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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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    WQAD is proud to partner with local Quad City area schools, volunteer groups and local post offices to coordinate a combined supply drive effort through the First Day Project: Quad City-Wide Student Supply Drive. WQAD News 8 is an all-day drop off location for donations on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The station is located at 3003 Park 16th Street in Moline. The first 100 families to donate on July 24th at WQAD will receive a voucher for a free ticket […]

  • Alan Jackson to return to Mississippi Valley Fair

    Country Music Star Alan Jackson is back in the Quad Cities Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Mississippi Valley Fair. Jackson played at the fair back on August 1, 2008. That day, 31,000 people attended the show. It was one of the largest crowds in the grandstand’s history. Fair General Manager Bob Fox remembers that day very well. “I remember the show being from the way he writes his songs too,” Fox said. “He also had screens up that showed […]

  • Senior Citizens make their way to the Mississippi Valley Fair

    Thursday, July 31, 2014 was Senior Day and day three of the Mississippi Valley Fair. Seniors get in for just $5 until 5 p.m. On Thursday, hay judging was set to begin at 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The Belgian Hitch show starts at 7 p.m. at the horse arena. Country Music Star Craig Morgan takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the grandstand. As a reminder, special needs children who were not allowed to go on rides Tuesday, can do […]

  • Special Needs Guests Not Allowed on Rides at Mississippi Valley Fair

    The Mississippi Valley Fair is taking heat after not allowing some special needs guests to get on rides Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Tuesday was Special Needs Day at the fairgrounds, and thousands are expected to come out this week. It was also the first day of the 2014 Mississippi Valley Fair. Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds General Manager Bob Fox told us Wednesday, July 30, 2014 that the ride company, Evans United Shows, didn’t make it clear to guests that some of […]

  • Woman accused of leaving baby in her car to appear in court

    The 20 year-old woman who police say left her baby in her car, was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Police say 20 year-old Breyana Harris left her six-month old baby boy in her car at the Dollar General near Coaltown Road in Moline. The incident happened on July 22. Photos show the windows were left open while the baby was inside. Police say the boy was left in the car for about 45 minutes. Twenty […]

  • Hearing continued for man charged with murder of Carrie Olson

    The man charged in the murder of 29 year-old Carrie Olson was in court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The hearing was continued after the defense team requested more time to look at reports. 39 year-old Tim McVay was in court on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was arrested one day before at a home he was remodeling in Silvis. Olson had been missing since December of 2013 when her body was found in early April, 2014. McVay was charged […]

  • Boston Marathon Winner Back in the QC

    2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will be in the Quad Cities on Friday, July 25, 2014 and Saturday July 26, 2014 for the Quad City Times Bix 7 Race. Keflezighi was at the Bix 7 Expo inside the River Center Friday. He is sponsored by Sketchers and signed dozens of autographs for fans Friday. Keflezighi is the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years. Keflezighi is also no stranger to the Quad Cities. He first won […]

  • American Red Cross

    Red Cross to assess its flood relief efforts

    The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area will assess its flood relief efforts on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in front of the Bi-State Regional Commission. The Red Cross had to send trucks out to the Watertown area after flash flooding from July 1, 2014. Water filled basements in the area, and people spent the next two weeks cleaning up. Since then, the Red Cross has handed out clean up kits in that area, Pleasant Valley, and Muscatine. To […]

  • SAU Prepares for Another Stadium Showdown

    The Davenport City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 23, 2014  to check plans for a St. Ambrose University sports complex. SAU wants to build a 2,500 seat stadium on the St. Vincent’s Center property, near Marquette and West Central Park Avenue. Those plans looked promising until Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the plans July 16, 2014. The week before, the City Council gave its third approval of the plans, voting 6-4 in favor of the project. “We […]

  • Family Out of Home after House Fire near Princeton, Ia

    A Scott County family is out of their home after a house fire near Princeton, Ia. It happened at 26658 277th Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014. The home is near 278th Avenue and Great River Road. It took crews about two hours to put out the blaze. 278th Avenue was blocked off earlier in the morning, but it has since been re-opened. The family was able to escape the blaze without any injuries. The fire caused damage […]

  • Chris Christie

    Chris Christie Heads to Davenport Thursday

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in the Quad Cities on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Christie is attending a fundraiser for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is running for re-election against State Senator Jack Hatch. Christie is also Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. Christie is taking heat from a strong conservative group, that believes he picked the wrong judges for the New Jersey Supreme Court. Experts believe that Christie could run for President in 2016 on the Republican […]


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