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Hosted by Jim Mertens, The Cities has aired more than 300 episodes. Each installment brings viewers both regional and national guest who discuss a variety of topics—all of which provide a unique, and often regional, perspective. Each episode features upcoming regional events and activities during the Out and About segment.

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In this episode of The Cities, Jim talks with Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (D) and Iowa State Representative Ross Paustian (R) Walcott, Iowa about the upcoming legislative session. Plus James Zahara, Chief Meteorologist WQAD.

 
 

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Jim talks with Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (D) and Iowa State Representative Ross Paustian (R) Walcott, Iowa about the upcoming legislative session. Plus James Zahara, Chief Meteorologist WQAD.

 

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About Jim Mertens

Jim MertensAlong with his duties on The Cities Jim Mertens is a news anchor on WQAD (ABC affiliate) in the Quad Cities. Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jim began his professional career in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Later he joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jim has received numerous awards for his journalistic reporting. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association, as well as the Northwest Broadcast News Association.