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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
  • Galesburg’s Haunted Drive-in helps to improve community

    Sean Godsil has merged his two passions of helping his community and scaring the living daylights out of people. In 2011, the Galesburg native began organizing a haunted house inside of an old school building in Abingdon, Illinois. The attraction was called Fright High. “It went really well,” said Godsil, who planned and constructed many of the attractions and effects. “It got a lot of kids off the street and got them doing something positive and fun.” After a successful […]

  • James Allen Cave photo from Scott County Sheriff's Office

    Neighbors shocked by fatal police-involved shooting in Davenport

    Neighbors said they were shocked by several hours of police activity that ended with officers shooting and killing a 54-year-old man in Davenport, Iowa.

  • Residents frustrated as local boil order pushes three months

    Some residents say they're frustrated because they spent nearly three months under a boil order with no end in sight.

  • Local veteran achieves dream of opening only bed and breakfast in Clinton

    For more than two decades, Dan Fisher put his dream on hold. Fisher, a retired Air Force veteran, yearned to remodel a home and open a bed and breakfast. After living a nomadic life with the military, Fisher, a Savanna, Illinois native, planned to settle near home. In 2007, Fisher and his wife were visiting from Texas when they drove passed an old Victorian home near downtown Clinton. “When we drove by the house and noticed it was for sale, […]

  • Not all local schools have carbon monoxide detectors

    After a carbon monoxide leak sent more than 100 people to hospitals from a school in Illinois, we discovered some local schools don't have CO detectors in their buildings.

  • Thomson Prison hosts job fair to fill more than 1,000 positions

    The Thomson Correctional Center will be hosting a job fair beginning Tuesday, September 16.

  • Mackenzie supporters rally in front of Scott County Courthouse

    Dozens of supporters rallied in front of the Scott County Courthouse on Tuesday during Benton Mackenzie’s sentencing. Mackenzie, a terminally ill cancer patient who was convicted of drug charges in July, has drawn attention from medical marijuana supporters around the country. Before Mackenzie’s sentencing, supporters marched from Lafayette Park to the courthouse, carrying pro-medical marijuana signs. “What we have here is an injustice,” said Luke Wiebenga, a medical marijuana advocate who journeyed from New York to attend the rally. “This […]

  • Local high school football stadium is the first of its kind

    Another chapter has been added to the storied history of Burlington, Iowa’s Bracewell Stadium. Since the fall of 2013, the Greyhound’s stadium has undergone several upgrades, costing $4.95 million that’s being raised by the Purple and Gray Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists the Burlington Community School District in developing athletic programs and facilities. Stadium upgrades include: Installation of synthetic turf, new retaining walls, renovation and expansion of the Clark Field House locker rooms, a new press box, an upgraded […]

  • Galesburg streets submerged in water after Thursday morning downpour

    Heavy downpours flooded the streets of Galesburg early Thursday morning. Galesburg resident Jerry Toland said he awoke around 4:30 a.m. Thursday to the booming sound of thunder. When he looked out his front window, he caught glimpse of an astonishing sight. “There was water everywhere,” Toland exclaimed. “I couldn’t believe the mess. The street was completely flooded.” Water flowed through Olive Street, submerging the road and pulling anything in its path. “It was recycle day; trash was everywhere,” Toland said, […]

  • Naked man breaks into Davenport home, touches sleeping woman

    A Davenport couple awoke to a naked man in their bedroom Tuesday morning around 2 a.m., police said. According to police, Paul Schmertmann, 48, entered the home through an unlocked front door and proceeded to touch the woman while her boyfriend was sleeping next to her. The woman’s son was also in the house. Once the woman awoke, police said she, her boyfriend and son locked themselves in the bathroom and dialed 911. Captain Dale Sievert of the Davenport Police […]

  • Chilean psychiatrist leads crusade to legalize marijuana

    Thousands of applications expected for medical marijuana in Illinois

    The state coordinator says he expects thousands of people to apply for medical marijuana access as it becomes available in Illinois.

  • Cosmetology school accused of defrauding students

    A chain of cosmetology schools, which includes two locations in the Quad Cities area, is the target of a lawsuit in which the State of Iowa alleges students were the victims of a fraud scheme.


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