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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
  • Rock Island Schools logo from district website

    All Rock Island-Milan students eligible for free breakfast, lunch

    All students in the Rock Island-Milan School District will receive free breakfast and lunch beginning in August 2015. Because about 70 percent of the students in the Rock Island-Milan School District receive free or reduced lunches, according to district spokeswoman Holly Sparkman, the district was approved for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a grant which allows schools serving low-income students free, nutritious meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. To be eligible for the […]

  • Mount Carroll Deaths

    Five years later, Mount Carroll mourns death of teens after grain bin accident

    It’s been five years since two Carroll County teenagers died after becoming engulfed inside a grain elevator. On July 28, 2010, after 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas died inside a Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. grain elevator, the tragedy sparked a national discussion on grain safety. On the fifth anniversary of the deaths, free grain handling safety training was offered to local farmers at the Carroll County Farm Bureau. The training, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) […]

  • iCan Shine helps special needs children learn to ride a bike

    After a few laps of riding his specialized roller bike, 12-year-old Aiden Roy of Donahue, Iowa said he was ready for his rocket boosters. Roy, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, struggles with the use of motor skills. He walks with a limp, and simple tasks like riding a bike are nearly impossible without training wheels. However, on Monday, July 27, at the Quad City Expo Center in Moline, Roy was not only able to ride a bike without training […]

  • Cameron, Illinois pleads for help after devastating tornado

    Ten days after an EF-2 tornado dismantled parts of Cameron, Illinois, people in the community say they still need help.

  • Street Fest thrives despite the heat

    Thousands of people poured into downtown Davenport on Saturday, July 25, 2015 for RAGBRAI, BIX, and Street Fest. The streets of downtown Davenport were filled with people, including vendors, musicians and those looking for a good time. While Street Fest goers endured the uncomfortable heart during the afternoon, by the evening temperatures had cooled off, making for excellent weather. Vendors are expecting around 60,000 visitors, which would be one of the biggest years for the festival. Street fest began at […]

  • mobile food bank

    Farmers feed community through crop donations

    Quad City Area farmers donated thousands of dollars worth of corn and soybeans to help fight hunger in Mercer County. One in 10 people in Mercer County lives in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Farmers spanning across five counties, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Henry and Whiteside, are given the option to donate bushels of corn or soybeans to the River Bend Foodbank. This year more than $21,000 worth of crops were donated, providing more than 10,000 meals for […]

  • Cameron gets no FEMA relief funds for tornado recovery

    The tornado-ravaged community of Cameron, Illinois will not receive federal or state aid after a tornado leveled buildings and homes on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

  • Galesburg group advocates for food hub at old Aldi location

    A group of Galesburg residents plan to meet with the grocery store, Aldi, to discuss the potential of opening a food hub at the old Aldi location. In November 2013, the Galesburg Aldi moved from its old location from Main and Henderson Street on the city’s southwest side. Aldi opened a new store three miles away on the city’s north side, and some residents who live near the old Aldi location say Aldi left behind a “food desert.” “That put […]

  • Dixon to offer heroin addicts help with no jail time

    The Dixon Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office will soon be offering a new, progressive plan to nip heroin addiction in the bud. Heroin addicts who want to kick their addiction will be given the option to turn themselves in , along with their drugs and drug paraphernalia, to the police or sheriff’s department in exchange for treatment. Dixon’s Chief of Police, Danny Langloss, said this is a new way to look at the heroin problem Lee County is […]

  • New affordable housing planned for Fulton

    The development of new, affordable housing is one step closer in Fulton, Illinois. Because of a recent swarm of home buyers in the area, presumably related to the opening of the Thomson Correctional Center, Fulton has “ran out of housing stock,” according to Fulton’s mayor, Larry Russell. Russell said Fulton has seen the first wave of home buyers in the area, and they are expecting more in the future. In a matter of good timing, Russell said the Wisconsin-based development […]

  • Papa John's in Galesburg closed

    Galesburg employees ‘shocked’ when Papa John’s suddenly closes

    Several Galesburg Papa John’s employees are suddenly unemployed after the pizza chain closed on Sunday, July 12, 2015. The pizza chain, located in Galesburg’s downtown on E. Main St., now has a sign stating, “Store is Closed,” and the neon sign that usually shines is dim. The news came as a complete “shock” for many of the Papa John’s employees, including shift manager Angel Peddicord. Peddicord, who arrived for her shift on Sunday afternoon, said she was greeted by her […]

  • Karen Smith photo from Scott County Jail

    Grandma accused of bloodying five-year-old’s face

    A Davenport woman has been charged with child endangerment after police reports indicate the woman allegedly hit her 5-year-old grandson in the face. Karen Smith, 54, Davenport, was arrested on Friday, July 10, 2015, charged with misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, harassment and public intoxication. “It was a crazy situation,” said Summer Cook, who said she witnessed Smith dragging her two grandchildren, three and five years old, along the sidewalk. Cook, who works at Rock’s Anchor Grill in the 1500 […]


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