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
  • Davenport police arm K-9 unit with naloxone in case of dog overdose

    DAVENPORT– The Davenport Police Department is getting their K-9 unit ready to combat tougher drugs they might find in the streets. Growing concerns of narcotics laced with  fentanyl has moved the department to require every officer on the K-9 unit to carry their own kit with the overdose reversal drug naloxone. “They are cutting the heroin with the fentanyl. The fentanyl is probably 50-100 times more powerful as an opiate than the heroin is,” says K-9 Unit Supervisor, Sergeant James Garrard. All […]

  • High winds destroys man’s garage with four cars inside in Fulton, Illinois

    FULTON, Illinois–  Friday night’s storm left some luckier than others in Fulton, Illinois. Longtime resident Fritz Jordan has one of the worse homes hit after high winds knocked down almost every tree in his backyard and caved in the garage roof. Four of his cars were inside, including a burgundy 1950’s Ford Hot Rod, he restored. ” This is my livelihood out here, I don`t go fishing or hunting. I tinker with cars… It makes you sick you know?” says […]

  • Davenport Fire Department helps kids beat the heat

    DAVENPORT—  Kids looking to get away from the summer heat for the next two weeks can go to the park to find some relief. This week the  Davenport Fire Department started their Beat the Heat initiative at various parks in the city. “We’re out here in the parks where the kids are at and having that fun interaction when it’s so hot out letting kids get wet and have fun in this humidity,” says the fire department’s Lieutenant Zach Soliz. For […]

  • Campers with “Just5days” summer program cuts down yard work for senior citizens

    MOLINE– Long time Moline Resident Naniloa Smith says it’s getting more and more difficult to do her own yard work. “Especially when there is so much to do now you know, trimming and mowing and my leg hurts and I’m doing the cane thing,” says Smith. That’s why she’s grateful to the group of junior high students for doing the work for her, and other senior citizens in the neighborhood, Tuesday, July 18. About 80 kids from Minissota, Kansas, Iowa […]

  • Quad City teens compete in the high school challenge blood drive in both North and South Park Mall

    DAVENPORT–Quad City teens are teaming up with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for the QC High School Challenge Blood Drive. It kicked off at both North and South Park Mall from 10-7pm Monday, July 17. Students are representing their high school to see which team can recruit the most blood donors. Organizers say the event helps make sure there is enough blood donations to last through the summer months. “Summer months are when people are busy with vacation and […]

  • Disc golf world championship travels through the Quad Cities this week

    DAVENPORT–   As another year of the John Deere Classic comes to a close, a new golf tournament is making it’s debut in the Quad Cities this week. July 15 to July 22 marks this year’s PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championship. The tournament includes 650 competitors from at least 8 countries. This year is the first time the tournament is being held in the Quad Cities. “It’s identical (to traditional golf) except that your equipment is different, so instead […]

  • Neighboring cities reach out to help clean up Oquawka, Illinois

    OQUAWKA, Illinois— More than 70 volunteers were in Oquawka, Illinois Saturday, July 15, helping residents clean up the rest of the damage left by last weeks storm. Volunteers came from Burlington, Galesburg and other neighboring towns. “It doesn’t really matter where your from you can all come together and help out in a time of need,” says volunteer Amanda Carr. RELATED: Trees down, roads closed after thunderstorm hits Oquawka Mayor Robert Eldridge says he is grateful too all the extra […]

  • Muscatine County looks to open the only public shooting range

    MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa– Conservation county board members in Muscatine are getting ready for their next meeting with the zoning commission Thursday, July 13. That’s when members plan to introduce plans to build the county’s first public shooting range. “We’re looking at supplying two ranges on there, one of them will be a 25 yard or less range that will mainly be for pistols or small caliber rifles. The other one will be up to a 200 range, we’ll have berm […]

  • Still no power to some in Oquawka, Illinois after Monday morning storm

    OQUAWKA, Illinois– Power is back up for the majority of residents int the village of Oquawka, Illinois after Monday morning’s storm. However, out of the small town of 1,500 people, hundreds are still without service. “There’s too many spots in town where there’s electrical lines and branches down on trees still and (crews are) finding it. The fire department was out all throughout the night taking care of calls for sparks and lines down,” says Mayor Robert Eldridge. RELATED: 1,500 […]

  • 1,500 people in Oquawka, Illinois deal with storm clean up without power

    OQUAWKA, Illinois—  During Monday morning’s storm, Shaun Staub and his family struggled to get out of their home after a massive tree branch fell on the roof of their home. ” We tried to look out the windows but the rain was too hard. We couldn’t see and couldn’t get out of the back two doors….,” says Staub, who eventually was able to use the front door. According to the national weather service, the storm hit the village of Oquawka […]

  • Sold out DekHockey tournament means good business for local vendors

    This hot summer weekend is all about DekHockey. The 3rd annual National Summer Tournament brought at least 50 teams from all over the country to Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf to fight for up to $12,000 dollars of prize money. “The trick to floor hockey to be fast on your feet and to be able to see the game well and to play defense defense is a big thing,” says Allen Savage, who’s been playing for over 20 years of […]

  • Davenport volunteers clean up Fairmount Cemetery

    Greg Woods is rounding up the community to get to work inside Fairmount Cemetery . “The grass shouldn’t be this high, it’s that simple. There’s trees knocked down everywhere, there’s branches all over the place. I mean people can’t find their plots,” says Woods, a longtime Davenport resident. Woods organized a group clean up in the cemetery after first commenting about the resting ground’s conditions on social media. “My original status was just like here if I have a couple […]