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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
  • House ‘built from love’ donated to Oquawka couple who lived in tent for months

    When Gregg Ward and Lewanna Diehl’s trailer in Oquawka, Illinois caught fire in May of 2013, they were left homeless. For more than four months, the couple lived out of a tent in their backyard. Click here to see the conditions they lived in. Immediately after the fire, Steve Henshaw, a friend of the couple for more than 20 years, reached out to local organizations, hoping someone could assist them. In a matter of days, help arrived. “We just all […]

  • One year later: Dennis Harker pays it forward after son’s disappearance

    Dennis Harker’s life took a drastic, unpredictable turn in 2013. On September 29, 2013, his 28-year-old son, David Harker, went missing. David was last seen leaving a nightclub in downtown Moline. On October 2, recovery crews found David’s body near Buffalo Shores. For more coverage of David Harker’s disappearance, click here. “There’s not a day or a moment that goes by that he’s not in my thoughts,” said Dennis Harker, standing over his son’s grave. “He was just phenomenal.” A […]

  • Fairmount Street location of reported fatal shooting 9-26-14 (WQAD photo by Shane Simmons)

    Wheelchair-bound man suffers fatal gunshot at home in Davenport

    After police confirmed the shooting death of a Davenport man, neighbors said the man was confined to a wheelchair. Investigators were sent to investigate the report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound at a home in the Five Seasons trailer park¬† just after 4:30 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014.¬† A man they found inside the home was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Neighbors said they did not hear gunshots but that they […]

  • Galesburg’s Haunted Drive-in helps to improve community

    Sean Godsil has merged his two passions of helping his community and scaring the living daylights out of people. In 2011, the Galesburg native began organizing a haunted house inside of an old school building in Abingdon, Illinois. The attraction was called Fright High. “It went really well,” said Godsil, who planned and constructed many of the attractions and effects. “It got a lot of kids off the street and got them doing something positive and fun.” After a successful […]

  • James Allen Cave photo from Scott County Sheriff's Office

    Neighbors shocked by fatal police-involved shooting in Davenport

    Neighbors said they were shocked by several hours of police activity that ended with officers shooting and killing a 54-year-old man in Davenport, Iowa.

  • Residents frustrated as local boil order pushes three months

    Some residents say they're frustrated because they spent nearly three months under a boil order with no end in sight.

  • Local veteran achieves dream of opening only bed and breakfast in Clinton

    For more than two decades, Dan Fisher put his dream on hold. Fisher, a retired Air Force veteran, yearned to remodel a home and open a bed and breakfast. After living a nomadic life with the military, Fisher, a Savanna, Illinois native, planned to settle near home. In 2007, Fisher and his wife were visiting from Texas when they drove passed an old Victorian home near downtown Clinton. “When we drove by the house and noticed it was for sale, […]

  • Not all local schools have carbon monoxide detectors

    After a carbon monoxide leak sent more than 100 people to hospitals from a school in Illinois, we discovered some local schools don't have CO detectors in their buildings.

  • Thomson Prison hosts job fair to fill more than 1,000 positions

    The Thomson Correctional Center will be hosting a job fair beginning Tuesday, September 16.

  • Mackenzie supporters rally in front of Scott County Courthouse

    Dozens of supporters rallied in front of the Scott County Courthouse on Tuesday during Benton Mackenzie’s sentencing. Mackenzie, a terminally ill cancer patient who was convicted of drug charges in July, has drawn attention from medical marijuana supporters around the country. Before Mackenzie’s sentencing, supporters marched from Lafayette Park to the courthouse, carrying pro-medical marijuana signs. “What we have here is an injustice,” said Luke Wiebenga, a medical marijuana advocate who journeyed from New York to attend the rally. “This […]

  • Local high school football stadium is the first of its kind

    Another chapter has been added to the storied history of Burlington, Iowa’s Bracewell Stadium. Since the fall of 2013, the Greyhound’s stadium has undergone several upgrades, costing $4.95 million that’s being raised by the Purple and Gray Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists the Burlington Community School District in developing athletic programs and facilities. Stadium upgrades include: Installation of synthetic turf, new retaining walls, renovation and expansion of the Clark Field House locker rooms, a new press box, an upgraded […]

  • Galesburg streets submerged in water after Thursday morning downpour

    Heavy downpours flooded the streets of Galesburg early Thursday morning. Galesburg resident Jerry Toland said he awoke around 4:30 a.m. Thursday to the booming sound of thunder. When he looked out his front window, he caught glimpse of an astonishing sight. “There was water everywhere,” Toland exclaimed. “I couldn’t believe the mess. The street was completely flooded.” Water flowed through Olive Street, submerging the road and pulling anything in its path. “It was recycle day; trash was everywhere,” Toland said, […]


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