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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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Jim talks with Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager and Jay Pearce, WVIK General Manager about funding for PBS/NPR stations and the potential impact on local stations. Plus Lavetta Morgan of the Blong Technology Center.

 
 

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The Cities 2017

Looking for a specific guest or topic? Simply use the search tool (located at the top right of this page), enter your search criteria and click the appropriate link. View our 2016 archives or 2014–15 archives.

April 2017

APR

20

#721

 

Jim talks with Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager and Jay Pearce, WVIK General Manager about funding for PBS/NPR stations and the potential impact on local stations. Plus Lavetta Morgan of the Blong Technology Center.

 

APR

13

#720

 

Jim talks about Child Abuse Prevention Month with Mark Mathews, Executive Director and Michael Terry, Director of Programs of the Child Abuse Council. Daniel Sheridan, Executive Director of the Davenport Junior Theatre talks about summer classes and workshops along with funding to modernize the theatre.

 

APR

06

#719

 

Jim talks with Rock Island Mayor-elect Mike Thoms and Moline Mayor-elect Stephani Acri. Plus, it's time to play ball at Modern Woodman Park when Jim is joined by Andrew Chesser of the Quad Cities River Bandits.

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March 2017

MAR

30

#718

 

Jim talks with the candidates running for Mayor of Rock Island, Steve Tollenaer, Mike Thoms, Terry Brooks and Andy Rowe.

 

MAR

23

#717

 

Meet Moline, Illinois mayoral candidates Stephanie Acri and Scott Raes. Plus Gary Rowe talks about the Autism Society of the Quad Cities.

 

MAR

16

#716

 

Iowa Govenor Terry Branstad discusses the state's financial situation, and his nomination as US Ambassador to China. Also, Kurt Liske of Waste Commission of Scott County discusses a new kind of Xstream Cleanup and how viewers can get involved.

 

MAR

09

#715

 

Jim sits down to talk with Reggie Freeman, East Moline Mayor-Elect Reggie Freeman talks with Jim about his vision for East Moline. Reverend P. Wonder Harris (The Village of a Thousand Elders) and Detective Scott Williams (Moline Police Department) talk about the ongoing mission to improve race relations and limit racial bias by police in the Quad Cities.

 

MAR

02

#714

 

Jim talks with former Iowa State Senator Maggie Tinsman about getting more women involved in government. Plus Ben Crabb and Johnnie Cluney of Daytrotters kick of a weekend of music.

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February 2017

FEB

23

#713

 

Jim talks with Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent of Davenport Schools to talk about his fight with the State to get more money for Davenport students. Tar Macias, Vibrant Neighborhoods Coordinator for WQPT discusses the new initiative.

 

FEB

16

#712

 

Jim sits down with DeAnne Bloomberg, Rock Island County Farm Bureau Manager and Jeff Kirwan, Illinois Farm Bureau Board Member to talk about new trade deals and how that might impact the American farmer. Kirk Marske of Career Cruising Quad Cities discusses the grant and scholarship opportunities.

 

FEB

09

#711

 

Jim talks with Imam Saad Baig of the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities about the Muslim faith, the current political climate and how we can all work together for better understanding.

 

FEB

02

#710

 

Jim talks with "Suspect Convictions" journalist Scott Reeder and producer Lacy Scarmana about their podcast dealing with the murder case of Jennifer Lewis. Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center discusses Iowa's budget cut plan will affect the arts in Iowa.

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January 2017

JAN

26

#709

 

Jim talks with the two candidates for Jim Lykams seat in the Iowa House of Representatives: Mike Gonzales (R) and Monica Kurth (D,) for the Iowa 89th House Seat discuss the issues. Alan Campbell of CommUniversity encourages you take advantage of the courses offered during the month of February as they kick off their 37th year.

 

JAN

19

#708

 

Jim sits down with Sean Moeller about the upcoming GAS Feed and Seed Festival, a three day music fest coming to the Village of East Davenport. Plus, Lora Adams, co-founder of the new Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline talks about the upcoming season.

 

JAN

12

#707

 

Jim discusses the Illinois budget crisis with Dr. Jack Thomas of Western Illinois University President and how it affects educational institution. Raschel Biagioli from Two Rivers YMCA provides insight into how you can keep those New Year’s resolutions for better health.

 

JAN

05

#705

 

Jim talks with Bettendorf Police Department Chief Phil Redington about human trafficking here in the Quad Cities. Illinois Representative Elect Tony McCombie (R) Savanna, and Illinois Representative Elect Mike Halpin (D) Moline, talk about their plans as they prepare to represent the QCA in Springfield.

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About the host

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 started his career in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would worked as an overnight Country music announcer before joining the station’s radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim has received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. 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.