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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.

Recent Articles
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    The Moline School District will consider buying Google Chromebooks for students at its meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015. Chris McKenzie, an English Teacher at John Deere Middle School, and some of his students are using Google Classroom and Google Chromebooks. Chromebooks are like mini laptops. Google Classroom allows teachers to collect homework without using paper. With chromebooks, students are encouraged to look up the answers themselves. “It’s so much easier,” seventh grade student Joe Reddy said. “If we don’t […]

  • Collapsed sewer line sends untreated wastewater into local creeks

    A sewer line collapsed in northwest Davenport, Iowa, allowing untreated wastewater into a tributary that eventually leads to Goose Creek and then to Duck Creek.

  • Mallards Play Two More Home Games During Playoffs

    The Quad City Mallards have two home games on the weekend of Friday, April 24, 2015 and Saturday April 25, 2015. The team is playing games four and five of the ECHL first round playoffs. The team lost game three Wednesday, April 22, 2015 2-1 to the Rapid City Rush in overtime. The team needs to win at least one of the home games over the weekend, or they will be eliminated from the playoffs. Both games on Friday and […]

  • Students Learn Consequences of Drinking and Driving after Prom

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  • Rock Island Resident Could Have to Pay +$5,500 for Road Improvement

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  • Money for Direct Flight Taken Out of FY 2015 Budget

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    Work Resumes at Orascom Site, Laid Off Workers Still Looking for Jobs

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  • Construction workers still waiting for answers after major lay-offs in Wever, IA

    There’s not much to do this weekend for Orascom construction workers in Wever, Iowa after being temporarily laid off from the Iowa Fertilizer Plant on Friday, April 17. The enormous $2-billion project in Wever, south of Burlington, is the largest construction project in Iowa history, with nearly 3,000 workers manning round-the-clock shifts to build a plant that was expected to be operational by late 2015. Some workers were driving nearly two hours each way to commute to the site from […]

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    Isle of Capri Casino to Move Onto Land

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  • After close call, water will stay on at Patriot Home Mobile Park

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    Police: Seven Shots Fired into Davenport Home

    Davenport Police responded to another shots fired call on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of 14th and Warren. Officers investigated the area Wednesday night. No injuries were reported. Police told the Quad City Times that seven shots were fired into the home.  On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, police responded to the area near 35th and Fair after there were reports of a man being shot in the back. Police say that 34 […]

  • Rock Island Gate to Government Bridge Closes for a month

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