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Hannibal, Missouri/Quincy, Illinois
Branding KHQA-TV 7 (general)
KHQA-TV 7 News (newscasts)
KHQA ABC 7.2 (on DT2)
Slogan Because Accuracy
Channel Digital: 7 (VHF)
Subchannels 7.1 CBS
7.2 ABC/A1
Affiliations CBS
Owner Barrington Broadcasting
(Barrington Quincy License, LLC)
First air date September 23, 1953
Callsign meaning Keokuk
Sister station(s) KTVO
Former channels Analog:
7 (1953-2009)
29 (1995-2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1960-1969)
UPN (1995-2006)
all secondary
Effective power 13.6 kW (digital)
Height 271 m (digital)
Facility ID 4690
Antenna coordinates 39°58′25.4″N 91°19′50.1″W / 39.973722°N 91.330583°W / 39.973722; -91.330583

KHQA-TV, channel 7, is the CBS-affiliated television station for western Illinois, northeastern Missouri, and southeast Iowa that is licensed to Hannibal, Missouri. Its transmitter is located northeast of Quincy, Illinois on Cannonball Road near I-172. Owned by Barrington Broadcasting, the station has studios on South 36th Street in Quincy. Syndicated programming on KHQA includes: Wheel of Fortune, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, Ellen, and Jeopardy!. The station operates the area's ABC affiliate on its second digital subchannel. KHQA-DT2 also airs programming from the America One network during most hours not programmed by ABC.



KHQA went on the air on September 23, 1953. Although licensed to Hannibal, its studios have long been located across the Mississippi River in Quincy. It has always been a CBS affiliate though it had a secondary affiliation with DuMont between 1953 and 1956. The station shared secondary ABC affiliation with WGEM-TV in the 1960s. KHQA also aired a number of UPN programs during late-night hours between 1995 and 2006.

The station was originally owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa along with the Hannibal Courier-Post newspaper. Lee sold the Courier-Post in 1969, but held onto KHQA until December 1986, when it sold the station to A. Richard Benedek whose television holdings eventually became Benedek Broadcasting.

Benedek merged with Gray Television in 2002, but KHQA was not part of the merger. It was sold to Chelsey Broadcasting. KHQA and WHOI in Peoria became the first two stations owned by the newly-formed Barrington Broadcasting in April 2004. In early-1998, KHQA left its longtime home in the Western Catholic Union building in downtown Quincy. The station moved into a new state-of-the-art facility located on South 36th Street. On August 28, 2007, KHQA announced that its second digital subchannel would begin carry ABC network programming for the Tri-States. The new subchannel officially launched on September 30.



Current on-air talent

Current Anchors

  • Sarah Deien - weekday mornings "Tri-States This Morning"
  • Chad Douglas - weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Alexis Hunt - weekends at 10PM
  • Rajah Maples - weekday mornings "Tri-States This Morning" and noon
  • Carol Sowers - weeknights at 6 and 10PM (also news director)


  • Stephen Johnson - general assignment reporter
  • Jim Robesky - general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Shriver - general assignment reporter (also fill-in weather anchor)
  • Jarod Wells - general assignment reporter (also producer)

7 Storm Team

  • Landon Mitchell - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Justen Arnold - Weather Anchor; weekends at 10PM
  • Tegan Orpet - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings "Tri-States This Morning" and noon (also reporter)

Sports Team

  • Chris Duerr - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Joe Murano - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10PM

Former on-air talent

  • Rick Albin - 6 and 10PM anchor (now at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI as now political beat and host of public affairs program To The Point)
  • Hal Barton (Former St. Louis Cardinal prospect)
  • Faith Feagans - Morning Meteorologist
  • Larry Grubb
  • Ron Heller - News Director/Anchor
  • Audrey Hoenig
  • Amy Holm
  • Mark Kulda
  • Don Nicholson (Former Quincy Mayor and friend of Otis Campbell)
  • Rick Thurtle
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News/Station presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KHQA-TV News (1953-1962)
  • The Big News (1962-1967)
  • TV-7 News (1967-1978)
  • KHQA News/Channel 7 News (1978-1983)
  • Eyewitness News (1983-1997)
  • KHQA-TV 7 News (1997-present)

Station slogans

  • We've Got the Touch (1983-1986; localized versions of CBS ad campaigns)
  • Share the Spirit (1986-1987; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • People Make the Difference (1987-1995)
  • People You Can Count On (1995-2007)
  • Because Accuracy Matters (2007-present)
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