James grew up watching the station he currently works for. Like many Quad Citians, as a kid he woke up many mornings to see if his small town school was canceled for a snow day. It was at that small town school, Sherrard High, where he developed his enthusiasm for television. He frequently co-hosted "morning announcements" and programs on "STV" in a closed circuit TV station at the school. From there, James went on to college at Augustana College where he played linebacker for the Augustana Vikings Football Team and worked for an award winning student newspaper.
During his time at Augustana, he frequently interned at KWQC for the newsroom and for "The Highlight Zone." After sticking around long enough, he was offered a photographer position at KWQC a few months before graduating, moving on from there to become a reporter and eventually the weekend anchor.
During his tenure at KWQC, James has interviewed presidential candidates, climbed silos covered in ice, covered EF-4 Tornadoes, flooding, and sporting events from Denver, Colorado to Salem, Virginia.
When you don't see James on TV you can find him water skiing with the Backwater Gamblers, running, or working out.
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