I joined the WQAD News Team on March 5, 2012. I was very excited to start my career here, and in August of 2015, I became the new morning co-anchor of Good Morning Quad Cities.

I’m also 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.

Recent Articles
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    The Port Byron Fire Department and Illinois State Police responded to a car accident on Monday, August 17, 2015 near Rapids City. It happened Monday morning just after 2 a.m. off Interstate 80 near Route 84. No word on whether anyone was injured, but the vehicle involved was severely damaged.

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    Officer Arrested for Smuggling Cell Phones into Inmates

    A Warren County Officer has been arrested for helping to smuggling phones into a cell block for inmates to use. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says that on Friday, August 14, 2015, 22-year-old William Russ of Macomb, was arrested. The Sheriff’s Office says Russ has been charged with official misconduct and delivery of contraband. Russ’ bond has been set at $5,000. The Sheriff’s Office, Warren County State’s Attorney, and Illinois State Police, aided in the investigation.

  • Coroner: One Man Dead After Shooting in Rock Island

    Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson tells News 8 that one person is dead after an early morning shooting in Rock Island. Rock Island Police say the incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in the area of Cheep Shotz Tavern, near 11th Street and 18th Avenue. Gustafson says that 34 year old Jerrell Gabriel was shot. Gustafson says that Gabriel was taken to Trinity Rock Island shortly after the incident, where he died of his gunshot […]

  • Hundreds Float Down the Mississippi River

    Hundreds of boaters and kayakers were out on the Mississippi River Saturday, August 15, 2015 for the sixth annual Floatzilla. There were five different launch sites along the Mississippi River. The launch sites were on both the Illinois and Iowa sides. The paddle ended at Sunset Park in Rock Island for a group photo. Organizers held a contest Saturday for the longest boat, best costume, and best theme and decoration for a boat. “We decided to try something new, and […]

  • Port Byron Wins 2015 Tug Fest 11-0

    There was a battle across the Mississippi River on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Teams from both Iowa and Illinois battled it out during the 29th annual Tug Fest. The event kicked off just after noon Saturday, with teams in both LeClaire and Port Byron fighting for the ‘Alabaster Eagle in Flight’ trophy. The event, ended up not being close. “It was 11 to zero,” Port Byron Tug Fest Participant Daltin Kalvon said. “Every team did their part, and that was […]

  • Genesis and Trinity Physicians Not Reccomending Medical Marijuana

    There is a major problem for Illinois residents who are interested in getting medical marijuana, once the dispensaries open up later this year. Friday, August 14, 2015, UnityPoint Health-Trinity Chief Medical Officer Paul McLoone said that employees under their system, will not be recommending medical marijuana to patients in the state. Friday, officials at Genesis Health System came out with a similar statement. “As medical marijuana is not a regulated drug that has the research behind it, there’s not going […]

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    Joni Ernst: Arsenal not impacted by U.S. Army Cuts so far

    On Thursday, August 13, 2015, Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst said the Rock Island Arsenal has not been impacted by the U.S. Army’s cuts, so far. In July, the U.S. Army said it would cut 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilian employees over the next two years. Thursday, Ernst toured the island for the first time, visiting the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center. “We also employ a lot of Iowans in this facility” Ernst said. “Both civilian and military members are here.” […]

  • Donald Trump Leads in Iowa in new CNN/ORC Poll

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    Anchor Lumber reopens day after fire burns for several hours

    A Silvis, IL hardware store and lumber yard that was on fire for several hours was open for business the next day. The fire at Anchor Lumber started around 3:30 p.m. Monday, August , 2015. Flames and heavy smoke could be seen for several hours as firefighters battled the blaze.

  • Genesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: Cod in a sack

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  • Pay It Forward: Dora Corwin

    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 […]

  • Motorcycle and SUV collide head-on near Joslin

    A motorcyclist was was airlifted to the hospital after a motorcycle and SUV accident on Route 92 near Joslin, Illinois.


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