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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
  • Lee County now testing for hepatitis C

    The Lee County Health Department is now testing for Hepatitis C. The health department began the testing on Monday in an effort to combat the increasing number of heroin users in Lee County, and also because of the recent HIV outbreak in southern Indiana. “Anytime you have needle sharing, you have the potential for infectious disease spread and we definitely want to avoid that here,” said Cath Ferguson, the administrator of the Lee County Health Department. The department also offers […]

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    Two mothers forever bonded after heart donation

    Two families will forever be bonded by one song and one heart. The story began about eight years ago when Holly Campbell of New York birthed her son, Jake. Jake was 11 weeks old when his father found him not breathing. After Jake’s father and paramedics performed CPR, they were able to get his heart beating again. But once Jake arrived at the hospital, doctors told his parents he had no brain activity. Saying her last goodbyes to her son, […]

  • IHRA Nitro Jam revs the Cordova International Raceway

    The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will rev up at the Cordova International Raceway on May 29 and May 30.

  • Tornado strikes rural Henry County, no warning issued

    A fast-moving storm system included an EF-1 tornado that was on the ground for about five minutes south of Atkinson, Illinois.

  • Quad City housing market is ‘booming’

    If you’re considering putting your house on the market, experts say now is the time. From this time last year, Quad City Area home sales increased 10 percent, selling 1,288 homes by the end of April. The Illinois side of the river witnessed the biggest impact with 576 homes sold, a 13 percent increase. Iowa sellers saw a 5 percent increase. Between January and April of 2015, houses in the Quad Cities were on the market for an average of […]

  • Memorial Day tradition at Rock Island National Cemetery bonds family

    Every Memorial Day, a Quad City family teams up to honor their family members who served in the military. Beth Lam, Shellie Mooreguy and Mary Houston pace the Rock Island National Cemetery on Memorial Day, placing flowers on their family member’s grave sites. “It’s bittersweet,” said Mary Houston, the aunt of Lam and Mooreguy. “We get together and talk about the good times.” The tradition started decades ago, back when Lam and Mooreguy were children. Their father, who is now […]

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    Headstones in Moline cemetery ‘sinking’ into the ground

    Headstones have sunk at least six inches into the ground at Rose-Lawn Memorial Estate in Moline, said Lori Griffith. Griffith, who has several family members buried at the cemetery, said she went to visit her family’s memorials, but couldn’t find them. They were covered with grass and had settled several inches below the grass line. “They’re sinking down so far that it’s growing over,” Griffith said as she pointed to the grass leaning over the flat headstone. “And then you […]

  • Neighbors on high alert after two shootings in Clinton, Iowa within 48 hours

    A Clinton, Iowa neighborhood remained on high alert after an unexplained shooting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. In a media release, the Clinton Police Department said they responded in reference to a robbery in the 200 block of 19th Place on May 19. Officers said they were approached by two people, Daniel L. Gibson, who lives at the home, and Randy D. Head. Gibson and Head told police when they arrived at the home they were confronted by two suspects […]

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    Landlord says tenant hoarding dozens of cats in Whiteside County home

    A Whiteside County woman claims her tenant has been hoarding cats, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to her rental home in rural Deer Grove, Illinois.

  • Rick Perry promotes corporate tax cut in Dewitt, Iowa

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his Iowa tour in Dewitt on Tuesday, shaking hands and signing autographs with Iowa voters. Perry, who isn’t expected to officially declare his presidential run until June 4, scolded the Obama administration on an array of topics, including the president’s recent veto of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline bill. “I was so frustrated when the president of the United States vetoed the XL pipeline,” Perry said, standing in front of dozens of Iowa […]

  • Lindsey and Camden

    Bettendorf school’s decision to keep contracted nurses a ‘big shock’

    Camden Russell, a fourth grader at Herbert Hoover Elementary in Bettendorf, is different from most students. Camden’s mom, Lindsey Henningsen, constantly has her son’s health on her mind. Camden was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy. He’s a non-verbal, wheelchair-bound nine year old who’s “continually monitored” by his one-on-one nurse who’s hired by his parents, not the school. There are seven students within the Bettendorf School District who receive one-on-one nursing care. Back on […]

  • BB King, photo from his website

    B.B. King’s inspiration to the Quad Cities

    B.B. King was king for at least two Quad Citians. Riley B. King, known as B.B., died on May 14, 2015. The iconic bluesman, known for his unique guitar licks and heartfelt musical storytelling, played in the Quad Cities on multiple occasions. No matter his age, Quad City fans attest to King’s passionate performances. “Most guitar players couldn’t say in 600 notes what B.B. could say in six notes,” said Ellis Kell, director of programming and community outreach at the […]

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