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
  • 27 flea-infested cats rescued from person described as a hoarder

    The Whiteside County Animal Control Center rescued 27 cats from the home of a person described as a hoarder late Friday evening.

  • Annual Apple Fest kicks off in LeClaire despite past week of heavy rain fall

    LE CLAIRE, Iowa– The LeClaire Lions Club hosted the 29th annual Apple Fest on the River Sunday, October 14. The family event featured apples, fresh produce and a variety of homemade food items including cider, kettle corn and jams and honey. Organizer Carl Boehl says he was relieved the past week of heavy rain fall did not have an impact on this year’s Apple Fest. “I was worried to death about it because… I was coming down (to the Mississippi […]

  • Bettendorf toddler fights strain of polio-like virus

    Nationwide this year, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in the U.S.

  • Flooding along the Wapsipinicon River forces families to boat home

    SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa– Families in Northern Scott county are seeing their share of rain and flooding. The Secondary Road Department declared several streets along the Wapsipinicon River impossible to pass. Roads include: 288th Street: From 82nd Avenue to River Camp Road Buena Vista Road: From 70th Avenue to 82nd Avenue 90th Avenue: From 277th Street to 288th Street 82nd Avenue: From 288th Street north to Buena Vista Road River Camp Road: From 288th Street to ~0.75 miles east of 106th Avenue 98th Avenue: North of River Camp Road 297th and 298th Streets: North of River […]

  • Mother of slain Burlington teen finds closure after a jury convicts two men of murder

    BURLINGTON, Iowa–Katrina Johnson says she and her family can finally find closure now that her son’s killers are behind bars. “We are able to find peace; my baby is able to be at peace. He’s able to rest peacefully knowing that his killers have been brought to justice,” A Washington County jury convicted 23-year-old Jorge Sanders-Galves of first-degree murder last year. A second man, Jaron Purham was found guilty last Friday, he’s facing life in prison for murder as well. […]

  • After Kavanaugh’s confirmation U.S Senator Cory Booker rallies Davenport voters to hit the polls

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–  Senator Cory Booker tells News 8 he is heartbroken by Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and swearing in ceremony. He used that disappointment to rally voters to go to the polls, during Monday, October 8 Get Out the Vote event. The event was hosted by Scott County Supervisor Candidate Ken Croken. Senator booker says Kavanaugh’s confirmation sets a bad example. “The message that we’re sending is that we will not believe you if you come forward. we will disregard you, disrespect […]

  • Bettendorf voters will consider a $30 million bond issue for school improvement projects

    BETTENDORF, Iowa–The Bettendorf Community School District will ask voters to consider a $30 million bond issue on December 11. If approved the bond would help pay for a number of projects to improve school security, create and expand science, STEM  and music classroom space and improve existing athletic facilities in the district. “We’re competing with Davenport, they are doing facility work, Pleasant Valley is building news schools and growing, so we need to be competitive as well,” says Superintendent Mike […]

  • Community celebrates Chef Brad Scott on retirement during annual fundraiser

    BETTENDORF, Iowa–The Scott County Community College Foundation held its annual Home Grown Iron Chef Competition. The event is an annual fundraiser for scholarships and programs at the college. 4 local chefs and 60 student chefs attended the event, cooking up their best meals. Students, staff and members of the community also honored Chef Brad Scott, a long time faculty member at Scott Community College. Scott also hosted a cooking segment for Good Morning Quad Cities. After 22 years he says, […]

  • Moline parents get ready for another EpiPen shortatge

    MOLINE–Every day Amanda Peterson gets ready for the next day, packing up snacks for more than 20 kids at Red Wagon Day Care in Moline. But you will never find peanuts on the menu, because one of her students is allergic. “We have eliminated the possibility of him having a reaction, we’re a nut free facility. We’ve just eliminated the nuts from Red Wagon, so that takes a load off for snack times and meal times,” says Peterson, director of […]

  • Family Resources reacts to spike in sexual assault hotline calls during Kavanaugh hearing

    This year, she says Family Resources served about 500 more survivor than in years past.

  • Quad City Democrats and Republicans respond to Kavanaugh hearing

    DAVENPORT, Iowa— Hours of testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Ford left both democrats and republicans disappointed Thursday, September 27. For Scott County Democratic Chairman Thom Hart, he points to what he believes is unwillingness from Senate Republicans to support an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations. “I was watching the proceedings this afternoon with senator Grassley. He`s an embarrassment to Iowa… Don’t play this theater out, do the FBI investigation, get the facts,” says Hart. He says that’s the […]

  • Viking River Cruises continue talks to launch Mississippi tour in Davenport

    DAVENPORT—The gears of an old idea may start to turn again on the Mississippi River. According to a report from the Des Moines Register newspaper, Viking River Cruises is renewing interest in river city stopes on Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says a representative from the company has already reached out to him to express interest in the project. “We’re open, I think that’s important to keep an open mind and see what might develop,” says Klipsch. […]