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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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    New speed-monitoring installed on I-74 bridge

    Illinois State Police will begin monitoring traffic speed on the I-74 bridge from the sky.

  • West Liberty officials learn they’re lacking flood insurance

    City officials in West Liberty learned Tuesday that their flooded city doesn’t have flood insurance. City Manager Lawrence McNaul said city officials were surprised when they learned the city hadn’t been insured. Several areas in the city were hit hard by Monday and Tuesday’s storms; the baseball park on the south end of town took the brunt of the damage. The outfield fences were flattened and the baseball is in shambles. “The flash flood caused some considerable damage to some […]

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    Davenport business owner says the city “forgot about us” during flood

    The owner of Pet Pals in Davenport said she didn't receive proper help from the city during the early-July 2014 flood.

  • Storms and high water jeopardize John Deere Classic qualifier

    Grounds crews at the Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Illinois were scrambling to get the course back to playing condition for Wednesday’s JDC Qualifying Tournament.

  • Storm damage in Clinton 6-30-14 (WQAD Photo)

    Trees torn from the ground during storms in Clinton

    Some residents of Clinton, Iowa woke Monday, June 30, to a mess left behind by strong storms. Trees were scattered along the streets. Branches straddled cars. Power lines were tossed along people’s yards. “As soon as you get right here on first avenue, it’s  crazy,” said Dana Dahlquist, who witnessed the damage first hand. “It just ripped right through here. It’s amazing.” At 11:15 p.m. Sunday, June 29, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the city […]

  • Niabi Zoo director clarifies free passes policy

    Free passes to Niabi Zoo do have an expiration date, and zoo officials are clarifying their policy concerning which passes are valid for free admission.

  • Tree-removal companies stay swamped after storms

    The straight-line winds that crashed through Wilton, Iowa Tuesday morning have stumped residents. Dozens of homeowners awoke Tuesday morning to the sight of trees draping their yards. The powerful storm snapped limbs like twigs. “I haven’t seen winds like this in years,” John Hillman said who has lived in his Wilton home since 1958. Hillman’s home is surrounded by sycamore trees that tower more than 40 feet high. After Tuesday’s storm hurled tree limbs that damaged his home, he decided […]

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    VA ‘misplaced’ local veteran’s disability claim

    A local Vietnam veteran says he feels like he's fighting a losing battle over his disability claim filed with the Veteran's Administration.

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    Alleman students rally at Diocese in Peoria

    Students at Alleman High School in Rock Island continued their rally Tuesday in support of Michelle Gau, the Assistant Principal at Alleman High School. Gau was dismissed by the Diocese of Peoria in early June. Tuesday, dozens of students and parents packed inside buses at Alleman High School and drove to the Diocese of Peoria. They packed signs with messages reading, “we love Ms. Gau”. When they arrived, students gathered for a prayer. “We think that if we incorporate God […]

  • Administrative Assistant: No-Confidence Vote Taken Off Tuesday Agenda

    On Tuesday, June 17, the Rock Island County Board had planned to conduct a vote of no confidence on the leadership of Board Chairman Phil Banaszek. However, during the executive committee meeting Monday, June 16, 2014, the committee decided to take the vote off of Tuesday’s agenda, according to Board Administrative Assistant Shelly Chapman and Banaszek. The vote had been suggested by board member Scott Terry on June 11. Monday, June 16, Rock Island County Board member Don Johnston called […]

  • Family ‘overwhelmed’ by local business’ letter showing gratitude to deployed dad

    When Jaime Walters of Geneseo, IL received a letter in the mail from Reiman’s Harley-Davidson, she broke down and cried. “I was overwhelmed,” Jaime said. Just days before, she sent a check in the mail that to pay for her husband’s motorcycle storage fee. Her husband, Christopher Walters, is a 23 year Army veteran who’s currently deployed overseas. Before his deployment, he put his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in storage at Reiman’s Harley-Davidson in Kewanee, Illinois. Just days after she sent the […]

  • How police train for a school shooting

    We were there as area police agencies joined forces to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.