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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
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    What’s next for students after Ashford University closes Clinton campus

    The future is unclear for students and faculty at Ashford University’s Clinton, Iowa campus. Nearly 500 students attend Ashford’s Clinton campus. In addition, nearly 150 faculty members will be impacted from the decision, according to Ashford University’s campus director Charlie Minnick. In a statement posted to the Ashford website on Thursday, July 9, 2015, the following was posted from Ashford University Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Gregory Geoffroy: “Ashford’s Clinton campus has been unable to resolve its significant and ongoing […]

  • This Illinois ex-convict says prison actually gave him a second chance at life

    To this day, 50-year-old Steven Crowley, a native of Cook County, Illinois, gets emotional discussing the night that forever changed his life.

  • Coal Valley man takes moving to a whole new level

    A Coal Valley, Illinois neighborhood witnessed some excitement. A home on E 4th Street was picked up and moved a few streets down to E 7th Street. Police blocked off Highway 6 around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9 while the house was being moved. Several people crowded around the house as Goodwin House Moving crews lifted the house up, and drove it down the road. The house, which was purchased by Coal Valley, was originally planned to be demolished, said […]

  • Edna Duarte cold case prompts family to take action

    It has been nearly eight years since Edna Duarte’s death was ruled a homicide, but still no arrests have been made. On July 13, 2007, Edna Duarte’s home at 2513 5 1/2 Avenue in Rock Island caught fire. The Rock Island County Coroner’s Office ruled that Duarte died of smoke inhalation. Duarte left behind three young children, and today the wound is still fresh for her kids. “I just don’t see how somebody could go out and do that to […]

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    Trades professionals in QC region: Boycott Port Byron

    A trades group has picked a fight with the village of Port Byron, according to village board president Kevin Klute. On Thursday, July 2, 2015, Klute said union representatives walked through Port Byron, handing out flyers asking “All tradespeople, our friends and business partners to not patronize Port Byron businesses.” The letter, which was issued by “Trades professionals in the Quad City Region” was in response to the village board voting 4-2 against the state’s prevailing wage increase. Click here […]

  • Why experts say this Fourth of July weekend may be deadliest in years

    Safety experts predict more people will be traveling along the country’s interstates this Fourth of July weekend, resulting in the National Safety Council estimating this year’s Independence Day holiday will be one of the deadliest since 2008. The National Safety Council estimates this holiday weekend will result in 409 deaths and 49,5000 traffic-related injures. Nearly 42 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more this fourth of July weekend; experts say lower gas prices and the improving economy are […]

  • Port Byron thrift shop targeted as ‘ugly’ in letter

    The president of a Port Byron, Illinois thrift shop fears a recent complaint written to the village will shed a negative light on her business. Ann’s Helping Hands, a second-hand store located along Route 84 in Port Byron, was one of seven properties listed in a complaint emailed to the Village of Port Byron, according to the company’s president, Ann McCarrell. “In the very last paragraph, Ann’s Helping Hands was mentioned as being ‘ugly,'” McCarrell said. “Those kind of things […]

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    Burlington man living in tent could face jail time

    A man living in a tent on his Burlington, Iowa property will have to either relocate or face possible jail time. Curtis Halverson, a convicted felon who was recently released from prison, has been living in a tent on a parcel of land he owns at the intersection of Washington and 8th Street, located in the historic Heritage Hill district. On Tuesday, June 30, a judge ruled that Halverson had violated city code because a temporary structure, including a tent, […]

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    Monmouth College grad charged for allegedly stomping puppy to death

    More than a dozen protesters convened outside of the Warren County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 30, with one objective: “Justice for Cash.” Cash was a pit bull puppy who was allegedly kicked and stomped to death by Chicago native and recent Monmouth College graduate, King Sami, 24. A neighbor witnessed the outdoor incident in early May, according to Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren. Monday, June 29, 2015, Sami was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, when officers […]

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    Freight House Farmers’ Market building receives artistic touch

    The next time you drive pass the Freight House Farmers’ Market in downtown Davenport, you’ll notice a colorful addition. When driving eastbound on West River Drive, a colorful mural brightens the bleak brick building. Each door on the building’s exterior has a theme based on color. “We were inspired a lot by the fact that it is a farmer’s market and they wanted to keep with that theme,” said Keosha Westphal, a summer apprentice for Quad City Metro Arts Summer […]

  • Clinton, Iowa reveals vision to create 400 new jobs

    A plan to create hundreds of jobs in Clinton, Iowa has moved forward. Throughout the past 10 months, the Clinton Regional Development Corporation raised more than $2,874,000 for their economic plan. The fundraiser began with 75 investors, and has since expanded to 145, a number that was just as encouraging for the fundraiser’s organizers. The plan, Vision 2020, implements five economic development strategies focusing on retaining and creating jobs in the Clinton area. By the year 2020, the CDRC expects […]

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    Illinois budget talks stall, countdown to cuts begin

    Illinois budget negotiations have temporarily stalled. Lawmakers, who have until July 1, 2015 to pass a balanced budget, don’t appear to be any closer to agreeing on a budget. If republicans and democrats don’t agree on a budget before July 1, projects and funding across the state would be slashed. The state would be forced to axe Medicaid funding to many of the state’s hospitals. In addition, schools would likely not receive funding that was expected, forcing some schools to […]


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