Rebecca Smith joined the WQAD team in July of 2010. She anchors News 8 on the weekends and also reports during the week.

Previously, Rebecca worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor in Tulsa, OK and Jonesboro, AR. Before that, she was an associate producer in Memphis, TN. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Rebecca’s hometown is Memphis, where her family still lives.

She’s excited to be in Quad Cities and is looking forward to getting to know all that the QC has to offer. When she’s not giving us the news, she likes to spend time with her friends, run, work out, paint and listen to music.

If you’d like to drop her a line, her email is

Recent Articles
  • Tornado “proof” building houses Scott County dispatchers

    The images coming out of Moore, Oklahoma show the devastation a tornado can bring.

  • Scam Alert: “storm chasers” on the hunt

    The Better Business Bureau has a warning- beware of “storm chasers.” Business booms after severe weather for companies like All Major Restorations, LLC. While the Quad Cities didn’t see anything nearly as bad as the damage out in Oklahoma, thunderstorms left their mark on homes and businesses. “Most of the western side and northern Davenport was affected, there was hail in Bettendorf, even in Moline and Rock Island area we saw up to an inch of hail,” said Mike Smutz, […]

  • Medical marijuana: Quad Citians speak out

    The issue of medical marijuana is close to Diane Bennett’s heart. In the past, her fiancé used it quite frequently. “He used to smoke the marijuana and it helped him with his seizures but he passed away of a heart attack in January,” said Bennett. Opponents don’t think Illinois Governor Pat Quinn should sign off on a bill that would legalize cannabis use for patients if they have one or more of 42 medical conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, HIV or […]

  • Business takes a bullet with ammo shortage

    Business is down for one local gun shop, where concerns over the ammunition shortage have actually discouraged some would-be gun owners. Sales have slumped by 25-percent at the Duck Creek Armory in Davenport. But, it’s not because a desire for gun ownership is lacking according to the shop’s owner, Jason Bitting. “I know of many instances in which people have mentioned that they’d like to buy a firearm, however, they’re not going to because of ammunition,” said Bitting. Like most […]

  • Bar-goers react to NTSB’s suggestion of lowering BAC

    Responsible drinkers like Matt Carter have a plan in place before ever setting foot inside the bar. “I already plan on taking a cab home because it’s not worth it to me to get a ticket, it’s too much money,” said Carter. Not everyone is getting the message. Drunk driving causes 10,000 deaths a year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which announced this week, it wants all 50 states to lower the blood alcohol content level from .08 […]

  • Council votes to overturn Audubon’s “landmark” designation

    Rock Island City Council members don’t want the Audubon school building, located at 2617 18th Ave. to be designated as a landmark. That’s how they voted at Monday night’s council meeting, with only Fifth Ward Alderman, Kate Hotle, voting to uphold the preservation commission’s designation made less than a month ago. Alexandria Elias, who lives in California, but is from Davenport, is the applicant who wanted to save the Audubon school, which has been vacant for three years. The Rock […]

  • New system gets the vote from Dixon

    Voters in Dixon, Iowa hit the polls Tuesday with a new tool aimed at making the process faster and more efficient. If successful, it could be implemented throughout the rest of the state. Voters liker Bruce Dahms seemed to like the new system. “They didn’t have to search my name in the data registry, in the book,” he said. “I just gave them my driver’s license and they took it and they scanned it- done deal.” He’s part of a […]

  • Local companies focus on safety after fatal limo fire

    The investigation continues into what caused a deadly limo fire that killed a bride and four others in San Francisco. Meanwhile, this is a busy time for limo companies here in the Quad Cities, with prom season here and wedding season right around the corner. Local limousine and transportation companies are trying to reassure customers who may be more concerned now with safety. Those scenes of the limo fire out in California still haunt Rusty Phillips. “It drives home the […]

  • Cell phones driving to distraction

    Cell phones are driving us to distraction. More than 70 towns in Illinois have some restrictions on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and a statewide ban could be on the way with an Illinois Senate Committee’s passage of a key piece of legislation on Tuesday. News 8 conducted an experiment at the intersection of John Deere Rd. and 16th St. in Moline- one of the busiest intersections in town. In five minutes we spotted nine drivers on […]

  • “Recess for Life” helps kids give back

    Some kids in Biggsville, Illinois got to live out a dream and it left their principals with pie on their faces. But, it was all to teach kids one of the hardest lessons of life. The sound of a crowd of screaming kids was drowned out Tuesday by the words of gratitude from one of five teachers at West Central Elementary School as a part of Recess for Life, which is an offshoot of the cancer research fundraiser Relay for […]

  • How to get in: admissions standards for college

    One can argue it was easy for Becky Lankford to land the college of her choice through the admissions process. She’s one of two valedictorians at Moline High School. We asked her what she’s looking forward to most of all. “Just meeting a lot of people and getting out on my own,” said Lankford. But, it’s a different story for other students, who may be at or near the borderline of being accepted. Western Illinois University recently announced it is […]

  • Airport sees delays from furloughs

    It’s not just the weather that’s causing flight delays across the country. Furloughs for air traffic controllers are putting the brakes on, also. Airline passengers like Debra Chambers know the hassle delays can have on their travel experience. “It’s a pain,” she said. “You just want to get home. But, it’s just out of your control.” Furloughs of air traffic controllers caused more than 1,000 delays across the country on Tuesday. The rest of the week could be even worse […]