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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
  • Levee Commission Denies Lease Agreement for Dock plan

    Davenport’s Levee Improvement Commission denied the lease agreement for the new Dock development on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The commission held a special meeting on the Dock development Tuesday. The commission is concerned with developers building an elevated walkway into the site. That would allow people to get to the restaurant and office space, if it floods. “We are confident that we can jointly design and provide 365, 24/7 access that is both cost effective, functional, and pleasing to the […]

  • County Board to consider removing Board Chair Phil Banaszek

    The Rock Island County Board was set to consider removing Board Chairman Phil Banaszek at a special meeting on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

  • Construction blocks part of eastbound 53rd Street in Davenport

    Eastbound 53rd Street was scheduled to be down to one open lane near Eastern Avenue as part of a construction project.

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    Sam’s Club Opens in Moline

    The new Sam’s Club store opened in Moline on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The store currently has dozens of TVs on display throughout it. There also food vendors inside that will be giving out free samples to people for the opening weekend. The building is more than 130,000 square feet. It is bringing in about 170 new jobs to the community. The manager says that the new Sam’s Club could keep Illinois residents from having to go to Iowa, to […]

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    New Start Times Begin for Davenport Community Schools

    Monday, August 18, 2014 is the first day of school for students in the Davenport Community School District. Students also have new start times for the 2014-2015 school year. Back in April, the district changed its start times for the school year, only to have them changed again in June. Parents protested the original decision, which is why the district revised the times again. All elementary schools will start at 7:35 a.m., with the exception of Blue Grass which starts […]

  • Galesburg cancels scheduled first day of school

    The Galesburg School District #205 has canceled school 'until further notice,' due to the teachers' strike in the district.

  • Galesburg teachers and district meet on final day, as strike deadline looms

    There is still no deal between Galesburg’s teachers’ union and district leaders, following nearly 12 hours of contract negotiations Monday, August 11, 2014. Talks continued Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014 though, as both teachers and district leaders in Galesburg, Illinois, say they remain optimistic that a strike can be avoided. Related:  Galesburg teachers and district battle over salary schedules and security Representatives from the Galesburg Education Association and District 205 met with mediators Monday. Around 10:30 p.m. that night, the […]

  • Democrats Rally Against John Boehner’s Visit

    House Speaker John Boehner was in the Quad Cities on Monday, August 11, 2014, making a fundraising stop for congressional candidate and Republican Bobby Schilling. Schilling is the former Congressman from the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. He is running against current Congresswoman and Democrat Cheri Bustos. In response to the Boehner visit, Democrats held a rally outside the employment security office in Rock Island. About 12 democrats showed up to protest Boehner’s visit. The democrats protested because they want […]

  • Galesburg Teacher’s Union to meet with School Board, Strike Still Possible

    The Galesburg Education Association will meet with the school board on Monday, August 11, 2014 to try to negotiate a deal. Back on July 31, 2014, the district’s teachers approved an ‘intent to strike’ vote. Two days earlier, the teachers held an informational picket outside Galesburg High School. Since then, not much has changed between them and the school board. The teachers are looking for better salaries, security, and schedules for the upcoming year. The district faces a nearly $3 […]

  • QC Chamber’s Young Professionals Support SAU Plan

    The Young Professionals Network of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce voiced their support for the SAU Stadium Plan on Friday, August 8, 2014. At 9:30 a.m. Friday, two members showed up at Davenport City Hall to give city council members a letter of support for the plans. The letter discusses how a new stadium could attract more young people to the Quad City area. No council members were there in person to receive their letter. Four members have voted […]

  • Thousands to hit Port Byron and LeClaire for Tug Fest

    Teams in Iowa and Illinois are getting ready for the annual Tug of War competition on Saturday, August 9, 2014, that spans both sides of the Mississippi River. Tug Fest started on Thursday, August 7, 2014. In 2013, Iowa snapped a seven year losing streak, by beating Illinois six to five. Every year, crews put a 2,400 foot rope in the river between Port Byron and LeClaire. 11 teams from each city compete to see who can win six matches […]

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    1,000+ volunteers expected for XStream River Cleanup

    Living Lands and Waters held their annual barge party on Thursday, August 7, 2014. It was the second year in a row that the party has been at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island. Participants enjoyed live music and tours of the barge that crews will use in the Xtreme Cleanup set for Saturday, August 9, 2014. The group, made up of more than 1,300 volunteers, planned to use a barge to clean up trash in the Mississippi River. To see […]


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