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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
  • Why experts say this Fourth of July weekend may be deadliest in years

    Safety experts predict more people will be traveling along the country’s interstates this Fourth of July weekend, resulting in the National Safety Council estimating this year’s Independence Day holiday will be one of the deadliest since 2008. The National Safety Council estimates this holiday weekend will result in 409 deaths and 49,5000 traffic-related injures. Nearly 42 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more this fourth of July weekend; experts say lower gas prices and the improving economy are […]

  • Port Byron thrift shop targeted as ‘ugly’ in letter

    The president of a Port Byron, Illinois thrift shop fears a recent complaint written to the village will shed a negative light on her business. Ann’s Helping Hands, a second-hand store located along Route 84 in Port Byron, was one of seven properties listed in a complaint emailed to the Village of Port Byron, according to the company’s president, Ann McCarrell. “In the very last paragraph, Ann’s Helping Hands was mentioned as being ‘ugly,'” McCarrell said. “Those kind of things […]

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    Burlington man living in tent could face jail time

    A man living in a tent on his Burlington, Iowa property will have to either relocate or face possible jail time. Curtis Halverson, a convicted felon who was recently released from prison, has been living in a tent on a parcel of land he owns at the intersection of Washington and 8th Street, located in the historic Heritage Hill district. On Tuesday, June 30, a judge ruled that Halverson had violated city code because a temporary structure, including a tent, […]

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    Monmouth College grad charged for allegedly stomping puppy to death

    More than a dozen protesters convened outside of the Warren County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 30, with one objective: “Justice for Cash.” Cash was a pit bull puppy who was allegedly kicked and stomped to death by Chicago native and recent Monmouth College graduate, King Sami, 24. A neighbor witnessed the outdoor incident in early May, according to Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren. Monday, June 29, 2015, Sami was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, when officers […]

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    Freight House Farmers’ Market building receives artistic touch

    The next time you drive pass the Freight House Farmers’ Market in downtown Davenport, you’ll notice a colorful addition. When driving eastbound on West River Drive, a colorful mural brightens the bleak brick building. Each door on the building’s exterior has a theme based on color. “We were inspired a lot by the fact that it is a farmer’s market and they wanted to keep with that theme,” said Keosha Westphal, a summer apprentice for Quad City Metro Arts Summer […]

  • Clinton, Iowa reveals vision to create 400 new jobs

    A plan to create hundreds of jobs in Clinton, Iowa has moved forward. Throughout the past 10 months, the Clinton Regional Development Corporation raised more than $2,874,000 for their economic plan. The fundraiser began with 75 investors, and has since expanded to 145, a number that was just as encouraging for the fundraiser’s organizers. The plan, Vision 2020, implements five economic development strategies focusing on retaining and creating jobs in the Clinton area. By the year 2020, the CDRC expects […]

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    Illinois budget talks stall, countdown to cuts begin

    Illinois budget negotiations have temporarily stalled. Lawmakers, who have until July 1, 2015 to pass a balanced budget, don’t appear to be any closer to agreeing on a budget. If republicans and democrats don’t agree on a budget before July 1, projects and funding across the state would be slashed. The state would be forced to axe Medicaid funding to many of the state’s hospitals. In addition, schools would likely not receive funding that was expected, forcing some schools to […]

  • Downpours collapse street in Dixon, Illinois

    Monday’s heavy downpours caused a street to collapse in Dixon, Illinois, forming a gaping hole that spans sever feet wide and deep. The area of Seventh Street and Walnut Avenue remained blocked with road closure signs on Tuesday. The galvanized culvert that allowed the creek to pass below Seventh Street couldn’t handle the massive amount of water it took on after Walnut Street began to flood. The road eventually took on too much water and collapsed. Newly elected Mayor Li […]

  • Illinois company creates life-saving tool for grain bin entrapment

    When two young men suffocated inside of a grain bin in Carroll County, Illinois in July of 2010, a local company used the tragedy as motivation to create a life-saving tool. The Great Wall of Rescue was constructed in Lanark, Illinois by Eastland Fabrication, LLC., a tool that can be used to rescue people who’ve become entrapped in grain bins. While it’s not the first concept of a rescue tube, the inventors say it’s the simplicity and affordability of it […]

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    Veteran suicides has ‘devastating effect’ on Aledo family

    An Aledo, Illinois family continues to recover after their 27-year-old daughter, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, committed suicide. Courtney Rush killed herself on January 3, 2012. Her parents, Rick and Gail Rush, said there were no alarming indicators that their daughter was suffering from PTSD or any other form of depression. However, after they began to peel back the layers, they¬†started¬†to believe their daughter’s second deployment to Qatar had a lasting impact on her. Her parents said […]

  • Iowa drivers can expect more construction on the roads

    It has been nearly four months since Iowa passed and signed a bill that increased the gas tax by 10 cents. As of June 10, 2015, state and county officials have began planning to allocate the extra $501 million the tax is expected to generate over the next five years. On Tuesday, June 9, the Scott County Board of Supervisors traveled the county’s roads, surveying which roads and bridges need the most work. “We used to try and do a […]

  • Medicaid cuts leave uncertainty for kidney dialysis patients

    Illinois health professionals are concerned Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed Medicaid cuts could negatively impact kidney dialysis centers across the state. In an effort to slash the state’s $6 billion deficit, Gov. Rauner proposed $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts. Health professionals in Illinois are concerned the cuts would prevent kidney dialysis patients from receiving treatment at the proper center. Instead, Dr. Tim Pflederer, president of Illinois Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center, said patients would receive treatments through an emergency room, which […]


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