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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 County Republican voters claim voting machine ‘changed their vote’

    Rock Island County Republican voters gathered outside of the Rock Island County Clerk’s office on Friday, October 24, alleging a voting machine switched their vote. Voters said when they selected a candidate on the electronic voting machine, the machine would switch their vote to the opposing candidate. Voters claim it happened to them at the Moline Library. “The ‘x’ went into his box, and then two seconds later, the box and his name went away and it was totally blank, […]

  • Bettendorf teen’s documentary to be featured in New York City

    Life is  a story waiting to be told, and Karly Lent is there to tell that story. The Bettendorf High School junior first picked up a video camera when she was in middle school. “I saw my aunt editing videos and I thought it was really cool, so I began making music videos with my friends,”  Lent said, sitting in front of her Macbook laptop. Several years later, Lent’s short documentary will be screened in New York City on Saturday, […]

  • Teen traffic-related deaths trending downward in Illinois and Iowa

    Once a teenager receives their driver’s license, they are more likely to be an a fatal automobile accident than any other age group; however, the number of teenage driver related fatalities is on the downfall. In an effort to raise awareness of teen drivers, October 20-24 is known nationwide as National Teenage Driver Safety Week. In 2011, about 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16-19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in […]

  • If your child goes missing, there’s an app for that

    On average, 2,185 children are reported missing everyday in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In an attempt to combat missing child cases, the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network, a non-profit organization that conducts searches for missing people in the Quad-City area,  is supporting an app that’s targeting parent’s peace of mind. It’s called the Child ID App, which was developed by the FBI in 2011. “The app stores photos and vital information about your children […]

  • Watch: Ride along with Rock Island County Sheriff Department’s A.C.E. Unit

    When the sun goes down in Rock Island County,  officers with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department come out. For nearly three years, the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department has relied on their A.C.E. Unit, an acronym for aggressive criminal activity. The A.C.E. Unit was birthed in April, 2012. Justin Chisholm, a 15-year veteran of the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, leads the three-man team. “We go out and try to look for active criminal activity, whether that be traffic […]

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    Kirkwood Fire Department treasurer allegedly embezzled more than $17,000

    A Warren County woman has been accused of stealing more than $17,000 from the Kirkwood Fire Department during a three-year span. According to police, Jessica Taylor, 29, of Monmouth, wrote checks to herself while serving as the department’s treasurer. Some of those funds were donated through fundraiser events and other sources. The Review Atlas is reporting that Taylor turned herself in to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on August 15 after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Taylor has […]

  • Kitten saves local couple during house fire

    Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but a couple in Dixon, Illinois says an unlikely hero saved their life. On the night of September 28, 2014, when Kris and Crystal Horton were asleep in bed, their newly adopted kitten, August, awoke Kris. “I saw him standing over me and as I began to sit up and get out of bed, he was staring at the bedroom door,” Kris said, laughing as she sat in her sister’s home where she is […]

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    How the right words could help your search for a job

    Illinois job seekers have a new tool that could help them land a job.

  • Mother of shooting victim: “The people my son cared for most took his life”

    Michelle Taylor sat in her quiet Davenport home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, recalling memories of her 18-year-old son, Thomas Taylor. “You never saw him without a smile on his face,” Taylor said, her eyes filled with tears. “He was always smiling and making people laugh.” Thomas Taylor was shot and killed in Davenport on September 26, 2014. Taylor said her son was supposed to start a new job at Purina that following Monday. On Friday, October 3, 2014, police […]

  • House ‘built from love’ donated to Oquawka couple who lived in tent for months

    When Gregg Ward and Lewanna Diehl’s trailer in Oquawka, Illinois caught fire in May of 2013, they were left homeless. For more than four months, the couple lived out of a tent in their backyard. Click here to see the conditions they lived in. Immediately after the fire, Steve Henshaw, a friend of the couple for more than 20 years, reached out to local organizations, hoping someone could assist them. In a matter of days, help arrived. “We just all […]

  • One year later: Dennis Harker pays it forward after son’s disappearance

    Dennis Harker’s life took a drastic, unpredictable turn in 2013. On September 29, 2013, his 28-year-old son, David Harker, went missing. David was last seen leaving a nightclub in downtown Moline. On October 2, recovery crews found David’s body near Buffalo Shores. For more coverage of David Harker’s disappearance, click here. “There’s not a day or a moment that goes by that he’s not in my thoughts,” said Dennis Harker, standing over his son’s grave. “He was just phenomenal.” A […]

  • Fairmount Street location of reported fatal shooting 9-26-14 (WQAD photo by Shane Simmons)

    Wheelchair-bound man suffers fatal gunshot at home in Davenport

    After police confirmed the shooting death of a Davenport man, neighbors said the man was confined to a wheelchair. Investigators were sent to investigate the report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound at a home in the Five Seasons trailer park  just after 4:30 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014.  A man they found inside the home was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Neighbors said they did not hear gunshots but that they […]


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