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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
  • Temporary fix means sewage stench fills businesses in Orion

    The vile smell of sewage lingers along 11th Avenue in the small village of Orion, Illinois. The problem, which stems from sewage gas seeping from an open manhole, has haunted those along 11th Avenue for more than five years, according to Jim Larson, the owner of Larson’s Body Shop which sits just feet away from the open manhole. “The sewage smell comes in big time when the wind is out of the south,” said Larson. The grotesque odor produces an […]

  • Davenport alderman: ‘I will stand in front of buses’ to stop unaccompanied children

    The mayor and an alderman appear to be at opposite poles when it comes to how, and whether, to accept unaccompanied immigrant children in Davenport.

  • Iowa pastor discovers half his church was sold

    The Iglesia Cristiana El Balsamo church in Muscatine is divided, literally. Pastor Robert Garcia, who has been the pastor at the Mennonite  faith-based church since it opened in 1983, learned that half of his church was sold in a tax sale. The rear half of the church is now owned by Oak Helm Partners in Davenport, a real estate investment group. “For something like this to happen is very rare,” said Muscatine County Assessor Dale McCrea. According to Iowa law, […]

  • Brennan Wages

    Local motocross standout to compete in Amateur National Motocross Championship

    Brennan Wages has won hundreds of motocross races. The 10-year-old from Colona, IL, has been riding dirt bikes for only five years, but has earned the reputation of a standout competitor. Defeating thousands of racers, Wages qualified for his third consecutive Amateur National Motocross Championship. He’s the only rider in his age group from Illinois. “It’s the biggest race of the year and there will be a lot of racers and people there,” Wages said, sitting on his 65cc KTMSSX […]

  • Branstad discusses immigration

    Branstad: We’re an empathetic country but we can’t take everybody

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said the balance between the constitution and compassion for children, fleeing to the U.S. from Central America, is delicate.

  • Group asks whether county fairs really help community

      Researchers with the University of Illinois were conducting a statewide survey to determine how, or if, county fairs impact the community. Researchers planned to visit 15 Illinois county fairs throughout the summer of 2014. At each fair, they were asking fair goers to complete a survey asking questions about the amount of time and money spent at the fair. The researchers collected data at the Mercer County Fair on Friday, July 11, 2014. Some of the questions on the […]

  • Mayor Gluba’s plan to house immigrants won’t come easy

    The immigration debate has been sparked once again in the Quad Cities.

  • Clinton’s Meadowview pool to close if taxes aren’t paid

    The Meadowview pool has been a staple in the Clinton community for nearly 50 years. Now, it’s at risk of closing if the pool’s five board members don’t raise $5000 by the third week of August. According to the pool’s president Tammy Isenhour, she recently acquired the treasurer position after the former treasurer retired. Soon, she realized that that more than $3000 in back taxes was owed. “I was told we owed taxes, so I went to the County Assessor […]

  • 5 ways to make your next yard sale your best yard sale

    Quad City-area sellers and shoppers share the secret keys to a successful yard sale.

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    New speed-monitoring installed on I-74 bridge

    Illinois State Police will begin monitoring traffic speed on the I-74 bridge from the sky.

  • West Liberty officials learn they’re lacking flood insurance

    City officials in West Liberty learned Tuesday that their flooded city doesn’t have flood insurance. City Manager Lawrence McNaul said city officials were surprised when they learned the city hadn’t been insured. Several areas in the city were hit hard by Monday and Tuesday’s storms; the baseball park on the south end of town took the brunt of the damage. The outfield fences were flattened and the baseball is in shambles. “The flash flood caused some considerable damage to some […]

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    Davenport business owner says the city “forgot about us” during flood

    The owner of Pet Pals in Davenport said she didn't receive proper help from the city during the early-July 2014 flood.