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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
  • Muscatine’s Salvation Army $100,000 short of fundraising goal

    The Salvation Army in Muscatine, Iowa is struggling to meet their fundraising goal which funds the organization for the 2015 fiscal year. The Army’s goal was to raise $150,000 this year, but it’s raised just over $50,000 with less than a week to go. In 2013 the Army raised $100,000. “It’s getting harder to raise the money,” said Lily Reinier, a volunteer with the Salvation Army for the past four years. According to volunteers, they have been receiving less donations […]

  • Why the new Ford F-150 is different from any truck you’ll drive

    The 2015 Ford F-150 is the first all-aluminum body  truck in the world, and Quad City Ford dealerships say there’s a long list of benefits to the new truck. Ford officials replaced the truck’s steel frame with aluminum, which is produced by Alcoa, one of the Quad Cities’ largest employers. The aluminum body sheds 700 pounds off the truck. Ford announced that their trucks would be 97 percent aluminum back in January, 2014. The announcement brought “job security,” according to Brad […]

  • Local teachers battling to keep classrooms and students flu-free

    School nurses have had their hands full as dozens of students have contracted a virus that seems to be spreading like wildfire.

  • Maquoketa fire

    Firefighter and council member rescue wheelchair-bound man from burning home

    A local firefighter and council member rescued a wheelchair-bound man from his burning home on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The fire happened Sunday evening at 504 W. Grove Street in Maquoketa, Iowa. Harvey Untiedt lived in the home. Matt Tranel, who’s a volunteer firefighter and lives behind the home, heard the 911 call on his scanner at home. “The page said there was a Christmas tree on fire in the house with a man trapped in the kitchen,” Tranel said. […]

  • Toy drive provides hope for children affected by domestic violence

    The Davenport Police Department wrapped up their annual Family Resources Toy Drive on December 13 and 14. For the past 12 years, Davenport police officers have collected toys and money for the local domestic violence shelters, providing victims with a holiday boost. “We deal with a lot of domestic violence in our line of work, and these kids are innocent victims,” said Tim Murphy, a detective with the Davenport Police Department. Organizers say the toy drive began in 2002, when […]

  • Watch: Navy man surprises his sister at St. Ambrose graduation

    When Paige Wheeler walked across the stage to receive her diploma during the St. Ambrose University commencement ceremony, she couldn’t have imagined who would be greeting her off stage. Her brother Logan Wheeler, who serves in the U.S. Navy, was waiting near the stage with a bouquet of flowers in hand. As Paige turned the corner with her diploma, her eyes suddenly lit up with surprise. She immediately runs into his arms. The two both shed tears as they hug, […]

  • Factory of Fear adds gory twist to Christmas

    There's a new, terrifying spin on Christmas this year at the Factory of Fear in Moline, Illinois.

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    Historic Davenport home draws interest from Muscatine buyer

    A historic Davenport home that has sat abandon for years could have a potential buyer. A Muscatine man with a background in restoring old homes has placed a bid for the Lambrite-Iles-Peterson home, according to Jack Haberman, the president of the Gateway Redevelopment Group, a non-for-profit organization that rescues abandon homes. The Italian Villa style home, known as the Lambrite-Iles-Peterson home, is located at 510 W. Sixth Street in the Gold Coast — Hamburg Historic District. Built in 1856, the home […]

  • Hampton, Illinois Police Body Camera

    Hampton police now required to use body cameras

    Police in Hampton, Illinois are now required to wear body cameras.

  • ‘Some of the coolest downtown lofts’ coming to Clinton

    Jude Golinvaux looks out the front window of her Clinton, Iowa business and just smiles. She knows the risk she took when opening her business in downtown Clinton could soon pay off. In 2013, the Clinton native opened Vinnie’s Lounge, a martini lounge and banquet center. She picked the downtown area because she was hopeful that the old Wilson Building that’s directly across the street would be renovated. That hope is close to becoming reality. At Tuesday’s committee of the […]

  • Local boy needs service dog, mom struggling to raise money

    Nicole and Rob Gaffney’s Davenport home is springing with energy. The sounds of thumping bounce off the walls. An occasional scream is let out. The source of the noise, their 4-year-old son, Josh. Josh has paid more visits to the hospital than any kid ever should.  At three weeks old, Josh was diagnosed with subglottic stenosis, meaning his airway is only 25 percent as large as it should be. Whenever he gets a cold, his airway can get blocked, cutting off oxygen to […]

  • Rock Falls man who locked his dog in the basement to die, found guilty for animal cruelty

    A Rock Falls man was found guilty by a bench trial for aggravated animal cruelty on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Joseph Nelson was arrested on March 28, 2014, after a joint investigation between the Rock Falls Police Department and Whiteside County Animal Control.  He was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, and has remained in jail since his arrest. Police say Nelson moved from his house, but left his dog in a cage in the basement with no food […]


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