Jonathan Ketz

Reporter

I joined the WQAD News Team on March 5, 2012. I am very excited to start my career here, and I’m the third generation of reporters in my family to work at this station!

My grandfather, Jim King, helped WQAD sign on the air back in 1963. He worked at the station until his death in January of 1999. My father, Kris Ketz, also began his broadcasting career here back in 1981. He reported at WQAD before moving to Kansas City in the early 1980s. My dad is now an anchor at KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, Mo.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. I was a reporter at KOMU-TV, the area’s NBC affiliate before coming here.

The person who gets left out in all this is my mother, Jan Lewis. She was a producer at WQAD back in the late 1970’s. In fact, my grandfather actually hired my mother to work at the station! My mother is now out of the broadcast business and she works in the North Kansas City School District.

Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to work at WQAD. My grandmother, Gloria, still lives in Moline, and I live with her down in the Heritage Lake area. I remember coming to the Quad Cities as a kid during the summer for the John Deere Classic and River Bandits games at the ‘old JOD.’

I am looking forward to meeting all kinds of people here in the Quads! Have a story idea? Send me an email at jonathan.ketz@wqad.com.

Recent Articles

  • Bettendorf Officials: I-74 Bridge Should be Done by 2021

    Posted on: 6:47 am, April 23, 2014, by

    City officials on both sides of the Quad Cities are preparing for two meetings on the I-74 Bridge project. The...
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  • Comptroller: Illinois has $7 billion in unpaid bills

    Posted on: 6:46 am, April 22, 2014, by

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will be back in the Quad Cities on Tuesday, April 22nd to discuss how to...
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  • Residents Raise Concerns over Rock Island Walmart

    Posted on: 11:51 am, April 21, 2014, by

    Rock Island leaders could approve the comprehensive plan for the city at the council meeting on Monday, April 21st, 2014....
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  • Davenport expects flooding the week after Easter

    Posted on: 10:31 am, April 17, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:24am, April 18, 2014

    Residents along some Davenport streets were warned to expect minor to moderate flooding starting the week after Easter.
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  • Rock Island Leaders Revitalizing The District

    Posted on: 7:01 am, April 17, 2014, by

    Renaissance Rock Island will celebrate the recent openings of ten new businesses on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Jaded Gypsy Tattoo,...
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  • River Bandits to Open the Season, weather permitting

    Posted on: 7:12 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 08:33am, April 3, 2014

    The Quad City River Bandits’ opening day game was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. Despite the brutal...
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  • Wood-burning stove blamed for fire near Walcott

    Posted on: 7:06 am, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 08:29am, April 1, 2014

    Two people were inside a home when fire was sparked by a wood-burning stove.
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  • St. Ambrose neighbors fighting new sports complex

    Posted on: 6:50 am, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 11:26am, March 31, 2014

    St. Ambrose University leaders are holding a meeting Monday, March 31, 2014 on their proposed new athletic complex. St. Ambrose...
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  • WIU Board to Consider 3% Tuition Increase

    Posted on: 6:43 am, March 28, 2014, by

    The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees could approve a three percent tuition increase for incoming freshmen. The increase would...
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  • Three adults rescued from burning Davenport house

    Posted on: 7:20 am, March 27, 2014, by , and , updated on: 06:59pm, March 27, 2014

    Two men and a woman were hospitalized after they were rescued from the second floor of a burning Davenport home.
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  • Bettendorf High School Student Dies in River Drive Crash

    Posted on: 8:53 am, March 26, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:40pm, March 26, 2014

    Bettendorf High School senior Natalie Munoz died in a crash on River Drive in Davenport.
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    Natalie Munoz photo provided by Bettendorf School District
  • Moline 7-11 robbed

    Posted on: 9:33 am, March 25, 2014, by , updated on: 11:26am, March 25, 2014

    A Moline 7-Eleven gas station was robbed before dawn Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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