I'm originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but the Quad Cities have never been far from me.
My grandfather Jim Ketz (King), worked at WQAD from the day the station signed on the air in 1963 to the day he died, on January 2, of 1999.
This station means a lot to me, not only because of him but because of my mom and dad.
Not only did my grandfather work here, but my parents did as well. My mom, Jan Lewis, who's from Clinton, Illinois, graduated from Augustana College, and started working here in 1976. She worked here until 1981, when she got a job at KETV in Omaha, Nebraska.
My dad, Kris Ketz, who went to Moline High School and St. Ambrose University, started working here in 1981 and left the station for KMBC in Kansas City in 1983. He still works there to this day.
My mom ended up in Kansas City in the 1980's as well, and I was born in 1990. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in December of 2011, I got a job at WQAD in March of 2012, and I've been here ever since. It's pretty cool to be the fourth person in my family to work at the station.
I got married to my wife Beth Duffy, from Davenport, Iowa, in September of 2017, and our son Archie, was born in April of 2019. Our second son Duffy was born in February of 2021.
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