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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 ( and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • Kassewitz: Markets May Move on Big News This Week

    Wall Street is feeling fickle these days. It opens this last week of July with a 123-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday, a fall that brought down the prices of most of the local stocks we track. But this coming week will see big corporate earning reports and more moves by the Federal Reserve which could either calm investors or set their nerves on edge. “When you have a market setting new records day in and […]

  • Chef Scott: Grilling Carbs to Compete

    Ask any runner:  you better carb up to race right. Carbohydrates are a key part of any runner’s diet and Chef Brad Scott, head of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center, says you can grill your carbs into a great meal. He made three delicious, carb-conscious meals on the grill, and says it’s easy for you to make them, too. Bluefin Tuna with Apricot Glaze Cut tuna steak into 3 ounce slices per person to be served […]

  • Kassewitz: World Stage Impacting Local Stocks

    Quad City investment adviser Phil Kassewitz says uncertainty in the world left its mark on the markets last week but may do little to local stocks this week. Kassewitz, who appeared live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”, says the markets reacted negatively to the Malaysian Air disaster over Ukraine but is bouncing back.  He says that’s common after shattering geopolitical or financial news. He says corporate earnings reports and details on existing and new home sales statistics could leave an […]

  • Pay It Forward: Boys Camp Marks 22 Years of Saving Young Lives

    Tucked away in the hills of Cedar County is a place where miracles can happen. “If you’re not ready to move, don’t challenge God because if your heart is right, he’ll put you where He wants to,” says Jim Fry, founder of the “Miracles Can Happen” Boys Ranch. It was 22 years ago this July when Jim and his wife Cathy followed their faith and opened this ranch for troubled boys on family land north of Wilton.   It’s their mission […]

  • Chef Scott: Tofu and Veggies

    “You ask for it, you got it.” Chef Brad Scott, the head of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center, says this recipe mixes two important things: healthy eating and easy clean up after. “A lot of people have asked me about doing some more vegetarian dishes and I’ve got a dish that’s just out of this world,” says Chef Scott. 1. Cut tofu into small squares (1/4 cup per person) 2. Heat wok or frying dish to […]

  • Tasty Welcome: GMQC Welcomes Eric with Morning Pizza

    “Good Morning Quad City’s” new meteorologist Eric Sorensen is getting a tasty welcome to the Quad Cities with a slice of original pizza. Thursday, that included both Happy Joe’s taco pizza and its breakfast pizza.  It was delivered by Moline store operator Richard Hennings. And Eric even shared!

  • Chef Scott: Eggs Benedict

    There are some meals that intimidate. Sure you love them, but you worry about the process of making them. “Who doesn’t like Eggs Benedict?” asks Chef Brad Scott, the head of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. “Some times people get a little afraid of the Hollandaise.” But he’s come up with a recipe that virtually foolproof. “We’re going to make a no fault Hollandaise today so let’s get started.” 1. Add 3 tbsp mayonaise to a […]

  • Chef Scott: Pepper Steak

    Simplicity is the watchword in many kitchens and that suits Chef Brad Scott just fine. “Two of my favorite things: one pan cooking and low cost meals,” says Chef Scott, the head of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center in Bettendorf. “I have some left over steak and some fresh peppers.   Let’s get started.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (a 50/50 combination of butter and margarine) to a hot skillet 2. Add 3 oz of […]

  • Pay It Forward: Stepping Up to Fight Cancer

    Sometimes you have to drag a person outdoors from their office to give them a true surprise.  And that’s what we did: surprising Marie Rossmann, one of the guiding forces behind Jackson County’s annual “Relay for Life” in Maquoketa. “I’m presenting you with 300-dollars to ‘Pay It Forward’,” said nominator Connie Bonne who wrote to us and suggested her friend receive the cash donation from News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union. “You’ve done so much for some many people. Connie […]


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