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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
  • Burlington kicks off 35th annual Memorial Day Weekend Bike Races

    BURLINGTON, Iowa– More than 500 cyclist pushed themselves to the limit during opening day of the Memorial Day Weekend Bike Races, Saturday, May 27. “Snake alley is a very Iconic race people throughout the country know about it so to see people coming here and people talking about it it’s exciting,” says Amanda Miller, award-winning cyclist and member of the Women’s Road Race World Championship Squad in 2010 and 2011. She took 3rd place in the women’s race, she says […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal looking for new contractors to remain relevant

    More than 600 manufacturing companies were at the 10th annual Midwest Small Business Symposium at the iWireless Center, Wednesday, May 24.

  • Galesburg celebrates a true Rosie the Riveter

    GALESBURG— 99-years old looks good on Julia Mattocks. This year she’s celebrating her birthday by telling her story with a little help from the community. Julia worked in Burlington making bombs in a factory during World War II. She later moved to California to working on aircraft for soldiers overseas. Members of A Book By Me program introduced their newest book called ‘The Amazing True Story of Julia Mattocks, A Real Life Rosie the Riveter.’ The program gives volunteers 18 years old […]

  • Davenport welcomes home top Army National Guard Aviation soldiers

    DAVENPORT— About 20 soldiers were honored with a welcome home celebration at the Army Aviation Support Facility Saturday, May 20, after a seven month deployment in Afghanistan. Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion was awarded the John Stanko Army National Guard Unit of the Year Award, presented by the Army Aviation Association of America. “We worked well together, we got the job done and that’s one of the things about this unit. We work hard and that’s why we’re […]

  • St. Ambrose student walks across graduation stage without her wheelchair, parents had no idea

    St. Ambrose University held their graduation ceremony at the iWireless Center Saturday, May 13.

  • Patrons at The Cooler bar holds fundraiser for four victims shot

    ROCK FALLS– Longtime patrons at The Cooler bar in the city’s downtown area held a fundraiser for the four victims shot at the same bar one month ago Saturday, May 14. Many of the people at the fundraiser were at the bar the night of the shooting. Related: Suspect Arrested in Rock Falls Shooting  ” I’m thankful you know, I couldn’t ask for better people. People come and they go but there’s a few that you know saved my life,” […]

  • Local restaurants and bars petitions against food code regulation

    LECLAIRE, Iowa– A state law that bans pets from bar and restaurant patios is getting some kick back in the Quad City Area. Green Tree Brewery is just one of many bars to support a new petition going around. The petition asks the state to let bars and restaurants decide whether or not to let pets on the property, to do so is a violation of the FDA 2009 Food Code Section 6-501.115. The petition, however argues the law is […]

  • Eldridge police suspect car theft trends to move to smaller towns

    ELDRIDGE, Iowa— Eldridge Police say a spike in car thefts in the Quad Cities may be spilling over to their community. Eldridge officers went after a stolen car Tuesday but pulled back when the car headed into Davenport. Just like police in immediate Quad Cities, Eldridge officers normally will not engage in a high speed chase. Cars are reported stolen at a rate of two per day in the Quad Cities. Police hope smaller towns will pay attention to the […]

  • Victim of weekend car theft still missing a few items after getting her car back

    DAVENPORT– Aticia Jackson is picking up the pieces after several teens broke into her car over the weekend. “They threw some of my stuff in the drive way, some down the street and some down the corner.” Police arrested and charged four suspected teens for stealing the Acura MDX and using it to commit multiple robberies across the city, but police are looking for at least three more people involved. Jackson is not exactly sure how the group was able to […]

  • Davenport pastor speaks on Trump’s Religious Liberty order and what it means for religious leaders

    DAVENPORT—It’s Pastor Joseph Huss first Sunday service back at the Northside Baptist Church in Davenport, after taking a trip to the White House to watch President Trump sign the Religious Liberty executive order. “When I came back this morning nothing has changed. My services are the same, the same sense of humor, same love for the people and the same love for the Lord. I think what it does it gives back to us what was originally given in the constitution,” […]

  • Moline public works directs weekend traffic off John Deere Road after sporting events

    MOLINE– City crews are working with the Moline Police Department to keep an eye on weekend traffic jams at construction sites near 60th and John Deere Road Saturday, May 6. Both parties will be stationed in different points of the intersection to direct traffic, public works crews will also manually operate traffic lights, if need be. “A couple weeks ago before we started this, it would take (cars) 20 to 30 minutes just to get from Sam’s Club to 70th street. […]

  • Freight House Farmers Market opens for the season

    DAVENPORT– It’s a new season for the Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport, Wednesday, May 3. This year, customers can expect to see food trucks included in the market as well as new weekday hours. “We’re going to have a lot of the food trucks here on Saturdays, a lot of the prepared foods are a hot item right now. We’ve always had a group of prepared food vendors here, but we have a lot of fresh bakers coming in […]