The Cities

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About the Series

Thursdays at 6:30pm.
(Encore presentation on Sundays at 5:30pm.)

Hosted by Jim Mertens, The Cities brings viewers both regional and national guest who discuss a variety of topics that provide a unique, and often regional perspective. From social issues and regional arts to national leaders and celebrities, you'll get up close with a a variety of guests. The series also features the Out and About segment, providing information on upcoming regional events and activities.

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Recently on The Cities | Program Archives | About the Host

 
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Recently on The Cities

Bill Bloom, Rock Island County Republican Chairman and Doug House, Rock Island Country Chairman Democrats sit down to discuss the outcome of the mid-term elections. Also, Chris Rice, Quad City Rain Forest talks about the new endeavor to raise food.

 

About the Host

Jim MertensAlong with his duties on The Cities Jim Mertens is co-anchor of Good Morning Quad Cities on WQAD (ABC affiliate) and a midday broadcast, News 8 at 11.

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 is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. 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 and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Program Archives

Looking for a specific guest or topic? Simply use the search tool (located at the top right of this page),
enter your search criteria and click the appropriate link. We're pleased to offer archives of this program.

November 2014

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Bill Bloom, Rock Island County Republican Chairman and Doug House, Rock Island Country Chairman Democrats sit down to discuss the outcome of the mid-term elections. Also, Chris Rice, Quad City Rain Forest talks about the new endeavor to raise food.

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11/06/2014

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October 2014

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Dr. Stephen Rasmus, Genesis Sleep Center Medical Directors talks about sleep apnea. Todd Zachary, Rivermont Collegiate headmaster discusses the upcoming Military Workforce Symposium.

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10/30/2014

449

Jim talks with Theresa Berg of the Rock Island County Health Department about Ebola. Tony Singh, VP Merrill Lynch talks about his 500 mile trek to raise money to help the bee population. Barry Gallagher talks about his program “In From The Cold.”

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10/23/2014

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Election Special 2014: Cheri Bustos (D) sits down for an in-depth conversation with host Jim Mertens.

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10/16/2014

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Election Special 2014: Dave Loebsack (D) sits down for an in-depth conversation with host Jim Mertens.

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10/09/2014

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Election Special 2014: Bobby Schilling (R) sits down for an in-depth conversation with host Jim Mertens.

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10/02/2014

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September 2014

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Election Special 2014: Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) sits down for an in-depth conversation with host Jim Mertens.

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9/25/2014

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Theresa Davies (Rock Island County Health Department) discusses the upcoming flu season and the preventative measures, as well as a virus now affecting young children. Barbara Sandburg (Moline Preservation Society) talks about moving the Moline Train Depot. Plus Joe Moreno discusses the upcoming Quad Cities Marathon.

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9/18/2014

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Thom Cornelis, KWQC-TV sportscaster talks about his September 16 retirement after a 40 year career. Jennie Swanson from the Riverssance Fine Arts Fair discusses the upcoming event in Lindsay Park. Amy Jones of the Davenport Jaycees brings us up-to-date on the 14th annual Brew Ha Ha.

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9/11/2014

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas and Board of Trustees Chair Candy Early sit down with Jim to talk about the Grand Opening of Phase Two of the Western Illinois University–Quad Cities campus.

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9/04/2014

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August 2014

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Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton sits down with Jim to discuss how polling actually works. Plus QC Chamber of Commerce President Tara Barney.

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8/28/2014

440

Dr. Joe Rives and Bill Brewer of Western Illinois University discuss the opening of Phase 2 of the riverfront campus.

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8/21/2014

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Rock Island County Supervisors Don Johnston and Drue Miehlke talk about projects and issues facing the board. Sally Ferguson of the Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation. Jeff and A.J. Boeh of the Quad City Polo Club discuss their upcoming event.

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8/14/2014

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Rock Island mayor Dennis Pauley and Brian Hollenback of Renaissance Rock Island talk about transforming Rock Island. Tim Gillam of River Action brings us up-to-date on Floatzilla. Music by Maureen Carter and Busted Chandeliers.

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8/07/2014

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