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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
  • Gun owners could see three major changes to Iowa laws

    Two bills that would change Iowa’s gun laws are picking up steam in the Iowa legislature. On Wednesday, February 4, a Senate subcommittee voted 3-0 in support of Senate Study Bill 1251, which includes changes that would block the public from accessing the names of people who carry permits in the state of Iowa. Later, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee approved a similar bill titled House Study Bill 201. Currently, the general public can request the names of people who […]

  • Iowa legislators propose second bill requiring police to wear body cameras

    Iowa police officers would be obliged to wear body cameras whenever they interact with the public under an Iowa House bill that was introduced this week. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Hunter (D), the bill would pertain to any officer that interacts with the public, including conservation and airport officers. The bill states the recordings would be stored for 30 days, unless the recording lead to an arrest of a person or is needed for the criminal prosecution of a person, […]

  • Three Hospitalized After Rock Island Apartment Fire

    Three people were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 after an apartment fire in Rock Island. It happened at the Spencer Towers at 2nd Avenue and 20th Street shortly after 2 a.m. Firefighters say the blaze started on the sixth floor of the building. The woman who lived there was not home at the time, officials stated. Donald Hawkes, who lives on the second floor of the building, was awoken by his neighbors early […]

  • Bierstube surveillance video, still from Crime Stoppers of the QC

    Authorities looking for person who broke in and stole money from Moline restaurant

    Authorities are working to identify the person who reportedly broke in to a Moline restaurant and stole thousands of dollars. According to a post on the Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities Facebook page, Bierstube restaurant at 5th Avenue and 15th Street in Moline was broken into on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.  Whoever was responsible got away with $4,000 in cash. “As our manager was leaving, after we watched the tape, we witnessed somebody sneaking into the restaurant,” said Mike […]

  • Uber

    How soon Uber could offer rides in the Quad Cities

    Uber plans on making the Quad Cities its latest stop, according to Quad City officials. The private ride-sharing company offers a smartphone app that allows customers to book and pay for private car service. Private drivers, who are hired by Uber, pickup customers in their personnel cars, offering a private cab service. Uber is offered throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Rockford and Springfield. It’s also offered in select cities in Iowa like Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. “The only barrier of […]

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    Sterling teacher pleads not guilty to attempted murder charges

    A first-grade Sterling teacher pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Garnica JR., 26, is accused of stabbing and beating his boyfriend, 29-year-old Benjamin Brainerd of Dixon. As of February 24, Garnica remained on paid administrative leave from Jefferson Elementary in Sterling. Garnica walked into the courtroom in shackles. He remains in the Lee County Jail on $300,000 bond. During Wednesday’s hearing, Garnica’s attorney, Jim Mertes asked the court if he could review […]

  • Quad Cities Party Bus facing lawsuit after owner ‘threatened’ customers

    A lawsuit is being filed against Quad Cities Party Buses after some customers claim they were threatened by the company's owner.

  • New tank allows LeClaire distillery to ‘make a lot more whiskey’ in less time

    Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, Iowa added a new addition to their facility on Friday, February 20, 2014. The company purchased a 1,400-gallon mash tank which was produced by Crawford Company in Rock Island. The new tank is the largest in the distillery, allowing the company to produce more whiskey. “We did have a 500-gallon mash tank,” said Ryan Burchett, co-owner of Mississippi River Distilling company. “With this new tank, we are going to be able to make a […]

  • Moline woman warns against opting for tax refund on prepaid card

    A Quad City woman said she fears she has been scammed after filing her tax return. Kimberly Phillips from Moline, said she’s in desperate need of her tax return. With a car payment and insurance deadlines approaching, she said she needs her refund more than ever. Phillips said she filed her taxes on January 20 through TaxACT, an e-filing software that offers people free federal tax filing. Phillips said she has used TaxACT before, but it’s the new option they […]

  • Three ways to maximize your tax refund

    The 2015 tax season began in mid-January, and local tax specialist Jackie Brenner from QC Tax and Accounting  has offered some basic tips for people who have yet to file for their refund. Tip 1: Brenner said if you have a 401K and your employer matches your contribution to a certain amount, dedicate more funds to your account. “Try and max on what you are putting in your 401K,” Brenner said. Then you have less taxable income, therefore you can […]

  • Sherrard man honored for donating 30 gallons of blood

    For the past 47 years, Brian Shearer has followed a life-saving routine.

  • Benjamin Brainerd in hospital (photo from Benjamin Brainerd)

    Man blames ‘roid rage’ for his partner’s near-fatal violence

    Benjamin Brainerd says his life was nearly cut short, after an argument between him and his ex-partner went horribly wrong.


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