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
  • RICO Board approves plan to demolish old courthouse

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois–  In a 15 to 7 vote the Rock Island County Board approved an agreement to say goodbye to the old courthouse Tuesday, July 17. I am extremely disappointed… Many people who come over the bridge the first thing they see is the county courthouse. When you go into any city the courthouse kind of stands there as the pride of the community,” says Diann Moore from the Moline Preservation Society. The intergovernmental agreement approved Tuesday night will […]

  • RICO board set to vote on the future of historical courthouse this Tuesday

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois– Rock Island County Board members agreed Wednesday, July 11 to vote next week on whether or not to tear down the county courthouse. The new Intergovernmental agreement between Rock Island County and the Public Building Commission (PBC) would allow the PBC to oversee the demolition and turn the area into green space. However, as of Wednesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting the plan does not address what will happen to offices inside the old courthouse once the […]

  • No charges filed for fatal bike verses pedestrian crash

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– An investigation reviewed by both the Scott County Attorney’s office and the City of Davenport’s legal team concluded Friday, July 13, that no criminal charges will be filed against the bicyclist who crashed into and killed a 79-year-old woman last month. “I reviewed the scenario to determine whether criminal charges are applicable. In this case, no criminal charges apply. There was no intentional act to cause injury,” says Michael Walton, Scott County Attorney. The pedestrian verses bicycle crash […]

  • Month-old trash build up outside two apartments in Wataga, Illinois enrages tenants

    WATAGA, Illinois– Pounds of rotting garbage sits in the parking lots of Mapleleaf and Maplecrest apartments in Wataga Illinois. An issue, residents there say they’ve been dealing with for about a month. “It’s nauseating you can spell it as soon as you come out of the apartment complexes…We either have to hold our breath, plug our noses or run there and run back,” says resident Lilly Jones. Both apartment complexes provide low income based housing. Leslie Wetterow lives next door to […]

  • Family of Rock Falls man killed in officer involved shooting reacts to released dash cam video

    ROCK FALLS, Illinois–Chon Edwards says his cousin Nathaniel Edwards was like a brother to him. “That was my blood, that was my spirit,” says Chon, Which is why seeing the police dash cam video of Nathaniel being shot in January, stirs emotions for all over again “I was out raged by what I saw and how everything was handled… (Nathaniel Edwards) had his life issues just like we all have, he didn’t deserve to die just because he was having […]

  • Rock Island City Council will vote on TIF plan for low income housing properties next meeting

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois–  After 13 years of living at the Heather Ridge Apartments, Heather Lawver says not much has changed. While walking through her town home, she points to broken floor tiles and cracked walls. “In the bathroom upstairs, if any water gets on the bottom outside the toilet or if the toilet over flows, it comes through right here. You can see they’ve patched it up here the best they can, but it’s cracked and water will come through,” […]

  • 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival kicks off with Ellis Kell tribute

    DAVENPORT–Flood waters lapping into LeClaire Park put Blues Fest organizers into a tough spot. “A week ago, our leadership team was really struggling with what do we do.  Do we try to stay in the park or do we call it and move to second street?” says Rusty Unterzuber, member of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. A move downtown would have cost more time and money. Organizers banked on the river to returning to its bank, which it did. “We’ve […]

  • Moline Little League Coach and former player remember Larry Anderson after deadly tree branch crash

    MOLINE, Illinois— Riverside park holds a lot of memories for former Moline little league baseball players. For Coach Todd Whiting, and former little league player Kevin Case, it is also the perfect place to say goodbye to Lawrence “Larry” Anderson. “Probably when I was around 12 years old, Larry was around, and he started coaching and I was on his team; one of the first teams he started coaching,” says Case. Case says Larry coached Moline Little League baseball for […]

  • Free smoke detector program saves a Moline woman

    MOLINE— Crews from the Moline Fire Department responded to a house fire off 12th avenue and 29th street, Thursday, June 28. Fire Inspector Jerry Spiegel says a dehumidifier caused a small fire in the basement. One woman was inside the home at the time of the fire. She says she had no idea what happened until she heard her smoke detector go off. Spiegel says he installed the smoke detectors back in February, after the fire department started the Free Smoke […]

  • Plan to beef up Davenport school security heads to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee for final approval

    DAVENPORT— Davenport School Board members voted to support a plan to beef up school security Wednesday, June 27. The Enhanced Security Plan will be reviewed by the Iowa School Budget Review Committee on Tuesday July 3rd. The $1.1 million plan calls for 18 additional unarmed security guards, two more School Resource Officers and a district level Security and Outreach Specialist. Tate requests an audience with the School Budget Review Committee to review security plan Superintendent Art Tate says he wants to […]

  • Flash floods displace families living in Woodland Apartments in Davenport

    DAVENPORT—About 30 families living at Woodland Apartments in Davenport spend the evening sweeping out water out of their units after heavy rainfall flooded the entire first floor of the building, Wednesday, June 20. “I’m not too for sure what we’re going to do. I apologize it’s kind of devastating you really don’t know what you’re going to do, you don’t know where you’re going to go. I have my kids here I have my boys so we’re trying to save […]

  • Neighbors next to proposed Portillo’s site in Davenport request traffic upgrades during zoning meeting

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Davenport’s Plan and Zoning Commission reviewed a rezoning request from the developers of the proposed Portillo’s project Tuesday, June 19. The plan requires six and a half acres of residential land along 53rd street and Lorton Avenue to be rezoned to facilitate commercial development. Dozens of people against the rezoning proposal voiced their concerns during the public hearing. “I love me some Portillo’s, just not a block away from me,” says Sarah Beth Erickson. Project plans also includes […]