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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
  • What happens now that Illinois voters said “yes” raising the minimum wage

    The minimum wage question was a non-binding referendum, meaning it won't become law unless elected officials pass the necessary legislation.

  • Sports injury paints new future for Bettendorf student

    Elijah Salas’ life isn’t much different than a piece of paper he smothers in spray paint. Sometimes, his visualized plan doesn’t pan out the way he imagined. That proved true at the beginning of 2014. The Bettendorf High School senior found his talent during a dark time in his life. “Last year, I had gotten injured during wrestling season,” Salas said, sitting on a stump on an overcast fall day in the Bettendorf High School courtyard. “I wasn’t able to […]

  • Scott County Sheriff’s Department amp up sexual predator investigations

    A five week investigation ended Thursday, October 30, when police arrested a 30 year old man that planned to commit a sexual act with a minor, police said. John Riepe, 30, Davenport, had been texting who he believed was a 15-year-old girl for several weeks. The 15-year-old girl was actually an undercover detective with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. These crimes are becoming so frequent in Scott County, the Sheriff’s Department has a full-time investigator handle these particular cases. “Our […]

  • Grand jury says alleged defrauder of Bituminous lied to company before employment

    New information has surfaced about the man police say stole more than $2.7 million from Bituminous Insurance Company or BITCO in Rock Island. Dominic Scodeller, 47, of Davenport, is charged with 15 counts of fraud and money laundering. Click here to read the federal indictment against Dominic Scodeller According to the indictment released by the grand jury on October 21, 2014, Scodeller was a manager of purchasing and facilities at BITCO. The scheme initiated when Scodeller applied for employment with […]

  • What one QCA police agency is doing to snag distracted drivers

    Distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, has proved to be an onerous task for police departments to enforce. Approximately 660,000 drivers use their cell phones or some form of electronic device while driving, according to distraction.gov. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-affected crashes and 421,000 people were injured. In Morrison, Illinois, the six-man police department may have found a strategy for catching drivers who are talking on their cell phones without a hands-free device. “We try to stay […]

  • Quad City police conduct sex offender sweep days before Halloween

    Time is running out for local police agencies to ensure registered sex offenders are living where they are supposed to be before Halloween. In Rock Island County, there are 315 registered sex offenders. Across the river in Scott County, there are 338. Beginning  Sunday, October 26, more than 30 officers from numerous Iowa police agencies collaborated for the annual pre-Halloween sex offender compliance check. Officers go door-to-door, ensuring offenders address and information is up to date. “We do annual compliance […]

  • Taveras left lasting impact on River Bandits fan

    When one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects played for the Quad City River Bandits, he acquired the nickname, “El fenomeno,” Spanish for “The phenomenon.” Oscar Taveras played one season for the Quad City River Bandits in 2011. At the time, the young prodigy was 19 years old. During his tenure in the Quad Cities, some fans got to know the slugger off the field. “No one who ever met Oscar will forget him,” said Jon Popham, who contributes to […]

  • Rock Island County Republican voters claim voting machine ‘changed their vote’

    Rock Island County Republican voters gathered outside of the Rock Island County Clerk’s office on Friday, October 24, alleging a voting machine switched their vote. Voters said when they selected a candidate on the electronic voting machine, the machine would switch their vote to the opposing candidate. Voters claim it happened to them at the Moline Library. “The ‘x’ went into his box, and then two seconds later, the box and his name went away and it was totally blank, […]

  • Bettendorf teen’s documentary to be featured in New York City

    Life is  a story waiting to be told, and Karly Lent is there to tell that story. The Bettendorf High School junior first picked up a video camera when she was in middle school. “I saw my aunt editing videos and I thought it was really cool, so I began making music videos with my friends,”  Lent said, sitting in front of her Macbook laptop. Several years later, Lent’s short documentary will be screened in New York City on Saturday, […]

  • Teen traffic-related deaths trending downward in Illinois and Iowa

    Once a teenager receives their driver’s license, they are more likely to be an a fatal automobile accident than any other age group; however, the number of teenage driver related fatalities is on the downfall. In an effort to raise awareness of teen drivers, October 20-24 is known nationwide as National Teenage Driver Safety Week. In 2011, about 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16-19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in […]

  • If your child goes missing, there’s an app for that

    On average, 2,185 children are reported missing everyday in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In an attempt to combat missing child cases, the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network, a non-profit organization that conducts searches for missing people in the Quad-City area,  is supporting an app that’s targeting parent’s peace of mind. It’s called the Child ID App, which was developed by the FBI in 2011. “The app stores photos and vital information about your children […]

  • Watch: Ride along with Rock Island County Sheriff Department’s A.C.E. Unit

    When the sun goes down in Rock Island County,  officers with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department come out. For nearly three years, the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department has relied on their A.C.E. Unit, an acronym for aggressive criminal activity. The A.C.E. Unit was birthed in April, 2012. Justin Chisholm, a 15-year veteran of the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, leads the three-man team. “We go out and try to look for active criminal activity, whether that be traffic […]


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