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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
  • Woman accused of leaving baby in her car to appear in court

    The 20 year-old woman who police say, left her baby in her car, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Police say 20 year-old Breyana Harris left her six-month old baby boy in her car at the Dollar General near Coaltown Road in Moline. The incident happened on July 22. Photos show the windows were left open while the baby was inside. Police say the boy was left in the car for about 45 minutes. 20 […]

  • Hearing continued for man charged with murder of Carrie Olson

    The man charged in the murder of 29 year-old Carrie Olson was in court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The hearing was continued after the defense team requested more time to look at reports. 39 year-old Tim McVay was in court on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was arrested one day before at a home he was remodeling in Silvis. Olson had been missing since December of 2013 when her body was found in early April, 2014. McVay was charged […]

  • Boston Marathon Winner Back in the QC

    2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will be in the Quad Cities on Friday, July 25, 2014 and Saturday July 26, 2014 for the Quad City Times Bix 7 Race. Keflezighi was at the Bix 7 Expo inside the River Center Friday. He is sponsored by Sketchers and signed dozens of autographs for fans Friday. Keflezighi is the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years. Keflezighi is also no stranger to the Quad Cities. He first won […]

  • First Day Project

    First Day Project

    WQAD is proud to partner with local Quad City area schools, volunteer groups and local post offices to coordinate a combined supply drive effort through the First Day Project: Quad City-Wide Student Supply Drive. WQAD News 8 is an all-day drop off location for donations on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The station is located at 3003 Park 16th Street in Moline. The first 100 families to donate on July 24th at WQAD will receive a voucher for a free ticket […]

  • American Red Cross

    Red Cross to assess its flood relief efforts

    The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area will assess its flood relief efforts on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in front of the Bi-State Regional Commission. The Red Cross had to send trucks out to the Watertown area after flash flooding from July 1, 2014. Water filled basements in the area, and people spent the next two weeks cleaning up. Since then, the Red Cross has handed out clean up kits in that area, Pleasant Valley, and Muscatine. To […]

  • SAU Prepares for Another Stadium Showdown

    The Davenport City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 23, 2014  to check plans for a St. Ambrose University sports complex. SAU wants to build a 2,500 seat stadium on the St. Vincent’s Center property, near Marquette and West Central Park Avenue. Those plans looked promising until Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the plans July 16, 2014. The week before, the City Council gave its third approval of the plans, voting 6-4 in favor of the project. “We […]

  • Family Out of Home after House Fire near Princeton, Ia

    A Scott County family is out of their home after a house fire near Princeton, Ia. It happened at 26658 277th Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014. The home is near 278th Avenue and Great River Road. It took crews about two hours to put out the blaze. 278th Avenue was blocked off earlier in the morning, but it has since been re-opened. The family was able to escape the blaze without any injuries. The fire caused damage […]

  • Chris Christie

    Chris Christie Heads to Davenport Thursday

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in the Quad Cities on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Christie is attending a fundraiser for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is running for re-election against State Senator Jack Hatch. Christie is also Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. Christie is taking heat from a strong conservative group, that believes he picked the wrong judges for the New Jersey Supreme Court. Experts believe that Christie could run for President in 2016 on the Republican […]

  • Davenport Memo: Assumption Could Build Stadium Themselves

    Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is expected to announce whether he’ll veto the stadium plans for St. Ambrose University on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. It comes after a memo was released from City Administrator Craig Malin. It states that, “Assumption and SAU could work together to build a stadium twice the size of SAU’s proposal, with no conditions benefiting neighbors…” High Schools like Assumption, have different zoning regulations than universities do, according to Malin. Assumption however, has not commented on the […]

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    Davenport Residents: Mixed Emotions on Mayor’s Immigration Plan

    Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba will meet with his new immigration and humanitarian team on Monday, July 14, 2014 to try and forward with a plan to help detained children. On July 8, 2014, Gluba said he wanted the Quad Cities to house immigrant children that have been held over the U.S.-Mexican border. Since then, Gluba has put together a team from area hospitals, charities, and churches to look into the problem. That group will meet again on Monday. Since July […]

  • Wilton Elementary

    Wilton Schools Could have 30 students in its 1st Grade Classes

    Wilton Community Schools will consider the number of students it has in each of its first grade classes next year. The school board meets on Monday, July 14, 2014. The school district will likely have classes of 30 and 31 students for each of its first grade classes in 2014-2015. The average class size in Iowa is just 20. Parents would like the district to hire another teacher for next year. They’re afraid the quality of their child’s education will […]

  • American Red Cross

    American Red Cross Offering More Help for Flood Victims

    The American Red Cross in the Quad City area will have two different locations where people can get a clean up kit on Friday, July 11, 2014. The clean up kits are for people who had flooding in their homes. The Red Cross has already been in the Watertown area after rainwater affected that area on July 1, 2014. Some homes on that street had to be evacuated. Friday, the Red Cross will offer clean up kits and bottled water […]