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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
  • Fishing turns to art as Mercer County team casts out with homemade rods, bait

    The Mercer County High School bass fishing team stands apart from their competition. The team, coached by Aaron Heartt and John Swank, prepare for the fishing season differently than most of their competitors. During the late winter and early spring months, more than a dozen Mercer County teenagers pack inside the school’s vocational building to build their owns rods and make their own bait. Supplies are sprawled across the tables, including torches where the paint is heated onto the bait. […]

  • Residents of sold mobile home park say 80 families ‘could be homeless’ within weeks

    Some Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park residents in Davenport are beginning to panic as the deadline to their eviction is approaching. A few weeks ago, Jackie Knaack, a resident at the mobile home park, said all residents were notified that the property was sold. Knaack said residents were told they needed to be gone by July 1. “Eighty some families could be homeless,” Knaack said, her tone rising in anger. “I’ve been having a hard time finding one myself. I […]

  • Local veteran fighting addiction says we need anti-heroin task force

    Community leaders in Lee County have waged a war against the growing number of heroin deaths in their county. The anti-heroin task force was forged in memory of three people who died of heroin overdoses in February, 2015. The group is comprised of the Lee County Health Department, KSB Hospital, Sinnissippi Centers, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, schools, park districts, law enforcement agencies and a variety of faith-based groups. “The timing is right,” said Natalie Andrews, director of adult services at […]

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    Augie student on Supreme Court hearing: ‘I want to marry the person I love’

    The Supreme Court’s decision on whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage will shape the future for Augustana College senior Darien Marion-Burton. The Augie business major, who will complete his degree in the summer, said marriage equality is “the major social issue, at least of my generation.” In fact, Darien is in the middle of searching for a place to start his career, and has already ruled out states like Indiana. Back in March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence […]

  • Davenport alderman thinks he has solution to dramatically cut crime

    Davenport, Iowa Alderman Ray Ambrose thinks tougher bond and harsher penalties could reduce crime in his city.

  • More Iowa third graders could be repeating third grade starting in 2017

    Iowa students who are not reading at grade level by the spring of third grade will be required to repeat that grade beginning in 2017. However, students may enroll in summer reading courses to progress to fourth grade. According to last year’s test results, 1 in 4 Iowa third graders are reading below grade level. At the Pleasant Valley School District, educators have implemented strategies to boost their students’ reading skills. The “What I Need” or “WIN” program was enacted […]

  • Burglary makes Kewanee church feel like ‘no longer a safe place’

    The First Baptist Church In Kewanee was burglarized early Wednesday, April 22, 2015, according to police. The church’s side window was busted out and whoever was responsible broke two more doors while they were inside the church. Kewanee’s Chief of Police said there have been 12 burglaries in the past six months, including several churches, businesses and a school being broken into. “So basically they pried and opened the window, then they broke the interior glass window that was like a […]

  • Bettendorf siblings given new life in double-lung transplant

    A brother and sister from Bettendorf, Iowa know how it feels to be given new life.

  • Burlington man shot while attending party for shooting victim

    A Burlington, Iowa man was shot while attending a party in memory of 28-year-old Matthew Banks, a week after Banks was shot and killed.

  • animal skull found along Route 92 in Rock Island County (WQAD Photo)

    Animal carcasses found in small area along Route 92 in Rock Island County

    The Illinois DNR was investigating how more than a dozen animal carcasses ended up on one small location along Route 92 in Rock Island County.

  • Photo by Shane Simmons

    Davenport residents ‘fearful of retaliation’ after latest shooting

    In the wake of another shooting in the Quad Cities, residents are talking about the violent spree. Some residents said they didn’t want to speak with News 8 on camera because they were “fearful of retaliation.” Others like Tyrone Wilson were willing to talk. Wilson moved from Chicago to Davenport three years ago to evade his violence-ridden neighborhood. “I don’t like that violence and stuff around me,” Wilson said as he sat in a chair outside of his town home […]

  • Hillary Clinton tells Davenport couple ‘I need you’

    Hillary Clinton’s trip through Iowa commenced at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport on Tuesday morning, April 14. The media, along with Clinton’s supporters, huddled around the hotel’s perimeter, waiting to catch a glimpse of the 2016 presidential candidate. Among those in the crowd were Jerry and Valerie Mitchell. The couple, both retired from John Deere, waited outside the hotel for nearly an hour in hopes of meeting Clinton. “She could win it,” Jerry said as he looked towards the doors […]


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