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Kurt Liske is a general assignment reporter at News 8, covering a wide variety of news stories throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Kurt started as a general assignment reporter at Independent Network News in Davenport in 2006. He joined News 8 as a producer in 2010 and became a reporter in 2011.

His interest in journalism started in the first grade at the height of the Gulf War. He watched the latest developments on network television. He furthered his interests at North Scott High School where he created the school’s video news service.

Kurt graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a major in Communications. He’s a fan of the Knights but also of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kurt is married and lives in Davenport with his wife and son. When not at work he hunts and fishes and finds enough time to renovate his home.

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Recent Articles
  • Arsenal Drill Simulates Terrorist Attack

    More than 40 volunteer actors helped emergency responders on the Rock Island Arsenal practice dealing with a simulated terrorist attack. “A vehicle born I.E.D. came down the road and exploded, and we’re reacting to that. I’m a victim, I’m supposed to act a certain way, and the responders get a chance to do what they do,” says Captain Andy Burrows one of the volunteers. The vehicle born I.E.D. was more than just a simulated explosion. It actually contained a non-harmful […]

  • UPDATE: Iowa’s Armless Archer Wins Silver in London

    Matt Stutzman was born without arms but he boasts he can do anything anyone else can do - including competitive archery.

  • Bill to Resurrect IL Horse Racing Dies at Governor’s Hand

    Citing a lack of oversight today Illinois Governor Pat Quinn struck down legislation that would allow slot machines at horse tracks… Many believed the legislation would have saved the states dying horse industry, but Quinn says “Illinois should never settle for a gaming bill that includes loopholes for mobsters.” For horsemen like East Moline’s Dallas Armstrong today’s news is tough to swallow. He’d hoped the bill would pass, and live horse racing would return to our area. “A lot of […]

  • New LL&W Floating Classroom makes QC Debut

    It was a one of a kind field trip on the Mississippi River for about three dozen local middle schoolers. “Normally I would be in the classroom, but today we took a field trip here, and we’re talking about pollution, and the Mississippi River,” says Orion Middle Schooler Keiffer McCaw. “This is a big day, it’s been about three years we’ve been waiting and wanting to something like this,” says Orion Middle School teacher Jennifer Dean. These kids are getting […]

  • Threat of Hurricane at RNC Won’t Stop Local Delegate

    It’s been a whirlwind year for Scott County resident Kurt Whalen. What started out with an impromptu speech in January at the caucuses has grown into a trip to the Republican National Convention. Whalen will serve as an alternate delegate representing Iowa, if the event doesn’t get hit by a hurricane. “Had some people tell me afterwards you did a real good job, why don’t you run as a delegate to the county convention,” says Whalen. Whalen took the advice, […]

  • Ticket Information: Romney Returning to Scott County

    Link to ticket information on Romney’s website. The Scott County Republican Party is pretty busy these days, and things are even busier now that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has announced he’ll be stopping in Bettendorf on Wednesday. “Governor Romney wants to talk about the fact that if you build a small business, that you are the one responsible for building that small business, and not the government,” says Judy Davidson, chairwoman of the Scott County Republican Party. During the pre-planning […]

  • Mumford & Sons Concert to Drown Out Scandal in Dixon

    The town of Dixon, Illinois is buzzing as final preparations are made for the upcoming Mumford and Sons concert, and the 15,000 fans who bought tickets. Normally a concert wouldn’t grab headlines, but they do when a town like Dixon, population 15,000, doubles in size for a weekend. “This is fantastic for this city, after some of the notoriety we’ve had, this is a good change,” says Stan Wolzen of Dixon. “The town has just kind of been buzzing about […]

  • Mayor Vetoes Proposed Change in Galesburg Pot Law

    Elected officials in Galesburg have got a lot of attention recently as they try to change the city’s law on marijuana. “Because its drugs we’re talking about I don’t know people have reefer madness or something,” says Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin. Roughly 12 months ago Karlin introduced legislation that would give police officers the option to write a ticket to anyone caught carrying less than two and half grams of cannabis. Right now officers are required to arrest anyone […]

  • Melons Love Our Hot Dry Weather

    As the hot dry weather causes more and more of our corn and soybeans to wither and wilt, the Midwest melon crop has been soaking up the sun, creating a crop that’s literally sweeter than ever. “They like hot weather and things like that. We’ve got a crop it’s going to be shorter this year because the heat’s brought it all on at once, but our size is still pretty good, for the most part and the flavor is excellent,” […]

  • Unanswered Questions Remain in Death of Teen Football Player

    The community of Spring Valley, Illinois continues to mourn the death of a 17-year-old football player after he collapsed and later died.  Along with his death comes plenty of questions – most importantly why Daniel Lule died. “He did all the right things, and he was ready, and that makes it hard to understand and accept really,” says Hall Superintendent Mike Struna. Mike Struna, Superintendent of Hall Schools said Lule was a quiet leader, who was likely going to be […]

  • Con-Artists Targeting Americans on Dating Websites

    There’s a new internet scam sweeping the country that preys on those looking for love.

  • Stinky Situation: Sewer Work Sprays Raw Sewage into Bettendorf Home

    Today Suzan Esser is returning home. “It’s a very poopy situation,” says Esser. She was forced to stay in a hotel last night after her toilet exploded spraying raw sewage all over her bathroom. “At first I walked by and I thought “No, no. Not again,” says Esser. It seems yesterday Bettendorf public works crews were jetting sewer lines when the excess pressure started blowing sewage the wrong direction, up and out of Suzan Esser’s toilets. “I was told to […]