A Chicago native, Lauren Simone joined WQAD in January, 2016 as a Multi-Media Journalist.
She received her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and a minor degree in Spanish. While attending Loyola, Lauren spent a lot of her time reporting and producing for Loyola’s student-produced newscasts as well as interning for Chicago’s PBS affiliate. She was later hired as a producer’s assistant to help put together the Golden Apple Awards, for teacher’s excellence.
After college, Lauren tried her hand at radio news, interning with WVON 1690am—The Talk of Chicago.
Lauren is outright proud to call the Quad Cities home. Feel free to connect with her via email at lauren.simone@wqad.com, and be sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Recent Articles
  • Franklin Elementary School unveils multi-million dollar remodel after last year’s fire closed the building

    MOLINE, Illinois–Principal Michele Pittington knows her school is doing more than rising from the ashes. She and the Moline-Coal Valley School District is unveiling what they call a 21st century learning environment. The district held a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the newly remodeled Franklin Elementary School Monday, August 20. “I hope everybody is happy and glad to be home. That’s the bottom line, we’re back together in our home,” says Pittington. An electrical fire wiped out three classrooms in the […]

  • Moline business owner reacts to survey failing Illinois in small business friendliness

    MOLINE, Illinois–Rebecca Burns opened The Shameless Chocoholic in Moline last November after being in business in Le Claire for about 17 years. “We ran out of room in our space in Le Claire for manufacturing and we needed a bigger space and I wanted to get down in this location for a very long time,” says Burns But with one chocolate shop on both sides of the Mississippi River, she’s learning that business isn’t always so sweet, especially when it […]

  • RICO Board considers spending more than $1 million on county records

    County auditor, April Palmer praised the idea because of the potential extra money it could bring to the county.

  • Aledo woman accused of taking thousands of dollars from Mercer County school athletes

    ALEDO, Illinois–The Mercer County State’s Attorney says an Aledo woman faces two felony theft charges after police say she took money from the Mercer County Athletic Booster Club and school district. State’s attorney Meeghan Lee says 43-year-old Angie Dellitt turned herself in Monday, August 13 after a $30,000 warrant was issued for her arrest. Police say Dellitt took between $500 and $10,000 from the Mercer County School District from July 10, to July 21, last year. Dellitt is also accused […]

  • E-sports and virtual reality center officially opens Friday

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–Andrew Houkal has been employed by Paradigm for less than a week, and he already feels his like he’s taking his gaming skills to a new level. “It brings a whole different dynamic of playing video games with people and playing video games in general,” says Houkal. E-sports and virtual reality center coming to Davenport Paradigm, a virtual reality and E-sport experience help its first ribbon cutting in Downtown Davenport off 2nd and Iowa. The center allows players to […]

  • Davenport City Council holds off on proposal to replace the Civil Rights Commission

    The board agreed to table the proposal.

  • Family confronts man who dug up memorial crosses off Highway 61

    BLUE GRASS– Cathy Stowe says she can still recognize pieces of her brother-in-law’s motorcycle off Highway 61 and Coon Hunter’s Road. “It’s rough…. There’s still blood on the road where he was and if you look real close sometimes you can see his motorcycle parts that are still laying in the ditch.” 66-year-old, James Stowe was killed in a crash back in May. Since then, the family put two memorial crosses to honor their loved ones lost. But Cathy says […]

  • Director of Davenport Civil Rights Commission accuses Mayor of inappropriate conduct

    Klipsch denies all claims made against him.

  • Mississippi Valley Fair ends elephant rides after PETA steps in

    DAVENPORT– A 20-year tradition at the Mississippi Valley Fair came to an end Thursday, August 2. The fair’s general manager, Shawn Loter says the fair will no longer offer elephant rides. “It’s kind of been a disappointment to a lot of families coming to the fair to see those elephants,” says Loter. The decision Loter says was made after PETA stepped in. “It’s one of those things with animals now a days. They don’t want to have people interact with […]

  • Local gun store owner reacts to possibility of homemade 3D firearm

    MUSCATINE–Every gun inside Big River Guns in Muscatine comes from a manufacturer and has a serial number. But shop owner Scott Lucas says that wasn’t always the case. “Before there was serialization and regulation there were a lot of manufactures that hopped up and made their own guns,” says Lucas. Now, with the help of 3D printing, making your own gun, could once again gain popularity. A Texas based company plans to release downloadable instructions to print a 3D gun, […]

  • Police: False reports and misleading tips create confusion in missing persons cases

    The majority of missing persons cases reported in the Quad Cities this year have been solved within a couple days, Moline police say.

  • Resident and Director of a Silvis senior living facility split dog custody

    SILVIS– It’s easy to enjoy the simple things at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis, especially when in the company of a one-eyed Boston Terrier. 12-year-old Ruffles has a look and a mind of her own. “She has a lot of energy for a 12-year-old dog. She kind of takes me for a walk,” says dog mom Heather DeVore. DeVore is also the Executive Director of the living facility, every day Ruffles walks by her side in the halls and sits […]