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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
  • Public Works Crews Prepare for More Snow

    Public works crews in the Quad Cities are preparing for more snow on Monday, January 5, 2014. A spokesperson with Davenport Public Works says no snowplows were out on the roads Monday morning, but they do expect about 30 snowplows to be out on the roads Monday evening. Rock Island Public Works will likely have 10 trucks out, while Moline will likely have about 25. People we talked to on Saturday, January 3, 2014, say they’re concerned about the conditions […]

  • Snow Plows Prepare for Icy Conditions

    Snow plows will be out on both sides of the river Saturday, January 3, 2015 to clean Quad City streets. There were no snow plows out on the street Saturday morning, but Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clark says his crews will get in around 10 p.m. Saturday when more snow is expected. They’ll also be working a 12 hour shift to make sure the streets are clean. There were no major accidents to report of early in the day, […]

  • Income Tax Drop Could Save Illinois Families Hundreds of Dollars a Year

    The income tax rate in Illinois has dropped down to 3.75 percent, because of the new year. In 2011, Illinois lawmakers passed a tax hike that raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent to cover the state’s budget problems. The tax hike expired at the end of 2014 though. The income tax rate in Illinois is now back at 3.75 percent. The Illinois Policy Institute says the new tax rate could save Illinois families more than $1,000 a […]

  • Heritage Church Interested in Ericsson School

    The Moline School District held an auction for Ericsson Elementary on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Heritage Church was the only bidder at Tuesday’s auction. They are interested in turning Ericsson into a church in the future. The elementary school, along with Garfield, will close after the 2014-2015 school year. In months prior, the district had considered turning the school into a community center. The church bid $50,000 on the school Tuesday. They also had to make a down payment of […]

  • Davenport Leaders Consider a Walk Bridge over River Drive

    Davenport city leaders are considering a walk bridge that would go over River Drive in the city. Council members will consider that at a City Council Work Session on Monday, December 15, 2014. According to the master plan from a year ago, the city will consider putting the bridge just north of River Drive and Fourth Street. It would go across the street and land at the new River Heritage Park. That way residents could walk to the park from […]

  • School Opens for Special Needs Children in the Quad Cities

    The Quad Cities’ first ever therapeutic school has opened. The Camelot School in Moline has its official opening on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The building is at the corner of Route 6 and Highway 150. The city of Moline and the Moline School District have been looking for a tenant for the building for the past two years. The school is in the old Horace Mann building. The district, still owns the building. Horace Mann School closed more than five […]

  • How you can help shape the future of Rock Island

    The City of Rock Island was asking the public for input on what development they'd like to see in the downtown area of the city.

  • Housing Authority Replaces Manor Homes with New Subdivision

    The Rock Island Housing Authority celebrated the opening of the Lynden Lane Subdivision on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The housing authority held a ribbon cutting Tuesday. The complex is located at 2601 9th Street in Rock Island. It replaces the Manor Homes that were demolished back in February. The Manor Homes was a 60 year-old public housing complex that the housing authority deemed, ‘obsolete.’ The Lynden Lane Subdivision includes 55 mixed income and single family homes that people can rent. […]

  • River Drive I-74 Ramp Now Open

    Construction crews removed the barriers that prevented Interstate 74 drivers from exiting at River Drive in Moline before the sun rose Monday morning. Right now, drivers get off the I-74 Bridge near 23rd Street in Moline. Drivers have to take 4th Avenue to get back to downtown at this time. Work to re-configure River Drive in Moline is nearing completion. The Illinois Department of Transportation says that the ramps for the new I-74 Bridge will be to the north of […]

  • Disney on Ice Returns to the Quad Cities

    Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy is in the Quad Cities from Thursday, December 4, 2014 to Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the i-wireless Center in Moline. The group gave us a sneak peak at their performance on Friday during Good Morning Quad Cities. Characters from The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Tinker Bell, and Cars will be on the ice throughout the sessions. Friday’s performance starts at 7 p.m. There are three performances Saturday: at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and […]

  • Donating Shoes To Local Students: How You Can Help Out

    The AT&T Telephone Pioneers gave away shoes to local students on Friday, December 5, 2014. The event started at 9:30 a.m. at the Famous Footwear store on 16th Street in Moline. Children were bussed in Friday. They also received a visit from Santa. The shoes are donated to children that “need them the most,” according to teachers and principals from each school. The students are in kindergarten through fifth grade. “It’s going to help me out because I’m a very […]

  • Quad Cities Food Hub to add 30 New Jobs

    U.S. Bank donated a $20,000 check to the Quad Cities Food Hub on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the hub’s store, inside the Freight House Marketplace in Davenport. U.S. Bank Regional President Kenneth Koupal and Community Affairs Manager Jeanne Miller presented the check Thursday. The money, along with a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, will support 30 new jobs within the hub. The food hub and grocery store promotes local food production through education and […]


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