A Chicago native, Lauren Simone joined WQAD in January, 2016 as a Multi-Media Journalist.
She’s now the newest morning reporter for Good Morning Quad Cities.
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
  • Cleaning up Naplate, Illinois one month after the tornado

    NAPLATE, Illinois— The clean up efforts in Naplate, Illinois continue one month after a tornado ripped through the village. About 143 homes were damaged, 20 of which still needs to be torn down. ” We have new roofs being put on every day… We have some homes that have been demolished, we have some homes we hope to start rebuilding next week,” says Jim Rick Mayor of Naplate. Although Naplate does not qualify to receive federal or state financial help, […]

  • Illinois lawmakers introduce bill legalizing recreational marijuana

    The bill was introduced in at the statehouse last week.

  • Bureau Valley High students help with wildfire relief efforts in the south

    BUREAU COUNTY– Students from Bureau Valley High School will head to Buffalo, Oklahoma to donate about $2,000 worth of hay, Monday, March 26, 2017. The materials were donated to the Bureau Valley Future Farmers of America by local farmers in the community to help farmers in the south effected by wildfire damage. “We found an area of Oklahoma that we think is very much in need of donations. We’ve heard a lot about Kansas and Texas and Oklahoma I was kind […]

  • Clean Energy Renewables introduces plan to bring solar power to Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND– Clean Energy Renewables LLC, a green energy company based in Moline, introduced a plan to bring more solar power to Rock Island, Saturday, March 25, 2017. The plan would install solar panels on the rooftops of seven city owned buildings to generate free electricity to the facilities while collecting the energy left over to sell. The project called “Operation Rooftop,” would be installed on top of Rock Island High School, Frances Willard Elementary School, Eugene Field and several […]

  • Erie Schools look to voters to approve consolidation project

    ERIE,Illinois– The Erie School District wants to reduce the number of buildings on campus. They are asking voters to decide whether or not to consolidate through a bond referendum question on the Illinois General Election ballot on April 4, 2017. This would combine the middle and high school buildings while turning the current high school into an elementary school. “We have a growing list of functionality issues, things that just don’t work well any longer for our students or for […]

  • New ID cards for people with disabilities gets mixed reviews in the Quad Cities

    To apply for the card, people have to fill out an application as well as the signature from a doctor to verify the disability.

  • Galesburg body shops deals with months of auto damage from Monday morning storms

    GALESBURG— A severe thunderstorm swept through Northern Knox County, bringing pounds of quarter sized hail to the area Monday, March 20, 2017. People there reported minor damage to their homes and cars after the storm, but it was enough to book up Dave’s Autobody shop until November. “We’ve had a lot of calls (after the storm) and we also had cars that were here on the lot that were damaged that were waiting to be repaired, those are the ones […]

  • Augustana College host watch party to cheer on the men’s basketball team in the Final Four

    Augustana College is opening up the Carver Center for a free viewing of the men's basketball team in the semi-finals of the Final Four against Williams College Friday, March 17, 2017.

  • Rally against board member scheduled during Henry County Illinois Board meeting

    CAMBRIDGE, Illinois–  People in Henry County are scheduled to rally against comments made by Jacob Waller during a board meeting Thursday, March 16, 2017. Waller, a member of the county board has been under fire since making a Facebook post against a lesbian couple entered into B100’s cutest couple contest. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Henry County Courthouse at Cambridge, Illinois.

  • Silvis city leaders plans to repair broken storm siren that did not go off during big storm

    SILVIS— City leaders in Silvis met during a public safety meeting Friday, March 10, 2017, to address a broken storm siren that did not go off during Monday night’s storm. This is the second time in two years the city has had a problem with its sirens. The first time was the siren was located off 14th street, now the problem area is right next to the city’s water tower located off 9th street. Click here for full coverage of the damaging […]

  • Muscatine city council set to discuss removal charges against Mayor Diana Broderson

    MUSCATINE— City leaders in Muscatine will discuss a motion to schedule a hearing on removal charges against Mayor Diana Broderson, March 9, 2017. Charges of willful misconduct were filed against the mayor back in February by the city attorney, which claimed the mayor constantly over stepped her bounds by not consulting the council before making decisions to address the people of Muscatine. Related: Legal fees tied to ‘false claims’ filed by mayor are reasons for Broderson’s removal A date for […]

  • Major power line damage around Lakewood Estates mobile homes

    People who live in and around Lakewood Estates mobile homes on the northwest side of Davenport are waking up to server power line damage along west 60th street just to the east of I-280.