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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!


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  • Chilean psychiatrist leads crusade to legalize marijuana

    Thousands of applications expected for medical marijuana in Illinois

    The state coordinator says he expects thousands of people to apply for medical marijuana access as it becomes available in Illinois.

  • Cosmetology school accused of defrauding students

    A chain of cosmetology schools, which includes two locations in the Quad Cities area, is the target of a lawsuit in which the State of Iowa alleges students were the victims of a fraud scheme.

  • Scott County’s new Lost Grove Lake to net $20 million annually for local economy

    There’s a hidden gem nestled off the back roads in Scott County; it’s an attraction that’s been in the making for more than two decades. Officially opened to the public on August 22, Lost Grove Lake offers an array of activities for guests. From boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting to walking trails, locals are expecting the nearly 1,700-acre wildlife attraction to draw tourists and boost the local economy. “The lake will be a $20 million annual economic boost,” said Iowa DNR […]

  • California’s quake costing wine industry billions

    The earthquake that destroyed parts of wine country in Napa Valley, California has wine drinkers concerned prices may skyrocket. With the cleanup efforts still underway in Northern California, Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake is estimated to cost the area’s wine industry $1 billion, according to Napa County officials. “The wine industry is a very close-knit community,” said Lavender Crest Winery co-owner Martha Rittmueller. “We feel sympathy for them and say, ‘how could this affect us if that happened here.'” Lavender Crest Winery […]

  • Miserable Monday for QCA schools without air conditioning

    More than a dozen Quad City Area schools dismissed early Monday, August 25 due to the sultry temperatures. At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois, temperatures peaked near 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the classrooms and hallways. The high school doesn’t have air conditioning, but the elementary and middle school does. In the high school, both students and teachers were immersed in sweat. “The only air flow coming into the building is from what windows are open and from fans […]

  • Illinois State Tooper: Overweight semi causes same damage as 400 cars

    There are approximately 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the United States; 5,000 of those accidents result in fatalities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The month of August in the Quad City Area has seen two deadly truck crashes: Tuesday, August 19, a truck driver went off the road on I-74 south of Woodhull. He later died. On August 10, a tractor-trailer traveling along I-80 crashed into another semi, killing one of the drivers. Illinois State Police believe […]

  • Man intrudes Rock Falls home, claims to be city employee

    Police are warning residents in Rock Falls of a potential scam. According to the Rock Falls Police Department, on Wednesday, August 20, an unidentified man, who claimed to be a City of Rock Falls utility worker, entered an elderly man’s home without knocking or announcing himself. The man proceeded to walk through the home and into the basement area before telling the homeowner he was going to his truck to get some equipment. The homeowner became concerned when he looked […]

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    Four-star general: ‘Rock Island Arsenal is a national asset’

    The Rock Island Arsenal welcomed a four-star general Tuesday. Gen. Dennis L. Via is the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC). Basically, the renown general is responsible for overseeing anything a soldier wears, shoots, drives, eats or communicates with; those objects, whether it be armored vehicles or weapons, are produced in abundance at the Rock Island Arsenal. During his tour of the arsenal, Gen. Via received an inside look at some of the Rock Island Arsenal’s current […]

  • Clinton’s Fire Department to save businesses and taxpayers money

    The Clinton Fire Department could potentially save businesses and taxpayers money. Chief Michael Brown of the Clinton Fire Department said the Clinton Fire Department was recently classified by the ISO (Insurance Services Office) as a class two fire station. Each year, ISO collects information from fire departments around the country; they rate the departments on a 1 to 10 scale. According to isomitigation.com, a class one department represents superior property fire protection; a ten indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program […]

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    Quad City barber’s haircut earns him free KFC for life

    Miguel Rosas has been rewarded with free Kentucky Fried Chicken for the rest of his life. The Rock Island native recently shaved and painted the renowned Colonel Sanders logo in the back of his client’s head. Later that day, Rosas said he and his client went to KFC. “When we went inside everybody pretty much just stopped working,” Rosas said, while shaving a flame design into a client’s head. “All the employees came up to us and started taking pictures […]

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    Neighbor said Davenport man killed by police was ‘a really nice guy’

    A neighbor said her husband thought fireworks made a popping sound that she later learned were gunshots fired during an altercation between a man and police next door.

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    Burglary victim says culprit should be ‘mowing my grass and shoveling my sidewalks’

    Three motorcycles, motorcycle accessories and spare keys were stolen from a Davenport man’s garage and he says the thieves did more harm than they probably realize. David Ford, who owns the garage off of Sheridan Street, said the burglary happened between 11 p.m. Monday, August 11  and 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Ford said he got a message Tuesday morning stating his bikes were gone. “They stole somewhere between $12,000 and $18,000 worth of stuff,” Ford said. “They just […]

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