Boil Advisory lifted for most Rock Island customers, remains for some
  • Follow me on:

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
  • Local USW 105 voting on contract with Alcoa

    The United Steelworkers Union Local 105 is voting on a new contract with Alcoa on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Scott Community College in Riverdale. On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the union held an informational picket outside its plant in Riverdale. On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the two sides had to come to a tentative agreement, and union members said they very happy. The union wanted a tier one pension system for its future employees, and according to them, that’s […]

  • water main break

    Water Main Break Closes Perry in Downtown Davenport

    A water main break closed down Perry Street in downtown Davenport. The break happened before 2 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 between River Drive and 2nd Street. Iowa American Water and Mid American Energy crews responded. The break left a hole on Perry Street just to the east of the Radisson Hotel. Crews said the break was affecting the water pressure inside of the hotel. However, crews did not believe they would have to shut off the water to […]

  • Black Hawk College Adds Classrooms to New Building

    Black Hawk College is opening up its new Adult Learning Center on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Black Hawk College had to move due to the potential Wal-Mart store going in at the Watchtower Plaza. BHC had used the Watchtower Plaza since 1999. The new Adult Learning Center sits just to the west of 11th Street and Blackhawk Road. The new building is 14,000 square feet, with six classrooms, three computer labs, and a testing room for students to use. The […]

  • First same-sex marriage license issued in Rock Island County

    On Monday, June 2, 2014, same sex couples could get married for the first time in Illinois. On Sunday, June 1, 2014, same sex marriage became legal in the state of Illinois. The county clerk’s office in Rock Island County opened up at 8 a.m. Monday. Two couples showed up to get their marriage license in the first hour and a half of the day. The first couple to get married was John Kentzel and Larry Griffin of Rock Island, […]

  • photo

    Police Investigating Two Deaths at a Geneseo Home

    Geneseo Police are investigating the deaths of a mother and son. Geneseo Police and swat members responded to a call in the 600 block of East Pearl Street around 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Neighbors reported hearing gun shots in the area. Police also confirmed receiving calls about someone with a gun at the home. Once police arrived, they found both 84-year-old Alice V. Jolly and her son 64-year-old Donald E. Jolly dead inside the home. Geneseo Chief […]

  • Water Main Break Closes One Lane of John Deere Road

    One lane of John Deere Road westbound is shut down after a water main break at the corner of John Deere Road and 41st Street in Moline. It happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Traffic was backed up just to the east of 41st Street. The lane will likely be closed for the next couple of days. Both westbound lanes of John Deere Road are back open again at 38th Street. Crews from MidAmerican Energy and Moline Public […]

  • Board Member: Hope Creek Shortchanged about $9,000 a day

    Rock Island County residents will continue their push for a tax increase that supports public ownership of the Hope Creek Care Center on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Hope Creek Care Center is shortchanged about $9,000 a day, according to County Board member Steve Meersman. Now, county leaders are pushing for a tax increase in order to keep it publicly owned. Rock Island County voters will be asked whether they want their property taxes to rise during the November general […]

  • Moline Schools to allow more students to earn college credit

    The Moline School District could soon enter into an agreement with Western Illinois University. The deal would allow more students to take classes that give them college credit. The agreement will be reviewed by the Moline School board on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  District leaders believe the agreement will give their students a financial advantage over others in the community. Moline High School students with an interest in engineering would be able to take classes that are honored by WIU, […]

  • Illinois DNR: Bring a cell phone with you out on the water

    DNR workers say Memorial Day Weekend is not the time to explore parts of the Mississippi you've never been to before.

  • John Deere Commons Landing Closed for Channel Cat’s Opening Weekend

    The John Deere Commons Landing will be closed during Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 23, 2014 to Monday, May 26, 2014 for the Channel Cat Water Taxi. The Channel Cat opens up Memorial Day Weekend. The John Deere Common’s Landing will be closed due to rising flood waters. Channel Cat rides begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Celebration Belle Landing in Moline. The last ride on Sunday, May 25, 2014 should be around 7 p.m. The last ride […]

  • Davenport Seeks Export Opportunities with Colon, Mexico

    Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is heading to Colon, Mexico on Thursday, May 22, 2014 to seek trading opportunities with the city. This is the back-end of a trip that began five months ago. In December of 2013, Colon officials met Gluba at City Hall to present different economic opportunities. Now, Mayor Gluba is traveling to Colon to discuss the same things. Both sides are exploring  the possibility of a future trade mission, but the plan is not in effect yet. […]

  • City Leaders: Credit Island Lodge Could be Complete by October

    The Davenport City Council could approve the re-construction of the Credit Island Lodge at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The city council has made a motion to suspend the rules and pass the item Wednesday night on the COW agenda. The project will cost about $1.5 million. Crews have looked to rebuild the lodge ever since a fire broke out there in May of 2013. The city received $1.2 million in insurance money. On […]