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Arizona native, Madison Conner joined WQAD as a Multi-Media Journalist in February 2018. Madison graduated from Arizona State University (GO DEVILS) with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Recent Articles
  • “Breakfast With…” the volunteers at the John Deere Classic

    SILVIS, Illinois – On July 11, WQAD News 8 joined forces with McDonald’s to provide some breakfast for the volunteers at the John Deere Classic. More than 2,000 volunteers are working from morning until night at TPC Deere Run to make sure the John Deere Classic is a successful tournament. McDonald’s franchise owner, Kevin Murphy, came out  and joined News Eight’s Madison Conner to explain why he felt he needed to give back to the tournament. The John Deere Classic […]

  • Pay it Forward recognizes man who mentors kids in the Quad Cities

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Matt McDowell is teaching kids how to become leaders, not followers. “We talk with the kids and especially today it’s about growth..it’s all about growing when I was coming up you had wonder bread formative years 5-15 that’s what we’re doing teaching our young people here to grow,” said Matt. McDowell’s worked with thousands of Quad City kids over the past thirty years. Volunteering at Friendly House, Family Resources and Camp Excel as well as inspiring others to […]

  • Employee from Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge dies in accident, police say

    It's unclear whether the person who died was a part of the hotel's staff or someone staying at the hotel.

  • NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Making Tie Dye shirts using Sharpies

    Tie Dye is a huge hit during the summer months so we decided to try out a new way to tie dye on Nailed It Or Failed It! On Friday, July 5th,  Madison, Andrew and Jon tried making their own tie die t-shirts (or onesie for Jon) using only sharpies and isopropyl alcohol! Watch the video below to see how it worked out! This week, News 8’s Madison Conner brought back Madison’s Mixers, by making a Paloma! Here’s the recipe: 1 […]

  • Moline man turns his yard into a Christmas display for local food drive

    At the corner of 15th Street and 26th Avenue in Moline, a large Santa Claus inflatable stands tall in a yard but it's nowhere near Christmas.

  • Pay It Forward recognizes man that helps young kids start working

    For two years now, Will Brewster has been giving out lawnmowers to local kids.

  • QC Air Show returns to Davenport for the first time in four years

    Can’t see the stream? Tap here. DAVENPORT, Iowa– It’s been three years since there’s been a Quad City Air Show, but that all changes Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Air Boss Ken Hopper, who puts on the show, did not have a contract with the city of Davenport in years past, but that problem has since been resolved. Ken’s whole family is involved in the show. Evan Hopper joined News Eight on GMQC Thursday, June 27 to talk […]

  • Kewanee restaurant crowned with best burger in Illinois

    Kewanee, Illinois–You might think the best burger would be in Chicago or a big city but according to the Illinois Beef Association the best burger can be found tucked away in Kewanee. Cerno’s bar and grill, crowned as the number one burger in the entire state of Illinois. “Our burger usually takes about 12-15 minutes to cook depending on how somebody wants it cooked,” said kitchen manager, Stephen Welgat. Welgat lets the grill sizzle each burger to perfection, every ingredient […]

  • Residents say grass clippings can be a ‘man-made hazard’ if left in the road

    Grass clippings in the road can be a danger to anyone on the road but especially motorcyclists and bicyclists.

  • Cut down on stray and feral cats and kittens by getting them fixed

    "Kittens don't survive outdoors they typically don't make it past six months," said Davis. Those deaths are what the group is hoping to help avoid by cutting down on numbers as well as help the ones they trap find a new home.

  • Pay it Forward awards man who gives back to his community using boxing

    GALESBURG, Illinois– “God put me here to work with people and kids and that’s why I’m still here,” said Carlos Duncan.Duncan has been creating a safe place for everyone in Galesburg since 1947. “He does so much for this community. He’s helped so many people graduate for their GED he’s helped students get off the street and not do drugs or anything like that,” said Candance Hepner. Hepner says his biggest impact is the Galesburg Youth Athletic Club. Carlos brings […]

  • Bug repellent tests: Which one works the best?

    It's no secret the bug population, specifically gnats and mosquitoes have been a huge problem so far this summer.  So we got our morning reporter to be test out different repellents.

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