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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 or follow him on Twitter @WQADShane.

And of course if you see Shane around, be sure to say hi!

Recent Articles
  • Motorcycle stuntman visits Kewanee where Evel Knievel’s career was built

    Doug Danger recently accomplished the jump of his lifetime. The motorcycle stuntman jumped 22 cars on his Harley Davison motorcycle, a stunt once attempted by Evel Knievel, Danger’s idol. On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Danger visited Reiman’s Harley Davidson in Kewanee, Illinois. It’s there where Knievel’s career was built, literally. Roger Reiman built all of Knievel’s stunt bikes. After completing the jump once attempted by Knievel, Danger said he made it a priority to stop at Reiman’s. Danger was recently […]

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    Illinois adds changes to high school concussion policy

    A new Illinois law changes the way high schools analyze head injuries and concussions. On Monday, August 3, 2015, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 7, requiring students who suffer a concussion to receive permission from a doctor or trainer before they may fully return to class or sports. Moline head football Mike Tracey said Moline already followed that protocol before the legislation. “It’s a smart change and a sensible change,” Tracey said. The law, which begins […]

  • Fried What? Fried oreo wrapped in bacon offered at Mississippi Valley Fair

    Fair food is a ritual for many fair goers. News 8’s Shane Simmons tracked down one food vendor who’s serving up some different types of fried goodies.

  • Reba attracts massive crowds to Mississippi Valley Fair

    It didn’t take long for Reba fans to begin lining up for the show. In fact, some people arrived as early as 7:30 a.m.. By the time the gates opened at 7 p.m., the line stretched from the grandstands to the fair entrance. Organizers expect Reba’s concert to approach or break a record for concert attendance. The most attended concert, set back in 1999 by Def Leppard, pulled more than 32,000 people. Mississippi Valley Fair General Manager, Bob Fox, said […]

  • Machete-juggling stuntman astounds audiences at Mississippi Valley Fair

    The Mississippi Valley Fair opened its gates on Tuesday, August 4, offering the traditional fried foods, rides, livestock and some daredevil entertainers. Two entertainers at the fair, who refer to themselves as Dallas the Fire Guy and Nick Torious, attracted large audiences with their machete juggling, ladder balancing acts. The father-son duo performed stunts that had crowds in awe, including the grand finale where Nick Torious escaped from a straightjacket that was tied together with 50-feet of chain. The Florida-based group […]

  • Bettendorf home deemed ‘health hazard,’ inspector recommends demolition

    Neighbors in a Bettendorf community will soon learn whether or not a home that’s been deemed as a public nuisance will be demolished. The home, located at 2237 Lincoln Road in Bettendorf, has sat empty for five years, according to neighbors. Tarps drape the roof of the home. Shrubs have begun to grow along the house; the fence once surrounding it has collapsed. Following a recent inspection by Bettendorf’s Community Development Director Bill Connors, it was found that the home […]

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    Man airlifted after car crash in Clinton

    The Clinton Police Department responded to a one-vehicle crash that resulted in one man being air-lifted to Iowa City Hospitals. Police said they responded to the accident around 12:42 a.m. on August 2, 2015 after a Jeep Liberty Sport left the roadway on 2nd Avenue South and entered the north ditch.  The vehicle came to rest in the middle of 2nd Avenue South, officials said. A man was ejected from the vehicle, according to police.  His condition was unknown. Police said the […]

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    All Rock Island-Milan students eligible for free breakfast, lunch

    All students in the Rock Island-Milan School District will receive free breakfast and lunch beginning in August 2015. Because about 70 percent of the students in the Rock Island-Milan School District receive free or reduced lunches, according to district spokeswoman Holly Sparkman, the district was approved for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a grant which allows schools serving low-income students free, nutritious meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. To be eligible for the […]

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    Five years later, Mount Carroll mourns death of teens after grain bin accident

    It’s been five years since two Carroll County teenagers died after becoming engulfed inside a grain elevator. On July 28, 2010, after 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas died inside a Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. grain elevator, the tragedy sparked a national discussion on grain safety. On the fifth anniversary of the deaths, free grain handling safety training was offered to local farmers at the Carroll County Farm Bureau. The training, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) […]

  • iCan Shine helps special needs children learn to ride a bike

    After a few laps of riding his specialized roller bike, 12-year-old Aiden Roy of Donahue, Iowa said he was ready for his rocket boosters. Roy, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, struggles with the use of motor skills. He walks with a limp, and simple tasks like riding a bike are nearly impossible without training wheels. However, on Monday, July 27, at the Quad City Expo Center in Moline, Roy was not only able to ride a bike without training […]

  • Cameron, Illinois pleads for help after devastating tornado

    Ten days after an EF-2 tornado dismantled parts of Cameron, Illinois, people in the community say they still need help.

  • Street Fest thrives despite the heat

    Thousands of people poured into downtown Davenport on Saturday, July 25, 2015 for RAGBRAI, BIX, and Street Fest. The streets of downtown Davenport were filled with people, including vendors, musicians and those looking for a good time. While Street Fest goers endured the uncomfortable heart during the afternoon, by the evening temperatures had cooled off, making for excellent weather. Vendors are expecting around 60,000 visitors, which would be one of the biggest years for the festival. Street fest began at […]


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