’ve got a very easy dish,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program. “You know I like my one pan cooking.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (a 50/50 mixture of butter and margarine) to a hot pan 2. Add 1/2 lb of spicy endue sausage that’s been cut into small squares 3. Add […]

  • Quad City Gas Prices Lowest in Iowa

    Gas prices continued to plunge over the past week with the AAA saying the average price at the pump in the Iowa Quad Cities is $2.95 a gallon as on Tuesday morning, October 14. It’s a six cent drop from a week ago and a 27-cent drop from a month ago. It’s the lowest among the five metropolitan areas in Iowa. Cedar Rapids $2.96 a gallon average Sioux City: $2.99 a gallon average Waterloo-Cedar Falls: $3.02 a gallon average Des […]

  • Pilot Dies After Plane Crashes in Dubuque

    The pilot of a small plane died after he tried to make a second attempt at landing at the Dubuque Municipal airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash occurred around 11 p.m. Monday, October 13 about a mile north of the airport. The single engine Piper PA-46 took off from an airport in Ankeny, Iowa about an hour earlier.   Investigators say the plane crashed after missing its initial approach at the Dubuque Municipal Airport on the city’s south side. […]

  • Kassewitz: Markets to be Driven by Earnings Reports

    The stock markets saw a turbulent week of trading to kick off the fourth quarter for investors. The market swings were caused by a number of factors but the latest roller coaster ride may be linked to a series of earnings reports coming from publicly traded American corporations. Alcoa started the trend by issuing the first earnings report: a positive upward push that surprised even optimistic forecasters. Our stock analyst, Phil Kassewitz, also says foreign issues are leaving an impact […]

  • Chef Scott: Spanish Rice Stuffed Peppers

    When Chef Brad Scott was growing up his mom would make peppers stuffed with Spanish rice. “Today, we’re going to kick it up a little bit with some spicy sausage,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. “Let’s get started.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (50/50 mix of butter and margarine) into a hot frying pan 2. Add 2 tbsp diced onions 3. Add 1/4 cup (per person) of raw […]

  • Pay It Forward: Helping Orion’s Hungry Residents

    It is harvest season and everywhere you see plenty. In Henry County, amid the thousands of rows of corn, it’s hard to believe some go hungry.    But they do. And there are people volunteering to help solve the problem. “Steve and Pastor Jan, on behalf of News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union, I have for you 300-dollars to pay it forward,” saaid Judith Rehder as she presented three crisp $100 bills to the organizers of the Orion Area Food Pantry. […]

  • Kassewitz: Job Gains Result in Big Market Boost

    Wall Street heads into this first full week of October trading with robust energy thanks to a great September jobs report. The Dow Industrial Average added 208-points Friday, October 3 to close at 17,009.  The spike came after the Labor Department announced the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.9% in September after employers hired 248,000 Americans. But the news wasn’t good for every wage earner. “Wages are not going up, they’ve been flat at this point,” said investment adviser Phil […]


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