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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 rebecca.smith@wqad.com.


Recent Articles
  • Mayor Gluba gives his State of the City address

    From cutting city crime in half to balancing the budget without increasing property taxes, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba touted his successes and those of his staff at the annual State of the City address held at the Outing Club in Davenport on Monday. A big focus of his administration has been economic development. Russell Construction’s Chief Financial Officer, Kathy Halter, has seen the improvements for herself and credits the city, in part, for the company’s expansion. “I think they really […]

  • Plane crashes in Cordova, Illinois

    A plane had to make an emergency landing Saturday in Cordova, Illinois just west of 174st. Ave. on Highway 84 It happened at about 2 p.m. According to Illinois State Police, the plane lost power and clipped a power line, eventually finding its landing point in a field. The pilot refused medical treatment, according to police.

  • Cuts hit Clinton and Camanche

    State and federal agencies have to do more with less because of budget cuts.

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    East Moline man killed in head-on crash

    Family members say a 25-year-old East Moline man died from injuries he suffered in a Davenport, Iowa wreck.

  • A look inside the RI County courthouse

    The Rock Island County courthouse has been around since before the turn of the century. Folks who work inside say just a quick look around tells you it needs to be upgraded. We checked it out for ourselves on Monday. A couple of years ago Rock Island County Recorder, Kelly Fisher, witnessed a deluge in the Records department. “We didn’t notice it until Monday morning, when we came in and you literally needed an umbrella,” said Fisher. Decades of housing […]

  • Dixon back to school after negotiations end with agreement

    Dixon teachers were back in class Wednesday after nine days on strike. An agreement was made at 1:40 a.m.between the Dixon Education Association and the Dixon School District. The important reason for the kids to be back in school is so that they can prepare to undergo mandatory state testing, or ISAT. That’s expected to start on Friday, saving the district from being out more than $250,000. Meanwhile, it was back to school for Hayley Thomas, a senior at Dixon […]

  • Federal budget cuts impact local recruitment office

    The Federal Tuition Assistance Program has been suspended as a part of sequestration and it's having an impact on the local recruitment office in Davenport.

  • Funding on the line for Dixon Schools as teacher strike enters 8th day

    Monday morning is when most kids are supposed to be in school. But, Dixon students were at home and their teachers were still on strike, holed up at a command center downtown. Special education teacher, Marcia Mintun believes in their fight. “The time to be serious about negotiations was before we went on strike,” said Mintun. There were still picketers outside of Jefferson School in Dixon on Monday. Passing motorists have been honking their horns as a show of support […]

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    Parents react to Dixon teacher strike

    There’s no school in Dixon, Illinois Thursday, but it has nothing to do with the weather. The Dixon Education Association and Dixon School Board have been trying to hammer out a contract agreement since last fall. Dixon School’s Superintendent, Michael Juenger says teachers are asking for a higher raise than the board is prepared to give. School isn’t in session Thursday for all five Dixon Schools and with kids in elementary school, it’s not the best news for dad, Harold Fredericks. “The kids […]

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    Sweepers help airports crews clear runways

    As a passenger inside the airport, you don’t really get a look at what’s going on out on the runways- you just hope you’re safe. Keeping them clear is an exhaustive effort that takes a team of 20 working rotating, 12-hour shifts. Acres and acres of concrete are cleared of snow at the Quad City International Airport to provide a safe landing for travelers like Jason Wells, who’s from Virginia and is here on business. “Missouri last week and it […]

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    When a “snow emergency” could cost you

    In addition to plowing, the City of Davenport conducts snow removal in the downtown area, which is done the night after a big snow event. The roads may look clear, but you can still be penalized for parking along those designated snow routes. The sign says it all- when a snow emergency is in effect in Davenport you can’t park on the side of the street. River Music Experience employee Brittany Manley, narrowly escaped a ticket this past weekend downtown […]

  • All eyes on Nascar after wreck injures fans

    All eyes were on Danica Patrick Sunday at the Daytona 500. Jimmy Johnson ultimately took top prize, while Patrick placed eighth- the highest finish ever for a female driver at the race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took second for the third time in four years. But, safety was also on everyone’s mind after just the day prior, almost 30 fans were injured when a wreck sent debris flying through the speedway’s protective fence. Spectators in the line of fire suffered burns […]

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