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. She looks forward to learning new things about the community and plans to have a lot of fun doing it. Feel free to connect with her via email atlauren.simone@wqad.com, and be sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Recent Articles
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    Bettendorf city leaders update plans for multi-million dollar sports complex

    BETTENDORF—- The City of Bettendorf will release new information regarding plans to build a multi-million dollar sports complex off Interstate 80 and Middle Road, Friday, February 17, 2017. The city first tried to build the complex in 2014, but plans were put on hold after a consultant suggested a few major changes to the project last year. Mayor Bob Gallagher mentioned revisiting the idea during his State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 15, 2017,  saying a sports complex […]

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    Local farmers donate grain crop profits to River Bend Foodbank

    Illinois area county Farm Bureau leaders will present the 7th annual Bushels for Hunger donation to the River Bend Foodbank of Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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    Getting the chocolate experience at Lagomarcino’s for Valentine’s Day

    DAVENPORT– Chocolate crews at Lagomarcino’s have been working overtime to make sure their Valentine’s Day selection of chocolates are ready in time for last minute shoppers. Between Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14, employees have made more than 160 pounds of strawberries and prepared dozens of Valentine’s Day assortment packs. “It’s very busy here so there’s a lot of long lines sometimes but people are very patient and they know that they’re waiting for something that’s going to be […]

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    Opening day of the Quad City Regional Auto Show

    DAVENPORT— Opening day for the Quad City Regional Auto Show is Friday, February 10, 2017, at the RiverCenter in Davenport. This year’s show will display more than 150 new cars from 23 domestic and imported manufacturers. “You are going to see a good selection of all the news cars available in the Quad Cities. This is a non selling show so if you have questions this is a great place to do that,” said Brian Cox with McLaughlin Motors. Quad City Regional […]

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    Davenport city council plans next steps to bring in Sterilite

    DAVENPORT — City leaders in Davenport will meet be in City Hall discussing the latest updates on the Sterilite project Wednesday, February 8, 2017. In order for the plastic company to come to the area the council needs to rezone the land next to the new Kraft Hienz building on the northwestern part of the city; that will be the new location for Sterilite. Right now that land can only be used for agricultural purposes but rezoning that property will […]

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    Sherrard High School host blood drive to honor Army hero

    SHERRARD, Illinois– Students at Sherrard High School are remembering one of their own during a blood drive Tuesday, February 7, 2017. U.S. Army Cpl Bryant “BJ” Luxmore was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. The New Windsor native graduated from Sherrard High School in 2005. He leaves behind a wife and son. The blood donation will be given to  the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    Quad Cities Dress for Success hosts speed mentoring event for women

    ROCK ISLAND,Illinois–  Quad Cities Dress for Success has teamed up with Lead(H)er, a local women empowerment organization to host a speed mentoring event for women Monday, February 6, 2017. The idea is to bring women together to network, making those career connections and common interests. “Women helping women is an important task to undertake. There are lots of minority groups and when we connect we’re really able to help each other achieve our goals,” says Sarah Stevens, executive director of […]

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    Parental concerns prompt Moline School District to draw up new proposal

    Parents in the Lincoln-Irving and Willard Elementary School areas will hear a proposal from the district that they hope will decrease classroom sizes while offering a dual language program to both students Thursday, February 2, 2017.

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    United Way of the Quad Cities offers free tax services until April 15

    MOLINE, Illinois– United Way of the Quad Cities is rolling out its Volunteer Income Tax (VITA) Program Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The program will give free tax services to people with a household income of $57,000 or less. United Way has also partnered with 14 businesses and public spaces to set up local tax preparation sites. Tax preparation sites include: (most sites require appointments) ·     Bettendorf Community Center, 2204 Grant St.,  Bettendorf ·     Center for Active Seniors (CASI), 1035 W Kimberly Rd., […]

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    Genesis sets up new behavioral unit for patients seeking short term treatment

    Genesis Medical Center, at the West Central Park location is introducing a new behavioral unit called the Anna Neal Behavioral Intervention Unit, Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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    WQAD reporter learns new tricks in time for the World’s Toughest Rodeo

    MOLINE, Illinois– The World’s Toughest Rodeo is back in the Quad Cities at the I-Wireless Center Friday, January 27, 2017 and Saturday, January 28, 2017. The event features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. Joining the tour this year is bull jumper, Manu Lataste from Dax, France. Crews at the I-Wireless Center spent hours dumping 2 million pounds of dirt into the center to get ready for this weekend’s show. Tickets are half price for children […]

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    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives State of the State address

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will give his third State of the State address Wednesday, January 25, 2017.