In his 25 years at WQAD he has reported on hundreds of stories involving the people around the Quad Cities and the rest of eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
He's also the host of two programs seen weekly in the community: "News 8 THIS WEEK with Jim Mertens" that airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on WQAD and "THE CITIES" which airs Thursday nights on WQPT public television and Saturday afternoon on WVIK public radio.
He also presents the YOUR HEALTH segments seen on News 8 at 6:30 and on Good Morning Quad Cities.
Jim started at his hometown radio station, WFON Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, during his high school years. He later worked for WAXX-FM/WAYY Radio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin when he was attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
His first job in television was at WEAU-TV Eau Claire where he started as a part-time weekend producer before moving up the ranks as a reporter, weekend anchor, and then weeknight co-anchor.
He left Wisconsin for a job as an anchor/reporter at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan before coming to WQAD in 1995.
Since that time, he has covered each of the Iowa Caucuses, twice from the living rooms of voters in their own homes.
He has told the stories of people impacted from Mississippi River flooding since 1993 (when he came to the area to cover the story for WWMT), through the devastating eastern Iowa floods of 2008, and the record flooding downtown Davenport damage on 2019.
Jim has received numerous awards for his reporting. His long-form reporting has 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.
In his spare time he enjoys annoying friends and family and can often be found wandering the woods of golf courses after watching his drive severely slice away from the fairway.
Being a Wisconsin native, he still roots for the Fond du Lac Cardinals, UW-Eau Claire Blugolds, the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers.