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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.


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    Davenport resident Carol Cox went home with a 2007 Ford Focus from Sexton Ford on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Moline. Cox won the car on January 15, 2015 in a drawing that benefited QC Crime Stoppers. Contestants bought raffle tickets through Sexton Ford for a chance to win the car. Employees at Sexton Ford say about 2,500 people bought raffle tickets throughout the four-month campaign. Sexton Ford donated all the tickets sales to QC Crime Stoppers. The dealership was able to […]

  • United Neighbors Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

    The community group United Neighbors remembered the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Martin Luther King Task Force presented at the ceremony Monday. They did the same thing on Friday, January 16, 2015 at City Hall. The presentation included plans for a Dr. King memorial and park at the corner of 5th and Brady Street. The site is very close to where Dr. King spoke in the only time he was in Davenport. […]

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  • Businesses Offer Discounts to Keep People in the Quad Cities

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  • Illinois Republicans Head to Springfield for Neil Anderson

    The Republican Women of Rock Island County went to Springfield on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to show their support for State Senator Neil Anderson. In November of 2014, Anderson beat Mike Jacobs for Illinois’ 36th district, 54 to 46 percent. About $3.6 million was spent on the race. It’s the most expensive legislative race in Illinois history. Jacobs had served as State Senator for the 36th district since 2005. Before that, Jacobs’ father Denny was the State Senator in the […]

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  • How to Keep Your Car Safe in the Cold

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  • Public Works Crews Prepare for More Snow

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  • Snow Plows Prepare for Icy Conditions

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