Jesyka Dereta joined the WQAD News 8 team in June of 2016. She is from proud Serbian decent and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Even though she’s a night owl, Jesyka’s alarm goes off at 2 a.m! You can catch her reports every weekday from 5-7 a.m. on Good Morning Quad Cities. She also fills in anchoring with Jonathan Ketz and Angie Sharp.

Before coming to WQAD, Jesyka spent 3 years in radio and TV as a producer and reporter in Salt Lake City, Utah. She held numerous positions at the ABC affiliate, KTVX and NBC affiliate, KSL.

Jesyka graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors of science in broadcast journalism and mass communications. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

When she’s not out reporting, you can find her working out, enjoying the outdoors, trying need food, volunteering, or spending the weekends in Chicago.

Jesyka has a soft spot for issues and stories that shed light on abused children, empowering women and young girls and animals. She has volunteered for the YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amnesty International and Rape Recovery Centers.

If you see her around, make sure to say hello! You can also contact her through twitter and instagram @JesykaDereta or email

Recent Articles
  • Pay It Forward: Sweet Treats Club

    **NOTE: If video doesn’t play on first attempt, refresh and try again** A group 7th graders in Aledo are on a mission to take something sweet and turn it into something even sweeter. Showing somebody you care about them can come in many forms but for Malaynie McIntosh, Emi Bigham, Eden Mueller, Cora Whitenack and Jenna Ruh, caring comes in a very sweet yet girl powered way. These girls have made it their mission to create a delicious snack for […]

  • Pay It Forward: Serving others from Clinton to Cambodia

    From serving food in their local Clinton, Iowa community, to helping children in Cambodia one couple is giving back to strangers while only asking for a smile in return.

  • Pay it Forward: The crocheting hat lady

    **NOTE: If video doesn’t play on first attempt, refresh and try again** A Le Claire woman has made it her mission to make sure no one in her community goes without. Jody Arguello is known in her community as the “hat lady” and wears the title proudly. She learned to crochet back in high school and her hobby has turned into her way of lending a helping hand. Arguello started crocheting hats for the needy four years ago. Every year […]

  • U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in the QC today

    On Tuesday in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will tour the Rock Island Arsenal and discuss her recent work negotiating and passing this year’s defense bill. Bustos co-authored a $700 billion defense bill which passed the House of Representatives last month and is said to help the future of the rock island arsenal. Part of the National Defense bill ensures the arsenal will have a steady supply of work and fill vacant work space before the government rents out areas in […]

  • East Moline man accused of fatally shooting his grandfather

    A man has been accused of fatally shooting his grandfather who he lived with, according to a spokesperson from the East Moline Police Department.

  • Local student to preform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    One local high school student is preparing for a big week ahead. She’s packing her bags and musical instrument and heading to New York City to preform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Megan Nordstrom is a Senior at Galva High School and is the only student from the inner and outer Quad City area going to the big apple. Megan found out about the opportunity to play in the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade through the Smith Wahlberg Drum Camp. […]

  • Inside the prosecution debate: When kids kill

    Two young girls charged in a murder in Morrison are awaiting trial and a decision by a judge that will impact the rest of their lives.

  • Hundreds are putting their hearts forward and going red for a special cause

    Hundreds of people in the Quad Cities are putting their hearts into a noble cause by going red on Wednesday, November 1. The Go Red for Women luncheon helps raise awareness about heart disease and stroke for thousands of women nationwide. The 14th annual Quad Cities Go Red for Women luncheon takes place at the River Center in downtown Davenport today. The event – which is organized by the Iowa chapter of the American Heart Association – raises thousands of […]

  • Move over black and orange, Halloween pumpkins have a new color

    It’s finally Halloween and that means thousands of people will be out trick or treating. But when you’re out and about, you might notice a different colored pumpkin at some houses. Teal pumpkins are making their way into Halloween decorations nationwide. It’s all part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about children with food allergies. Food allergies have increased by 50 percent over the past 20 years and Halloween can […]

  • These homeowners go all out for Halloween

    Good Morning Quad Cities is wrapping up Halloweek as Halloween us fast approaching. On Monday, October 30 we highlighted two winners LIVE on the morning newscast to show off their hard work and dedication to the Halloween spirit. The first home our GMQC crew went to was a home in Rock Island. Dawn Coon and her sisters are big fans of Halloween and have been collecting Halloween decorations for over a decade! They have so many decorations, Coon says setting […]

  • Farmers blame weather for too many pumpkins left over this harvest

    Pumpkins are for decorating, carving or baking and the festive pieces take center stage during the fall months. But for some pumpkin farms in our area, pumpkins aren’t selling fast enough. Over 90 to 95 percent of pumpkins are grown in Illinois and that usually means great business for farmers. But this year, farmers say record heat and rain is to blame for a surplus and farmers have more pumpkins than they know what to do with. Bruce Curry owns […]

  • Boo at the Zoo is back for another “spooktacular” year

    Boo at the Zoo, one of the Quad Cities most popular “merry not scary” family-friendly Halloween events, returns to Niabi Zoo for two days on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The trick-or-treat stations, manned by local businesses and non-profit organizations, will feature Halloween-themed decorations and backdrops that make the perfect setting for a family-friendly day. Special Zookeeper Chats will highlight interesting facts about zoo animals. New this year, the Niabi Zoo is featuring nocturnal […]