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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
  • Clinton woman biking 4,000 miles, building homes along the way

    A Clinton, Iowa woman will be biking more than 4,000 miles cross-country within a 77-day period. Stephanie Petersen, a graduate from the University of Iowa, will join more than two dozen cyclists in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, May 10 as part of the Bike and Build tour. Her trip will end in Monterey, California. “So we will be doing about 15 build days as we go across, and then we will be stopping in cities and doing talks about affordable […]

  • Bettendorf’s State Street Fire Station to reopen

    After an eight year hiatus, Bettendorf’s State Street Fire Station is set to reopen on July 1, 2015. The Bettendorf City Council unanimously approved the reopening Tuesday night, May 5. The city will promote three lieutenants to captain, one captain to assistant chief and three lieutenants from firefighter rank. Bettendorf’s city administrator Decker Ploehn said the Bettendorf Professional Firefighters Association agreed to a salary cut for the new positions. In previous negotiations, the disagreement between the union and the city was […]

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    Veteran says treating PTSD with marijuana is a double-edged sword

    Illinois residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon legally use medical marijuana. During Monday’s Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board meeting, advisory members, made up of medical professionals, patients and a caregiver, recommended PTSD be added to the list of conditions which may be treated with medical marijuana. Recommendations still need approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Veteran Mike Malmstrom, a U.S. Marine who served from 1972-1980, said the recommendation is a positive step towards helping people […]

  • Bettendorf schools to change services for special needs students

    The Bettendorf School District plans to change the way they provide services for special needs children. Currently, there are students within the school district that require level three nursing services, meaning students need around-the-clock surveillance due to their health conditions. There are a number of students that have their own private nurse, who is hired by the family of the student, not the school. District officials say they want to eliminate the private nurses and hire two full-time registered nurses, […]

  • Fishing turns to art as Mercer County team casts out with homemade rods, bait

    The Mercer County High School bass fishing team stands apart from their competition. The team, coached by Aaron Heartt and John Swank, prepare for the fishing season differently than most of their competitors. During the late winter and early spring months, more than a dozen Mercer County teenagers pack inside the school’s vocational building to build their owns rods and make their own bait. Supplies are sprawled across the tables, including torches where the paint is heated onto the bait. […]

  • Residents of sold mobile home park say 80 families ‘could be homeless’ within weeks

    Some Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park residents in Davenport are beginning to panic as the deadline to their eviction is approaching. A few weeks ago, Jackie Knaack, a resident at the mobile home park, said all residents were notified that the property was sold. Knaack said residents were told they needed to be gone by July 1. “Eighty some families could be homeless,” Knaack said, her tone rising in anger. “I’ve been having a hard time finding one myself. I […]

  • Local veteran fighting addiction says we need anti-heroin task force

    Community leaders in Lee County have waged a war against the growing number of heroin deaths in their county. The anti-heroin task force was forged in memory of three people who died of heroin overdoses in February, 2015. The group is comprised of the Lee County Health Department, KSB Hospital, Sinnissippi Centers, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, schools, park districts, law enforcement agencies and a variety of faith-based groups. “The timing is right,” said Natalie Andrews, director of adult services at […]

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    Augie student on Supreme Court hearing: ‘I want to marry the person I love’

    The Supreme Court’s decision on whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage will shape the future for Augustana College senior Darien Marion-Burton. The Augie business major, who will complete his degree in the summer, said marriage equality is “the major social issue, at least of my generation.” In fact, Darien is in the middle of searching for a place to start his career, and has already ruled out states like Indiana. Back in March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence […]

  • Davenport alderman thinks he has solution to dramatically cut crime

    Davenport, Iowa Alderman Ray Ambrose thinks tougher bond and harsher penalties could reduce crime in his city.

  • More Iowa third graders could be repeating third grade starting in 2017

    Iowa students who are not reading at grade level by the spring of third grade will be required to repeat that grade beginning in 2017. However, students may enroll in summer reading courses to progress to fourth grade. According to last year’s test results, 1 in 4 Iowa third graders are reading below grade level. At the Pleasant Valley School District, educators have implemented strategies to boost their students’ reading skills. The “What I Need” or “WIN” program was enacted […]

  • Burglary makes Kewanee church feel like ‘no longer a safe place’

    The First Baptist Church In Kewanee was burglarized early Wednesday, April 22, 2015, according to police. The church’s side window was busted out and whoever was responsible broke two more doors while they were inside the church. Kewanee’s Chief of Police said there have been 12 burglaries in the past six months, including several churches, businesses and a school being broken into. “So basically they pried and opened the window, then they broke the interior glass window that was like a […]

  • Bettendorf siblings given new life in double-lung transplant

    A brother and sister from Bettendorf, Iowa know how it feels to be given new life.


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