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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.

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.

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.

Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to work at WQAD. My grandmother, Gloria, still lives in Moline, and she lives 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.

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    Dorwa Corwin has worked at the YWCA of the Quad Cities for the past four years. Corwin is a receptionist at the daycare center and gym in the District of Rock Island. On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union, nominated her for a Pay It Forward Award, for the good things she does in the community. On a regular day, Corwin comes out to see the children on the playground to see how they’re doing. Corwin […]

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  • I-74 Bridge Project in Jeopardy of Coming “to a Halt”

    Construction on the new Interstate 74 Bridge is supposed to be done by 2020, but money – and time – is running out. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, Representative Cheri Bustos visited the Quad Cities to meet with local leaders about federal funding. Right now, Congress is trying to pass a highway bill to fix and fund our area’s infrastructure. However, if they don’t find a solution by July 31st, 2015, federal funding for those projects – like the I-74 […]

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  • Pay It Forward: Susan McClellen

    A University of Iowa Healthcare photographer is being recognized by her co-workers. On Thursday, June 25, 2015 News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union surprised Susan McClellen with the Pay It Forward Award in Iowa City. “She is determined. She will not miss a shoot. She will be here whether she’s sick, whether there’s a snowstorm,” co-worker Donna Mullink said Thursday. Mullink gathered about a dozen of her co-workers together on Thursday. McClellen has been a photographer for UI Healthcare for […]

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    Eastbound I-80 ramp to I-280 closed after semi overturns in fog

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