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
  • Flash floods displace families living in Woodland Apartments in Davenport

    DAVENPORT—About 30 families living at Woodland Apartments in Davenport spend the evening sweeping out water out of their units after heavy rainfall flooded the entire first floor of the building, Wednesday, June 20. “I’m not too for sure what we’re going to do. I apologize it’s kind of devastating you really don’t know what you’re going to do, you don’t know where you’re going to go. I have my kids here I have my boys so we’re trying to save […]

  • Neighbors next to proposed Portillo’s site in Davenport request traffic upgrades during zoning meeting

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Davenport’s Plan and Zoning Commission reviewed a rezoning request from the developers of the proposed Portillo’s project Tuesday, June 19. The plan requires six and a half acres of residential land along 53rd street and Lorton Avenue to be rezoned to facilitate commercial development. Dozens of people against the rezoning proposal voiced their concerns during the public hearing. “I love me some Portillo’s, just not a block away from me,” says Sarah Beth Erickson. Project plans also includes […]

  • America’s Run for the Fallen, passes through Galesburg to honor military heroes

    GALESBURG, Illinois–For two hours Marcy Gorsline waited off highway 41 outside of Galesburg under an American flag with a poster of her son Caleb Lufkin in her hands, Friday June 15. Her son, Army Pfc. Lufkin served in the Iraq War in 2006 but was injured in combat, he later died from those injuries three years later. “I miss him terribly; our family misses him terribly…. You never want them forgotten ever,” says Gorsline. That’s why she waited for people […]

  • East Moline Police play local community members in annual Hoops for Hope event

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois– Dozens of people stopped by Hereford Park to watch the East Moline Police Department take on a local community organization in a friendly game of basketball Wednesday, June 13. United We Ball hosted its 3rd annual Hoops 4 Hope event. “We want everybody to engage with the officers more, people to meet new friends and people to learn something about them,” says Kannon Burrage. The East Moline native and professional basketball player started the program in 2016 during […]

  • Parent speaks out against the use of isolation rooms in public schools in Davenport

    DAVENPORT– Nicole Wallace says she will never forget the day her son told her he was put inside, what his teachers called the “Skills Room,” at Smart Intermediate School. Her son Keagan was diagnosed with ADHD and was placed in a special education program at Davenport’s Smart intermediate. The room was initially a place where Keagan could go to get away from bullies, but instead his mom says it was used as a punishment. “His mind is racing a thousand miles […]

  • Davenport School District looks to fund security enhancements by dipping into state reserve funds

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– The Davenport School Board agreed with Superintendent Art Tate that dipping into emergency reserve funds is the only way to beef up security for schools in the district Monday, June 11. The board approved Tate’s move to submit a letter to the Director of the Iowa Department of Education to request a meeting with the School Budget Review Committee to ask for permission to use reserve funds, money set aside to be used in case of an emergency. […]

  • Davenport church displays memorial to remember 26 victims of gun violence

    DAVENPORT— Families and volunteers gathered outside the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, June 8, to set up 26 bright colored t-shirts with the names dates and ages of victims who died from gun violence. The names of innocent victims dating back to 2013. “We’re in the business of not forgetting of remembering those who lost their lives innocently to gun violence,” says Reverend Richard Miller from the First Presbyterian Church. A t-shirt with Ayana Culbreath’s name was on display, a […]

  • Four bands boycott 11th Street Precinct Bar and Grill after owner’s Pridefest rant

    DAVENPORT, Iowa —  Police Body Cam Video obtained by WQAD shows 11th Street Precinct Bar and Grill owner John Wiser complaining about the set-up of Pridefest outside his business. His words filled with explicit language too inappropriate to air. Wisor issued an apology Thursday, June 7, for his “regrettable actions and words” but members of the local band Smooth Groove say his apology is not enough to encourage them to stop boycotting Wisor’s bar. Click here for Wisor apology statement […]

  • Three arrests made in connection to Galesburg stabbing, mother of victim says she wants justice

    GALESBURG, IL— Jennifer Wasson says she has not seen her son, Nathan Goehl in five years. “He got into the wrong crowd of people and he just continued to live that, and I just was not having it,” says Wasson. But after learning Goehl was stabbed several times inside his home in Galesburg. she wants nothing more than to be reunited with her son. “He was met at the back door of his home by these four assailants. One was the […]

  • Owners of Le Chic Boutique in Muscatine are ready Miss America’s dress code changes this fall

    MUSCATINE, Iowa– Le Chic Prom and Pageant and Boutique in Muscatine knows a thing or two about dressing beauty queens. “We’ve (dressed) girls from all over the country,” says co-owner Stacy DeLong. Some of the boutique’s best dressed includes this year’s newly crowned Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers. Now that contestants are getting ready for the Miss America contest this Fall, Le Chic may be also getting ready to help contestants prepare for a few dress code changes. Organizers say […]

  • Davenport School District closing options now include Buffalo Elementary School

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–The Davenport School District added Buffalo Elementary School to the list of possible closures, Monday, June 4. The move comes as the school board reviews the District’s Vision 20/20 plan to find ways to save money. Davenport schools detail Vision 20/20 plan, teachers and board members speak out against some proposals  Under the plan the board has to shut down a school in time of the 2019-2020 school year. School closing options include: Adams Elementary– This plan would put […]

  • Village of East Davenport Streetfest kicks off first year’s Quad Cities Unity Pride Week

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Road closed signs blocked off 11th street in the Village of East Davenport Friday, June 1, for the kickoff of the 2018 Quad Cities Unity Pride Week. One by One people filed into participate in the two-day Streetfest. “this is big this is the biggest pride week ever for the quad cities… It’s time to remember that we are stronger because of or diversity,” says Reverend Richard Hendricks, member of One Human Family QCA. Alexa Schroeder says a summertime […]