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Luke Cleary

Luke Cleary is a weekend anchor and multimedia journalist at WQAD
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Luke Cleary is a weekend anchor and multimedia journalist at WQAD. He joined the team in October 2018. 

Since arriving in the Quad Cities, Luke has covered the historic 2019 Mississippi River flooding in Davenport and other cities, the 2020 presidential campaign and Iowa Caucuses, and the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on our communities. 

He has also highlighted careers in the skilled trades through the Skilled to Work series. 

Prior to joining WQAD, Luke was a TV and radio host in Seoul, South Korea for nine years, primarily for the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).

From 2013 to 2018, Luke anchored News Today on KBS World, covering stories such as the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster, North Korean nuclear and missile tests, 2016-17 mass democratic protests and the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the historic 2018 inter-Korean meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

Luke grew up in Chenoa, Illinois and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism. 

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