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The Cities

Regional topics and issues
on WQPT PBS.

Hosted by Jim Mertens this program focuses on the issues facing the communities of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The series also explores topics of national importance. Guests discuss a variety of topics with a unique and local focus along with a community calendar (Out and About) featuring  events, exhibits and other activities happening throughout the region.

Airing Thursdays at 7:00PM.
*Encore airing on Sundays at 4:00PM.

Episodes of The Cities are also available for streaming.
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Recent Episodes

August 4

Guests: Rock Island-Milan School District Assistant Superintendent, Egan Colbrese; and Samantha Yeager-Walrath, Hand in Hand.

July 28

Guests: Angela Gallagher, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley; and Neil Dahlstrom, author and historian.

July 21

Guests: Tory Brecht, City of Moline Communications Coordinator; and Debi Harris, Quad Cities First Day Project.

July 14

Guests:  Mike Mathews, Milestones Area Agency on Aging; and Kevin Maynard, Quad City Arts.

July 7

Guests: Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede; and Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Group.

June 30

Guests: Dr. Louis Katz, Chief Medical Officer, ImpactLife; and Dr. Joe Lohmuller, FACS, MD, Genesis Health System.

June 23

Guests: Dr. Steven Bahls, Augustana College; and Daniel Sheridan, Davenport Junior Theatre.

June 16

Guests: Kari Vogelgesang, Iowa Center for School Mental Health; and Jesse Ricke, River Music Experience.

June 9

Guests: Iowa State Senator Chris Cournoyer; and Nathan Windt, Opera Quad Cities.

June 2

Guests: Jim Harrington, Quad Cities Bicycle Club; and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

May 26

Guests: Jim Harrington, Quad Cities Bicycle Club; and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

Episodes of The Cities are also available for streaming.
WQPT Video           YouTube

Recent Archives

May 26

Guests: Jim Harrington, Quad Cities Bicycle Club; and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

May 19

Guests: Moline Police Department Chief Darren Gault; and Sherri Behr DeVrieze, Community Veterans Engagement Board.

May 12

Guests: Richard J. (Rick) Hardy, Western Illinois University Professor of Political Science; and Kirby Winn of ImpactLife.

May 5

Guests: Erica Lee, Safer Foundation; and Beck Castaneda, Clock, Inc.

April 28

Guests: Jon Gainer, Kontaktmission; and Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director.

Jim Mertens

About Jim Mertens

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

Before relocating to Cedar Rapids in 2022, Jim was employed by WQAD (ABC) in Moline, 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. He began his professional career in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.