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Shane's love for journalism was sparked at an early age.

When he was a teenager, Shane was always wanting to know what was happening in the world, and he decided he was going to contribute to the news.

Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, Shane kept his Hoosier roots by attending Indiana University. During his time at IU, he accomplished his goal of graduating in four years with a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. He also received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

In the summer of 2013, Shane was a reporter intern at WISH TV in Indianapolis. During his time at WISH, he covered breaking stories and gained knowledge of how the hectic news field works.

In his spare time, Shane loves to be around his wife, family, friends, and two pets (a Siberian Husky named Meeka and a cat named Dora).

An avid golfer, and passionate sports fan, Shane loves to talk about almost any sport.

Shane loves the Quad Cities and he wants to tell stories that make a difference in the community. If you have any story ideas, send Shane an email at shane.simmons@wqad.com or follow him on Twitter @WQADShane.

And of course if you see Shane around, be sure to say hi!

Recent Articles
  • More than 100 hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak inside school

    A carbon monoxide leak at North Mac Elementary School in Girard, Illinois sent 140 people to the hospital on Monday, according to WICS, an ABC affiliate in Springfield, Illinois. Reports stated that students and staff members began feeling sick and were evacuated from the building. In Illinois and Iowa, schools are not required to install carbon monoxide detectors, although homeowners are. Connecticut and Maryland are the only two states to require carbon monoxide detectors inside schools. “It is an odorless, […]

  • Thomson Prison hosts job fair to fill more than 1,000 positions

    The Thomson Correctional Center will be hosting a job fair beginning Tuesday, September 16.

  • Mackenzie supporters rally in front of Scott County Courthouse

    Dozens of supporters rallied in front of the Scott County Courthouse on Tuesday during Benton Mackenzie’s sentencing. Mackenzie, a terminally ill cancer patient who was convicted of drug charges in July, has drawn attention from medical marijuana supporters around the country. Before Mackenzie’s sentencing, supporters marched from Lafayette Park to the courthouse, carrying pro-medical marijuana signs. “What we have here is an injustice,” said Luke Wiebenga, a medical marijuana advocate who journeyed from New York to attend the rally. “This […]

  • Local high school football stadium is the first of its kind

    Another chapter has been added to the storied history of Burlington, Iowa’s Bracewell Stadium. Since the fall of 2013, the Greyhound’s stadium has undergone several upgrades, costing $4.95 million that’s being raised by the Purple and Gray Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists the Burlington Community School District in developing athletic programs and facilities. Stadium upgrades include: Installation of synthetic turf, new retaining walls, renovation and expansion of the Clark Field House locker rooms, a new press box, an upgraded […]

  • Galesburg streets submerged in water after Thursday morning downpour

    Heavy downpours flooded the streets of Galesburg early Thursday morning. Galesburg resident Jerry Toland said he awoke around 4:30 a.m. Thursday to the booming sound of thunder. When he looked out his front window, he caught glimpse of an astonishing sight. “There was water everywhere,” Toland exclaimed. “I couldn’t believe the mess. The street was completely flooded.” Water flowed through Olive Street, submerging the road and pulling anything in its path. “It was recycle day; trash was everywhere,” Toland said, […]

  • Naked man breaks into Davenport home, touches sleeping woman

    A Davenport couple awoke to a naked man in their bedroom Tuesday morning around 2 a.m., police said. According to police, Paul Schmertmann, 48, entered the home through an unlocked front door and proceeded to touch the woman while her boyfriend was sleeping next to her. The woman’s son was also in the house. Once the woman awoke, police said she, her boyfriend and son locked themselves in the bathroom and dialed 911. Captain Dale Sievert of the Davenport Police […]

  • Chilean psychiatrist leads crusade to legalize marijuana

    Thousands of applications expected for medical marijuana in Illinois

    The state coordinator says he expects thousands of people to apply for medical marijuana access as it becomes available in Illinois.

  • Cosmetology school accused of defrauding students

    A chain of cosmetology schools, which includes two locations in the Quad Cities area, is the target of a lawsuit in which the State of Iowa alleges students were the victims of a fraud scheme.

  • Scott County’s new Lost Grove Lake to net $20 million annually for local economy

    There’s a hidden gem nestled off the back roads in Scott County; it’s an attraction that’s been in the making for more than two decades. Officially opened to the public on August 22, Lost Grove Lake offers an array of activities for guests. From boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting to walking trails, locals are expecting the nearly 1,700-acre wildlife attraction to draw tourists and boost the local economy. “The lake will be a $20 million annual economic boost,” said Iowa DNR […]

  • California’s quake costing wine industry billions

    The earthquake that destroyed parts of wine country in Napa Valley, California has wine drinkers concerned prices may skyrocket. With the cleanup efforts still underway in Northern California, Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake is estimated to cost the area’s wine industry $1 billion, according to Napa County officials. “The wine industry is a very close-knit community,” said Lavender Crest Winery co-owner Martha Rittmueller. “We feel sympathy for them and say, ‘how could this affect us if that happened here.'” Lavender Crest Winery […]

  • Miserable Monday for QCA schools without air conditioning

    More than a dozen Quad City Area schools dismissed early Monday, August 25 due to the sultry temperatures. At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois, temperatures peaked near 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the classrooms and hallways. The high school doesn’t have air conditioning, but the elementary and middle school does. In the high school, both students and teachers were immersed in sweat. “The only air flow coming into the building is from what windows are open and from fans […]

  • Illinois State Tooper: Overweight semi causes same damage as 400 cars

    There are approximately 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the United States; 5,000 of those accidents result in fatalities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The month of August in the Quad City Area has seen two deadly truck crashes: Tuesday, August 19, a truck driver went off the road on I-74 south of Woodhull. He later died. On August 10, a tractor-trailer traveling along I-80 crashed into another semi, killing one of the drivers. Illinois State Police believe […]


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