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
  • 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. […]

  • Members of Gilda’s Club in Davenport reacts to Love, Gilda premiere

    DAVENPORT, Iowa— A comedy legend is taking the big screen one more time, a documentary called Love, Gilda premiered Friday, September 21. The film highlights life of Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her husband, Gene Wilder and family opened the first Gilda’s Club in her honor a few years later. “People question as they get a tour of our clubhouse, well who is Gilda? Especially for the […]

  • Clinton Peace Coalition host 20th annual Stop the Hate, Show the Love walk

    CLINTON, Iowa–The Clinton Peace Coalition hosted the 20th annual Stop the Hate/ Show the Love event at Jefferson Elementary School Thursday, September 20. The event featured choirs from the Clinton School District as well as a performance from the Clintones, a women’s choir. Students, and parents made banners promoting peace, before heading outside to walk around campus in solidarity with victims of hate crimes and gun violence. Milton Adams, a Clinton school District parent says the event is well needed. […]

  • Davenport Police search for stolen pieces of a veterans’ memorial

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Police are asking for help identifying the person who stole pieces of a veterans’ memorial in Davenport. Police say the aluminum pieces missing are from a memorial bridge over the I-74 bridge just south of the Rhythm City Casino. Police say several aluminum panels and support posts were taken over the past several weeks. The bridge is etched with the American Flag to honor men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Anyone with information should call the […]

  • Judge Brett Kavanugh’s alleged sexual assault accuser has until Friday to testify

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Senate Judiciary Committee must decide who to believe, Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Dr. Christine Ford, who says he attacked her at a high school party about 30 years ago. Ford’s attorney says he client will not testify against Judge Kavanaugh until a full FBI investigation is complete. “Where I’m focused right now is doing everything we can to make Dr Ford comfortable with coming before a committee, in a open session or a closed session, in […]

  • RICO Administrative building placed on lockdown after employees mistook noise as gunfire

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois–  The Rock Island County Administrative building was put on lockdown just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 18. RICO Sheriff Gerald Bustos says a man visiting the Veterans’ Affairs Office became upset and started slamming doors on his way out of the building. Bustos says employees in the building mistook the noise for gun fire and called 911. The sheriff’s department as well as the Rock Island Police Department responded to the call, placing the building on lockdown for […]

  • Opioid Crisis Response Act moves through U.S. Congress

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois– William Rogers is a medical doctor in the Quad Cities and a part time detective in Ohio. He says he’s seen both sides of the country’s opioid epidemic. “I do pharmaceutical diversion investigations which includes everything from prescribers to pharmacist to paramedics,” says Detective Rogers. He says over the last two years more people died of opioid related deaths than in the Vietnam War. “We’ve exceeded that each year for two years,” says Rogers. This week the […]

  • Former Quad City residents ride out Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

    WILMINGTON, North Carolina— After a rough night of heavy winds and power outages Chris Stone assessed the damage to his home, while in the eye of Hurricane Florence. “We’ve got a tree across our driveway right now that we’ll have to cut out before we can get out of the house even if the neighborhood wasn’t flooded,” say Stone, from Clinton, Iowa. Stone now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife Claire, who works at a nearby hospital. “We stayed […]

  • Moving into the 21st century: RICO Recorder’s office begins digitizing records

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois—  A team of eight people from US Imaging partnered with Fidlar technologies to start the process of digitizing records from the Rock Island County Recorder’s Office Wednesday September 12. “It’s still kind of seems like a dream a little bit. That’s the goal of any county recorder, to get those records digitized,” says Rock Island County Recorder, Kelly Fisher. The team will work around the clock for two weeks to digitize more than 100 years of records. […]

  • Family donates first Cuddle Cot to Genesis for grieving parents

    DAVENPORT, Iowa– Billie Johnson and her family presented the first Cuddle Cot to the BirthCenter at Genesis Medical Center Wednesday, September 12. The more than $3,000 purchase is a bassinet that provides cooling for a stillborn baby. “What this does it provides a way to help cool the baby to bring it down to a lower temperature to help preserve the baby,” says Kim Nimrick, nurse manager at Genesis Medical Center. Johnson says she and her family were inspired to buy […]

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