A Chicago native, Lauren Simone joined WQAD in January, 2016 as a Multi-Media Journalist.
She received her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and a minor degree in Spanish. While attending Loyola, Lauren spent a lot of her time reporting and producing for Loyola’s student-produced newscasts as well as interning for Chicago’s PBS affiliate. She was later hired as a producer’s assistant to help put together the Golden Apple Awards, for teacher’s excellence.
After college, Lauren tried her hand at radio news, interning with WVON 1690am—The Talk of Chicago.
Lauren is outright proud to call the Quad Cities home. Feel free to connect with her via email at lauren.simone@wqad.com, and be sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Recent Articles
  • Illinois Rep. Bustos tours Rock Island Arsenal, talks latest defense bill

    ROCK ISLAND—Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited the Rock Island Arsenal Tuesday, November 21, to discuss the work negotiating and passing this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Some of the provisions to the bill will directly affect the Rock Island Arsenal. “We hope something good will come out of this that we can locate more people there we can create more jobs here and they can use the existing space here in the arsenal,” Says Bustos. Under this year’s National Defense Authorization […]

  • Holiday season kicks off in the Quad Cities

    MOLINE– Dozens of families kicked off the holiday season from the John Deere Commons in Moline Saturday, November 18. The group spent the afternoon waiting for more than 50,000 holiday lights to shine down River Drive. The festival is a part of the annual lighting of the commons, the event included live music performances and a visit from Santa Claus. Quad City parents say it is the best way to start off the holiday season. “It’s so meaningful when you can […]

  • New blood pressure guidelines set to treat at-risk patients

    BETTENDORF– New blood pressure guidelines released by the American Heart Association are in place to help treat patients sooner. This is the first time in 14 years new guidelines have been put in place. A resting blood pressure of 130 over 80 is now considered too high. Before, patients with the same reading were classified as pre-hypertension and did not require medical treatment. Dr. Michael Barr from UnityPoint Health Trinity says the new guidelines will help prevent heart attacks and […]

  • What to do when addressing sexual harassment in the workplace

    BETTENDORF–Attacking sexual harassment head on in the workplace is not as simple as Kathleen Richlen would like. However, the best advice the Bettendorf Human Resources Director can give is to get in front of the issue as soon as possible. “The first thing to do if something is bothering you is to say it to the person that is actually doing the…harassment. If a person doesn`t know that they`re bothering you, they don`t know when to stop,” says Richlen. As […]

  • New Illinois law set to change bail bond process in Rock Island County

    ROCK ISLAND–Judges in Rock Island County say a new Illinois law will level the playing field for people accused of low level crimes when it comes to posting bail. “A person of means, a person who has money, you’re not going to be in jail. If you’re a poor person, the likelihood is you probably will be in jail, at least for a few days, maybe weeks or months,” says Chief Judge Walter Braud. The Bail Reform Act of 2017 […]

  • What you can expect as QC construction projects wind down for the season

    With colder weather on its way, construction crews are getting ready to wrap up the season on major projects in the Quad Cities.

  • Quad City Animal Welfare Center holds first Pets for Vets event

    MILAN, Illinois– The Quad City Animal Welfare Center was one of 12 shelters in Illinois to participate in the Pets for Vets event Saturday, November 11. The statewide adoption event organized by Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza allowed fees to be waived for veterans and active service members. “It`s been a really great, busy day. We had a lot of people waiting, we had to give out numbers to make sure we saw people in the order that they got here,” […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal holds first appreciation ceremony for cemetery staff

    ROCK ISLAND —   As the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery staff begins preparing for the Veterans’ Day ceremony this weekend, First Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen Stephen Twitty took the time to thank them for their service Wednesday, November 8. “It can be rain, sleet, snow, you name it…. they are doing the work of God to make sure that our brave men and women under those stones are taken care of,” said Twitty during an appreciation luncheon ceremony held […]

  • BettPlex awarded a state tax rebate for baseball and softball facilities

    The BettPlex project in Bettendorf is the first of its kind to take advantage of a new state rebate program.

  • Quad City churches review security policies after deadly church shooting in Texas

    Pastor Britton Rexroad from the Milan Christian Church says his congregation always prays for the best but they are prepared for the worst.

  • Wake Brewing celebrates grand opening in Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois–Wake Brewing celebrated its grand opening Saturday, November 4. The small brewery located on 2529 5th Avenue in Rock Island was packed wall to wall with eager customers looking for a new brew. “There are styles out like an earthy IPA, that everyone is going crazy for. It really wasn’t around (before) and it’s a fun experiment. We try to bring creativity to everything we do,” says co-owner Justen Parris. He and his brother Jason decided to open […]

  • Local nonprofit hosts first annual Heavenly Birthday Bash to raise suicide awareness

    DAVENPORT,  Iowa– In an effort to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention, Foster’s Voice, a local nonprofit organization hosted their first annual Heavenly Birthday Bash, at CASI in Davenport. The event was held in honor of Foster Atwood, an East Moline native who committed suicide last July. His father, Kevin Atwood, founder of Foster’s Voice says Foster would have turned 20-years-old on Wednesday, November 1. Related: East Moline Family launches nonprofit organization to promote suicide awareness “We knew […]