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: Steak au Poirve

    Posted on: 10:51 am, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 11:05am, February 13, 2014

    Thinking of a homemade meal for Valentine's Day. Chef Scott's peppered steak with Brandied sauce might be the taste you're looking for.
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  • Deere to lay off 120 in East Moline

    Posted on: 8:29 am, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 05:56pm, February 13, 2014

    Deere & Company announced 120 employees will be laid of March 31 at the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline.
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  • Pay It Forward: Getting Books to Muscatine Children

    Posted on: 6:21 am, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 09:09am, February 13, 2014

    News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union helps a volunteer improve children's literacy throughout Muscatine County
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  • Chef Scott: The Hot Brown

    Posted on: 6:29 am, February 7, 2014, by

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – We’re bringing the past onto you future lunch menu. Afterall, some dishes are timeless. “You know, back...
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  • Chef Scott: Eggs Benedict

    Posted on: 11:21 am, January 30, 2014, by

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – There are some meals that intimidate. Sure you love them, but you worry about the process of...
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  • Chef Brad Scott: Pork Wellington

    Posted on: 11:32 am, January 16, 2014, by

    Chef Brad Scott says Pork Wellington is an upscale way to feature pork on your dinner table
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  • Chef Scott: Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Posted on: 11:20 am, January 9, 2014, by

    BETTENDORF, Iowa -  There is one word many cooks use in the depths of the winter cold. Soup. There’s no...
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  • Critical Shopping Period Upon Us

    Posted on: 7:43 am, December 23, 2013, by

    Investment adviser Phil Kassewitz says stores are banking on consumers in these few shopping hours before Christmas
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  • Chef Scott: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

    Posted on: 10:45 am, December 19, 2013, by , updated on: 11:26am, January 23, 2014

    Talk about comfort foods for the family, Chef Brad Scott makes a meal from his sister's recipe collection
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  • Pay It Forward: Helping Feed Our Neighbors

    Posted on: 8:18 am, December 5, 2013, by

    Our Pay It Forward winner says we cannot forget about the rural poor, helping feed families throughout ROWVA Country
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  • Stocks See Early Rise, NASDAQ Tops 4000

    Posted on: 10:29 am, November 25, 2013, by , updated on: 11:01am, November 25, 2013

    The NASDAQ hits 4000 briefly as investors react to Iran deal, housing market numbers may temper enthusiasm.
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  • Chef Scott: Chicken ala King

    Posted on: 11:40 am, November 21, 2013, by , updated on: 11:42am, November 21, 2013

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – It’s time to think about cold-weather, rib-sticking comfort foods. And it’s all the better if we can...
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