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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!


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    Four-star general: ‘Rock Island Arsenal is a national asset’

    The Rock Island Arsenal welcomed a four-star general Tuesday. Gen. Dennis L. Via is the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC). Basically, the renown general is responsible for overseeing anything a soldier wears, shoots, drives, eats or communicates with; those objects, whether it be armored vehicles or weapons, are produced in abundance at the Rock Island Arsenal. During his tour of the arsenal, Gen. Via received an inside look at some of the Rock Island Arsenal’s current […]

  • Clinton’s Fire Department to save businesses and taxpayers money

    The Clinton Fire Department could potentially save businesses and taxpayers money. Chief Michael Brown of the Clinton Fire Department said the Clinton Fire Department was recently classified by the ISO (Insurance Services Office) as a class two fire station. Each year, ISO collects information from fire departments around the country; they rate the departments on a 1 to 10 scale. According to isomitigation.com, a class one department represents superior property fire protection; a ten indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program […]

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    Quad City barber’s haircut earns him free KFC for life

    Miguel Rosas has been rewarded with free Kentucky Fried Chicken for the rest of his life. The Rock Island native recently shaved and painted the renowned Colonel Sanders logo in the back of his client’s head. Later that day, Rosas said he and his client went to KFC. “When we went inside everybody pretty much just stopped working,” Rosas said, while shaving a flame design into a client’s head. “All the employees came up to us and started taking pictures […]

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    Neighbor said Davenport man killed by police was ‘a really nice guy’

    A neighbor said her husband thought fireworks made a popping sound that she later learned were gunshots fired during an altercation between a man and police next door.

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    Burglary victim says culprit should be ‘mowing my grass and shoveling my sidewalks’

    Three motorcycles, motorcycle accessories and spare keys were stolen from a Davenport man’s garage and he says the thieves did more harm than they probably realize. David Ford, who owns the garage off of Sheridan Street, said the burglary happened between 11 p.m. Monday, August 11  and 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Ford said he got a message Tuesday morning stating his bikes were gone. “They stole somewhere between $12,000 and $18,000 worth of stuff,” Ford said. “They just […]

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    Parents plead not guilty in co-sleeping death of Moline baby

    The parents of a baby that died while sleeping with them have pleaded not guilty to charges filed against them.

  • Burlington shooting victim speaks one day after being shot

    A week of violence has belted Burlington, Iowa. On August 6, police say 50-year-old Eddie Martin was shot and killed while riding his bike in a Burlington neighborhood. Four days later, police arrested Donald Watkins and Virgil Griggs of Miami, Florida,  after police say the two men went on a shooting binge, wounding two men outside of Fun City. In addition to the shooting at Fun City, police say Watkins and Griggs shot several vehicles and apartments during a drive-by, […]

  • Sterling company revs up funeral industry with custom caskets and urns

    A local casket maker says he's offering custom caskets for motorcycle enthusiasts, and he wants to expand his business.

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    Invasive species spreading in the Quad Cities is deadly to humans

    An invasive species is rapidly spreading in the Quad Cities. The two plants, which are referred to as teasel and poison hemlock, are commonly spotted along side ditches and near bodies of water. Experts are concerned the species could mar the Quad Cities’ ecosystem, and people’s health. “The poison hemlock is a deadly plant,” said Brian Ritter, the director of Nahant Marsh in Davenport. “If it’s accidentally consumed, it can cause serious illness or death.” The poison hemlock began sprouting […]

  • Orion Village President: The EPA’s lack of action is ‘totally unacceptable’

    There’s a problem in the small Village of Orion, Illinois that originated in 1995. Documents obtained my News Eight indicate the problem emerged when more than 10,000 gallons of fuel leaked from four underground storage tanks below the Shell Station, formerly owned by Bulk Petroleum. Fifteen years later, residents in Orion living off of 10th and 11th Avenues began reporting the smell of gas in their homes. The village president, Jim Cooper, has been battling with the Illinois EPA for […]

  • Genesis Systems Group expands, more jobs available

    More jobs are coming to Davenport. Tuesday, one of North America’s largest robotic integrators, Genesis Systems Group, which is not affiliated with Genesis Hospitals, celebrated a ribbon cutting at their new 61,000 sq. foot facility at 7310 Vine St. Ct. in Davenport. The new building, which opened in October, accommodates Genesis’ second location at 8900 N. Harrison St. in Davenport. “We build robotic equipment for manufacturing, primarily focusing on welding,” said Mike Jacobsen of Genesis Systems Group. Today, several agricultural, […]

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    Annual neighborhood block party ‘eliminated’ violence

    Saturday, the roads were closed on West South Street in Galesburg. The once crime-infested neighborhood was celebrating their seventh annual neighborhood block party. Betty Shunick, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years, remembers seeing drug dealers consistently dealing in front of her home. “I had enough. I had survived a type of cancer that was killing little kids. I would ask, ‘Why am I still alive?’ I had a calling; this is what I was supposed […]

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