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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
  • Hillary Clinton tells Davenport couple ‘I need you’

    Hillary Clinton’s trip through Iowa commenced at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport on Tuesday morning, April 14. The media, along with Clinton’s supporters, huddled around the hotel’s perimeter, waiting to catch a glimpse of the 2016 presidential candidate. Among those in the crowd were Jerry and Valerie Mitchell. The couple, both retired from John Deere, waited outside the hotel for nearly an hour in hopes of meeting Clinton. “She could win it,” Jerry said as he looked towards the doors […]

  • storm clouds near Washington, Iowa 4-9-15 photo from Jeremy Ludin

    Storm chasers follow April 9th storms in Iowa

    Storm Chasing buddies, Joel Wright and Jeremy Ludin have chased many storms, and have made many memories along the way.

  • What’s next for Rock Island County schools after sales tax fails

    Rock Island County schools are jumping to plan B after voters defeated the one-percent sales tax that would have generated extra revenue for the county’s schools. The Rock Island-Milan School District’s superintendent Mike Oberhaus said the results were “obviously disappointing” after the sales tax was defeated with 50.35% (8,531) of voters choosing against it and 49.65% (8,413) voting for it. The sales tax, which was voted down three times in the past six years, would have generated millions of dollars […]

  • Quad City first responders prepare for natural disasters

    First responders in the Quad Cities received a taste of what it’s like to handle a disaster in the community. Hundreds of people, including first responders and city officials, crowded inside the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, learning from emergency personnel who have dealt with disasters. The event is timely considering in early March a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, a town of just more than 3,000 people. The derailment in […]

  • ‘Kids would suffer’ if Colona votes down Tuesday’s referendum

    Voters in Colona could ultimately decide the fate of their school on Tuesday, April 7. The school district has placed a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot that would increase the annual property tax rate from the current .92 percent to 2.01 percent. All money generated would go to the school’s education fund. For a family with a home appraised at $100,000, it would result in a $363 increase in property taxes per year. It’s estimated the Colona School District would gain […]

  • Quad Citians aid Oklahomans after tornadoes ravage communities

    Two Quad Citians are helping Oklahomans pick up the pieces after communities were leveled from recent tornadoes. Gayle Lundeen and Dwain Wilkerson from the American Red Cross in the Quad Cities left for Oklahoma just a few days after several tornadoes tore through Oklahoma on March 25, 2015. Four people died from the tornadoes, according to officials. News 8 spoke to Lundeen on the phone Friday, April 3, 2015. Lundeen, who’s in Sand Springs, a suburb of Tulsa, said she’s […]

  • Neighbors say ‘hazardous waste’ from Moline meth house left on city curb

    A Moline couple fears hazardous waste from a former meth house hasn’t been properly disposed. In January 2015, 39-year-old Amber Porter was arrested on eight charges including the manufacturing of meth, possession of meth and child endangerment. Neighbors say the meth lab was inside the garage at 909 29th street in Moline. They added that Porter had her two children living with her at the time. According to court records, Porter has been arrested previously on meth-related charges. Since January, […]

  • Rauner at first press conference 1-13-15 (WQAD Photo)

    Moline would make ‘serious cuts’ under Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal

    The City of Moline would lose $2.1 million under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget, according to Moline City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher. On February 18, Rauner proposed cutting more than $6 billion in state spending on universities, health care, local governments and other areas. Here’s how Rauner’s budget proposal would directly impact local funding: Currently, local governments receive 8 percent of the state’s income tax revenues, but Rauner’s proposal would cut that by 50 percent. For example, last year Moline received […]

  • Indiana demonstrators

    How Illinois’ religious freedom law differs from Indiana’s

    Twenty states have so-called religious freedom laws on their books.¬† Iowa has no such law; and Illinois has laws to protect religious freedom as well as the rights of the LGBT community. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act after he signed it into law. ¬† Pence addressed a room full of reporters Tuesday, March 31, 2015, defending the bill stating, “Had this law been about discrimination, I would’ve vetoed it.” Opponents of the law […]

  • 6-year-old brain cancer survivor inspires local blood drive

    Her family hopes six-year-old Pyper serves as a tangible example of the importance of donating blood.

  • Board chairman: ‘strong possibility of layoffs’ in Mercer County

    The Mercer County Board called an emergency meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015, to discuss the county’s financial issues. The meeting was held at 4p.m. at the county courthouse. Prior to the meeting, in an interview with News 8, board chairman Brian Anseeuw, R-New Windsor, discussed the county’s financial state. “The county is in a financial crisis right now,” Anseeuw said. “What we are going to be doing is looking at the whole function of the county; we are going […]

  • Retired pilot says co-pilot in France plane crash should not have been in cockpit alone

    A retired commercial airline pilot said he’s appalled to learn the new information that has surfaced from the Germanwings Flight 9525 investigation. Click here for previous coverage. Jerry Myhre, a retired airline pilot, accumulated 20,000 hours in the air throughout his 39-year career. He sat in his basement on Thursday, watching CNN, learning the new details that emerged in the case. “It’s hard to believe,” Myhre said, glancing up at the CNN newscast. Related:¬†Investigators say plane crash in France was […]

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