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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
  • Board chairman: ‘strong possibility of layoffs’ in Mercer County

    The Mercer County Board called an emergency meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015, to discuss the county’s financial issues. The meeting was held at 4p.m. at the county courthouse. Prior to the meeting, in an interview with News 8, board chairman Brian Anseeuw, R-New Windsor, discussed the county’s financial state. “The county is in a financial crisis right now,” Anseeuw said. “What we are going to be doing is looking at the whole function of the county; we are going […]

  • Retired pilot says co-pilot in France plane crash should not have been in cockpit alone

    A retired commercial airline pilot said he’s appalled to learn the new information that has surfaced from the Germanwings Flight 9525 investigation. Click here for previous coverage. Jerry Myhre, a retired airline pilot, accumulated 20,000 hours in the air throughout his 39-year career. He sat in his basement on Thursday, watching CNN, learning the new details that emerged in the case. “It’s hard to believe,” Myhre said, glancing up at the CNN newscast. Related: Investigators say plane crash in France was […]

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    Illinois spending freeze halts local teen’s Eagle Scout project

    State spending changes froze a grant that would help a local Boy Scout build a park and playground, to also earn the rank of Eagle Scout, in Oquawka, Illinois.

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    Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice investigating youth center in Kewanee after juvenile ‘threatened’ officer

    The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is investigating an incident they say occurred at the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee on Saturday, March 21, according to a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Dino Leone, regional director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said, “There are a large variety of assaults that happen at Kewanee.” “There were approximately 17 youths from the ages of 18 to 21 that took a garbage can and […]

  • Morrison residents shovel out of late season snowfall

    People in Morrison, Illinois were blindsided from a winter storm that blanketed the ground with three inches of snow early Monday, March 23, 2015. “I don’t think anybody expected this,” Kim Weidel said as she sprinkled salt along the city’s sidewalks. A few blocks from Weidel, Nip Hartman cleared the snow from his driveway with his snow blower. A 45-minute task, Hartman said he had no idea he would have to use his snow blower again this season. “Yea, that […]

  • Six friends canoe nine months from Gulf of Mexico to Arctic Ocean

    Nine months crammed into a canoe requires discipline.

  • Police: East Moline daycare owner admitted to slapping one year old child

    In a heated preliminary hearing on Tuesday, March 17, an East Moline detective testified that Roxanne Coulson, the woman accused of beating a one-year-old child at her daycare, admitted to slapping the toddler in the face. Click here to view previous coverage. She said the child was crying and she couldn’t take it anymore, East Moline detective Anthony Frankowski testified in court on Tuesday. Judge Walter Braud listened to the detective’s testimony, detailing the events that police say occurred. Police […]

  • Augustana men’s basketball team a slam dunk for student recruitment

    When Augustana rolled past  their opponent in a  49-point blowout on Saturday, it benefited the campus in more ways than one. Click here to see Augustana’s dominating performance. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Kent Barnds, vice president of enrollment at Augustana College. “I would characterize Saturday night and the performance of that team, which was nearly perfect, as one of the most exciting moments I’ve witnessed on campus,” Barnds added. While the win boosted campus moral and excitement, Augustana officials […]

  • Davenport’s home-flipping program helps house QC families

    For 30 years, Davenport has transformed something old into something new. The Urban Homestead Program uses federal grant money to rehab formerly vacant homes, and sells those homes with a three percent fixed interest rate to qualifying families. “We essentially, in many cases, gut [the houses], so they have new siding, a new roof, new windows and they’re energy efficient,” said Heather Johnson, lead financial specialist for the city of Davenport. The program is income restricted, meant for working families with […]

  • R.I. County Board Member: Downsizing now would be ‘irresponsible’

    The Rock Island County Board doesn’t appear to be downsizing in the near future. On Monday, March 9, the Rock Island County’s Governmental Affairs Committee failed to move the proposed referendum to downsize the county board forward. If approved, the referendum would have been voted on by the 25-member board. The committee voted 4-4. Since it was a tie, there was no majority to move it to the full board. The following members voted in approval of moving the referendum […]

  • Quad City officials ‘prepared’ for hazardous disaster

    Hazmat crews in the Quad Cities say their training has prepared them for a disaster similar to the one near Galena on Thursday, March 5. Hazardous materials such as crude oil and ethanol are regularly railed through the Quad Cities, according to city officials. Quad City firefighters complete hazmat training exercises so they are prepared for the worst. Ron Burchett, a firefighter with the Davenport Fire Department, said the biggest challenge when battling a fire similar to the one near […]

  • Gun owners could see three major changes to Iowa laws

    Two bills that would change Iowa’s gun laws are picking up steam in the Iowa legislature. On Wednesday, February 4, a Senate subcommittee voted 3-0 in support of Senate Study Bill 1251, which includes changes that would block the public from accessing the names of people who carry permits in the state of Iowa. Later, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee approved a similar bill titled House Study Bill 201. Currently, the general public can request the names of people who […]


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