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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
  • 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 […]

  • Woman suing Sherrard School District questions district’s decision to cut ties with business

    Brandi McGuire filed a lawsuit against the Sherrard School District, and later learned the school district would not renew her families business partnership with the district. McGuire doesn’t think the school’s decision was  by coincidence. “There is no financial reason why they didn’t renew our contract,” McGuire said, who learned the contract wasn’t renewed by reviewing the school board’s meeting documents. In 2011, McGuire said the school district approached her families business, Skiles Driving School in East Moline, a driver education […]

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    Quad Cities nets $800 million in tourism revenue

    In 2013, the Quad Cities reaped nearly $1 billion from those visiting the area, a trend that continues to rise, according to Joe Taylor with the Quad Cities Convention Visitor’s Bureau. There’s several factors that statistic can be attributed to, and Quad City officials said the continuous flow of events in the area has helped. This weekend, officials anticipate the 2014 Amateur Softball Association’s National Northern Regional Championship will deliver an extra boost to the area’s economy. Beginning Thursday, sixty-seven […]

  • A wish come true for Aledo teen battling Leukemia

    Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Hermanson, Aledo, was diagnosed with Leukemia in September  2013. Since her diagnosis, she’s endured more than 125 chemotherapy treatments and has spent countless days at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Peoria. Katelyn said her illness began with symptoms associated with the common cold.  Doctors, who originally thought she had a case of bronchitis, treated her with an antibiotic. To no prevail, doctors took blood samples and found the problem. “I just can’t explain how much it overcomes you […]

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    NFL’s suspension of Ray Rice sends “bad message” to fans

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The suspension was announced Thursday by the league. In February of 2014, surveillance video captured Rice carrying his unconscious then-fiancee, now-wife, Janay Rice, from a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rice allegedly struck his fiancee unconscious before dragging her body from the elevator. Rice pleaded not guilty to assault in the third degree. In March, a grand […]

  • Temporary fix means sewage stench fills businesses in Orion

    The vile smell of sewage lingers along 11th Avenue in the small village of Orion, Illinois. The problem, which stems from sewage gas seeping from an open manhole, has haunted those along 11th Avenue for more than five years, according to Jim Larson, the owner of Larson’s Body Shop which sits just feet away from the open manhole. “The sewage smell comes in big time when the wind is out of the south,” said Larson. The grotesque odor produces an […]

  • Davenport alderman: ‘I will stand in front of buses’ to stop unaccompanied children

    The mayor and an alderman appear to be at opposite poles when it comes to how, and whether, to accept unaccompanied immigrant children in Davenport.


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