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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
  • Bettendorf class mixes drag racing and science

    The industrial tech class at Bettendorf High School doesn't look like the traditional classroom.

  • Quad City woman’s car stolen after she leaves it to warm up

    A Davenport woman’s car was stolen after she left it unattended to warm up. Alisha Adrian said it was just before 7 a.m. on Friday, November 21, when she walked outside to start her car before she took her kids to school. She started the car, then went back inside for 15 to 20 minutes, she said. “When I looked out the window, I noticed it looked bare out there,” Adrian said. When she walked out her front door, she […]

  • R.J. Kapheim

    Davenport man arrested near White House waives right to preliminary hearing

    A Davenport man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday in the District of Columbia Superior Court. R.J. Renae Kapheim, 41, was arrested on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, for illegally carrying a rifle in Washington D.C. The charge of carrying a rifle is a felony, with a maximum of five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. The arrest affidavit states that Kapheim told officers that the president had called him and told him to come to […]

  • Neighbor says Davenport man arrested by Secret Service was ‘really strange’

    Neighbors said they had seen a Davenport man, arrested near the White House after an unregistered gun was found in his car, acting strange on previous occasions.

  • Davenport Parks Department remains under investigation after dog’s death

    One week after a Davenport woman’s dog was killed by an illegally placed trap in a city park, the Davenport Parks Department remains under investigation. Leah Masterson’s corgi, dachshund mix was caught in a kill trap at Credit Island Park on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Two days later, the man who placed the trap, who was a seasonal worker for the City of Davenport, told News 8 he didn’t know it was illegal to trap in a city park because […]

  • Davenport trapping policy changes after dog dies in trap set in park

    The City of Davenport has made policy changes after a dog was killed by an illegally placed trap at Credit Island Park on November 12, 2014.

  • Starved Rock State Park (WQAD Photo)

    Popular Illinois park at center of struggle over sand used in fracking

    Starved Rock State Park continually lures more than two million visitors every year, from all around the United States, to nearly 3,000 scenic acres in LaSalle County, Illinois. “It reminds me of Yellowstone National Park,” said Allen Trendler, who traveled with his wife, Rita, from Florida to relish Starved Rock State Park’s beauty. Known for it’s steep canyons, hiking trails and beautiful views, the park is stuck in the center of an ideological tug-of-war between conservation and development.  At the […]

  • Iowa National Guard preps to deploy to prevent West Africa Ebola spread

    In response to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, some Iowa National Guard soldiers may be sent there to help.

  • Dog killed by illegally placed hunting trap in Credit Island Park

    A Davenport woman's dog was killed by an illegally placed trap at Credit Island Park in Davenport, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

  • Man responsible for killing dog with illegally placed trap says ‘I love animals’

    Two days after a Davenport woman’s dog was killed by a hunting trap in a city park, the man responsible for the trap told News 8 it was a mistake. The man said he is the city deer-hunt coordinator for Davenport and that he had trapped at Credit Island Park for years, not knowing it was illegal to trap in a city park. According to the man, the city of Davenport had asked him to trap in those woods in previous […]

  • Alcoa teams up with Bettendorf school to boost reading skills

    One of the Quad Cities’ largest employers has collaborated with a local school whose students are struggling with reading comprehension. Educators at Neil Armstrong Elementary in Bettendorf realized they needed a plan to boost their fourth grader’s reading s kills. Under the guidance of United Way, Neil Armstrong Elementary joined forces with Alcoa in an effort to boost student’s reading comprehension. Nearly 20 volunteers from Alcoa, one of the Quad Cities’ largest employers, visit Neil Armstrong Elementary every week and […]

  • Veterans share war stories at local school

    On the eve of Veterans Day, the celebration of the United States military members began early. The All Saints Catholic School in Davenport hosted their third annual Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 10, 2014. Dozens of veterans attended, migrating from classroom to classroom, telling stories of their military experiences. Students watched in awe as a troops of veterans filed into their classrooms. Many of the veterans were wearing their respected uniforms. One student asked, “What is war like?” An […]


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