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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
  • Tornado strikes rural Henry County, no warning issued

    A fast-moving storm system included an EF-1 tornado that was on the ground for about five minutes south of Atkinson, Illinois.

  • Quad City housing market is ‘booming’

    If you’re considering putting your house on the market, experts say now is the time. From this time last year, Quad City Area home sales increased 10 percent, selling 1,288 homes by the end of April. The Illinois side of the river witnessed the biggest impact with 576 homes sold, a 13 percent increase. Iowa sellers saw a 5 percent increase. Between January and April of 2015, houses in the Quad Cities were on the market for an average of […]

  • Memorial Day tradition at Rock Island National Cemetery bonds family

    Every Memorial Day, a Quad City family teams up to honor their family members who served in the military. Beth Lam, Shellie Mooreguy and Mary Houston pace the Rock Island National Cemetery on Memorial Day, placing flowers on their family member’s grave sites. “It’s bittersweet,” said Mary Houston, the aunt of Lam and Mooreguy. “We get together and talk about the good times.” The tradition started decades ago, back when Lam and Mooreguy were children. Their father, who is now […]

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    Headstones in Moline cemetery ‘sinking’ into the ground

    Headstones have sunk at least six inches into the ground at Rose-Lawn Memorial Estate in Moline, said Lori Griffith. Griffith, who has several family members buried at the cemetery, said she went to visit her family’s memorials, but couldn’t find them. They were covered with grass and had settled several inches below the grass line. “They’re sinking down so far that it’s growing over,” Griffith said as she pointed to the grass leaning over the flat headstone. “And then you […]

  • Neighbors on high alert after two shootings in Clinton, Iowa within 48 hours

    A Clinton, Iowa neighborhood remained on high alert after an unexplained shooting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. In a media release, the Clinton Police Department said they responded in reference to a robbery in the 200 block of 19th Place on May 19. Officers said they were approached by two people, Daniel L. Gibson, who lives at the home, and Randy D. Head. Gibson and Head told police when they arrived at the home they were confronted by two suspects […]

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    Landlord says tenant hoarding dozens of cats in Whiteside County home

    A Whiteside County woman claims her tenant has been hoarding cats, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to her rental home in rural Deer Grove, Illinois.

  • Rick Perry promotes corporate tax cut in Dewitt, Iowa

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his Iowa tour in Dewitt on Tuesday, shaking hands and signing autographs with Iowa voters. Perry, who isn’t expected to officially declare his presidential run until June 4, scolded the Obama administration on an array of topics, including the president’s recent veto of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline bill. “I was so frustrated when the president of the United States vetoed the XL pipeline,” Perry said, standing in front of dozens of Iowa […]

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    Bettendorf school’s decision to keep contracted nurses a ‘big shock’

    Camden Russell, a fourth grader at Herbert Hoover Elementary in Bettendorf, is different from most students. Camden’s mom, Lindsey Henningsen, constantly has her son’s health on her mind. Camden was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy. He’s a non-verbal, wheelchair-bound nine year old who’s “continually monitored” by his one-on-one nurse who’s hired by his parents, not the school. There are seven students within the Bettendorf School District who receive one-on-one nursing care. Back on […]

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    B.B. King’s inspiration to the Quad Cities

    B.B. King was king for at least two Quad Citians. Riley B. King, known as B.B., died on May 14, 2015. The iconic bluesman, known for his unique guitar licks and heartfelt musical storytelling, played in the Quad Cities on multiple occasions. No matter his age, Quad City fans attest to King’s passionate performances. “Most guitar players couldn’t say in 600 notes what B.B. could say in six notes,” said Ellis Kell, director of programming and community outreach at the […]

  • Thousands of Illinois residents could lose independent living services

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget would eliminate independent living services for thousands of Illinois residents, according to the Responsible Budget Coalition. The coalition, comprised of 200 organizations across Illinois, held a press conference Thursday at the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living in Rock Island. According to Liz Sherwin, director of Illinois/Iowa Independent Living, Rauner’s budget would increase the Determination of Need, or DON scores. Patients’ scores indicate the level of service they would be eligible to receive. “There are thousands […]

  • Victim’s mom says Burlington photographer asked 17-year-old to do nude photos

    More victims are coming forward in a case involving ex-Burlington city councilman Chris King, who allegedly molested and solicited minors who were his clients at Daisy Portraits Photography. Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein told News 8 that “more than two dozen” victims have come forward to police, stating King molested or attempted to molest the victims. Klein said detectives have interviews setup for the next two weeks with several victims. One of the newest victims’ mothers spoke to News 8 […]

  • Lee County police to carry ‘life-saving’ drug

    Police officers and deputies in Lee County will soon have a new tool that could decrease the number of heroin overdoses in the county. Lee County Sheriff deputies and Dixon police officers will be equipped with Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opioid overdoses. Officers are expected to be trained and carrying Narcan by the beginning of June, said Lee County Sheriff John Simonton. “Having another tool for our officers to use, from a […]


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