Christina joined the WQAD News 8 team in August 2015. She currently works as a Reporter and Producer. You can catch her stories on News 8 @ 10 on Saturdays & Sundays, and on News 8 @ 9 during the week.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication in just three years.

During college, Christina interned at the top-rated station in Central Illinois, WCIA 3. She also wrote for the school newspaper, the “Daily Illini,” and was a member of the James Scholar Honors Program.

In her free time, Christina enjoys training for marathons, re-reading some of her favorite YA novels, and spending time with family and friends.

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Recent Articles
  • How a man exonerated after 24 years behind bars is using his freedom to help others

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri– Darryl Burton spent 24 years in prison for a murder in St. Louis that he didn’t commit. When he got out, he had nothing: no money, no job offer, and no one to help him out. “I couldn’t believe it even when I got outside the prison,” Burton said. “I just couldn’t believe it. It was an unreal, abnormal feeling.” That was the start of Burton’s journey in freedom. When he got out, he says the only thing […]

  • Family of Iowa boy who died of heroin overdose admits they were in denial, offers help to other addicts

    INDEPENDENCE, Iowa– Nick Shonka was just 24-years-old when he died from a heroin overdose earlier this year. Like so many addicts, he was able to hide it from his family and girlfriend of five years. “He was able to live a pretty normal life while using so it was hard. I was always questioning whether or not he was using, you know?” Nick’s girlfriend, Alyssa Wiest, explained. And though she had suspicions, Nick’s loved ones admit they were in denial. […]

  • Pro-Trump states most affected by the president’s executive order

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump’s decision to end a part of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly six million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped send him to the White House. Nearly 70% of people benefiting from the so-called “cost-sharing subsidies” live in states Trump won last November, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. The subsidies are paid to insurers by the federal government […]

  • Illinois comfort dog sent to Vegas to meet with victims, first responders after massacre

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada– During the worst mass shooting in modern history, when most people were staying far away from Vegas, more than 100 comfort dogs headed into Sin City to lift people’s spirits and give them a sense of normalcy. One was from Illinois. “People just look at golden retrievers and just go, ‘Awwwww,'” said James Casner, who trains a comfort dog named Reuben. Reuben is one of about 130 dogs that are part of Lutheran Church Charities’ comfort dog […]

  • Illinois plastic surgeon cutting back on prescribing narcotics post-surgery, says patients have a “low tolerance” for pain

    CHICAGO, Illinois– The U.S. makes up just four percent of the world’s population, yet Americans consume up to 95% of the world’s narcotic pain killers. Those numbers didn’t sit well with Dr. Lawrence Iteld, a Chicagoland plastic surgeon. But he needed something to give patients in pain after surgery, so he came up with a solution that stems from personal experience. “It was when I had my wisdom teeth taken out during medical school,” Dr. Iteld remembers. “I took a […]

  • No criminal charges in officer-involved Burlington shooting, body cam video released

    After a thorough investigation, the Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General has found that the use of deadly force against Marquis Jones was warranted, and no criminal charges are "justified or warranted" against the two officers involved.

  • 93 & 100-year-old Chicago sisters hoping to see another Cubs’ World Series win

    CHICAGO, Illinois– The Chicago Cubs have luck on their side tonight, in the form of two loyal sisters. And this year, one of those sisters is using her age to her advantage. Friday, longtime Cubs fan Yolanda Leahy turns 100 years old. After last year’s World Series win, she’s hoping the combination of hitting triple-digits and being around to see another year of post-season play are both good signs the Cubs can do it again this year. But, regardless of […]

  • 13-year-old kid is bullied by his friend’s mom, turns his story into a movie to help others

    PARKER, Colorado — One in five students reports being bullied during the school year. 13-year old Alec Ybarra was once one of them, but not anymore. Now, he’s made his mess into a message with an independent film called “Unmarked,” based on his own story. Alec Ybarra says he was bullied for an entire year. He said it got so bad, he changed schools. And that changed his outlook. He decided to make a movie about his experience. He wrote […]

  • NRA is now stopping short of supporting a legal ban on “bump stocks”

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– In the wake of last Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting, several lawmakers and many Americans have been calling for changes to existing gun laws. Earlier this week, it seemed like there was one thing Democrats, Republicans, and the NRA could all agree upon: legally banning bump stocks. Sunday, they stopped short of calling for a complete ban. A bump stock allows semi-automatic weapons to fire bullets as quickly as a machine gun. Thursday, the NRA endorsed new restrictions on […]

  • Iowa high school students rally around their gym teacher, whose 2-year-old son is fighting cancer

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Rafael Martinez is facing every parent’s worst nightmare: his youngest son, two-year-old Pablo was diagnosed with cancer last month. The pair has a long battle ahead, but luckily for them, Rafael has 500 of his other kids along for the fight. Rafael is a gym teacher at Marshalltown High School, near Des Moines, where word of Pablo’s sickness spread quickly. The students wanted to let their teacher know they’re here to help. But, making a big class […]

  • An Illinois man is behind the 58 crosses put up in Vegas to honor the 58 victims

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada– Memorials have sprung up around Vegas, as the city continues to mourn the 58 victims killed during Sunday night’s massacre. One of the biggest has an Illinois connection. 58 crosses, built by Greg Zanis from Aurora, Illinois, now stand in Las Vegas to honor the 58 innocent people killed. Here Zanis is installing them Thursday near the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. He built and painted the crosses, packed them into his pickup truck, and drove 1,800 […]

  • TMZ reports that Las Vegas gunman had booked hotel room overlooking Lollapalooza

    The man who police say was behind the deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival had reportedly booked two rooms overlooking Chicago's Lollapalooza, according to TMZ.