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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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In this episode of The Cities, Jim talks with Nita Ludwig of the Rock Island County Health Department about the flu epidemic. Becky Horton, Wapsi Center Naturist talks about how to attract the best birds to your backyard.

 
 

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The Cities 2018

February 2018

FEB

08

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Jim talks with Nita Ludwig of the Rock Island County Health Department about the flu epidemic. Becky Horton, Wapsi Center Naturist talks about how to attract the best birds to your backyard.

 

FEB

01

#810

 

Jim welcomes Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos and Linda Fredericksen, Medic EMS Executive Director who discuss talk the opioid epidemic and the new “Safe Passage” program. Also, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipschdiscusses his State of the city address.

 

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January 2018

JAN

25

#809

 

Jim talks with Decker Ploehne, Bettendorf City Administrator about how the city's downtown is changing. Plus, Pat Flaherty and Phillip Dunbridge talk about their upcoming performances in Sleuth at the Black Box Theatre.

 

JAN

18

#808

 

Jim talks with Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri and Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms. Learn about the Eagle population in our region with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Mike McCean.

 

JAN

11

#807

 

Jim sits down with Illinois State Representatives Tony McCombie and Mike Halpin—they discuss legislative issues and various agenda items. Plus Kathy Wine of River Action discusses the eagle count.

 

JAN

04

#806

 

Jim talks with Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (D) and Iowa State Representative Ross Paustian (R) Walcott, Iowa about the upcoming legislative session. Plus James Zahara, Chief Meteorologist WQAD.

 

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About Jim Mertens

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 began his professional career in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Later he joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jim has received numerous awards for his journalistic reporting. 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.