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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, and be sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Recent Articles
  • Should Davenport do away with the one-way streets downtown?

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–Talks of changing the direction of traffic flow for two major streets  could be on the city council agenda as early as November. For more than five years, city leaders have been weighing the idea of changing 3rd and 4th streets in downtown Davenport from one-way traffic to two. “We’ve talked about it in general for a long time, this will be the first formal presentation for it ever,” says Executive Director of Downtown Davenport Partnership, Kyle Carter. The […]

  • Eugene Field Elementry School gets ready to help Hurricane Harvey victims

    ROCK ISLAND, Illiniois–Students at Eugene Field Elementary School are pitching in to help Hurricane Harvey Victims this week. Students will hold their lemonade and cookie sale Tuesday, September 18. The school is also accepting donations for a clothes and book drive for a school in Houston Rock Island School helps Houston elementary school devastated by Hurricane Harvey  People are welcomed to drop off solid colored polo shirts, blue or khaki pants and outerwear at Eugene Field Elementary during the cookie […]

  • Illinois General Assembly turnover could bring new faces to Springfield

    MILAN, Illinois–Republicans running for office in Illinois met potential voters at this year’s Ronald Reagan barbeque, Sunday, September 17. Candidates in attendence included Erika Harold, running for Illinois Attorney General, Mark Kleine, and Bill Fawell both running for U.S. Congress District 17. While many voters were optimistic about the group of fresh faces coming in, a few members of the Illinois General Assembly say they want out. “There comes a time where enough is enough…some have been there many years […]

  • QC Coalition holds rally to push Congress to save DACA

    MOLINE, Illinois– Members of the newly formed DACA QC Coalition held a rally at the Esperanza Center, Saturday, September 16. “We wanted to have a positive uplifting message that we’re all dreamers. We came to this country… for the purpose of pursuing the American Dream,” says coalition member, Maria Bribriesco. The goal was to raise awareness and support for the 800,000 people brought to the United States illegally as children that are now under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

  • Hampton Township Clinic temporarily closed until they can find a doctor to run it

    HAMPTON, Illinois–Nursing staff at the Hampton Township Clinic have been temporarily laid off until the township can hire a doctor. The free clinic has been without a doctor since August, that’s when the former doctor, Larry Peterson, passed away. “Basically, without a doctor’s license there is nothing (our nursing staff) can do,” says Hampton Township Supervisor, Gail McIntyre. She says the clinic would normally see anywhere from 40 to 60 patients a week, they have since been referred to a […]

  • I-74 Bridge Project to affect downtown Moline drivers starting today

    The new I-74 Bridge Project is about to impact thousands of drivers in downtown Moline. The biggest interruption will be around 7th Avenue and 19th Street.

  • Mud-logged tourist attraction in Fulton is seeing improvements since July storm

    FULTON, Illinois– Heritage Canyon is the cleanest it’s been in months, but it still has a long way to go. A storm in late July filled the 19th century-styled tourist attraction with more than a foot of mud. “I never personally experienced anything like this before, it was just heartbreaking… We didn’t know how much water was in the buildings. We could only go so far to see the damage,” says Elizabeth Keller from the Early American Crafters, the canyon’s local […]

  • Iowa Army National Guard sends 11 soldiers from the Quad Cities to help storm victims in Florida

    At least 11 members of the Iowa Army National Guard packed up and headed to Jacksonville, Florida, Monday, September 11. There, they plan to assist in search and rescue missions as well as transport people and supplies across the state. “The storm is still moving through, we don’t know exactly what the situation is. We know what it could be, we know what it might be,” says Specialist, Karson Smith. Iowa deployed 19 National Guard soldiers and 4 aircraft to […]

  • Two QC natives stuck in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Irma struck

    Friends Holly Belcher and Kari Hansen were about to celebrate Holly’s 21st birthday in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but once they landed in St. Thomas, their dream vacation turned ugly after Hurricane Irma hit. “We knew there was a hurricane forming but when we left… it was only a category 2 and it wasn’t supposed to hit us head on,” says Belcher. The category 5 hurricane destroyed countless homes and cars and sparked a few electrical fires in its wake. […]

  • Colona, Illinois holds memorial service to remember 9/11 victims

    COLONA, Illinois–For many who attended the Colona American Legion’s memorial ceremony, September 11, 2001 is a day that’s still fresh in their minds. “We really feel strongly about remembering 9/11. It has been 16 years, but we must never forget,” says Angie Golightly from the American Legion Auxiliary. For Gold Star mother Barbra Ritter, it was the day she knew her son wanted to help. “He turned 18 in January of 2006 and immediately joined the army and I think […]

  • Superintendent Mike Oberhaus delivers 22nd annual State of the Schools Address for Rock Island and Milan Schools

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois— Superintendent Mike Oberhaus praised the implementation of a new school curriculum and secured state funding during his annual State of the Schools Address for Rock Island and Milan Schools. “Up until last week we were starting to set the wheels in motion (looking for ways to borrow money) to get us through the school year,” says Oberhaus. The district usually sees about $24 million dollars in state aid, but thanks to the recently passed school funding bill, […]

  • Salute to Labor Picnic welcomes candidates running for Illinois Governor in 2018

    HAMPTON, Illinois—The Rock Island County Democrats hosted their 50th annual Salute to Labor Picnic Monday, September 4. Democratic candidates looking to take Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s seat next year, used the Labor Day event to address middle class Illinoisans. “My goal for today was to congratulate the people here and doing something to celebrate labor, other than to take the day off,” says candidate Chris Kennedy. Illiniwek Campgrounds was the last stop for gubernatorial candidate J.B. Prizker on his six-day […]