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
  • How Davenport Police are handling the increase of shots fired calls and juvenile crime

    On Thursday, April 12, 2018 Davenport Police Chief, Paul Sikorski joined WQAD on Good Morning Quad Cities for our Breakfast With… segment. He sat down with Jesyka Dereta at Tommy’s Café in Davenport to talk about the recent increase in shots fired calls and juvenile crime in the city. Chief Sikorski says his department is stepping up the number investigations when it comes to shots fired calls in the city.  The department has a new plan in place that involves […]

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for new mental health and substance abuse hospital

    Plans for a new mental health facility are about to become reality. Crews will break ground on the new Eagle View Behavioral Health facility in Bettendorf on April 12, 2018. The new facility will be located at 770 Tanglefoot lane in Bettendorf – located east of Interstate 74. The groundbreaking ceremony will start at four o’clock and is free and open to the public. Developers with Eagle View Behavioral Health won the rights to build the new $15 million facility […]

  • We Need YOUR Questions for Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski

    We are having “Breakfast With…” Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski live on Good Morning Quad Cities on Thursday, April 12, 2018. We will talk with Chief Sikorski about the recent increase in shots fired incidents/calls in Davenport and what the Police Department is doing about juvenile crime and the amount of car thefts that have been happening. We want our viewers to use this opportunity to ask questions they have about what is going on in the city as well. […]

  • Start by believing

    International campaign to help sexual assault survivors launches in QC

    I believe you. These three little words can make all the difference to a survivor of sexual abuse or assault. April is sexual assault awareness month and the first Wednesday of the month, April 4th, is Start by Believing day – an international campaign to change the way we respond to sexual abuse. Hundreds of cities have gotten behind the campaign and on April 4, 2018 the Quad City area has officially become a Start by Believing city. According to the […]

  • Nailed it or failed it: Lava lamps

    In addition to the craft, Jonathan got frisky with another cocktail.

  • Pay it Forward: Grocery shopping for a friend

    Getting around without a car isn’t always easy. For Terri Winger she know’s the struggle first hand but thanks to her friend, Shirley VanHook, running errands gets a little easier even without transportation. The two have been friends for over 20 years. They’ve been there for each other through the good and hard times and whenever Terri needs a helping hand, Shirley is there to lend one. “She’s been my best friend and kind of like a mom. She’s kept me […]

  • John Deere Road construction closes I-74 ramp starting March 12

    The I-74 ramp heading north to eastbound John Deere Rd. will close due to construction starting today.

  • New dinosaur exhibit stomps into the QCCA Expo Center

    All-New Interactive Dinosaur and Dragon Exhibit Roars into Rock Island this weekend. Discover the Dinosaurs is in town at the QCCA Expo Center from March 10 to 11. The Time Trek will feature hands-on interactive activities and entertainment that dinosaur fans of every age can really sink their teeth into. The family friendly event will allow kids to experience larger-than-life creatures and activities like Design-a-Dino, Prehistoric Poop, or the Race Through Time Labyrinth will keep everyone entertained. Families can compete in […]

  • Pay it Forward: Nourish to Flourish

    One in five children don’t know where their next meal will come from. To close that gap, Kim DeBlock and a team of volunteers started Nourish to Flourish to make sure no child goes hungry. The team packs over 75 back pack full of healthy food from the Food Bank and sends it home with kids who might go hungry while out of school for the weekend. “It’s just a bag to us but for them it’s a full tummy […]

  • Quad City leaders hold Poverty Summit

    Opportunities Quad Cities, local leaders and organizations are creating opportunities for individuals and families to escape poverty. Leaders will hold a Poverty Summit on Tuesday, March 6, from 8 a.m to Noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St. in Davenport. The event will allow participants to experience what it’s like to live in poverty and how they can take an active role in helping people escape the cycle by volunteering to be a navigator. The event starts with […]

  • Pay it Forward: Protecting Earth’s landfills and oceans

    The average American creates about 4.3 pounds of trash per day. That totals about 447307.5 million pounds of trash in America per year. By digging through piles of trash, Karen Neder is looking to change how much trash goes into the landfills and oceans. “Then we have big garbage piles in the ocean that are dead areas and we have animals eating the plastic and we are eating the animals. It’s disturbing so something has to be done,” said Neder Four […]

  • Quad City Steamwheelers return for season

    The countdown to kick off is on as the Quad City Steamwheelers return to the Tax Slayer Center in Moline this weekend. The team’s first open is Sunday at 2 p.m against the Chicago Marauders. Team members Daron Clark, Joe Powell, Shawn Hill, Keyvan Rudd and Coach Cory Ross met with the Good Morning Quad Cities team ahead of the game to talk about what they’ve been doing to prepare for the season comeback. Defensive Lineman, Shawn Hill is from […]