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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
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    On the same day of the last vote for St. Ambrose University’s sports stadium, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Neighbors for Fairness member, Jim Welch, says his group has hired an attorney to potentially fight the plan. Welch says he’s had multiple conversations with Alderman Ray Ambrose, who voted against the plan on June 25. Ambrose, along with three others, voted no to the plans that night. “I don’t see how this thing could move forward without it having a huge […]

  • Davenport Leaders to Take Final SAU Stadium Vote

    Davenport city leaders will give their last vote on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 on the proposed St. Ambrose University sports complex. The agenda item has been through three committee of the whole agendas and now three city council agendas. In that time period, city council members have voted to move forward with the project. Council members voted 6-4 to move forward with the project on June 11, 2014 and June 25, 2014. SAU wants to build a 2,500 seat stadium […]

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    East Moline Approves $160K for Watertown Residents

    On Monday, July 7, 2014, the East Moline City Council approved $160,000 in Housing and Urban Development Authority money for residents affected by the flash flooding from June 30, 2014. The money will go to people who need water heaters or furnaces, after cleaning up their basements from rainwater. East Moline Mayor John Thodos says the money will only be given to people who are low-income in the area too. “I know the last time this happened back in 2008, […]

  • Crews Prepare for Blues Fest on 2nd Street

    Updated Monday, June 30: Organizers have again moved the place for the 2014 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival because of flooding.  The event was originally slated to happen at LeClaire Park in Davenport, July 3 through 5, 2014. Flooding forced the event to move to Centennial Park, which was also inundated with water from the Mississippi River.  So, organizers announced Monday, June 30, 2014 they would again move BluesFest – this time, to Second Street between Brady and Ripley streets in […]

  • Compromise reached over start times for public and private schools in Davenport

    After several weeks of negotiations, private schools that share bus service with public schools in Davenport will only see minor changes to school day start times. The private schools in the city wanted to start around 7:45 a.m. for the 2014-2015 school year, but the decision made by Davenport Community Schools on June 9, 2014, could have forced them to start around 8:45 a.m. because the public and private schools use the same bus service. Both sides have been negotiating […]

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    Car and Motorcycle Collide in Davenport

    Davenport Police responded to an accident involving a car and motorcycle on Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014. It happened at the corner of Iowa and Federal around 7:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle says she was heading south toward downtown while the driver was heading north, at the time of the accident. Davenport Police say the driver of the motorcycle is doing okay. The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries. Iowa Street was closed for about […]

  • Quad Citians Gather for U.S. Soccer Match

    Quad Citians are gathering in multiple locations on Thursday, June 26, 2014 for the U.S. soccer match against Germany in the World Cup. Caddy’s Sports Bar in Bettendorf is hosting another soccer watch party Thursday. The restaurant is located at Belmont and Devils Glen Road. They did the same thing for the game on Sunday, June 22, 2014 for the game against Portugal. The fan club the ‘American Outlaws,’ is helping out with the event at Caddy’s. Dozens of Quad […]

  • Assumption President: School start times are not yet decided

    Private school leaders in the city of Davenport met Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to discuss what time their students should start school for the 2014-2015 year. On June 9, 2014 Davenport Community Schools decided to change their start times for next year. That has also affected the private schools in the city because both use the same transportation system.  Assumption, for instance, could see their start time moved from 7:40 a.m. to around 8:10 a.m. for the upcoming school year. […]

  • Flood forecast improves, River Drive expected to remain open

    The Davenport Public Works Director says moderate flooding is happening along the Mississippi River, but the city does not expect to close River Drive.

  • What to do if you have an account at Valley Bank

    All 13 branches of Moline-based Valley Bank closed without warning by Illinois regulatory officials Friday, June 20, 2014.

  • Rock Island could spend $60K for downtown revitalization plan

    Rock Island leaders could hire a consulting firm on Monday, June 23, 2014 to figure out how to revitalize the downtown area. Back in April, the city helped celebrate the opening of 10 new businesses in The District. Monday night, the city could spend $60,000 on the firm Houseal Lavigne Associates from the Chicago area, to find out what more needs to be done. City leaders would like to see more shoppers in The District. The consulting firm has released […]

  • River Bend Foodbank Donations: How You Can Help

    Modern Woodmen of America is helping fight hunger in the Quad Cities. They will be collecting non-perishable food items at Modern Woodmen Ballpark on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The business is collecting money for the Knock Out Hunger Campaign. Workers are asking that you bring in non-perishable food items to the ballpark. Modern Woodmen of America will start collecting donations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. If you do that, you get a free ticket to Thursday’s Quad Cities River Bandit’s game, […]


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