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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.

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    The Augustana Men’s Basketball team left for Salem, Virginia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The team had a sendoff party at the Carver Center on the Augustana Campus, where the team plays its home games. The team is coming off a dominating performance against Marietta. They won Saturday, March 14, 2015 100-51 in the Elite Eight. This is the first time the team has been to the Final Four of the Division Three tournament since 1993. The team is now […]

  • Quad City International Airport in talks with United Airlines for Direct D.C. Flight

    The Quad City International Airport Aviation Director Bruce Carter says the airport is in talks with United Airlines to do a direct flight to Washington D.C. Carter confirmed the information at the Rock Island County Airport Authority Board meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Carter says the airport has a draft contract with United Airlines to do the direct flight to Washington D.C. The airport received a $1.5 million grant in 2014 for the next three years in order to […]

  • County Board to Receive Downsizing Update

    The Rock Island County Board will get an update from the Attorney General’s Office Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on whether they can downsize. On Monday, March 9, 2015, the Governmental Affairs Committee failed to move the proposed referendum forward. The committee was considering changing the county board members to being represented by multi-member districts instead of single members ones, like they are now. Residents say a smaller board would help the county run better and be more cost efficient. Others […]

  • Davenport Public Works: Fixed 12,000 Potholes This Year

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  • Davenport Tries to Bring in New Sports Complex

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  • St. Patty’s Parade: Helping out the River Bend Foodbank

    The St. Patrick’s Society is helping out the River Bend Foodbank during the 2015 festivities in the Quad Cities. Starting Friday, March 13, 2015, the St. Patrick’s Society will collect food for the River Bend Foodbank. They’ll collect food at the Gathering of the Clan event at the RiverCenter. The event starts at 11 a.m. The food bank collected 9,000,000 lbs. of food for people in need. Its facility is now on Kimmel Drive in West Davenport. Food trucks will […]

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    The woman accused of killing 17 year-old Emilio Perez on Interstate 88 on March 8, 2014 has appeared in court again. The appearance happened on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Maria Romero appeared in court with a translator Thursday. Perez was on Interstate 88 near Joslin when he was struck and killed last year. Romero’s charged with failing to report the accident within a half an hour of it happening. Romero’s attorney challenged the constitutionality of that charge Thursday, saying the […]

  • Credit Island Lodge to re-open

    Davenport crews will re-open the Credit Island Lodge on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The lodge was destroyed in May of 2013 after a fire broke out. The lodge looks like what it did two years ago. Crews were out on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 working on the road that leads up to the lodge. It cost about $1.5 million to fix. The restoration was funded through property insurance, so it didn’t cost taxpayers any money. Workers say they got off […]

  • Jeb Bush Returns to Iowa for First Time in Three Years

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is back in Iowa Friday, March 6, 2015. The former Republican governor is considering a run for president in 2016. Bush was in Chicago in February. He’ll be in Central Iowa Friday. He’ll be in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on Saturday, March 7. 2015. The New York Times says, this is Bush’s first campaign swing through the early voting states. One of the issues Republicans are concerned about now is immigration. Bush says he […]

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  • Children’s Group: Poverty Rates in Illinois Remain High

    Poverty rates in Illinois are still high, according to a report that was released by Voices for Illinois Children, on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The report is called the 2015 Illinois Kids Count Report. Skribbles Child Care in New Windsor has looked at past Illinois Kids Count Reports. Voices for Illinois Children says that poverty and financial stress are impeding children’s abilities to learn. They also say that Illinois’ fiscal crisis is hindering efforts to get rid of childhood poverty. […]

  • Local Group Tries to Get People to Stop Saying ‘The R Word’

    The Handicapped Development Center (HDC) in Davenport is participating in the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign. The goal is to get people to stop using the word ‘retarded.’ The campaign is happening on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 across the country. The HDC held a rally at their local center Wednesday morning. About 100 people came to listen to speakers, and sign a piece of paper, saying they’d never use ‘the R word’ again. The word ‘retarded’ is […]


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