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
  • Hundreds hit the streets for 8th annual Red Dress Run fundraiser

    DAVENPORT–The 8th annual Red Dress Run brought 250 people dressed in lace and silk in freezing temperatures, Saturday, February 17. The event is held by the Quad City Hash House Harriers to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to Ribbon’s for Kellsey. “It just makes me so proud I’ve been to every red dress run that we’ve had. The first year we had 12 people and now we’ve got runners from the quad cities but we’ve […]

  • Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner calls for an end to state’s income tax hike during annual budget address

    SPRINGFIELD– Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state’s Income tax hike has got to go. During his annual State Budget Address, Rauner called for pension reform and cuts to health care cost. ” we have to change the way we manage pension cost and group health expenses if we don’t our finances will continue to deteriorate.” The 32 percent tax increase put in place last year is worth $5 billion. Illinois still has about 9 billion in unpaid bills. Under […]

  • More Illinois high school graduates are going out of state for college

    MOLINE–Sophomore Kayleen Mercer does not regret her decision to go to Black Hawk College last year. I really love how cost effective how flexible the people are here. But she says she can understand why other Illinois high school graduates would want to go to college out of state. According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, more Illinois high school graduates are enrolling in universities out of state. At Western Illinois University Freshmen enrollment dropped more than 300 students […]

  • Milan smoke shop reacts to proposed bill that aims to raise Illinois’ legal smoking age

    MILAN– Glass smoking pipes, vapes and flavors are all inside the Smoking Pipe Shop, Glass and Vape store in Milan, Monday, February 12. Manager Trevor Gray says he sees new young patients just about every day. “Just the other day I served someone 18 years old yesterday, like the day before I saw them and that happens quite often,” says Gray. But Illinois lawmakers could change all that. The General Assembly introduced a bill that will raise the smoking age from […]

  • Quad City Blues high school hockey team holds 8th annual benefit game for Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center

    MOLINE– 8-year-old Ryan Stevenson is hitting the ice rolling, dropping the puck for the opening face off for the annual Quad City Blue Hockey Benefit game at the Tax Slayer Center Sunday, February 11. This year the Quad City Blues High School Hockey Team took on the Cedar Rapids Roughriders to raise money for Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center. During the game Ryan and his family received the full VIP experience. “They asked Ryan to come out today and drop the […]

  • Illinois man running for U.S. Congress calls Holocaust “a bunch of kosher baloney”

    70-year-old Arthur Jones could be the next GOP nominee running for Congress. That’s because the retired insurance broker is the only republican candidate running in the Illinois Primary representing the state’s 3rd congressional district. That area covers parts of Chicago and its southwest suburbs. But Jones says his cell phone rings all day long with calls from angry voters who don’t want to see him in office. “This is just unbelievable you know I turn the phone off for 5 […]

  • Local businesses react to seeing more business on Super Bowl Sunday

    DAVENPORT– Drinks are flowing and food is simmering at Jimmie O’s Saloon on the west end of Davenport. Owner Jim Oldham works hard to make sure everything runs smooth for Super Bowl Sunday, one of the busiest days of the year for his business. “People come in to watch the game and for our chili cook off,” says Oldham. About a dozen chili recipes brought in by friends, family and regular bar patrons all competing for $50 and the title […]

  • Augustana students march in solidarity with sexual assault victim

    ROCK ISLAND–One by one Augustana students pick up a candle and embrace a friend, during their Take Care of All of Us event Saturday, February 3. During the event students marched together in silence from Augustana’s campus to the Quad City Botanical Center in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. “On campus, we haven’t necessarily had a safe and open place for survivors to be heard. Survivors have felt isolated in many ways and tonight the goal is to let […]

  • Elderly veteran who lost home in house fire gets help from Bettendorf elementary kids

    BETTENDORF– Students at Mark Twain Elementary School are pitching in, to help an elderly neighbor get back on his feet, Wednesday, January 31. “We had stories of kids bringing in their allowances, searching through sofa cushions for change, looking in the car. (They are) just taking their dollar bills and bringing them in. They want to help,” says Principal Caroline Olson. 94-year-old, Max Wilson lost his home to a house fire on January 17. Officers from the Bettendorf Fire Department say […]

  • Rock Island County starts Safe Passage Program

    ROCK ISLAND COUNTY– People hit hard by the opioids epidemic can now go to their local police department in Rock Island County to seek treatment. Rock Island County Sheriff Gerald Bustos officially introduced the Safe Passage program during a press conference January 30, 2018. “The best way we’re going to be able to serve our public is to get the people who are addicted (to opioids) treatment, rather than in handcuffs,” says Sheriff Bustos. The number of opioid related deaths […]

  • Blue Grass woman says she locked her car and it was still stolen

    Sylvia Wheeler and her daughter Amanda still do not know who stole their 1993 Chevy Silverado, but they do know the car was locked.

  • East Moline Police and Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office introduce new programs to fight opioid epidemic

    EAST MOLINE—To combat the nationwide opioid epidemic, the East Moline Police Department committed to participating in a year-round drug take back program Wednesday, January 24. “We will do a drug take back at any time. So, if an individual was prescribed a narcotic drug or an opioid drug for pain, we would ask them to turn that in,” says Lt. John Showalter, from the East Moline Police Department. The department will also join the Rock Island County Sheriff’s efforts to […]