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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
  • City Shows New Casino Drawings for the Future

    The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission has new casino drawings for the proposed development in Northeast Davenport. The P&Z Commission met on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Developers Rodney Blackwell and Dan Kehl are looking to put a casino and retail development near the I-74 and I-80 interchange. The casino would be a seven story building. In the past two weeks, neighbors have brought up concerns about the development, while attorneys have tried to get neighbors and commissioners on the same […]

  • Medical Marijuana Business Looks to Build Facility in Rock Island

    The business Green Thumb Industries met with Rock Island leaders about its potential business plan on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The city of Rock Island sold the land to GTI in July of this year. GTI wants to build a 30,000 to 50,000 square foot medical marijuana production facility at 8153 51st Street West in southwest Rock Island. But Illinois will allow just one facility to be built in Knox, Henry, and Rock Island Counties. GTI says there are a […]

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    Moline Train Depot Plan Stalls

    Western Illinois University has backed out an agreement to move the old Moline Train Depot building to its Quad Cities campus, according to the university. Moline Historic Preservation Commission member Barbara Sandberg spoke to News 8 on Monday, September 15, 2014. Back in December of 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that the Department of Transportation would help pay the rest of the cost to move the building to the WIU-QC campus. The Historic Preservation Commission is now looking for […]

  • RICO Democrats to Select New Sheriff Candidate

    The Rock Island County Democrats will select a new sheriff's candidate at a special meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014.

  • State’s Attorney says McVay case expected to go to jury trial

    Timothy McVay told a judge he wants a trial by jury at a court appearance Friday, September, 12, 2014, in Rock Island County.

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    Construction closes I-74 ramps, River Drive in Moline

    Drivers who use I-74 ramps and Rive Drive may want to find another route as construction begins.

  • Ericsson School Hosts Final Education Parade

    Ericsson School hosted its final Education Parade on Friday, September 5, 2014.

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    Hit-and-run suspect moved to Rock Island County

    The Rockford, Illinois woman, charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 17-year-old, was transferred to Rock Island County to face those charges.

  • Sheriff’s Office: Davenport Police Justified in Officer Involved Shooting

    Scott County Attorney Mike Walton says that two Davenport officers were justified in an officer involved shooting that happened back on August 13, 2014. The shooting killed 61 year-old Alvin Jennings. Walton held a press conference about the shooting Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Walton says that two officers fired a total of seven shots on August 13, after there were reports of a man threatening another man with a knife. Wednesday, officials said that both officers felt like they needed […]

  • Niabi Zoo Gears Up for Pints for Preservation

    The Niabi Zoo is gearing up for its fourth Pints for Preservation fundraiser on Friday, September 5, 2014. Adults can see dozens of animals Friday night. They’ll also be able to enjoy samples of beer and wine. All the proceeds go toward zoo projects and renovations. Just like last year, the zoo will also have appetizers for people to enjoy. Advance tickets cost $35 for non-members. To buy tickets for the event, click here. The event runs from 6 p.m. […]

  • Planning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

    The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on plans for a new casino on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Casino Developer Dan Kehl wants to put the new Rhythm City Casino near the I-80 and I-74 interchange. It will also be near Veterans Memorial Parkway. Crews are building a Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge over I-74. Back in March, Mayor Bill Gluba said that Kehl and local developer Rodney Blackwell planned on working together for the new project. […]

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    Ringling Brothers Circus Hits the Quad Cities

    The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is back in the Quad Cities on Friday, August 29, 2014. The circus has 100 different performers and about 100 different animals that people can see over the Labor Day weekend. They’ll also have unicyclists, basketball players, and even tumblers on display. The first show is Friday at 7 p.m. at the i-Wireless Center, but the shows continue on until Monday, September 1, 2014. Tickets start as low as $14, and they are […]


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